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ChasSmith commented about Mann Old Towne 6 on Dec 15, 2011 at 7:46 am

I saw “Beverly Hills Cop” here, not sure about anything else, but the mall itself was unique (as you all know) and I wish I’d discovered it earlier, but in the early 1980s, my interest in decent stereo equipment led me to a wonderful high end shop there (which I believe was called Dimensions in Stereo), and I owe them much for introducing me to what I now know were some great components. Also recall the Federated Group store there, where coincidentally I was also pointed in the right direction — toward the new Toshiba BETA Hi-Fi — when I went shopping for my first VCR.

ChasSmith commented about Westland Twins on Dec 15, 2011 at 7:28 am

Remembering the Laemmle Westland Twins, I was just there a handful of times: “Cousin cousine”, “La cage aux folles”, and Universal’s 1984 re-releases of the Paramount Hitchcock films.

ChasSmith commented about iPic Westwood on Dec 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm

All of this about Westwood is shocking to hear. Okay, so I haven’t been there in two decades — but it still makes no sense. I’m grateful that I knew it in its prime, in the glory years of the ‘70s and early '80s.

ChasSmith commented about iPic Westwood on Dec 4, 2011 at 6:15 am

I’m trying to recall the configuration of the auditoriums. Which direction did the seating face for the original big screen?

ChasSmith commented about Rock Hill Drive-In on Nov 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I’ve just uploaded a picture of the entrance taken in June 2006. Drove back into the lot and there’s nothing to see. It looked like the image linked to by rivest266 above.

ChasSmith commented about iPic Westwood on Nov 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

Thanks. I was remembering “Avco Embassy Pictures”, the film company. No relation, then?

Also, the more I look at it, the more I think it’s a word (Avco) as opposed to an abbreviation or initials (AVCO). I know the marquee and ad logo were all in uppercase, but so was the word CINEMA, etc.

ChasSmith commented about iPic Westwood on Nov 30, 2011 at 6:48 am

Under previous names, “Centre” should be “Center”. Can someone correct that?

Variations found in the attached movie ads: For ANNIE, it’s “General Cinema’s Avco Center Theatres”.

At some point early on, wasn’t it “AVCO Embassy”?

Last, how about “AVCO” vs “Avco”? What was the name derived from? In the FAME ad it’s clearly typeset as “Avco”, but that could just be a newspaper thing.

ChasSmith commented about Picwood Theatre on Nov 28, 2011 at 7:13 am

Funny how I clearly remembered seeing “E.T.” at the Picwood but had forgotten the Dome. I’ve always been pretty good at remembering where I saw certain films, especially in a unique place like the Dome, so the impact of this one must have been pretty significant to have wiped that part out.

Boy, do I miss the long runs of great films.

ChasSmith commented about Picwood Theatre on Nov 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Yes, it would have been within the first 2-3 weeks. That’s great to hear, and it was a VERY good one!

ChasSmith commented about Picwood Theatre on Nov 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

Sadly, the only film I know I saw at the Picwood was “E.T.” It was my second time to see it (don’t remember where else it opened) and I remember so clearly waiting out in front (probably in a line) on a beautiful sunny afternoon with friends who were seeing it their first time. Love the photos here, and I’m sorry I didn’t get there for other films.

ChasSmith commented about iPic Westwood on Nov 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Haven’t been to the Avco since the late 1980s when I moved from L.A., but frankly, I’m glad I wasn’t there to see the splitting of the large theater. Nevertheless, very sad to hear of another landmark L.A. film venue closing.

ChasSmith commented about Show Palace Theatre on Nov 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Yes, try the newspapers, in addition to the other ideas offered. I found recently in researching some of the theaters in South Florida, that in the very early ‘60s, there were a few theaters whose starting times were listed under the category “Negro Theaters”.

ChasSmith commented about Mayfair Theatre on Nov 20, 2011 at 8:41 am

Google Earth and Google Street View show the facade with the destruction behind it. (Bing Maps still shows the complete building!) Someone out there will have to update us on this.

ChasSmith commented about Mayfair Theatre on Nov 20, 2011 at 7:13 am

I just uploaded a flyer for a small Hitchcock festival in August 1972, my introduction to the Mayfair. I have Joseph Cotten’s signature on another part of it, which he graciously gave while chatting with people outside following “Shadow of a Doubt”.

The theater was indeed tiny. I enjoyed the films from the small balcony and the place felt ancient and almost rickety even then. But it had charm, too. The earthquake damage must have been inevitable, but I’m sorry to see it go.

