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Coate commented about Pequa Theatre on Oct 12, 2005 at 6:39 pm

No, it seems to cause people to come to the realization that you are not a reliable source of information.

Coate
Coate commented about Green Acres Cinemas on Oct 11, 2005 at 11:10 pm

“Someone above mentioned ‘The Towering Inferno’ played here but I think they’re mistaken.” — CConnolly

CConnolly,
I agree, and this is why I had asked RobertR, who made the claim in the theater summary, about it a few posts before yours. I didn’t grow up in the area, though my familiarity with this movie’s release is due to researching the original newspaper ads, of which I’ve kept copies. And if you, or anyone else, is curious, “The Towering Inferno” played in the following Long Island theaters upon its “wide break” in February 1975:

BROOKLYN
Mann Albemarle
Century Avalon
Mann Seaview

QUEENS
UA Crossbay
Century Glen Oaks
UA Midway

NASSAU COUNTY
Century Fantasy, Rockville Centre
UA Playhouse, Great Neck
Century Roosevelt, Garden City
UA Syosset, Syosset

SUFFOLK COUNTY
UA Cinema, Bay Shore
UA Patchogue, Patchogue
Century Shore, Huntington
UA Smithtown, Nesconset
UA Southampton, Southampton

Except for the Mann National in Manhattan, no presentation format notations are present in the ads, suggesting 35mm-mono presentations.

The theater in question, Green Acres, isn’t even listed as playing the film! So if “The Towering Inferno” ever screened at Green Acres, then it would have been at a later date as a move-over, sub-run, re-issue, etc. (This isn’t the first time that RobertR has made a questionable claim. See his “Star Wars” comment on the Pequa page, for example.)

Coate
Coate commented about Stonemont Theatre on Oct 6, 2005 at 2:12 pm

Re early Dolby Stereo presentations in the Atlanta area, another round of research and attempt to summarize yields the following:

Nov 24, 1977: “Star Wars” opens a sub-run at Canton Corners Twin in Marrieta. “Dolby System” logo + “Stereophonic Sound” text is present in the ad, with “Starts Today! Full Surround Stereo” in another part of the ad.

Dec 14, 1977: “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” opens in four area theaters, three of which were promoting Dolby Stereo presentations. (1) Phipps Penthouse, Atlanta (Dolby). (2) Stonemont, Stone Mountain (Dolby). (3) Arrowhead, Jonesboro (Dolby). (4) Akers Mill Square, Smyrna (mono).

Dec 16, 1977: “Saturday Night Fever” opens. The engagement at Mableton Twin in Mableton is advertised as a Dolby Stereo presentation. (“The Only Atlanta Engagement of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Where You Can Hear The Bee-Gee’s In Our New 4 Channel Stereo Sound”)

Dec. 23, 1977: “Star Wars” begins sub-run at Buford Higway Twin in Doraville. Promoted as “Exclusive Engagement! For The 1st Time In Atlanta — Dolby Sound! You May Have Seen ‘Star Wars’, But For The 1st Time, Hear It!”

July 21, 1978: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” opens. Stonemont’s engagement advertised in Dolby Stereo.

Coate
Coate commented about Phipps Plaza Theater on Oct 6, 2005 at 2:08 pm

Re early Dolby Stereo presentations in the Atlanta area, another round of research and atempt to summarize yields the following:

Nov 24, 1977: “Star Wars” opens a sub-run at Canton Corners Twin in Marrieta. “Dolby System” logo + “Stereophonic Sound” text is present in the ad, with “Starts Today! Full Surround Stereo” in another part of the ad.

Dec 14, 1977: “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” opens in four area theaters, three of which were promoting Dolby Stereo presentations. (1) Phipps Penthouse, Atlanta (Dolby). (2) Stonemont, Stone Mountain (Dolby). (3) Arrowhead, Jonesboro (Dolby). (4) Akers Mill Square, Smyrna (mono).

Dec 16, 1977: “Saturday Night Fever” opens. The engagement at Mableton Twin in Mableton is advertised as a Dolby Stereo presentation. (“The Only Atlanta Engagement of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Where You Can Hear The Bee-Gee’s In Our New 4 Channel Stereo Sound”)

Dec. 23, 1977: “Star Wars” begins sub-run at Buford Higway Twin in Doraville. Promoted as “Exclusive Engagement! For The 1st Time In Atlanta — Dolby Sound! You May Have Seen ‘Star Wars’, But For The 1st Time, Hear It!”

[i’ll re-post this on the Stonemont page.]

Coate
Coate commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 28, 2005 at 10:25 pm

Complex opened Dec. 7, 1979.

The initial bookings were:
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (opened Dec. 7 on two screens)
1941 (Dec. 14)
The Jerk (Dec. 14)
Kramer vs. Kramer (Dec. 19)
Going In Style (Dec. 25)

Coate
Coate commented about AMC Fullerton 20 on Sep 27, 2005 at 6:57 pm

Theater opened Dec. 18, 1987.

Coate
Coate commented about Phipps Plaza Theater on Sep 26, 2005 at 2:07 pm

The switch of ownership from ABC to Plitt Southern took place during November 1978.

Coate
Coate commented about Fox Plaza North and South on Sep 25, 2005 at 4:25 pm

Here’s an update regarding the last few postings. I recently had an opportunity to sort this out via microfilm copies of Newsday, one of the Long Island newspapers.

This theater indeed re-opened as the Mid-Plaza 6 in December 1984.

