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Michael did an awesome job with Homepage News for years! On occasion I emailed him suggested stories and on occasion he asked my permission to use my photos. He was always very polite, very nice, and very supportive of historic preservation of cinemas and of this website.
Somebody please step to the plate for this important task so this wonderful website can have this great feature!
Kevanos, thank you for the improvement! I had noticed the recent prior link didn’t hold up well on HD computer. This is so much better. I saw an image of the larger auditorium 1 screen. To show scope films did it expand left & right or was it narrowed from top & bottom from masking? Can you estimate the screen’s height & how wide (at its widest, for a scope film)? I’d welcome a screenshot of that screen & auditorium. Other than the screen, it is very nice to see all the other details in the improved video.
1 Nov 2014 NFI # 1, sold out for Brazil with Terry Gilliam Q & A, photographed by Howard B. Haas
Facebook says this & also that it is Free!
Join us on October 28th as we kick off “Going to the Movies” Oral history event. We will be discussing and reminiscing about the old Macarthur Theater, which hosted the premiere of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The event includes a wine and cheese reception followed by a lecture with Dr. Robert K Headley. Dr. Headley is the author of Motion Picture Exhibitions in Washington, DC: An Illustrated History of Parlors, Palaces and Multiplexes in the Metropolitan Area, 1894 – 1997. This discussion is presented by the DC Independent Film Festival with support from the Humanities Council of Washington DC.
The event is on the 28th at Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. Reception is at 6:30 with the lecture to begin at 7:10.
see this site’s Homepage News today for Oct 28 event regarding this theater.
As to aspect ratio, The Master was 1.85 “flat” but 70mm was commonly 2.20 not 2.35 (scope)though a few early 70mm films half a century ago were even wider.
My favorites are the Paris, which is on the list, and the Ziegfeld which should be on the list.
My notes indicate the KB Cinema had 24 speakers. That’s likely from an old newspaper article, but I might have also counted them up on the walls.
THIS is the Ziegfeld page, where masking is used. For complaints on lack of masking in newer or redone theaters, please post on those pages.
It is a 4k projector but I don’t know what model. In all films, surround sound comes from Ziegfeld’s surround speakers. NO surround during my screening of The Master. I would’ve heard the ocean & so forth!
Gone Girl’s audio was a special treat.
I saw The Master at the Ziegfeld. Projetion was excellent. There was no surround sound, which is the complaint. Surround is normally excellent as it was yesterday for Gone Girl which I saw there.
JodarMovieFan, I saw Gone Girl yesterday at the Ziegfeld. For several years, I haven’t seen the curtain used. The surround sound is incredible. It is a quicker trip from Philly than DC, but if you want to see Interstellar in regular 70mm, your other choice might be to wait to see it if is in a 70mm classic series or showing at the AFI. I doubt the Regal Majestic wants it next door at the same time.
Thank you for the new link!
JodarMovieFan, so far AFI hasn’t booked it. DC has 70mm Imax but if you want to see it in regular 70mm, go to NYC to the Ziegfeld (where I saw The Master). I didn’t know the Senator no longer has 70mm. https://interstellar.withgoogle.com/70mm-film
The implication I would get from the above language is that the film was the 1st to open at a theater primarily still being used as a legit theater. Other theaters may have switched full time to movies, or built as nickelodeons.
Alan, most of that info is already in my Introduction above but thanks for the 1963 closing date, which will be included above.
Ah, I didn’t see the engagement list yesterday & wanted to see it. Now I see there’s a page 2 to the article, and there’s the list.
Facebook page says closed August 3. Reopening date not announced. Fall sometime.
The update is that the theater is posted for Sheriff’s sales as taxes not paid to the School District.
I see fewer movies because there aren’t curtains! And, today there’s a trend away from masking which will result in my seeing fewer movies, too.
I like that photo, the one with the curtain. I posted it. I’ve taken my own photos but not as nice as this one. During the years we weren’t allowed to post photos, somebody sent that photo to me with the request that I share it, which is what I did. Haven’t seen the curtain close at the Ziegfeld in a while, so can’t take new photos with current camera of it closed.
Today’s movie theaters are starting to also not even use masking! New multiplexes & redone movie houses have decided that with digital film, masking isn’t needed, even when the screen isn’t filled with the movie image. So we keep going further away from proper presentations….
Yes, we’ve now met. Thanks again for taking the photo. Had seen a 70mm print of The Sound of Music in 1991 at the Uptown. My article at top right links to my article last year about 70mm festival at Seattle Cinerama. Saw magnificient newer, restored looking 70mm print of The Sound of Music there.
Please be clear. Did AMC state they will close this theater?
I wrote up this year’s 70mm film series here. There’s links & names of the prior festivals’s movies, too
I had intended on going this past Sunday to see silent 35mm The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and 70 mm The Agony and the Ecstasy. I had read that prints shown in prior years elsewhere in the world of the 70mm print were excellent. Did anybody see it this past weekend? How was the print?