ChasSmith commented about Robert D. Lindner OMNIMAX on Nov 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

Boy, you gotta wonder where Google gets the location depicted on the map here.

The Museum Center at Union Terminal is, of course, in downtown Cincinnati. It’s a remarkable structure that is well worth a visit for the museum, the OMNIMAX theater, and the overall architectural beauty.

ChasSmith commented about Beverly Theater on Nov 8, 2011 at 10:01 am

My first time here was in 1972 or 1973. They were playing the double feature “Casablanca” and “Play It Again, Sam”, and since that just happened to be my first time seeing BOTH films, that was an evening never to be forgotten. Saw “Born Yesterday” there a couple of years later, probably just before the theater closed and became a retail space. I seem to recall it was a lovely place, and I wish I’d frequented it regularly.

ChasSmith commented about Beverly Canon Theatre on Nov 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

I discovered the Beverly Canon when walking around there in summer of 1974. I guess it was a repertory house by then, because I saw “The Big Sleep” and something else in a double feature. I loved eating frequently at the little cafe next door — which may have been called Beverly Canon Cafe, not sure now.

ChasSmith commented about Avon Theatre on Nov 8, 2011 at 9:43 am

But there was also a spooky old abandoned, derelict apartment building on the north side of the street in those years. I’m thinking a couple of blocks west of the Chinese, so, west of the Avon as you were remembering. I think it had a specific name, too, but I’m totally blanking on that. But it was a pretty well known abandoned structure back then, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find pictures.

ChasSmith commented about Lafayette Theatre on Nov 1, 2011 at 6:57 am

Pete and all… I’d hoped to get there for the entire HorrorThon, but I drive over from Connecticut, and best laid plans, etc. Made it to the Corman/Bava evening, though, and what a wonderful show that was. Beautiful prints, a great intermission reel, and thanks also for sharing the red “Baskervilles”.

I wouldn’t have missed “The Uninvited” for anything — except for the nastiest storm (at least where I live) which arrived in my driveway at showtime. Hope all is well at the theater and with all of you. Very much looking forward to a fair weather “Birdie” this Saturday!

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ChasSmith commented about Warnor Theatre on Oct 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm

This question is a real long shot, I know… but in view of my confirming that “West Side Story” opened here following its roadshow engagement, and with all the current controversy over the about-to-be-released Blu-ray, does anyone know if the Warnor had 70mm capability…or know how to research that?

ChasSmith commented about Cine Cienega Theatre on Oct 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I’m not confusing it with a Pussycat. I said I believe I saw one of those films here, don’t know which one, BEFORE they took up permanent residence at the Pussycat. This was in 1972 or 1973, when it was suddenly all the rage to “openly” go to a “mainstream” (well, sorta) porn flick, for the fancy new ticket price of $5.00, and it was the only time I was in the Cine-Cienega.

ChasSmith commented about Loews Cedar Center on Oct 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

Lived in Cleveland 1968 to 1972 and I remember this as being a very nice, modern single-screen suburban theater. Not positive, but I think they ran “2001” following the initial engagement downtown, and I’m pretty sure this is where “A Clockwork Orange” and “Anne of a Thousand Days” and some of the other major films opened on the east side.

Adding to the experience of seeing a film here was the Cedar Center (shopping center) and surrounding area, a decent destination in itself, boasting some informal but very nice places to eat such as Solomon’s (deli) and the Aurora Restaurant which had moved to the area from University Circle.

ChasSmith commented about Gateway Cinema on Oct 25, 2011 at 9:21 am

Went to one movie here (“Risky Business”) on a visit to the area in September 1983. A weeknight, and I recall the theater being pretty empty, but the film was the perfect thing at the time, and there was something comfortable and enjoyable about the place. Sorry to hear of its end.

ChasSmith commented about Coral Ridge Theatre on Oct 25, 2011 at 8:08 am

Loved going to movies here from 1963 to 1967 when it was new and a single screen: “Help!”, “Lady in a Cage”, “Mirage”, “You Only Live Twice”, the filmed-on-stage D'oyly Carte production of “The Mikado”, and I’m sure many others.

On a visit to Fort Lauderdale years later I was sad to find it had long since been a nightclub (“Baja”?). Is that, or anything else, still operating in the building now?

The Coral Ridge, Sunrise Cinemas, and the Plantation were THE modern theaters there in the mid-60s. I look back on these with a special fondness.