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Hopefully the theater will not be closed and this is nothing more than a tactic to negotiate a better lease. The National, amazingly, has survived threats of being plexed and having stadium-seating installed.
For Westwood, most folks I know seem to like the Village the best. Me, I always preferred the National.
Some of the movies I remember seeing at the National:
Empire Of The Sun (70mm)
The Hunt For Red October (70mm)
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (70mm)
Interview With The Vampire
Lost In Space
Pretty In Pink
Some Kind Of Wonderful
Top Gun (70mm)
Star Trek: First Contact
The Untouchables (70mm)
Young Sherlcok Holmes (70mm)
I think the last thing I saw there was a press screening of “Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace.” I remember Jay Leno and a few of his “Tonight Show” colleagues sitting in the row behind me. They seemed to enjoy the movie…but that didn’t stop him from bashing it on his show the next night!
And it looks like I need to restore an “e” to “restoration”! :–)
70mm-DTS was used on “Vertigo.” In fact, it had been developed earlier than that and was tested on the Harris/Katz rstoration of “My Fair Lady” a couple years prior to the “Vertigo” restoration.
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I just reviewed some of my notes on the subject and came across a reference to a benefit screening of “The Sound of Music” held at the Music Hall in Boston about a week prior to the Gary engagement. Is this what was referred to on in70mm.com? Either way, that was just a single screening; the actual reserved-seat engagement was at the Gary.
“Now, here’s another riddle – according to the .in70mm website [The Sound of Music] orginally opened at another theatre with TODD-AO (The Saxon?). The Gary theatre run may have been a move-over.”
Where, may I ask, on the in70mm.com site is there a reference to “The Sound of Music” playing the Saxon in its Boston roadshow engagement?
Anyway, I can confirm that the Gary Theatre indeed hosted the original Boston roadshow run of “The Sound of Music,” where it ran for a very successful 83 weeks. The film then played at the Paris. (The Fitchburg, Massachusetts roadshow run, by the way, was at a Saxon Theatre.)
For more on the subject, I encourage you to check out:
Last I heard, yes and yes.
It looks like the Camelot will be showing “Chicken Little” in DLP Digital Projection, the theater’s first digital show since “Star Wars: Episode III.”
Other Digital Locations for “Chicken Little” (including those showing it in 3-D):
No, it seems to cause people to come to the realization that you are not a reliable source of information.
“Someone above mentioned ‘The Towering Inferno’ played here but I think they’re mistaken.” — 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:
Century Glen Oaks
Century Fantasy, Rockville Centre
UA Playhouse, Great Neck
Century Roosevelt, Garden City
UA Syosset, Syosset
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.)
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.
Re early Dolby Stereo presentations in the Atlanta area, another round of research and atempt to summarize yields the following:
[i’ll re-post this on the Stonemont page.]
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)
Theater opened Dec. 18, 1987.
The switch of ownership from ABC to Plitt Southern took place during November 1978.
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.
“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.
“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).
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).
“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.
Are you thinking of the Cinema Westlane?
“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.
“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!