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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Aug 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Didn’t turn on the surround sound? That answers why when in Dec 2012, over a 2 period, I saw in aud 2 “Anna Karenina” & “Hyde Park on the Hudson” they each looked gorgeous in 35mm & had vital behind the screen sound but no surround. Someone wasn’t doing their job well!

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Aug 6, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I’d be real pleased to have Jodar as projectionist at the AFI, paid or not. The Silver doesn’t remind me of the KB Fine Arts. Jodar, as I’ve written, I saw the DCP Cleopatra, and it was awesome. I love the historic charm of auditorium 1, but if you see Cleopatra it will likely be in auditorium 2 since Aud 1 doesn’t have the DCP yet so you will be happy.

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HowardBHaas commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 5, 2013 at 7:50 am

Joe, though DC Uptown is one of my favorites, it didn’t go 1st run into 1950s, I believe the late 1950s & certainly not in the 1930s & 1940s.

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Aug 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Yes, I’ve seen movies there, included all screen sizes in my Intro above, and am not ruling it out BUT if a Blu ray was subbed for one Samsara screening, I don’t know they won’t do that to keep Hello Dolly! in aud 1 (if digital isn’t to be ready as expected in aud 1). And, I’m not interested in a Blu ray.

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Aug 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I didn’t notice the missing words on the masking but I wasn’t looking there. I probably would’ve seen if that was the issue, but I’m not 100% sure I would have. The other customer that I spoke with after the film was also upset. I am concerned as to whether Hello Dolly! is going to be in auditorium 1 next Saturday, and if so what format (35? 70? blu ray?) or if a DCP is going to be shown in auditorium 2. Auditorium 2 is a very nice auditorium & I am not sure, but probably not willing to travel from Philly for aud 2. Aud 1 in 35, yes & I’d jump at the chance for 70mm.

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Aug 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Peter, that makes sense. I spoke with a fellow customer who told me the projectionist insisted the print arrived that way, but perhaps that wasn’t correct. Giles, I noticed Samsara was being shown in aud 3. I haven’t seen Samsara but thought the whole point was its 70mm quality so I don’t know why it is being shown in any other format.

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Aug 4, 2013 at 10:02 am

Yesterday, I enjoyed 35mm print of The Dirty Dozen (1967) in the historic auditorium, great sound from behind screen, and the curtain was used before & after the movie. Top of the MGM thing seemed cut off. 1.66 ratio print was sent to the theater. Movie was filmed in 1.75 aspect ratio, and I think originally shown 1.85 (flat). Especially on left, but also on right, people & subtitles (from German late in film) cut off. It wasn’t the theater’s fault, but the print. Was still enjoyable but I’d like to see a print that doesn’t appear to have anything cut off.

I returned to the historic auditorium to see Hitchcock’s restored silent in 35mm The Farmer’s Wife (1928). Great print, again curtain used. 1st time I heard an organ connected to speakers rather than pipes. I believe the sound was behind the screen & from speakers in rear of auditorium, which I didn’t expect. Great organ playing by Andrew Simpson. Nice attendance, maybe close to 200 people total.

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HowardBHaas commented about Alamo Drafthouse will reopen the former Rave CityPlace 14 in Kalamazoo in October on Aug 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Thanks. Title has been corrected from Alamo Treasures. I hadn’t noticed error until you pointed it out.

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HowardBHaas commented about Broadway Theatre on Jul 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm

TV ABC 6 at 6 PM tonight showed the marquee of Pitman’s Broadway Theatre as it expressed birthday wishes to a local woman who turned 107 years.

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HowardBHaas commented about Rex Cinema on Jul 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Oops, it was the “Rocket” episode of “Endeavor”

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HowardBHaas commented about Grand Theatre on Jul 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer article re summer theater camp at the rebuilt Grand, http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20130728_Kevin_Riordan__Kids_come_alive_with_the_sound_of_a_musical.html

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HowardBHaas commented about Rex Cinema on Jul 28, 2013 at 8:45 am

No comments here since 2008? The current “Endeavor” TV show about young Inspector Morse takes place in Oxford in 1965. In the “Fugue” episode he is seen in a cinema auditorium. Where was it actually filmed? I photographed the scene on my TV & Ken Roe identified it as this auditorium.

