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HowardBHaas commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 18, 2018 at 3:05 am

a few old timers assert Ziegfeld was not as good as prior roadshow houses. I will note the Astor Plaza would’ve also been a great house for 2001 new print. The print will later play at Museum of the Moving Images in Queens.

HowardBHaas commented about Prince Theater on May 17, 2018 at 10:46 pm

Not many new movies in main auditorium but Solo: A Star Wars Story starts May 24 for a one week run in the main auditorium.

HowardBHaas commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 16, 2018 at 3:03 am

As to 2001 new print, read the Chicago Sun Times article that I linked above.

HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on May 15, 2018 at 8:03 am

JodarMovieFan, Yes, new 2001 print here. I’m not sure what’s “Kmo” but US cities continue to have 70mm festivals. Google Chicago Music Box 70mm festival for their awesome 2017 festival. Or Sommerville (outside Boston). Or Hollywood Theatre Portland OR. Or, travel to the Museum of the Moving Images in Queens later this year (likely August) for 70mm: Cleopatra, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, and Hello, Dolly, and more!

HowardBHaas commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 15, 2018 at 4:55 am

2001 does NOT have the footage edited by Kubrick after world premiere. Perhaps City Cinemas Village East has included intermission time. Chicago’s Music Box has same running time as prints we’ve seen. Compliments to new print here

HowardBHaas commented about Museum of the Moving Image on May 10, 2018 at 3:12 am

I had screen size figures placed in the Intro above some time ago. I’ve enjoyed the 70mm epics that I’ve seen here. Having been in the City Cinemas Village East (which is also getting 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm), I’d say the main aud there has a similar sized screen. Projection & surround sound are top notch in both MOVI and the Village East.

HowardBHaas commented about Museum of the Moving Image on May 9, 2018 at 11:21 pm

The new 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey will be shown here July 26 to Aug 5.

HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on May 8, 2018 at 12:46 am

The new 70mm print of The Sound of Music starts a 2 week run May 18 at the British Film Institute on the southbank of London. I don’t know of any US engagements yet. I saw the movie in 70mm in a classic series at the DC Uptown in 1991 and a glorious new print in 2013 at Seattle Cinerama. So yes, audiences will be in for a treat with a new print.

HowardBHaas commented about Kings Theatre on May 1, 2018 at 12:40 am

Please note that in regard to richardgreen’s comment, this site is not tripadvisor, google reviews, yelp. etc. This site is more an appreciation of movie theaters, in terms of their architecture, history & experience. No doubt this theater is working to correct violations & make sure nobody gets sick, but as stated, this website’s purpose is not to serve as a focus of such comments.

HowardBHaas commented about Hiway Theater on Apr 24, 2018 at 8:19 pm

Wonderful article with theater history by a researcher who I know-

HowardBHaas commented about Oriental Theatre on Apr 24, 2018 at 4:43 pm

From Landmark’s website so this info won’t disappear-  INFO: 3 Screens DLP Digital Projection and Sound. Built in 1927. Operated by Landmark since 1976. The Oriental Theatre is located a mile north of downtown, a mile south of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and 5 blocks west of Lake Michigan, in the heart of Milwaukee’s Eastside. On November 13, 2009 the theatre opened its own bar at the concession stand. In addition to a wide selection of gourmet concession items, theatre patrons are now able to enjoy cocktails, wine by the bottle or glass and beer from Milwaukee and the world. Patrons are welcome to bring their drinks into the auditorium, so they may enjoy them prior, during and after their movie-going experience.   The Oriental is Milwaukee’s only operating movie palaces, certainly the most beautiful and ornate one that has shown movies for 90 years solid. When the Oriental opened on July 2, 1927, it featured 2 minaret towers, three stained glass chandeliers, 6 larger-than-life Buddhas, several hand drawn murals, 8 porcelain lions, dozens of original draperies, and hundreds of elephants. This is how the papers described the Oriental when it opened and this is how it could be described today! The Oriental Theatre was the crown jewel among the 45 theatres in the Saxe Brothers' chain. The motif is not what first comes to mind today as being ‘oriental.’ Designed by Gustave A. Dick and Alex Bauer, the themes of the decor are East Indian, with no traces of Chinese or Japanese artwork. Milwaukee’s Oriental is said to be the only standard movie palace ever built to incorporate East Indian decor.    Miraculously, the Oriental survived as a movie theatre until 1972, when local electricians the Pritchett Brothers purchased the theatre and graciously obliged the request of Parallax Theatres (now Landmark Theatres) to start running the Oriental in 1976. Landmark developed the programming strategy of repertory films; short runs of classic and cult double features, and the Oriental existed as a popular ‘calendar’ house for many years until video and cable TV again took away the customers.    Landmark then switched programming strategies to foreign and specialty films and now is the largest “art” house circuit in the country. In the ‘70s and '80s, the Oriental was also known for live performances, and was the venue to see such acts as Iggy Pop, Laurie Anderson, INXS, Supertramp, Jay Leno, Blondie, Devo, REM, Tears for Fears and Milwaukee’s own Bodeans, among others. The Pretenders lost their opening act one fateful day, so they invited three guys who happened to be regular performers on the sidewalk in front of the theatre to take their place. Such was the beginning of the Violent Femmes, whose Greatest Hits compilation pays homage to the Oriental.

