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THE HORRORTHONThe Lafayette’s annual salute to classic horror and science fiction films is coming October 21-22-23.
Friday 10/21: Giorgio Moroder presents “Metropolis”
Saturday 10/221:30 “Mysterious Island”3:45 “The Monster that Challenged the World ”
Drive-In Double Feature begins at 7:30 (rare drive-in trailers and promos show between the features): “X – The Man with the X-Ray Eyes” PLUS “Planet of the Vampires”
3:45 “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (1959)
5:45 “Madhouse” (1974)
8:30 “Friday the 13th” (1980)
Here’s the fall season:
9/17 – The Guns of Navarone, with Gregory Peck & David Niven (digital restoration, with stereo sound)
9/24 – Dodsworth, with Walter Huston & Mary Astor
10/1 – Wuthering Heights, with Laurence Olivier & Merle Oberon
10/8 – State of the Union, with Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn
10/15 – Written on the Wind, with Rock Hudson & Laurne Bacall
10/29 – The Uninvited, with Ray Milland & Gail Russell
11/5 – Bye Bye Birdie, with Ann-Margret & Dick Van Dyke (digital restoration, with stereo sound)
11/12 – Elmer Gantry, with Burt Lancaster & Jean Simmons
11/19 – Winchester ‘73, with James Stewart & Shelly Winters
11/26 – The Wizard of Oz, with Judy Garland
12/3 – Bringing Up Baby, with Cary Grant & Katharine Hepburn
12/10 – The Bells of St. Mary’s, with Bing Crosby & Ingrid Bergman
12/17 – It’s a Wonderful Life, with James Stewart & Donna Reed
GUNS is most likely a digital cinema show, featuring the new restored negative and 4-channel stereo track.
Really? Some of the the others listed are Oscar winners, from directors such as William Wyler, Richard Brooks, Anthony Mann, and with stars like Burt Lancaster, James Stewart, Walter Huston, Rock Hudson, Ray Milland.
The complete fall schedule should be posting today or tomorrow…still filling a couple of dates.
Opening show for the Fall season on 9/17: THE GUNS OF NAVARONE.
We have a great lineup coming – others include DODSWORTH, WRITTEN ON THE WIND, BYE BYE BIRDIE, WINCHESTER ‘73, THE UNINVITED, ELMER GANTRY, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and more.
Yes, the Lafayette made it through the rain fine – just a little water coming under the front exits, as it always does in heavy rain.
We’ll be announcing our fall season of Big Screen Classics in the next week or so – the first show is on September 17.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the original film where maybe we could check the date code to better identify. The town archivist got the tape that contained it a while ago and said that it’s from 1926 (there was other footage unrelated to the theatre that he was able to date it as such). Remember that the Lafayette didn’t open until 1924 in any case, so Nanook had to been playing on a return engagement of some sort.
House of Wax is available in polarized double-system 3-D 35mm prints (I played it in 2004 & 2005) and might also be available in side-by-side single-strip polarized 35mm. However, the venues may not be capable of handling those formats (and may not have the required silver screen). I believe the 70mm prints were created back in the 70s and would be long faded by now.
You’re correct, mbd. After (over) 300 movies and 9 years, my memory is clouded…to say the least. So that means we ran two serials. :)
The serial we ran was “Dangers of the Canadian Mounted”, which was fun. Couple of problems with trying that again is that there are very few 35mm prints around (DotCM was a collector’s print) from the studios – Sony/Columbia has a few, but that’s it. Another issue was the running time being added to the show made our normal first-run schedule very tight – a lot tighter than the studios normally allow, which caused more than a few problems with them.
Yes, it’s a short walk (under 10 mins) from the Suffern train station to the theatre. You’ll take the train from Penn in NY to Secaucus Junction and switch trains. Go to www.njtransit.org and put Penn in as starting point and Suffern Station as end point. The 9:14 from Penn arrives at 10:03, a pretty quick trip.
See you there!
Tomorrow’s showing of “Shanghai Express” with Marlene Dietrich should be a winner – the 35mm print from Universal is an excellent one and looks great on our silver screen.
Sounds great – good luck with the series. Are these all 35mm film or a mix of film and video?
No plans as of now for Rivertown’s shows to return.
Thanks guys, should be a great season. And as always for the Bond film, we will have a display of rare memorabilia from the movie’s release.
Here’s the final schedule:
March 19 – The African Queen
March 26 – Here Comes Mr. Jordan
April 2 – The Party (Peter Sellers)
April 9 – Shanghai Express
April 16 – Cover Girl
April 23 – The Blue Dahlia
April 30 – Witness for the Prosecution
May 7 – The Lost Weekend
May 14 – The Talk of the Town
May 21 – The Harder They Fall
May 28 – The Circus (silent with Live Pipe Organ Accompaniment on the Wurlitzer)
June 4 – Run Silent Run Deep
June 11 – You Only Live Twice
June 18 – Cartoons & Stooges & more…
Hope to see everyone out for the shows!
Here’s a teaser of some of the titles we have confirmed for the Spring season:
Opening day – March 19: The African Queen
Other titles for the season:
The Party (Peter Sellers), Shanghai Express, The Blue Dahlia, Witness for the Prosecution, The Lost Weekend, Chaplin’s The Circus (live pipe organ accompaniment), Run Silent Run Deep, You Only Live Twice
4 more to come.
You’re forgetting the cost of the Digital Cinema Server, which is required to run DCP. And I don’t think the studios will allow the server to run a DCP to a projector such as you described.
Re: Gigi’s roadshow at the Royale:
Variety Review: “Premiered reserved-seat policy May 15, ‘58, Royale, N.Y."
NY Times: GIGI' DUE TONIGHT ON ROYALE SCREEN; Legitimate Theatre to House M-G-M Movie…
Read the entries on the Museum’s page here about the tech problems that plagued both shows on Saturday, Bill. My friend said there were about 150 people there for Playtime.
A friend who was there for both 70mm shows (Playtime and 2001) said the focus problem was also present during the Playtime screening. Between shows, they apologized and said that they were trying to work out the problem. One of the two projectors was having the focus problem, so his description of the day’s screening boiled down to “every other reel looked great”.
Why would there have been a 30fps print of Spartacus? The film was made in Technirama, which used standard 24fps.
I was working at Cinema 46 the day of the “E.T.” sneak preview – people started lining up at 11am for the show. I called up the house manager at little while after opening when it looked like we were going to have a huge crowd (we hadn’t anticipated a crowd as the trailer and poster were met with indifference in the preceding weeks) and said that he should come in to supervise the event. We called in all off-duty staff as well. The official sneak preview (7:15, IIRC, and tagged onto the 5:30 show of Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid) was a complete sellout by late afternoon. After the show went in at 5, the manager decided to run an “unofficial” second show of ET at 9:30 by itself, which had about ¾’s of a house.
Thanks to everyone who came out to a Big Screen Classics show this season, it was one of our best yet and concluded with a sold-out house for “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
The first-run Christmas attraction at the Lafayette is the Coen brothers film of “True Grit”, which is shaping up as one of the best reviewed American movies of the year.
Yes Bob, we’ll be back in March for another season. We should start getting confirmations on the titles we’re selecting during January.
Congrats to all who make Cinema Treasures live & breathe!