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“During the 1970’s and through to 1983 it became part of the Pussycat chain of cinemas playing adult porn movies. In 1983 it was completely re-decorated, with new stage draperies, new seats and a Dolby sound system was installed…” (Ken Roe)
I don’t think the years or Dolby-install data is correct. The Eagle was booking first-run studio films during 1980, some of them advertising Dolby Stereo presentations.
“When will the Downtown Mann have its own listing on Cinema Treasures? Budyboy, do you know enough about it to post one?” (Jesse Hoheisel)
An interesting book on the subject of Minneapolis area movie theaters is “Show Houses: Twin Cities Style” by Kirk J. Besse (Victoria, 1995).
I don’t know of any currently scheduled anniversary screenings other than what has been mentioned in this thread. I’ve made the suggestion to several festival directors. If you know anyone who works at a theater equipped with 70mm and DTS, I would suggest encouraging them to try to book the new print. (I do not know if Fox has struck any new 35mm prints. I’ve seen the new 70, and it looks fantastic!)
Related to the film’s anniversary is tribute article and original roadshow engagement list that I’ve been working on for a while. I think this is right up the alley of the average Cinema Treasures regular, so I’d like to bring this to your attention in case you’re not already aware of it.
Non-fans of “The Sound Of Music” and those unfamiliar with the roadshow era will likely not understand or appreciate the list. But those of you who are fans of the movie and/or understand the appeal of the roadshow-style presentations will probably like the list and will “get” the nostalgia and history.
I’ll be curious to see how this thread develops and who will point out if and where they saw “The Sound Of Music” in its original run.
“I fondly recall the 3 Star Wars premier lines I sat in for days at the great Centre Theatre in downtown SLC. That summer I returned almost every day and then, a year later, enjoyed the 1 year anniversary celebration for Star Wars. Anyone else have similar memories?” (Marcus Cole)
If you have fond memories of seeing the original “Star Wars” movies, then you’ll probably enjoy these articles:
“ ‘Oklahoma’ also ran first-run 70mm roadshow at the Uptown Theatres' in Washington DC and Houston.” (veyoung)
Wasn’t the original Houston engagement of “Oklahoma!” at the Tower Theatre?
View link (scroll down to 22 June 1956)
Back to the Coronet…this theatre was among the initial batch of venues to install Dolby Digital for “Batman Returns” in June 1992. The intallation and industry-wide acceptance of digital sound, of course, being related to the demise of the 70mm format.
From a couple of posts earlier, I forgot to include “Around The World In Eighty Days” in the list of 70mm engagements that ran at the Coronet. It premiered Dec. 26, 1956 and ran for quite a long time.
It was noted earlier that “The Sound Of Music” ran at this theatre for over a year and a half. If anyone is interested in the exact duration, it was for 85 weeks (Apr. 15, 1965 – Nov. 30, 1966).
Regarding the operator of the Loma, KenRoe beat me to it! I’d like to add, though, for clarification that Fox became NGC which became Mann. So at various times, the Loma (and other San Diego area theatres) was identified as being operated by all of those companies.
Mann (and Pacific) began phasing out their large, single-screen venues (such as the Loma, Valley Circle, Cinema 21, Cinerama, etc.) as the multiplexes started to become the norm (Hazard Center, Mann 9 at the Grove, Cinerama 6, etc.). Of course, as we all recognize, this sort of “evolution” happened everywhere, not just in San Diego.
Some of the highlights of the history of the Loma were its 70mm and/or reserved-seat engagements.
Can-Can (Premiere Date: June 1, 1960)
Lawrence Of Arabia (Mar. 27, 1963)
Becket (June 18, 1964)
The Sound Of Music (Mar. 31, 1965)
Star! (Dec. 18, 1968)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (Oct. 7, 1970)
Fiddler On The Roof (Dec. 14, 1971)
Man Of La Mancha (Dec. 14, 1972)
The Sound Of Music (Aug. 25, 1978 re-issue)
Sleeping Beauty (Nov. 2, 1979 re-issue)
The Island (June 13, 1980)
Divine Madness (Sep. 26, 1980)
E.T. (June 11, 1982)
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (May 23, 1984)
American Flyers (Nov. 22, 1985)
Young Sherlock Holmes (Dec. 4, 1985)
Top Gun (May 16, 1986)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Nov. 26, 1986)
and, perhaps most notably, a rare 70mm engagement of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” double-billed with “2001: A Space Odyssey” (Dec. 4, 1981)
“Did [‘The Happiest Millionaire’] really open Roadshow in other cities?” (RobertR)
“A 70MM print of "Howard’s End” was shown at the Paris for nearly a year in the early 1990s.“ (ErikH)
A couple of minor corrections re the New York City run of “Howards End” — the film did play at the Paris, though the theater was known as the Fine Arts at the time. The duration of the Fine Arts run was 33 weeks. It immediately moved to the Village East, where it ran for another 31 weeks in 70mm.
