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edblank commented about Fiesta Theatre on Jan 24, 2010 at 7:53 am

71 Dude, Can you suggest a way to enlarge newspaper files such as the one you posted above? I can never read those because they’re too small. Need the key to magnifying them but cannot locate one.

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edblank commented about Hilltop Drive-In on Jan 16, 2010 at 8:00 am

“Woodstock” and “The Wild Bunch” is an odd double bill, all right. No doubt they were packaged for that drive-in engagement because they were both Warner films from the same period. On the other hand,combined they run five hours and 18 minutes. And with a late start the first week of August, plus an intermission between them and possibly one midway through “Woodstock” (three hours and four minutes) I’d be surprised if many cars were still there at about three in the morning.

As for “Midnight Cowboy” and “Alice’s Restaurant,” they played hundred of engagements together. They were both United Artists pictures from the same season. Once they were “played out” individually, UA sent them out as a package because they were perceived as sharing a bit of a counter-culture identity. That was true of “Alice’s Restaurant,” for sure; “Midnight Cowboy” had much greater mainstream appeal, but in this case it could be pressed into service for its underlying counter-culture appeal.

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edblank commented about Daniel Village Theatre on Jan 16, 2010 at 7:06 am

Mike,
“Dracula Has Risen From the Grave” was rated G in 1968 and never re-rated.
“Taste the Blood of Dracula” was rated GP in 1970 and re-rated R in 2004. Possibly that’s a director’s cut or other footage was added. (Note that it skipped right over the PG-13 rating in between.)
“True Grit” was rated M (the current PG) in 1968, then immediately re-rated G after a slight trim.
Anyone interested in checking the correct ratings can do so at:
http://www.mpaa.org/

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edblank commented about National Hills Theatre on Jan 16, 2010 at 6:59 am

Mike, The 1974 film of “Doc Savage” was rated G by the rating standards of the day, and its rating has never been changed by the MPAA (CARA). None of the pre-ratings (November 1968) Christopher Lee movies was rated after the fact. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” has no rating, either.
Whatever movie guide you have is illegally “guessing” at ratings or illegally imposing them. I say illegally because the ratings are copyrighted.
What people (such as film critics) ARE allowed to do with unrated movies is to write, for example, “Unrated but PG-13 in nature for one expletive, some crude language, some violence and sensuality.” But without that clear explication, it’s unlawful to self-impose and publish ratings.

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edblank commented about Daniel Village Theatre on Jan 9, 2010 at 9:05 pm

It’s true, Mike, that after the MPAA/CARA ratings system was introduced in November 1968, the only movie Alfred Hitchcock made after that that was rated R when initially released was “Frenzy.”

But for whatever reason, Universal Pictures, which controlled several of Hitchcock’s old Paramount pictures by that point, paid to have the original 1960 “Psycho” rated in 1984, and, to no one’s surprise, it received an R.

Dozens of pre-1968 movies were belatedly rated, including “Gone With the Wind,” “The Outlaw” and the Disney cartoons that were regularly recycled.

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edblank commented about Modjeska Theater on Jan 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Hi, Mike. “The Great Escape” was a year old before that Modjeska engagement. I remember the Modjeska getting some good action pictures, but always as late subruns or reissues. I wonder if in earlier decades it was a bonafide first-run theater that competed at least a little with the Miller and the Imperial.

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edblank commented about Arsenal Theater on Jan 9, 2010 at 11:44 am

Excellent, Chuck. Thanks.

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edblank commented about Beekman Theatre on Jan 8, 2010 at 7:06 am

Compare the Beekman interior photos to the lobbies and waiting areas of today’s multiplexes, all junked up with video-game decor. Does someone want to make the case we’re more sophisticated today, other than electronically?

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edblank commented about Daniel Village Theatre on Jan 3, 2010 at 8:11 am

Hi, Mike, according to the CT entry on National Hills, the theater did not open until November 1966, which is why I never got there. (I left Augusta in May 1966.) “The Sound of Music” already had begun its long run at Daniel Village, which was the newest and most luxurious theater in the Augusta area at that time.

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edblank commented about Criterion Theatre on Dec 12, 2009 at 9:55 am

Can’t access either of those links, T.

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edblank commented about Liberty Theatre on Dec 8, 2009 at 8:43 am

Joe, That Boxoffice issue errs on at least one major point. For most of the years of its existence, the Liberty was part of the John P. Harris chain, which included the Harris (Downtown), the South Hills (Dormont), the Denis (Mt. Lebanon) and the Perry (Perrysville).

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edblank commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 28, 2009 at 10:40 am

Interesting that for the RCMH four-week engagement, “Singing' in the Rain” rounded out the quartet of MGM classic epics that included “Gone With the Wind,” “Doctor Zhivago” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Invariably when the MGM package was booked around the country, the fourth epic was “Ben-Hur” or “Ryan’s Daughter,” making it a foursome that originally had been released as roadshow (reserved-seat) attractions. “GWTW” invariably did the biggest business and earned the most additional weeks, followed by “Zhivago.”

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edblank commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 25, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Any chances the individual weekly grosses are included?

