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NYer (and anyone else who might have an interest)…. “Cheyenne Autumn”: The Roadshow Engagements.
If anyone is interested, a revised and updated version of this “Star Wars” article can be found here.
If anyone is interested, a revised and updated version of this “Jaws” article can be found here.
Scott… “Benji” had a running time of only 80-something minutes, so the published showtimes in the ad you mentioned seem plausible for a one-screen booking. (It’s not posted here, but in checking the archived issues of the Tucson newspaper for the time frame in question one will find Mann’s display ad for the Park Mall with “The Wind and the Lion” taking up two slots in the layout. And in the text-based theater listings it has “The Wind and the Lion” listed on two screens. So, again, I’m curious how others have concluded it was “Jaws” on two screens.)
rivest266 (and dallasmovietheaters)…. How did you determine “Jaws” was playing on two screens at the Park Mall 4-plex during the week of June 27-July 3 (1975)? I’ve re-researched the matter since I realize I misspoke when I stated earlier four movies were there that week. Anyway, my point stays the same that I don’t see any evidence that “Jaws” was on two screens then. For the week being discussed I found the newspaper advertisements indicated “The Wind and the Lion” was on two screens and “Jaws” and “Benji” were on one screen each.
Thank you, NYer.
May I ask another similar question? Do you (or any other CT members) know which movie followed the Syosset’s 1958 reserved-seat run of “Around the World in 80 Days”?
walterk…. The IMDb info on “Planet of the Apes” is NOT correct (or, at the very least, lacks context). The fact is “Apes” opened in at least two U.S. markets in the February/March ‘68 period. And while my research shows the film did open in at least a few markets during the week of April 3rd, most “keys” opened it after April 3rd. And, of course, the second- and third-tier markets opened it even later than that. And yes it would be nice if the person in question would chime back in and acknowledge the mistake, especially since they were dismissive of my correction claim.
Hopefully this “Planet of the Apes”/Goldman opening date incident will serve as a lesson for those naive or irresponsible enough to rely on the IMDb for such information.
hdtv267…. Take it up with veyoung52, the Philly area resident who looked up the info on my behalf.
hdtv267…. Advertisements in the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper.
From the intro attributed to Charles Hankinson: “In 1977, ‘Star Wars’ played [at Orange Park 5] for 32 weeks after playing for 27 weeks at the Kingsley Twin down the road!”
This article references the original Jacksonville “Star Wars” engagements but cites different duration figures than what was given in the theater intro above. The linked-to article cites only 13 weeks for the Orange Park moveover run and only 21 weeks for the Kingsley Twin run, plus the article cites other JAX runs at Plaza Twin and Northside Twin.
On a separate matter, I wonder if the Orange Park 5 and Orange Park 24 deserve separate pages here in the Cinema Treasures database? Was the 24 an expansion of the 5-plex, or was it an all-new build in a separate location?
hdtv267… “Planet of the Apes” opened at the Goldman on April 24th, 1968.
^jkcooney…. Per a (re)check of the Albany area newspapers for the timeframe in question, the Hellman’s roadshow run of “West Side Story” was April 4th – June 12th (1962), which equates to 70 days (or 10 weeks), just as I cited in my 50th anniversary article.
Can anyone confirm if the Syosset’s Spring 1965 run of “Cheyenne Autumn” played all the way up to the late-June booking of “The Sound of Music,” or was there a booking(s) in between them?
Howard (et al.)… A clickable link would be appreciated when posting referrals to web articles. To do so, simply paste within parentheses the URL of the article and precede the parentheses with brackets containing the phrasing of your choice for the link so that it will be presented something like: “My article on the 70mm film festival.”
Recently published: “Khartoum”: The Roadshow Engagements, which, of course, includes a mention of its run at the Uptown.
FWIW, “Ryan’s Daughter” actually was a roadshow in some locales. In most major markets it was a reserved performance engagement (including the NYC run), but it played with reserved seating in markets in which it was booked into a Syufy theater (i.e. San Jose, Orange, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, etc.). And in Chicago the engagement at the Michael Todd switched to a reserved-seat policy a few weeks into the run.
Howard… Regarding your comment from October 15th, 2007, as the (co)author of the article you were referencing for the premiere details, I can state you misinterpreted the information about questioning if the Palace was the venue in which the roadshow engagements of “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (and the ‘69 “Ben-Hur” re-issue) played. The question mark was actually in reference to the theater ownership, which my co-author and I were unable to confirm at the time of putting together that “70mm in New York” article for the FSTDVD website.
bigjoe59…. There were several other NYC theaters that played roadshows during the era you’re describing besides the ones you cited. I don’t have a complete listing, but just from the latter half of the 1960s and into the early 1970s, consider the following:
57th St. Lincoln Art (“The Lion in Winter”)
Columbia (“Young Winston”)
Coronet (“The Taming of the Shrew”)
Fine Arts (“The Charge of the Light Brigade”)
And if you wish to count modified roadshows (i.e. reserved performance engagements), then consider:
86th St. East (“The Great Waltz”)
Thanks, Howard. Your comment suggests my notes are incomplete on the matter of the 70mm festival (and the 1990s-era Uptown bookings). Those details were jotted down many years ago while researching for evidence of a screening of a 70mm print of “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” I came across them while pulling some notes recently for another project and thought readers might find them of interest. Anyway, I doubt “For the Boys” was a part of the fest, since it was a new movie getting its initial release that November (unless there was a pre-release screening that concluded the fest).
There is a lot of confusion over the two similarly-named theaters in Stockton. Scott Neff is correct that this was a General Cinema location, whereas Joe Vogel appears to be conflating the details of the GCC and ABC/Plitt houses.
The best I can tell by going through my research notes compiled for various projects is that the venue located at 5757 Pacific was the one opened by General Cinema and later twinned. The one at 5308 Pacific (or 321 Yokuts depending on the source) was the single-screener opened by ABC and later run by Plitt. The key distinguishing detail is that the General Cinema venue included “Plaza” in the name (i.e. “Sherwood Plaza”) while the ABC/Plitt one didn’t (i.e. “Sherwood”).
So in summary, this page (43018) is for the GCC house. The other one was the ABC/Plitt house.
I think the Cinema Treasures editor should consider revising/updating the name of this venue to Sherwood Plaza Cinema I & II to ease up some of the confusion.
BrockKing13… Regarding your “Gone with the Wind” comment from July 15th, 2013, it would appear you’re confusing the original run with the film’s 1941 general release or a later re-release. While I was researching the original release of “GWTW” for this retrospective article I found the first run in Hamilton was actually at the Capitol in February 1940. And it was a roadshow (reserved seats) and so the cost of admission was more than the 35 cents you’re recalling (much closer to a dollar). It ran for two weeks followed by a one-week moveover run at the Savoy.
Not to nitpick, but this theater opened June 20th, 1975 (not the 19th). The grand opening newspaper ad posted by rivest266 is from the June 19th, 1975, issue of the Green Bay newspaper, and it clearly includes a “premiere opening tomorrow” blurb.
Mark Brack…. I’m intrigued by your claim that the Manor East was the 8th theater in the world to have a Dolby CP50 installed. What is your source of that figure? I ask because by the time “Star Wars” opened in Bryan in July of 1977, I estimate there were over 50 Dolby units in use nationwide. If the Dolby unit was installed at Manor East for “Star Wars,” then the timeline for it being installation #8 doesn’t seem to fit a plausible timeline.
What booking followed the spring/summer 1962 roadshow run of “West Side Story”?