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Sadly, no. The studios are not transferring all of their titles at 4K for eventual use in rep. cinemas. Some of them are content to tell us to play a Blu-ray or DVD instead of a 35mm or DCP. Sure, the evergreen titles (Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, etc.) will get a nice transfer to DCP, but you’re not likely going to see “On Dangerous Ground” or “This Gun for Hire” as a DCP in the near future.
So they added a guy in the auditorium to ride the sound & lights while keeping a projectionist only to thread up and make changeovers, etc.? Sounds like a monumentally dumb idea.
If there was “no man in the booth”, who was threading up?
Let’s hope that this time they get the aspect ratio of Hugo correct. When I went to see it Thanksgiving day it was cropped to ‘scope when it is supposed to be shown at 1.85. Totally ruining the 3-D photography of the best film of 2011. And no one at “Guest Services” understood a thing that I was talking about.
They also need to fix their non-3D auditoriums as Sherlock Holmes in #3 this past weekend was dim since they were running it through the 3-D lenses. And fix that annoying subwoofer boom while they’re at it :)
Thanks Chas, glad you enjoyed the show you made that weekend. As we announced, I ran that red reel as a demo so everyone understood why the program change – the Madhouse was even worse than that. Birdie should be great – brand new digital ‘print’ from Sony with 5.1 stereo track.
MPol – it happens. We’ve been lucky in the 9 years of our programs that it’s only happened a couple of times. Not a bad track record for almost 300 different shows in that time.
Unfortunately the print of Madhouse was even worse than the print of Hound. We’ve decided to change out those two programs as no suitable materials for either title could be obtained.
“The Skull” (1965) (replaces the scheduled showing of The Hound of the Baskervilles), presented in HD courtesy Paramount Pictures. Starring Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee.
“Scream and Scream Again” (1970) (replaces the scheduled showing of Madhouse), presented in 35mm courtesy of MGM. Starring Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing.
“The Skull” (1965) (replaces the scheduled showing of The Hound of the Baskervilles), presented in HD courtesy Paramount Pictures.
“Scream and Scream Again” (1970) (replaces the scheduled showing of Madhouse), presented in 35mm courtesy of MGM.
Thanks MPol and Marcel.
Print updates for the HorrorThon, which starts Friday night (note Metropolis begins at 8pm):
HD version of Metropolis (Moroder version) looks fine. If you like that version, you’ll be very pleased. Sounds great.
Mysterious Island digital ‘print’ from Sony arrives tomorrow but should look flawless and it has the new 5.1 stereo surround sound on it.
Monster that Challenged the World is a mint 35mm print, it’s pretty much new and will be great to project.
Double Feature: “X – The Man with X Ray Eyes” is near-mint and has perfect color; “Planet of the Vampires” is also near-mint with perfect color. A little treat – it has the original Italian title on it! “Terrore Nello Spazio”
The Hound of the Baskervilles print has, unfortunately, faded color. Almost sepia-tone. MGM has no other print. We’re trying to obtain an alternate source (possibly an HD transfer), but will run the print if nothing else can be found.
Madhouse has not arrived yet.
Friday the 13th is the uncut version (I’m told it’s 10 seconds of new footage) and looks fine via Paramount’s digital print.
If you can only make one show, make it the double feature as it’s going to be a lot of fun and look great.
Just a note, the Metropolis show on Friday is an 8pm start.
HD version of Metropolis looks fine. If you like that version, you’ll be very pleased. Sounds great.
Double Feature: “X – The Man with X Ray Eyes” is near-mint and has perfect color; “Planet of the Vampires” is also near-mint with perfect color. A little treat – it has the original Italian title on it! “Terrore Nello Spazio”.
Friday the 13th is the uncut version (I’m told it’s 10 seconds of gory footage) and looks fine via Paramount’s digital print.
Yes, the Saturday night show is a genuine Double Feature – 2 for 1 – just like the old days.
THE HORRORTHONThe Lafayette’s annual salute to classic horror and science fiction films is coming October 21-22-23.