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HowardBHaas commented about Nineteenth Street Theatre on Jul 28, 2013 at 7:24 am

A 4 year partnership was announced this year between Muhlenberg College & this theater which is helping this summer to add digital film projectors to the theater, and enabling better student access & programs at the theater. http://articles.mcall.com/2013-05-01/news/mc-civic-muhlenberg-partnership-20130501_1_civic-theatre-muhlenberg-students-digital-cinema

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm

As stated, Patton in DTS had some though little surround sound. Cleopatra, I said had no surround sound in its DCP screening at UA King of Prussia, but you remind me JodarMovieFan, it was DTS & a movie theater operator friend of mine suggests that was the problem because perhaps DTS is a dying sound format so the equipment perhaps was at fault.

I haven’t noticed the echo chambers but I’m grateful to the AFI Silver & Balt Senator for showing such wonderful classics.

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HowardBHaas commented about Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on Jul 26, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Thanks to Ken Roe for finding this July 24 Evening Standard article about the current restoration. Have placed details in the Introduction above but more photos here. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/liftoff-for-hammersmith-apollos-art-deco-restoration-mission-8729487.html

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HowardBHaas commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jul 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Once when I was in City Cinema # 1, in 1999, I recorded 519 seats in my notes. That figure likely came from a Fire sign or from my counting the seats (yep).

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 23, 2013 at 6:20 am

I meant DCP of Cleopatra.

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 23, 2013 at 6:19 am

JodarMovieFan, Patton (70mm) had a little surround sound, and I do mean a little. I asked & was told DTS version was shown. As I commented earlier, this year I saw the DCP version of Lawrence of Arabia at Ambler Theatre outside Philly & there was nice surround, and CDCP of Cleopatra at UA King of Prussia but it lacked surround sound. 70mm films that were 6 track had surround sound. I, too, would like more surround sound.

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HowardBHaas commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 22, 2013 at 9:27 am

relevant part of above article- A particularly gruesome mutilation was the one visited on Thomas Lamb’s 1917 Rivoli Theater, once at 49th and Broadway. Lamb did not literally reproduce the Doric facade of the Parthenon, but on busy Broadway it was certainly close enough.

The white glazed terra-cotta facade lasted until 1986, when the owners destroyed a column and beheaded the top — gods, classical drapery, chariots and all. At the time, preservation groups were focused on the stage theaters; the Rivoli was built for film, and it was not on anyone’s radar until the bucrania were out of the barn.

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HowardBHaas commented about Bala Theatre on Jul 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Yes, already revised in my Intro above, chain link, etc. Bow Tie!

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HowardBHaas commented about Hiway Theatre on Jul 16, 2013 at 10:51 am

As they mentioned on Facebook, last Thursday eve’s DCP screening of classic “Casablanca” sold out at the Hiway!

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 14, 2013 at 3:56 am

Enjoyed yesterday beautiful 70mm print of “Patton” in the historic auditorium. Had missed it early last year when it was shown prior to the 1st 70mm “spectacular” (film festival) so am thankful it was included in the current 2nd series. I asked & confirmed this was the DTS sound version. Sound was also great. Internet research reveals that in 2002, all prints were a wreck, so a new print was created.

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HowardBHaas commented about Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Jul 11, 2013 at 6:59 pm

I’ve added to photos 4 of my photos from the Left auditorium of details of original designs on the ceilings & walls, in paint & plaster. Coat of arms in ceiling! Angels in plaster on walls!

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HowardBHaas commented about Rave Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15 on Jul 8, 2013 at 6:50 am

Chris, to reply to your Rave LA question, too, Mea Culpa, I changed the name, added to the Intro, and changed the theater chain. When I changed the name, Rave wasn’t on the homepage but you are right- it is there now. It may take a week, but I will change back those names changed on other pages, as well as complete the theater chain & Intro changes.

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HowardBHaas commented about Cinerama Films at the Gaslamp Theatre on Jul 5, 2013 at 11:33 am

Does this mean the films are shown on a 40 foot wide screen?