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Scaffolding has gone up around the entrance to this theatre on Surf Ave. Anyone know why?
It’s a Marshalls Dept. Store although only the first floor is being used.
About 10 years ago the FF screened a pre-code musical festival and almost every show was sold out. Silents do well also. I would guess the reason being these are films that are not available on home video or aired on cable.
When FF screens older American films the attendance is always high. All the shows on the current Film Noir program have been well attended. Last year FF screened about 3 classic Hollywood films between July and December and I really think that was the reason for the drop in attendance last year.
Were 3 projector Cinerama films ever screened at the Chicago theatre?
There were lines around the block when “Independence Day” opened in 1996. I had to go to a 10 AM show to get in.
A great show. Brought back memories of seeing this film at the Loews Oriental in Brooklyn back in the 1960’s. (a re-issue). I noticed sitting near me was a guy with a walkie-talkie who what call the projection booth to tell them to correct the sound durring the film. Really a great idea.
When I saw Independance day the ticket holders line went ¾ of the way around the block! There really is no place to put the crowd waiting for the next show other than outside.
You are right about the Criterion laserdisc edition of Close Encounters. Its possible to view 3 different versions of the film but you have to stop the film to access the right scenes on the disc.
You can add the Marboro to that list.
I believe an office building is slated to be constucted at the Howard Johnson’s site. The rest. closed last year.
I saw “Kiss Me Kate” at the Film Forum in 3D and I do not remember anything wrong with the presentation. In fact I never had eye-strain from any of the Film Forun’s 3D shows. By the way I always felt the Film Forum saying that “Kiss Me Kate” was not screened in NY in 3D before they did it had to be inaccurate.
When the Film Forum first screened this film in 3-D I believe they advertised it as being the first time this film was screened that way in NY. I guess they were wrong.
While it makes more sense to run a film optically I would like to see the “Vitaphone” process used (Even if just for a short) just to experience what it would have been like back in 1928-29 to view and hear a film using that process.
I’m just hoping they can open the balcony sometime in the near future. The “Vitaphon Project” has complete sets of discs to many early films so I guess it is possible (But highly unlikely) that the Jersey could screen a film using the Vitaphon process.
Wow!, Thanks for the info. Wish I had been old enough to see White Christmas screened that way. Really must have been something to see.
Thanks REndres for the “VistaVision” info. Any idea how “White Christmas” looked when screened horizontally. Would it have looked much the same as it does today. I was at the screening of WC at the Loews 34th st last Dec.
I saw a rerelease of “The Ten Commandments” at the Loews Oriental around 1964 so I am really looking forward to seeing it at The Jersey. Have one question. Does anyone know if any original Vista Vision (Horizontal) projectors are still in existance?
If this overture was not originally part of the film it should not have been added to the DVD. Maybe the overture was added to the film for foreign distribution and not used in the US.
The “King Kong” overture must have been discovered quite recently since the current DVD release is the only version that has it.
“The Great Ziegfeld” had an overture and that film was released in 1936. I know “The Sign Of The Cross” had an intermission but I am not sure about an overture. The original “King Kong” had an overture. It has been restored to the film in its recent DVD release.
I just watched an episode of the 1989 TV series “Ailen Nation” and there were scenes filmed in the balcony of a “Palace” theatre in LA. Was that this theatre? It appeared to be a rather large balcony and the movie “My Darling Clementine” was playing on the screen.
There is also the large (not IMAX) theatre at the Loews (AMC) Lincoln Square multiplex. This theatre has a balcony and looks like an old time theatre inside.
Went to the 4:30 screening of “Braveheart” yesterday. No trailers and the print looked great. Hope this series continues. There was a survey card given out where you could list the movies you would want to see at the Ziegfeld. Hopefully this means there are plans to continue this series.