Friday 10/21: Giorgio Moroder presents “Metropolis”
Saturday 10/221:30 “Mysterious Island”3:45 “The Monster that Challenged the World ”
Drive-In Double Feature begins at 7:30 (rare drive-in trailers and promos show between the features): “X – The Man with the X-Ray Eyes” PLUS “Planet of the Vampires”
3:45 “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (1959)
5:45 “Madhouse” (1974)
8:30 “Friday the 13th” (1980)
Here’s the fall season:
9/17 – The Guns of Navarone, with Gregory Peck & David Niven (digital restoration, with stereo sound)
9/24 – Dodsworth, with Walter Huston & Mary Astor
10/1 – Wuthering Heights, with Laurence Olivier & Merle Oberon
10/8 – State of the Union, with Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn
10/15 – Written on the Wind, with Rock Hudson & Laurne Bacall
10/29 – The Uninvited, with Ray Milland & Gail Russell
11/5 – Bye Bye Birdie, with Ann-Margret & Dick Van Dyke (digital restoration, with stereo sound)
11/12 – Elmer Gantry, with Burt Lancaster & Jean Simmons
11/19 – Winchester ‘73, with James Stewart & Shelly Winters
11/26 – The Wizard of Oz, with Judy Garland
12/3 – Bringing Up Baby, with Cary Grant & Katharine Hepburn
12/10 – The Bells of St. Mary’s, with Bing Crosby & Ingrid Bergman
12/17 – It’s a Wonderful Life, with James Stewart & Donna Reed
GUNS is most likely a digital cinema show, featuring the new restored negative and 4-channel stereo track.
Really? Some of the the others listed are Oscar winners, from directors such as William Wyler, Richard Brooks, Anthony Mann, and with stars like Burt Lancaster, James Stewart, Walter Huston, Rock Hudson, Ray Milland.
The complete fall schedule should be posting today or tomorrow…still filling a couple of dates.
Opening show for the Fall season on 9/17: THE GUNS OF NAVARONE.
We have a great lineup coming – others include DODSWORTH, WRITTEN ON THE WIND, BYE BYE BIRDIE, WINCHESTER ‘73, THE UNINVITED, ELMER GANTRY, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and more.
Yes, the Lafayette made it through the rain fine – just a little water coming under the front exits, as it always does in heavy rain.
We’ll be announcing our fall season of Big Screen Classics in the next week or so – the first show is on September 17.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the original film where maybe we could check the date code to better identify. The town archivist got the tape that contained it a while ago and said that it’s from 1926 (there was other footage unrelated to the theatre that he was able to date it as such). Remember that the Lafayette didn’t open until 1924 in any case, so Nanook had to been playing on a return engagement of some sort.
House of Wax is available in polarized double-system 3-D 35mm prints (I played it in 2004 & 2005) and might also be available in side-by-side single-strip polarized 35mm. However, the venues may not be capable of handling those formats (and may not have the required silver screen). I believe the 70mm prints were created back in the 70s and would be long faded by now.
You’re correct, mbd. After (over) 300 movies and 9 years, my memory is clouded…to say the least. So that means we ran two serials. :)
The serial we ran was “Dangers of the Canadian Mounted”, which was fun. Couple of problems with trying that again is that there are very few 35mm prints around (DotCM was a collector’s print) from the studios – Sony/Columbia has a few, but that’s it. Another issue was the running time being added to the show made our normal first-run schedule very tight – a lot tighter than the studios normally allow, which caused more than a few problems with them.
Yes, it’s a short walk (under 10 mins) from the Suffern train station to the theatre. You’ll take the train from Penn in NY to Secaucus Junction and switch trains. Go to www.njtransit.org and put Penn in as starting point and Suffern Station as end point. The 9:14 from Penn arrives at 10:03, a pretty quick trip.
See you there!
Tomorrow’s showing of “Shanghai Express” with Marlene Dietrich should be a winner – the 35mm print from Universal is an excellent one and looks great on our silver screen.
Sounds great – good luck with the series. Are these all 35mm film or a mix of film and video?
No plans as of now for Rivertown’s shows to return.
Thanks guys, should be a great season. And as always for the Bond film, we will have a display of rare memorabilia from the movie’s release.