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Coate commented about Uptown Theater on Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00 am

Happy New Year! As requested, here is a listing of the Uptown’s bookings for the decade of the 1980s.

First a few notes…. Only the commercial/public bookings have been cited here; the list excludes premieres and special screenings, of which there were many. Also, there might be a missing engagement and/or a “dark” week or two in the autumn 1981 period preceding the run of “Ragtime.” There might be a couple of Wednesday vs. Friday opening-date discrepancies. The data listed in parenthesis following each title is the duration of the engagement, measured in weeks (except in a few cases where days are noted). And, lastly, the 70mm presentations have been listed in bold.

Have fun reminiscing about what you saw at this venue during the ‘80s!

1979-12-21 … THE BLACK HOLE (8)

1980-02-15 … ALL THAT JAZZ (17)
1980-06-13 … THE SHINING (7)
1980-08-01 … RAISE THE TITANIC (8)
1980-09-26 … DIVINE MADNESS (7)
1980-11-14 … FANTASIA (5)
1980-12-19 … THE JAZZ SINGER (5)

1981-01-23 … ALTERED STATES (10)
1981-04-03 … BLACK AND BLUE (1)
1981-04-10 … STAR WARS (2)
1981-04-24 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1)
1981-05-01 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (4 days)
1981-05-05 … APOCALYPSE NOW (5 days)
1981-05-10 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC (2 days)
1981-05-12 … DAYS OF HEAVEN (3 days)
1981-05-15 … PATTON (2 days)
1981-05-17 … THE ROSE (2 days)
1981-05-20 … THE SAND PEBBLES (2 days)
1981-05-22 … OUTLAND (4)
1981-06-19 … SUPERMAN II (15)
1981-10-02 … PRINCE OF THE CITY (6)
1981-11-13 … THE PURSUIT OF D.B. COOPER (?)
1981-12-18 … RAGTIME (11)

1982-03-05 … QUEST FOR FIRE (6)
1982-04-16 … FANTASIA (5)
1982-05-21 … AC/DC: LET THERE BE ROCK (2)
1982-06-04 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (2)
1982-06-18 … ANNIE (6)
1982-07-30 … ANNIE / APOCALYPSE NOW (2)
1982-08-13 … STAR WARS (5)
1982-09-17 … PINK FLOYD: THE WALL (4)
1982-10-15 … TRON (2)
1982-10-29 … FANTASIA (3)
1982-11-19 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (3)
1982-12-08 … GANDHI (27)

1983-06-17 … SUPERMAN III (4)
1983-07-15 … STAYING ALIVE (4)
1983-08-12 … CUJO (2)
1983-08-26 … A STAR IS BORN (4)
1983-09-23 … KOYAANISQATSI (2)
1983-10-07 … OKLAHOMA! (2)
1983-10-21 … THE RIGHT STUFF (7)
1983-12-09 … YENTL (9)

1984-02-10 … UNFAITHFULLY YOURS (4)
1984-03-09 … FANTASIA (3)
1984-03-30 … GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (9)
1984-06-01 … STREETS OF FIRE (1)
1984-06-08 … GHOSTBUSTERS (17)
1984-10-05 … COUNTRY (7)
1984-11-21 … SUPERGIRL (3)
1984-12-14 … DUNE (5)

1985-01-18 … A PASSAGE TO INDIA (10)
1985-03-29 … RETURN OF THE JEDI (2)
1985-04-12 … LADYHAWKE (8)
1985-06-07 … FANTASIA (2)
1985-06-21 … RETURN TO OZ (2)
1985-07-03 … RETURN TO OZ / APOCALYPSE NOW (1)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO (12)
1985-10-04 … JAGGED EDGE (11)
1985-12-20 … OUT OF AFRICA (21)

1986-05-16 … SWEET LIBERTY (1)
1986-05-23 … ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (4)
1986-06-20 … LEGAL EAGLES (6)
1986-08-01 … HOWARD THE DUCK (2)
1986-08-15 … MANHUNTER (6)
1986-09-26 … THE NAME OF THE ROSE (7)
1986-11-14 … THE MISSION (9)

1987-01-16 … PLATOON (16)
1987-05-08 … GARDENS OF STONE (5)
1987-06-10 … THE BELIEVERS (2)
1987-06-26 … FULL METAL JACKET (7)
1987-08-14 … NO WAY OUT (8)
1987-10-09 … THE PRINCESS BRIDE (4)
1987-11-05 … CRY FREEDOM (7)
1987-12-25 … THE LAST EMPEROR (21)

1988-05-20 … WILLOW (5)
1988-06-22 … WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (13)
1988-09-23 … GORILLAS IN THE MIST (11)
1988-12-09 … MISSISSIPPI BURNING (9)

1989-02-08 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (10)
1989-04-21 … FIELD OF DREAMS (12)
1989-07-12 … WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (9)
1989-09-15 … SEA OF LOVE (10)
1989-11-22 … BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (4)
1989-12-20 … BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (?)

I’m not planning to compile a similar list for the 1990s, so someone else ought to consider tackling that period.

Coate
Coate commented about Loew's State Theatre on Dec 22, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Ennis… Here is the link to a “Gone With the Wind” article I put together that includes an entry for the Houston run at Loew’s State. As you’ll see it played a 4-week run in February-March 1940, no where close to the year+ claim others are making.

Coate
Coate commented about Broadway Theatre on Nov 13, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” premiered here on this date in 1940. Happy 75th! And here’s a retrospective article to mark the occasion. Included is a historian interview and a breakdown of where the film played in its initial roadshow release.