“What specific venues have the new Dolby Digital Cinema system?” (JodarMovieFan)
Daly City, CA: Century 20
Long Beach, CA: Regal Long Beach Stadium 26
Los Angeles, CA: Mann Village
Los Angeles, CA: Pacific Cinerama Dome
Meridian, ID: Hallett Majestic
New York, NY: Pavilion
New York, NY: Ziegfeld
Peoria, AZ: Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18
San Francisco, CA: Loews Metreon
San Jose, CA: Century 22
Yakima Valley, WA: Hallett Grand Cinemas Yakima Valley
Bath, UK: Kingsmead Leisure Centre
London, UK: Odeon Leicester Square
Paris, France: Gaumont Marignon
Swindon, UK: Greenbridge
For a list of Digital Cinema presentations of “Revenge Of The Sith,” click the following link. (The list is a work-in-progress, indcates some of the current-generation 2K presentations, and will be updated later in the week.)
“I spent many an hour in line waiting to get in to see the original Star Wars (seven times I think). 70mm – WOW.” (Bill Ralph)
“I remember few theaters and movies in Indy like I do standing in line many, many time for several hours with buddies from North Central to see Star Wars (later Empire Strikes Back). Wow that 70mm screen was amazing!” (boxtermike)
“I remember seeing the three STAR WARS movies there in addition to THE WALL, ALIEN and DUNE.” (Mike Hunter)
While the original “Star Wars” played at the Eastwood Theater, I do not believe they ran a 70mm print. (“Empire” and “Jedi” were shown in 70mm.) By the way, the Indianapolis engagement of “Star Wars” was among the initial batch of limited market showings that began May 25, 1977 which…was 28 years ago TODAY!
A list of the original engagements and data on presentation types appears here:
I also wish to point out this link to a piece on “Alien” because I recall one of the newspaper advertisements used was from the Indianapolis Eastwood engagement, which used a very cool “showmanship” style 70mm logo.
QUOTE: “How is the digital projection at this theater? I know there are several brands out there, some newer and better than others, and of different quality.
So who has the best digital projection, this screen or the ones at AMC or Loews? Or are there others I should consider for the best digital presentation?“ (saps)
The Ziegfeld is equipped with a current-generation digital projection system capable of showing movies at 2K resolution. So seeing “Revenge Of The Sith” at the Ziegfeld should offer picture quality as good as or better than any competing cinemas also showing a digital presentation.
Check out the following list if you’re curious where the Digital Cinema presentations are being held:
This theatre was also known as:
Cinema I&II (its grand opening name)
(The Cinema Treasures staff may wish to add those AKAs into the main theater details.)
QUOTE: “[The Northpark] was one of only 20 theaters in the nation to run ‘Star Wars’ on its opening weekend in May of 1977.”
Well, almost correct! The number of original engagements initiated during May 1977 was forty-three. (If anyone is curious which venues were included in that initial launch of “Star Wars,” I encourage you to read my article “May 25, 1977: A Day Long Remembered,” which can be accessed from the link provided below. How many of the 43 original theaters still exist today?)
Something noteworthy about this place when it was known as the Music Hall was that it was the venue selected for the 1977 world premiere of “A Bridge Too Far.” (The Boston area engagements were held elsewhere.) Also, in 1971, a special 70mm print was struck specifically for the Music Hall engagement of the X-rated 3-D film “The Stewardesses.”
