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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I meant DCP of Cleopatra.

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm

JodarMovieFan, Patton (70mm) had a little surround sound, and I do mean a little. I asked & was told DTS version was shown. As I commented earlier, this year I saw the DCP version of Lawrence of Arabia at Ambler Theatre outside Philly & there was nice surround, and CDCP of Cleopatra at UA King of Prussia but it lacked surround sound. 70mm films that were 6 track had surround sound. I, too, would like more surround sound.

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HowardBHaas commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm

relevant part of above article- A particularly gruesome mutilation was the one visited on Thomas Lamb’s 1917 Rivoli Theater, once at 49th and Broadway. Lamb did not literally reproduce the Doric facade of the Parthenon, but on busy Broadway it was certainly close enough.

The white glazed terra-cotta facade lasted until 1986, when the owners destroyed a column and beheaded the top — gods, classical drapery, chariots and all. At the time, preservation groups were focused on the stage theaters; the Rivoli was built for film, and it was not on anyone’s radar until the bucrania were out of the barn.

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HowardBHaas commented about Bala Theatre on Jul 21, 2013 at 1:20 am

Yes, already revised in my Intro above, chain link, etc. Bow Tie!

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HowardBHaas commented about Hiway Theatre on Jul 16, 2013 at 4:51 pm

As they mentioned on Facebook, last Thursday eve’s DCP screening of classic “Casablanca” sold out at the Hiway!

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 14, 2013 at 9:56 am

Enjoyed yesterday beautiful 70mm print of “Patton” in the historic auditorium. Had missed it early last year when it was shown prior to the 1st 70mm “spectacular” (film festival) so am thankful it was included in the current 2nd series. I asked & confirmed this was the DTS sound version. Sound was also great. Internet research reveals that in 2002, all prints were a wreck, so a new print was created.

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HowardBHaas commented about Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Jul 12, 2013 at 12:59 am

I’ve added to photos 4 of my photos from the Left auditorium of details of original designs on the ceilings & walls, in paint & plaster. Coat of arms in ceiling! Angels in plaster on walls!

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HowardBHaas commented about Rave Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15 on Jul 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Chris, to reply to your Rave LA question, too, Mea Culpa, I changed the name, added to the Intro, and changed the theater chain. When I changed the name, Rave wasn’t on the homepage but you are right- it is there now. It may take a week, but I will change back those names changed on other pages, as well as complete the theater chain & Intro changes.

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HowardBHaas commented about Cinerama Films at the Gaslamp Theatre on Jul 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Does this mean the films are shown on a 40 foot wide screen?

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HowardBHaas commented about Loew's Pitkin Redeveloped As Charter School on Jul 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Is the newspaper’s “pre” photo exterior or interior? were all the interior spaces gutted? (a question also asked by Scott on the cinema’s page).

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HowardBHaas commented about 70mm Film Series Returns to the AFI Silver Theatre on Jun 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm

At UA King of Prussia, Cleopatra was shown in auditorium # 4, which has 200 seats and that size among the 2nd smallest auditoriums there in seat capacity but for scope has about 40 foot wide screen, quite large. I did the best that I could to actually measure it by pacing in front of it. Cleopatra was shown in proper 2.20 ratio. The blu ray has 5.1 Dolby Digital surround. I’d like to experience the movie in surround. Regardless, seeing the entirely restored 4 hour Cleopatra was fantastic! I had only previously seen the 3 hour version, in an old print. My understanding is the 4 hour version was roadshowed in NYC & LA but most Americans elsewhere only got to see the 3 hour version. The original filming was 6 hours meant by the director for 2 separate movie releases but Fox insisted on releasing only one 4 hour movie (which was then cut down, as said).

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HowardBHaas commented about 70mm Film Series Returns to the AFI Silver Theatre on Jun 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

This year, I saw the 4k restored Lawrence of Arabia at the Ambler Theatre and the digital restoration of Cleopatra at UA King of Prussia. Lawrence was shown with surround sound. Cleopatra wasn’t. Both had gorgeous colors & looked stunning. Neither looked like 70mm resolution. There’s a restored 70mm Cleopatra & I was hoping the AFI Silver would show that.

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jun 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm

JodarMovieFan, I’ve glanced at the online calendar. Films that were filmed in 65mm and so possibly will be part of the 70mm series (in addition to those you listed) include in July, Star! and in August, Samsara, Ice Station Zebra, and Cleopatra

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HowardBHaas commented about Richmond Theater on Jun 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Photo in ex-auditorium in yesterday’s Philadelphia Sunday Inquirer in Business section re Port Richmond “Area gets younger, but Polish food endures” http://articles.philly.com/2013-06-23/business/40148369_1_port-richmond-northern-liberties-swiacki-meats

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jun 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

JodarMovieFan, I saw “Gettysburg” in 35mm when it was released and thought it excellent. It is 70mm blow up. I think the 70mm series is likely films that aren’t blow up, and am eager to see the full list (not yet available online).