Coate
Coate commented about Criterion Theatre on Nov 4, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Given all of the recent chatter here about “My Fair Lady,” I suppose I ought to pass along the link to a recently-published historical article on “My Fair Lady,” which includes an overview of its roadshow release, headed, of course, by the lengthy run at the Criterion. Do give the article a peek if you’re a fan of the film and/or of the roadshow era.

Still Loverly: Remembering “My Fair Lady” On Its 50th Anniversary

Coate
Coate commented about Park Mall Theatres 1,2,3, 4 on Oct 14, 2015 at 8:27 am

I don’t see any evidence “Jaws” played here on two screens at any point during the first couple of months of its release. What’s your source that it did, dallasmovietheaters?

Coate
Coate commented about AMC El Con 6 Theatres on Oct 14, 2015 at 8:22 am

This opened in August 1979. Original owner was TM Theatres.

Coate
Coate commented about Cinema Grossmont on Oct 9, 2015 at 9:40 am

Logan5… The May 7th, 1976 sneak preview screening of “Logan’s Run” was held at the Valley Circle.

Coate
Coate commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Oct 7, 2015 at 10:18 pm

bigjoe59…. Perhaps “neighborhood house” wasn’t the ideal term to use, but, as member macoco has already (and nicely) explained, what I was referring to was the period of time when the Chinese, instead of exclusives, was running a lot of one-and two-week double features and day-and-date bookings with other Southern California theaters.

Coate
Coate commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 24, 2015 at 10:07 pm

The Chinese was a neighborhood house, too, for much of its early life.

Coate
Coate commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 24, 2015 at 9:41 pm

I believe the Village and Bruin were, essentially, “neighborhood” houses during the initial decades of their existence. I don’t think they became “first-run” (depending on how one defines such) until the 1970s when the prime L.A. booking zones shifted from downtown & Beverly Hills to Hollywood & Westwood/Century City.

Coate
Coate commented about Cinema East on May 15, 2015 at 7:35 pm

buckohio1165…

“Superman” didn’t play at Cinema East (not first-run, anyway). There’s a listing of the first-run theaters where it played in this retrospective article I put together a couple of years ago. Scroll down to the Ohio section. I hope the article brings back wonderful memories of seeing “Superman” when it was new.

Coate
Coate commented about Sun-Ray Cinema on May 10, 2015 at 5:13 am

It has been said that this theater hosted the longest run of “The Godfather.” I’ve never vetted this, so I can’t say if it’s an accurate claim or not.

Coate
Coate commented about Holiday Six Theatres on Apr 23, 2015 at 11:13 pm

If there was another operator between Holiday and AMC, it would’ve been brief. Holiday, I believe, operated the theater through at least 1980, and AMC took over no later than 1984. If anyone has a more precise ownership timeline, please post.

Coate
Coate commented about Six Flags Cinema 1-5 on Apr 23, 2015 at 10:53 pm

“Star Wars” had a 25-week run here and ought to be lumped in with “The Godfather,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” as among the theater’s biggest hits.

Coate
Coate commented about Holiday Six Theatres on Apr 23, 2015 at 5:01 am

So, two paragraphs and one-hundred ninety-eight words later, I guess the answer to my question is: “Holiday Theatres Inc.” Thank you, Joe.

Oh, and I’m sorry if this comes off as snarky, but if some effort had been made to recognize my Remembering Cinerama series generously posted right here on Cinema Treasures instead of the all-too-common habit of referencing other, less reliable resources, you would’ve noted the Holiday had shown a Cinerama movie and that other Cinerama movies were shown in Buffalo in between How the West Was Won and Grand Prix.

Coate
Coate commented about Holiday Six Theatres on Apr 22, 2015 at 7:20 pm

What company ran this theater before AMC?

Coate
Coate commented about Eastwood Theatre on Apr 12, 2015 at 11:52 am

Does anyone know what the “Y” and the “W” stood for in Y&W Management (the company that operated the Eastwood)?

Coate
Coate commented about North Star Cinema on Apr 7, 2015 at 10:26 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the North Star Mall. With a reserved-seat run of 82 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

Coate
Coate commented about Fox Theatre on Apr 7, 2015 at 10:25 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Fox. With a reserved-seat run of 116 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of ten runs in the United States and at least 24 globally that ran the movie continuously into a third year.

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Coate commented about (New) Nixon Theatre on Apr 7, 2015 at 10:24 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Nixon. With a reserved-seat run of 106 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of ten runs in the United States and at least 24 globally that ran the movie continuously into a third year.

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Coate commented about Dundee Theater on Apr 7, 2015 at 10:23 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Dundee. With a reserved-seat run of 118 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of ten runs in the United States and at least 24 globally that ran the movie continuously into a third year.

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Coate commented about Tower Theater on Apr 7, 2015 at 10:23 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Tower. With a reserved-seat run of 82 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

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Coate commented about Riverview Theatre on Apr 7, 2015 at 10:21 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Riverview. With a reserved-seat run of 115 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of ten runs in the United States and at least 24 globally that ran the movie continuously into a third year.

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Coate commented about Paramount Theatre on Apr 7, 2015 at 10:19 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Paramount. With a reserved-seat run of 79 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

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Coate commented about Rialto Theatre on Apr 7, 2015 at 10:17 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Rialto. With a reserved-seat run of 64 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of more than 70 engagements in North America that ran the movie longer than one year.