The theater was closed for several weeks during the fall of ‘84 for the renovation. The debut attractions for the re-opening were “Starman” and “Dune,” on Dec. 14, both presented in 70mm. The remaining four screens were filled over the course of the following two weeks.

Coate
Coate commented about Menlo Park Twin Cinema on Sep 25, 2005 at 4:16 pm

“The orginal theatre opened in 1960 with a reserved seat engagement of SPARTACUS.” (TomR, Oct 25, 2004)


“Spartacus” was indeed the debut attraction. However, the theater actually opened in October of 1961 according to the grand opening advertisements that appeared in The Newark Star-Ledger.

Coate
Coate commented about UA 150 on Sep 24, 2005 at 8:50 pm

“This theater, which opened in 1969”

“The twin-cinema (Seattle’s first) was built in 1962 to exploit two of the postwar film business' big-screen fads, 70 mm and Dimension 150.”

“In fact, the theater opened in November of 1969.”


Okay…I looked this up recently in The Seattle Times. The real deal is: the theater opened on October 3, 1969. The debut attractions were “Easy Rider” (on the “150” screen) and “3 Into 2 Won’t Go” on the “70” screen).

Coate
Coate commented about Regency I & II on Sep 4, 2005 at 2:03 am

veyoung,
Elaborating on my previous post…I suspect you were thinking of the Cinerama format, rather than Todd-AO, when you mentioned Philadelphia having the world’s fifth install. Philly was indeed the fifth city to get Cinerama (at the Boyd in Oct. 1953, although it was actually the sixth theatre to have Cinerama installed as by that time New York City had two).

Coate
Coate commented about Syosset Triplex on Sep 3, 2005 at 1:20 pm

Yes.

Coate
Coate commented about Regency I & II on Sep 3, 2005 at 7:14 am

“Pablo mentioned that ‘[the Midtown] was once a Todd-AO house.’ This was, in fact, the 5th Todd-AO installation on the planet.” (veyoung, Nov 25, 2004)


The fifth Todd-AO installation? Are you sure? My research would suggest the Midtown was around the 20th or 21st. Check out the following list and note that Philadelphia is quite a ways down the list.

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Coate
Coate commented about Syosset Triplex on Sep 3, 2005 at 6:59 am

…and here:
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Coate
Coate commented about Southtown Cinema 4 on Aug 31, 2005 at 6:09 am

vclamp,
Are you thinking of the Cinema Westlane?

Coate
Coate commented about Northpoint Theatre on Aug 31, 2005 at 12:16 am

“STAR WARS was only available [initially] to theatres who had 70 and or Dolby Stereo.” (Twistr54, Jun 20)


It is a myth that the initial release of the original “Star Wars” was made available only to Dolby-equipped theaters. The history of this movie’s release has really been screwed up by the faulty memories of people and the false claims made by authors of books and magazine articles on the subject.

Coate
Coate commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 30, 2005 at 4:49 am

“We’ll probably never see a 70MM classic on the big screen again (unless we go to England)”…or L.A. Thank you American Cinematheque!

Coate
Coate commented about Syosset Triplex on Aug 29, 2005 at 5:10 am

I believe the NYC roadshow run of “Young Winston” played at the Columbia.

U.S. premiere, by the way, was held at Grauman’s Chinese during FILMEX, Nov. 9, 1972. L.A. roadshow run began the following day at Loew’s Beverly.

World premiere, I believe, was in London.

Coate
Coate commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 28, 2005 at 5:29 pm

Vito,
Surf the site; we do have some IMAX content posted. What kind of list were you thinking of?

Coate
Coate commented about Southtown Cinema 4 on Aug 27, 2005 at 1:34 pm

I believe this theater was located in West Allis, rather than Milwaukee proper.

The original, first-run, roadshow engagement of “2001: A Space Odyssey” in 1968 was held at Cinema 1.

I believe any first-run Sensurround prints of “Earthquake” distributed in the U.S. were 35mm.

Other classics that ran at Southtown in 70mm were “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return Of The Jedi.”

Theater was run by Marcus (at least during the early ‘80s; not sure about any other period of time).

Coate
Coate commented about UA 150 on Aug 27, 2005 at 5:42 am

Dimension-150 did not exist in 1962.

Coate
Coate commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 27, 2005 at 5:36 am

“I attended a showing of Batman Returns at one of the multiplex screens not the original theatre” (Valencia, Aug 27, 2005)

“If memory serves, and it does so less than it used to, ‘Batman Returns’ would have played when the twin was still next door and not the current 6 plex in the new center.” (Manwithnoname, Aug 27, 2005)


I saw “Batman Returns,” the 1992 entry in the movie series, on opening night in the Chinese’s original, main auditorium. So either Valencia is confusing one “Batman” movie with another or saw the movie after it had been playing a while and the print had been moved to one of the smaller screens next door.

Coate
Coate commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 26, 2005 at 9:31 pm

“The Ziegfeld is the only theatre in the country equipped with 6-track stereophonic sound.”

Don’t you just love the outrageous hype present in that “2001” ad?!

Coate
Coate commented about Camelot Cinemas on Aug 25, 2005 at 4:25 pm

There aren’t enough movies being released in DLP Digital Projection format to justify only a digital projection system in screen #1’s booth. They have a projector for 35mm film presentation and another one for the DLP stuff.

For whatever reasons, I don’t believe the Camelot is showing in DLP any of the three currently available titles: “The Island,” “Sky High,” and “Valiant.”

Coate
Coate commented about Syosset Triplex on Aug 25, 2005 at 1:48 pm

Neither link worked for me.