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Coate commented about Hawaii Cinerama on Dec 21, 2006 at 11:54 pm

That booking pattern must’ve changed in the years after you left, Vito, because as mentioned a few posts back, I saw “Top Gun” (a Paramount release) at the Waikiki Twins. That was run by Consolidated, right? Durin that visit I also saw Paramount’s “Ferris Bueller’s Day off” at, I believe, the Kuhio. Which chain ran that one?

What does any of this have to do with “Raiders” and the theatre in which it played? Probably nothing! :–)

Coate commented about Fox Belmont Theatre on Dec 19, 2006 at 9:48 pm

A few posts ago, “letsgotothemovies” claimed seeing “The Sound Of Music” at the FOX BELMONT in 1965. It’s easy to mistakenly assume every theatre ran the film during 1965, but the reality is only large-city roadshow houses played “The Sound Of Music” during the year 1965.

Long Beach was not considered a “roadshow” market, and as such, did not play “The Sound Of Music” until its general release in summer 1967. And even then it was at the CREST. The BELMONT finally booked it in Dec. 1967.

Coate commented about Cinerama Ad-Cleveland, Ohio on Dec 19, 2006 at 9:39 pm

If you’re planning to use microfilm of one of the Cleveland newspapers for any ads for “This Is Cinerama,” the notes I have indicate it premiered in Cleveland on Nov. 14, 1956. It ran for 32 weeks.

Coate commented about Hawaii Cinerama on Dec 16, 2006 at 8:09 pm

Did “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” play its first-run engagement at the CINERAMA? I don’t have easy access to THE HONOLULU ADVERTISER microfilm for the timeframe in question, otherwise I’d check myself. Can anyone who lived or worked in Honolulu during summer 1981 recall in which Honolulu theatre “Raiders” played? (I’m asking about the first Indiana Jones movie from ‘81; I realize it’s easy to confuse movies that part of a series.)

Coate commented about Cinestage Theatre on Nov 24, 2006 at 5:58 pm

It was written in the introductory comments at the top of the page that the CINESTAGE was Chicago’s first 70mm-equipped theatre. Actually, the first such venue in Chicago was the MCVICKERS (at least commercially).

Coate commented about Valley Plaza 6 on Nov 21, 2006 at 11:44 am

I reside in the San fernando Valley not far from this theatre. I drove by the other day and noticed the place is currently closed. The traveling circus taking up residency in the parking lot is open, though! There’s a big sign on the building encouraging patrons to visit the other Regency locations.

Coate commented about Hawaii Cinerama on Nov 21, 2006 at 12:22 am

Vito…were you working in Honolulu in 1986? If so, perhaps I have you or one of your colleagues to thank for a killer 70mm presentation of “Top Gun” I saw at one of the Waikiki Twins. (I was so impressed I saw it twice during the week I was there vacationing!) I also saw a 70 of “Cobra” around the corner.

Coate commented about Hawaii Cinerama on Nov 18, 2006 at 10:42 pm

“Star Wars” opened in Honolulu on June 8, 1977 in 35mm at the CINERAMA and KAPIOLANI. The CINERAMA’s upgrade to a 70mm presentation, according to its promotion in the local newspapers, was during October ‘77. (That Oct. start date for the 70mm matches by a couple of weeks the date of install of the Dolby CP100 according to Dolby Labs’ master installation records.)

All still-circulating prints of “Star Wars” (save for a print in Portland, OR) were pulled by Fox during the first week of September 1978, suggesting that the duration of the Honolulu 70mm engagement was less than one year.

A list of 70mm engagements of the original “Star Wars” can be found at:
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Coate commented about Michael Todd Theatre on Nov 16, 2006 at 6:20 pm

Yes (assuming the premiere dates matched the decision to equip).

The original Todd-AO installations for “Oklahoma!”:
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Coate commented about Michael Todd Theatre on Nov 16, 2006 at 11:30 am

Also regarding Todd-AO, it is written near the top of this page that the MICHAEL TODD Theatre was the second Todd-AO roadshow theatre. I don’t think this is correct. It’s certainly not correct as far as worldwide 70mm-equipped venues is concerned, which makes me think the intent of the writer was to claim the MICHAEL TODD was the second 70mm venue in the city of Chicago.

But I don’t believe that’s correct either. My research suggests the first theatre in Chicago to equip for 70mm presentations was the McVICKERS with the CINESTAGE being the second such theatre to be so equipped.

Coate commented about Michael Todd Theatre on Nov 16, 2006 at 11:25 am

The short answer: For projection, Todd-AO was a system that utilized a 70-millimeter print and six-channel magnetic stereophonic sound. This resulted in exceptional presentation quality compared to the standard 35-millimeter process which utilized between one- and four-channel optical or magnetic soundtracks. Many of the films shown at the MICHAEL TODD and CINESTAGE theaters in Chicago during the 1950s and ‘60s were shown in 70mm.

For more details, I’d recommend visiting and For a list of where some of the Todd-AO films played, I’d suggest

Coate commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 15, 2006 at 7:28 pm

What company currently owns and operates the PARIS?

