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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jan 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm

i thank everyone for replying to my questions. another one about
the theater itself. who was running the Embassy1/2/3 when it
closed? when the Loews’s Capitol, Loew’s State, Rivoli,Warner
were torn down and before the Criterion was gutted for Toys R' Us
i remember them being in half way decent shape. yet the Embassy
½/3 was in very uneven condition before it closed. this was
especially true of the men’s room on the orchestra and balcony level.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm

hello. i am fascinated by the history of the roadshow policy.
the last three roadshow films to open in NYC were “Fiddler on the
Roof” Dec. of 1971 at the Rivoli Theater,“Nicholas and Alexandra"
Dec. of 1971 at the Criterion and "Man of La Mancha” Dec. of 1972
at the Rivoli. does anyone know where these three films played
their roadshow engagements in the Hollywood area?

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Jan 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm

as always i thank my fellow posters for replying to my questions.
here’s a new one. when the Palace first opened and for many years
after it was the premiere vaudeville house in the country. but when
vaudeville died out the Palace seemed to switch back and forth
between film and legit stage shows. this is where my question
comes in. aside from the roadshow engagements of 55 DAYS AT PEKING
in 1963 and the re-issue of BEN-HUR in June of 1969 and the
premiere of the musical version of GOODBYE MR. CHIPS in Dec. of
1969 how many other films premiered at the Palace with roadshow
engagements? many thanks in advance for the info.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about Pantages Theatre on Jan 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm

again thanks to my fellow posters for replying to my questions.
i have a new one. Disney’s “The Happiest Millionaire” opened in
New York City at Radio City Music Hall in Nov. of 1967. it had
a running time of 2hrs. 25mins. with no intermission and a
souvenir program was sold in the lobby. now the film had its
premiere engagement several months earlier at the Pantages in July of 1967. not only that but it was a roadshow run and it had a
running time of 2hrs. 52mins. with an imtermission. how long did
this roadshow engagement at the Pantages last?

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jan 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm

i thank William for his info as to what films played the
Demille on a roadshow basis during the 1955-Dec. 1972 period.
now i might be wrong but i seem to have the idea in my head
that the roadshow film policy as i understand it started with
“Oklahoma” which debuted in Todd-AO at the Rivoli Theater in 1955.
my point being as i understand the history of the policy no film
played a roadshow engagement the Mayfair/Demille before the
opening “Spartacus” in 1960?

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jan 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm

my question is about the theater when it was known as the Demille.
from say 1955 thru Dec. 1972 the studios used the roadshow policy
to release all their “big” films. so aside from “Spartacus”,
“Hawaii”,“The Fall of the Roman Empire”,“Those Magnificent Men
In Their Flying Machines” and the Russian “War and Peace” is it
possible to find out what other films played the Demille on a
roadshow policy during the 1955-1972 period? thanks for any info.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jan 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm

i thank William for the info as to what films other than
“It’s Mad…..” played their premiere roadshow runs at the
Cinerama Dome. to which i have a follow up question. now
7 films are listed in addition to the 4 i mentioned in my
post. this is my follow up question- did the roadshow run at
the Cinerama Dome of “Darling Lili” include an intermission
and souvenir program? when the film opened in New York it
was not a roadshow engagement but played Radio City Music Hall
and there was no souvenir program.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about Egyptian Theatre on Jan 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Hello Again. thanks for the info about the many roadshow films
which had healthy runs at the Egyptian. but might i be repetitive
and again ask if “Funny Girl”’s run at the Egyptian was the last
roadshow film to play the theater period? as i said in my first
post the studios didn’t abandon the roadshow policy till Dec.
of 1972. i am fascinated by the history of the roadshow policy
and wonder what the last roadshow film was to play the Egyptian.
anyone know?

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about Pacific 1-2-3 on Jan 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

as i asked on the page for the Pantages and the Egyptian
during the Pacific’s many decades as a premiere first run
movie theater it must have hosted many roadshow films. is
it possible to find how exactly which films played the
Pacific on a roadshow policy?

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about Egyptian Theatre on Jan 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm

the history of the theater at the top of the page says the
run of “FUNNY GIRL” was the last of the long run roadshow films
to play the Egyptian. does that mean “FUNNY GIRL” was the
last roadshow film to play the Egyptian or simply the last
roadshow film to have a healthy run? i ask this question
because the studios didn’t abandon the roadshow policy till
December of 1972.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about Pantages Theatre on Jan 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

during the many years it was a premiere first run movie theater
how many reserved seat or to use the trade term roadshow films
did the Pantages show. is there a way of finding out?