“I am surprised this was operated as a cinema as late as 1988 because I can’t really remember going here, though I think I saw STAR WARS here in the summer of ‘83.” (hardtop)
“On July 29th of 1983, "Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back” was re-released as a double feature at the RKO Warner Twin in 70MM.“ (William)
“What theater is the RKO Warner Twin?” (saps)
“The RKO Warner Twin, saps, was the former Strand Theatre” (br91975)
“Oh!…then it was actually the Warner Twin, without the RKO, that had me stumped. I remember the Cinerama and the Penthouse (and the Cine Orleans!) but I don’t remember when it went (back) to Warner. What years were those and who ran it then?” (saps)
[This info was gathered during the research phase of preparing “70mm In New York,” which appears on the FromScriptToDVD.com website. I’ll provide what I can in an attempt to clarify the questions asked. Obviously, anyone in the know, feel free to elaborate.]
From the 1950s through the ‘80s, the sequence of names appear to have been:
Warner / Warner Cinerama / Cinerama / RKO Cinerama / RKO Cinerama Twin** / RKO Warner Twin
*during this phase, Screen #2 was called Penthouse and/or Cinerama 2
**during this phase, sometimes noted in newspaper ads as Cinerama 1 and Cinerama 2, depending on which screen a film was playing
The operators were:
Stanley-Warner (? – 1968)
Pacific East (1968 – early 1970s)
RKO (late ‘70s – early '80s)
RKO Century (early-80s – close)
“On May 25, 1979, [the Menlo Park Cinema] was one of 91 theaters nationwide that ran the original limited release of Alien, which was shown in 70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo”
Check out this article if you’re curious what the other 90 original locations were that screened “Alien”:
One of the reasons I wrote this article is to capture the spirit of these nostalgia-inducing memories present in so many of these Cinema Treasures discussions. Enjoy!
Key passage from article:
“Those moviegoers who saw ‘Alien’ in a theatre in 1979 may feel a touch of nostalgia looking over the engagement list, particularly if the cinema in which they recall attending a screening is represented. As well, moviegoers with a fondness for classic or hometown cinemas may be saddened by the realization that most of the cinemas included in the engagement list are no longer in business, victims of what some in the industry consider progress: the megaplex.”
“Eric’s Place played ‘Star Wars’ in 1977, but the movie later moved to the former Eric Mark I theatre after a few weeks because they wanted to exhibit ‘Star Wars’ in 70mm”
A few weeks? Actually, the moveover of “Star Wars” to the Mark I occured during the movie’s sixth month, on Nov. 4, 1977.
Isn’t this theater in Gresham?
“The Cinema 21 also had the six month moveover run of "Star Wars” from the Coronet after a legal dispute between United Artists and 20th Century-Fox. United Artist’s Coronet had one of the most successful “Star Wars” run in the country when UA decided to bump it for “Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind.”
The move-over run of “Star Wars” began Dec. 21, 1977, one week after the Coronet run ended. The Cinema 21 engagement included a 70mm blow-up version of the “Duck Dodgers In The 24th And A Half Century” cartoon short.
Dolby (CP100) was installed at the Centre in August 1977 for an upgrade engagement of “Star Wars.”
“Was this a roadshow house? Does anyone know what big films played here hard ticket?” (RobertR)
“Man Of La Mancha” (1972)
“In the early 80’s they installed Dolby Stereo capabilities in Cinema One for the opening Empire Strikes Back” (rhett)
“the Totowa Cinema had Dolby Stereo as early as the 1977 release of Star Wars, I also saw the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers there and it was presented in ear-splittingly-loud stereo.” (PeterApruzzese)
According to Dolby Labs' records, a Dolby sound system was installed at this theater in December 1978. It was a CP100, which allowed for both 35mm optical stereo and six-track magnetic 70mm playback.
“The Sound Of Music” played at this theatre for 133 weeks!
“ ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ which had its world premiere at the Uptown on April 1, 1968…and played there for 18 months or so.”
“I thought 2001 had its world premiere in the Loew’s Cinerama in NY.”
The world premiere of “2001” was on April 2, 1968. The Uptown engagement ran for 51 weeks.
The three premieres for the film’s first-week release were…
DC: April 2
NY: April 3
LA: April 4
For more about the original roadshow release of “2001” I recommend the following article/list. Be sure to click the link to the engagement list, which is page two of the article.