Coate commented about Century's Plainview on Oct 24, 2006 at 5:44 pm

Thanks. The Wikipedia page addresses those places being a part of Oyster Bay, but it does not address why the ‘60s era newspaper ads listed the PLAINVIEW in Hicksville.

Coate commented about Continental Theatre demolished on Oct 18, 2006 at 7:30 pm

What was the date of the “HTWWW” engagement, you ask? The premiere date and duration of the engagement is included in the article to which I provided a link in my previous post. Click it! You won’t be disappointed.

Coate commented about Continental Theatre demolished on Oct 18, 2006 at 2:46 pm

Thanks for the history of the theatre. If I may, I’d like to offer a clarification regarding your comment about 1-strip Cinerama: my research indicates that before showing 70mm presentations the COOPER was indeed equipped for 3-strip Cinerama presentation. Among the films they ran in genuine 3-strip was “How The West Was Won,” which had a very successful 34-week run in Oklahoma City.

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Coate commented about Continental Theatre demolished on Oct 17, 2006 at 7:52 pm

There’s no need to dig up the movie ads from the Oklahoma City newspaper since I did just that two years ago when I was researching the “2001” article.

Coate commented about Continental Theatre demolished on Oct 17, 2006 at 4:06 pm

Did you see “2001: A Space Odyssey” at the CONTINENTAL during a return engagement, or were the CONTINENTAL and the COOPER alternate names for the same theatre? I ask because the research I did on the original showings of “2001” indicates the Oklahoma City first-run roadshow engagement was at the COOPER.

Coate commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 14, 2006 at 6:55 pm

No, your memory appears to be intact. I forgot about it, though!

There was a week-long 70mm fest preceding the run of “Far And Away.” I believe the films were “Oklahoma!,” “West Side Story” and “2001.” I suspect the purpose of the fest was to tune up the theatre in anticipation of the heavily-promoted release of “Far And Away.” It was common in major markets to run some 70mm prior to a major new 70mm release to get the equipment and staff up to speed in an effort to reduce the chances for any hiccups during the all-important first day/weekend.)

I agree all of this Dome commentary is more appropriate for the Dome’s page. That’s why I made certain in my earlier post to sneak in a comment about the ZIEGFELD. :–)

Coate commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 14, 2006 at 1:55 pm

The DOME also ran “2001” during their 1988 25th anniversary festival.

Coate commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 14, 2006 at 1:51 pm

I would think that by now those folks with a serious interest in the subject would know where to look. :–)

But since I was asked…

“2001” engagements at the CINERAMA DOME began on:
July 24, 1974
July 17, 1977
Mar. 19, 1993
Nov. 10, 1995

Visit, then for info on Southern California showings of “2001,” select any of the following years 1968, 1974, 1977, 1980, 2001.

There were some engagements of “2001” at the ZIEGFELD — the subject of this thread — and they’re noted on our companion article, “70mm in New York.”

And…if anyone’s interested in the original 1968-69 roadshow engagements, Thomas Hauerslev posted a piece I researched on his in70mm site. The list on page 2 includes all of the original U.S. & Canadian “In Cinerama” bookings, most of the domestic “In 70mm” bookings and some of the international. Enjoy!

By the way, I’m not certain there were ever any “rectified” prints of “2001.” It may have been just the Ultra Panavision productions that received rectification treatment on the prints intended for Cinerama houses with deeply-curved screens.

Coate commented about Century's Plainview on Oct 12, 2006 at 3:59 pm

Why would the newspapers list it as being located in Hicksville?

Coate commented about Century's Plainview on Oct 11, 2006 at 11:44 pm

Was the PLAINVIEW in Plainview? I ask because newspaper advertisements during the ‘60s list it as being located in Hicksville. And further research suggests Plainview, Hicksville, Syosset, Woodbury, etc. are all a part of Oyster Bay. Anyone know for sure?

Coate commented about Dayton Mall Cinemas on Oct 9, 2006 at 4:41 pm

Hmmm. “Plutarchic”? The Greek biographer? “Plutarchian” maybe? Not sure what you mean…but I’ll take it as a compliment. :–)

On the subject of “The Empire Strikes Back” and the DAYTON MALL, I’ll take this opportunity to share the link to a list of the original engagement locations when the movie was first put into limited market release. It’s a pretty interesting list and was definitely fun to research. Lots of long-gone theatres on there including some definite “Cinema Treasures”!

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In analyzing the list, what jumps out at me regarding Dayton and Ohio, is that Dayton (a mid size market?) got TWO bookings of “Empire” during this limited-release timeframe. Cincinnati, not surprisingly, got two. Columbus: two. Toledo: one. But the big surprise: Cleveland, which didn’t get the film at all in that initial lauch! And when they did get it upon the wide break a month later, they got it only in 35mm; no 70mm engagements for Cleveland.

Coate commented about Fox Theatre on Oct 4, 2006 at 1:24 pm

The FOX THEATRE in Oxnard opened on May 27, 1969.

Coate commented about Channel Islands Cinema on Oct 4, 2006 at 1:21 pm

The CINEMA CARRIAGE SQUARE opened as a single screen on Feb. 18, 1966. Over the years, the theatre went through a series of owners, including Statewide, Loew, SRO and Pacific.