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HowardBHaas commented about Movie theaters roll out marquee architecture on Jun 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm

My comment was for the other news item, where I’ve now placed it. By googling WSJ, I read the article. The Metro & other historic theaters are mentioned for the interesting architecture.

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HowardBHaas commented about Spielberg and Lucas discuss claim more expensive movies are coming on Jun 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I noted at the UA King of Prussia 16 page tomorrow’s preview $50 screening of World War Z, but loaded with extras, I think that’s an exception. Unfortunately, many people seem content to watch movies on TV or other devices so it is hard to believe that many movies will be $50 and impossible to believe they will be $100 or $150.

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HowardBHaas commented about Movie theaters roll out marquee architecture on Jun 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I noted at the UA King of Prussia 16 page tomorrow’s preview $50 screening of World War Z, but loaded with extras, I think that’s an exception. Unfortunately, many people seem content to watch movies on TV or other devices so it is hard to believe that many movies will be $50 and impossible to believe they will be $100 or $150.

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HowardBHaas commented about UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 and IMAX on Jun 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

United Artists King of Prussia Stadium 16 is the only Philadelphia cinema to advertise the $50 Mega Ticket for World War Z, June 19 at 7:30 PM in 3 D preview screening that includes a HD digital copy (when available to download), a pair to keep of 3D glasses, a limited edition poster, and a small popcorn.

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HowardBHaas commented about Coronet 1 & 2 on Jun 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I saw a movie in the Cinema 3 that was a small single screen in the Plaza Hotel http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6461

I didn’t get to the Paramount Columbus Circle but figured it wasn’t too small http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2654

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HowardBHaas commented about Eric Pilgrim Gardens on Jun 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

These are Abt’s comments from the homepage item as to Mystery Eric Theatres-

who could forget the exit doors BELOW the screen. Saw Damnation Alley in Sound 360 here (a failed attempt at recreating sensurround). The theater also had 70MM capability (Starman, Raiders, among others) and, for its time, was a well run house.

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HowardBHaas commented about Eric Reading on Jun 17, 2013 at 12:25 am

Thanks. I will revise the Intro.

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HowardBHaas commented about Eric Allentown on Jun 15, 2013 at 1:27 am

M Coate, we (Friends of the Boyd) purchased 22 Eric theater photos. I’ve gone to a lot of time & effort to identify all but one & post them on this site (since only one -this one- had its name on the back of the photos) and I’ve added a few theater pages when needed such as this one. I do prefer as accurate details as I can find, but have no time to research primary sources for most theaters. However, if anybody puts detail info as Comments, I do take the time to revise the Introduction. Coming soon: a night time photo! We purchased the remaining photos from the series.

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HowardBHaas commented about Mystery Eric theatres on Jun 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Not bad! All but one photo positively identified! 22 photos of 13 different Eric theaters were acquired by from someone who had received them in 1980 from Sameric Corporation (originally there would have been many more at Sameric) 5 exterior photos of the Sam Eric (Boyd), Eric Mark One (a rendering), Eric Rittenhouse, Eric Wynnewood, and Eric King have no numbers on the backs. 3 photographs (30592, 3, and 4) have been identified as Eric Concordville (Delaware County, PA). 4 photos (31622, 3, 4, 5) have been identified as Eric Pilgrim Gardens (also Delco) 2 exterior photos (32893, 4) appear to be Eric Lawrenceville, NJ 3 photos (32629, 31, 35) have been identified as Eric Allentown 2 exterior photos (36378, 83) have been identified as Eric Reading (which will soon be added to this website) One exterior photo (38785) has been identified as Eric II Pennsauken, NJ One auditorium photo (39130) there are suggestions, but no corroboration yet One exterior photo (40323) appears to be Eric Feasterville (Bucks County, PA A few more photos are on their way, so stay tuned!

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HowardBHaas commented about Avalon Theatre on Jun 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm

from Avalon email yesterday- On June 24th, the Avalon will begin the project to install elevator access to Avalon 2 as the final project funded by the Avalon Legacy Campaign. In addition, the downstairs and upstairs lobby areas of theater 2 will be renovated, and new, fully accessible bathrooms will replace the existing restrooms.