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edblank commented about Daniel Village Theatre on Nov 15, 2009 at 8:36 am

I have no interest in the 70 mm issue, but I can tell you absolutely for sure that the premiere, open-ended roadshow engagement of “The Sound of Music” in the Augusta area was at the Daniel Village.

It followed a scant two-week engagement of the musical that won the Best Picture Oscar the previous year, “My Fair Lady.” I never did find out if this was a recycled showing of “MFL” (the advertising seemed to indicate it was new to Augusta) or whether the powers that be thought “MFL” could sustain only a two-week run in a medium-size southern market.

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edblank commented about Theatre 80 St. Marks on Nov 13, 2009 at 8:16 am

Lorcan Otway is a great gentleman, as was his father. I’m sure everyone who cherished visits to Theatre 80 St. Marks, from the theater days of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” to the great classic double bills the Otways ran in the 1970s and 1980s wish him well with his ambitious plans for that homiest of venues.

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edblank commented about Warner Theatre on Nov 10, 2009 at 9:36 am

Were those three Cinerama projection booths still there at the end? I guess I had forgotten. Either they were less obtrusive by then, or we just got used to them being there after 41 years.

Al Martino, who died recently, made an appearance at the Warner during the an early afternoon performance of “The Godfather.” He was in town for something else, probably a week’s engagement at the Holiday House, and agreed to make an unadvertised appearance at the Warner.

The media was notified about what would be happening. Immediately after the scene in which his character Johnny Fontane sang at the wedding, the film was stopped, and the huge audience groaned. Someone – possibly Mike Cardone – walked out on stage and introduced the delighted audience to Martino.

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edblank commented about Warner Theatre on Nov 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm

To clarify, the “Flashdance” premiere April 14, 1983, was a week after the martial arts double bill, which was the final regular full-schedule engagement.

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edblank commented about Imperial Theatre on Nov 7, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I’m aware of the deadlines for Motion Picture Academy voting every year, Mike (and Bill). They are several days before the Oscars and are not reopened because of world events.

As for “Bonnie and Clyde,” I’ve always considered it an excellent movie, as were three of the other four pictures it was up against (“In the Heat of the Night,” “The Graduate,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”). But there’s no question in my mind – then or now – that the Oscar voters got it right that year when they went for “In the Heat of the Night.” Had to be a tight vote among those four nominees, though. It was ludicrous that “Dr. Dolittle” for the fifth nomination that year instead of “In Cole Blood,” “Up the Down Staircase,” “Wait Until Dark,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “Two for the Road” and about 100 other worthier contenders. Fox put a bundle into its inner-industry campaign for “Dr. Dolittle” that year in an attempt to salvage the fortune it has invester in the film.

As for “Bonnie and Clyde’s” box-office performance, the same thing happened everywhere. It played to sluggish returns for roughly two months while the word of mouth built and built. Then it got a very rare two-months-later return to first-run screens and did tremendous business.

I think the only time something like that has happened since (and not on the same scale) was “Billy Jack.”

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edblank commented about Chatham Cinema on Nov 7, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Well, the theater had its share of flops. But booking for booking, it had the district’s best track record.
I’ll never forget George Pappas, our own Gen. George Patton, with arms folded in his office, overlooking the crowds streaming in on weekend nights and barking the occasional order to a patron to extinguish a cigarette or whatever. That theater was exceptionally well managed and the biggest joy to visit.

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edblank commented about Warner Theatre on Nov 7, 2009 at 9:58 am

Officer Vic Cianca, who has a cameo in “Flashdance,” attended that premiere. Blessedly he is still with us.

The last regular program to play for 6 ½ days at the Warner was an ignominious double bill of “Bruce and Shao Lin Kung Fu” and a holdover of “Bruce vs. Bill.” They did no business at all. Hardly a suitable ending for the theater that introduced Pittsburgh to “The Ten Commandments,” “Gigi,” “Ben-Hur,” “The Nun’s Story” and so many others.

That “Flashdance” premiere was April 14, 1983.

The gutting of the Warner began on or about Aug. 5, 1983. For a few days after that, you could stand on the Forbes Street side and, with that side of the theater ripped open, see from the outside the balcony overhanging the orchestra.

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edblank commented about Chatham Cinema on Nov 7, 2009 at 9:51 am

Any idea where the Bouvys are?

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edblank commented about Imperial Theatre on Nov 6, 2009 at 8:55 pm

No, Mike. The voting deadline was many days before King was killed. Did not affect any voting.

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edblank commented about Theatre 80 St. Marks on Nov 5, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Congratulations, Lorcan. I hope you have great success with your reinvention of Theatre 80 St. Marks. If I ever get back to Manhattan, I’ll stop by. Will you be doing revival double bills as before? First-run wide release? New art/specialty films?

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edblank commented about Roxy Theatre on Nov 4, 2009 at 6:33 am

Renewing link.

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edblank commented about Southside Twin Cinemas on Oct 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Mike, Please explain the note above. Are Army post theaters on CT? I can’t find anything under Fort Gordon or Army or military.