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It is the greed of taking advantage of a built in audience instead of taking a chance with a fresh idea.It would stop if people stopped going to them.
I also think THE FUGITIVE is tops.Number 2 CONTINENTAL DIVIDE with John Belushi.
It is not me,i am from London,Ontario.I was 9 years old when ENTER THE DRAGON came out,but i relate to their stories.
Thank you,i really enjoyed that being a projectionist myself who just happens to be running LA VIE EN ROSE right now!I am also a big Bruce Lee fan and i remember how exciting it was to watch a Bruce Lee film with an audience back then because he had so much presence and ability.
This was the sister theatre to Windsor Ontarios Capitol which is on the endangered list.
Wow,i would love to see pictures!Do they have a website?I just moved out of a screen tower apartment.The Mustang in London Ontario which used to be called the Sunset.
The Hyland Cinema in London Ontario Canada is the cities last single screen still in operation.Built in 1933 as the Elmwood,closed in 1989,reopened 2005 as an art theatre.It is very nice and the only alternative if you want the classic feel.400 seats down from 600.I am getting ready to mount curtains salvaged from downtowns last movie palace.
This theatre lasted 86 years and became the last movie palace in downtown London,it was in great shape and a dream project for anyone who might have renovated it.[me!]Our so called city hall gave out a demolition permit like ice cream to a child,with the understanding the facade will be preserved.It was only when the developer wanted to remove it as well that it became an issue with council.We cant have a gap tooth downtown!
I saw it first run at the Capitol in London Ontario and then later at our famous Park theatre in a 70mm double feature BLADE RUNNER and THE ROAD WARRIOR!My friends and i went many times.I ran it as a projectionist at the New Yorker in the 90s many times.
I was speaking with someone involved with the Woodstock drive-in who knew everything about the Capitol and he spoke positively about it.He was picking up a film from me for the drive-in.He may be the owner of the drive-in,This was about a year ago,i will try to investigate as i want to know more myself.It is located on main street downtown.Woodstock is booming lately with a new Toyota plant under construction and rumours of a second!
In the 70s 4-track magnetic was installed in the main theatre 1.The booth from 1976 on was located in the center of the original auditorium.The stage half kept mostly intact but the back half altered mainly with drop ceiling hiding the ornate ceiling above.For 30 years of this new booths existence was the chance to look above the drop ceiling and see center auditorium ceiling preserved above.This devision was carefully executed to be undone one day.This June 25 is one year since demolition.The days leading up to it was the closest it came to restoration with most fake walls and drop ceiling removed,original booth exposed,port hole window glass and everything.It was an amazing site to see,but i was one of the few to see it.My eyes are watering even now.
I am grateful to Mark Cosens for saving this gem,as i had the honor of projecting on and off during the 90s!I cant wait to see more input on this theatre page.
Im sure you have but just in case.The Capitol in Windsor Ontario is a gem worth considering and the Capitol in Woodstock is for sale cheap but i dont know much about it other than it had a balcony.
Actually it is across the bridge from detroit.Niagara falls is 3hours away.The location in downtown Windsor near the waterfront is good but i think the theatre may have been mismanaged.The decision to keep the back have devided for instance instead of a complete restoration.I think its worth a look but good luck anyhow.
Please check out the Capitol in Windsor Ontario Canada.It is a Thomas Lamb theatre bult by Loews in 1920.Great location!It has a page on this site.
The pictures reveal a once great theatre and Michael Branch has my sympathy.
Michael Moore is the man,i wish we had more like him.
In my city i know what its like to lose every last one of these so i relate completely.This looks like a great place.
I forgot to mention Londons Capitol had extreme width!
C.Howard Crane may have been a visionary regarding screen width because he designed the Capitol in London Ontario which opened in 1920 and was also called the Allen originally.
BayCityJohn! I enjoyed your video very much and wanted to share the fact that my beloved Capitol theatre in London Ontario was also a C Howard Crane Masterpiece.
What Really bugs me is for example THE DEER HUNTER.For years it was non anamorphic,poor quality,no extras and then suddenly a special edition appears looking fantastic but hardly any extras.I think some fans of the film may purchase it but the cheap version is so deeply saturated in video stores and dvd collections that the new version is mostly ignored.I agree a not so special edition hurts the value of the medium.I have started a HD DVD collection now!It is great but expensive.
As good as Dolby Digital and DTS can be they are still below cd quality sound in general, although that is soon to change with Digital Cinema.The sound quality of big magnetic audio tracks on an up to date system cant be touched if the print is new.Also theatre accoustics in a stadium seating, square room can be bad for sound.Theatre palaces were designed with good sound in mind.In my home theatre i easily out perform the typical multiplex.THX houses with surround EX are close and in some ways better but overall 70mm 6-track Dolby Stereo sound has yet to be topped.The best sounding 70mm i ever heard was FAME,THE WALL,APOCALYPSE NOW,EMPIRE,JEDI,RAIDERS,TEMPLE OF DOOM,BRAINSTORM and STAR TREK films.
In London Ontario Canada we were lucky to have the Park theatre,800 seats,2 and half story tall curved screen and 70mm 6-track Dolby Stereo.Wow it was great!Empire played the same way 3 years earlier and 1 year earlier a Star Wars/Empire double feature played in 70mm here!Those were great times.
This is a Thomas W .Lamb theatre which must be saved!Its not like we have any more of these around here!