After live performances were discontinued, Landmark refocused the Oriental as solely a movie theatre. In 1988, the Oriental was painstakingly and successfully triplexed by adding 2 theatres underneath the balcony without touching any of the original artwork of the main auditorium. A one-of-a-kind vending stand was added, and the two new theatres were sensitively created by architects and artists to match original designs and colors of the theatre.   The Oriental Theatre is the U.S. record holder for a current and continuing film engagement. The Rocky Horror Picture Show has played as a midnight film since January, 1978. Rocky Horror now shows every second Saturday of the month with a live shadow cast.   Best Movie Theatre (2017, 2015-2001) - Shepherd Express

Top 10 Historic Movie Theatre (2015) - USA Today

“Readers' Choice: The 25 Best Movie Theatres in America” (2011) -

“One of the 10 Best Movie Theatres in America” (2009) - Moving Pictures Magazine

“One of the 10 Best Movie Theatres in America” (2005) - Entertainment Weekly

One of Travelocity’s 2005 “Local Secrets, Big Finds” in Wisconsin - Travelocity

Best Make-Out Spot (2004) -

Best Movie Theatre (2001-1993 Reader’s Choice) - Shepherd Express Metro

Favorite Milwaukee Area Movie Theatre (2001 Web Browser Poll) -

HowardBHaas commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Apr 17, 2018 at 7:03 pm

The IGN article mentions a 4k blue ray release. Whether or not released in 4k in theaters, select theaters nationwide in US already announced 70mm dates of 2001.

HowardBHaas commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Apr 16, 2018 at 5:16 pm

More inaccuracy! Cameras are used to record, they are not film projectors. This theater has 4k projectors.

HowardBHaas commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Apr 14, 2018 at 8:36 pm

I don’t understand a word Jeffpiatt wrote above. Digital projectors don’t project 35mm or 70mm film. 70mm Imax is great but is different than regular 70mm film (and projectors).

HowardBHaas commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Apr 14, 2018 at 5:12 pm

I knew I recalled reading somewhere it was more than 90 feet but couldn’t quickly find that online yesterday! Thanks. Sometime in the next week, I will get that into the Introduction.

HowardBHaas commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Apr 14, 2018 at 7:15 am

Of course, 70mm was great on the Uptown’s huge curved screen & yes, those 35mm blow up to 70mm films you cite (including the recent Phantom Thread, as “Music Box” is a historic Chicago movie theater that does show these 70mm films) could’ve been played on the old projectors.

HowardBHaas commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Apr 13, 2018 at 8:09 am

JodarMovieFan, 2001 will definitely this time not have the scenes cut after world premiere restored- they’d have announced such. There’s been discussion online that this print isn’t likely from original negative either, but it will likely still look awesome.

HowardBHaas commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Apr 12, 2018 at 5:55 pm

Since I assist with both websites, I will note that 3 theaters have announced- in Chicago (Music Box), NYC (Village East), and Boston area (Sommerville). There are all great historic theaters though without Uptown’s huge curved screen. We look forward to updating the list when announcements are made. I’d expect AFI Silver to likely show this sometime.

HowardBHaas commented about Paris Theatre on Apr 9, 2018 at 12:14 am

Before “Victoria & Abdul” began in October, there had been a September closing for a couple weeks. All seats were reupholstered & new carpets were installed, too. I don’t need recliner chairs & since there’s many premieres & special events that need the full seating capacity, just as well since recliners greatly reduce the number of seats. Until then, in the balcony, seats in side sections were a darker color. Now all seats have the same color as the curtain. Yesterday, I enjoyed “Lean on Pete” which began its 1st week at the Paris.The Paris website lists as coming: “The Seagull” May 11, “Gauguin- Voyage de Tahiti” July 11 and “The Wife” Aug 3.

HowardBHaas commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Apr 4, 2018 at 2:31 am

NYC venues for reissued 2001 have not been announced yet. City Cinemas 1,2,3 and City Cinemas Village East are strong possibilities, as is AMC Lincoln Square. The Walter Reade also has 70mm capacity, and outside Manhattan so does the Museum of Moving Image. The Paris might still have capacity but hasn’t shown 70mm recently.

HowardBHaas commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Apr 1, 2018 at 5:16 pm

Giles, are you saying there is only a center channel behind the screen? and, left and right speakers exist but to the actual left and right of the screen?

It would be cool if the curtain’s motor would be replaced or fixed so a curtain could be used again including classics like 2001 in 70mm…..the way I saw it the last time, in the year 2001.

HowardBHaas commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Mar 30, 2018 at 6:20 am

Ready Player One also in 70mm (blowup) at City Cinemas 1,2,3. I officially volunteer at the site you are now posting at, but also am helping to compile the 70mm venue list for the increasing number of releases. Here for Ready Player One:

HowardBHaas commented about Paramount Theatre on Mar 29, 2018 at 6:11 am

though both the Paramount vertical blade sign and the Newark letters on the marquee are iconic of the city of Newark, the renderings show those words replaced by Pharmacy!

HowardBHaas commented about Alexandria Theatre on Mar 22, 2018 at 7:02 am

OMG. Certain architectural features inside would remain. Not sure what is meant by 1976 marquee that will be removed.

HowardBHaas commented about Goldman Theatre on Mar 22, 2018 at 5:38 am

Also, thanks, John, as to your comments re particular films here and on the Prince (Midtown) and Stanley pages. In the next week or so, I will revise the Introductions as to significant changes. Would welcome a post at Cinema 19 page, too, from you.