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Coate commented about Fox Plaza North and South on Jul 5, 2005 at 5:55 pm

As one can tell by looking closely at the newspaper ad linked in the post above (or by visiting the “70mm in New York” listing, View link) this theater was operated by Mann for a period of time. Also, RKO Century in the early ‘80s.

The South screen was a Cinerama house (70mm version, not 3-strip). They ran “Grand Prix” and “2001: A Space Odyssey” promoted in Cinerama. Theater also ran 70mm presentations of “Cleopatra” and “Sweet Charity” and perhaps some others.

Did this become the Mid Plaza Cinema 6 by chopping up and/or adding screens, or was the Mid Plaza a different theater?

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Coate commented about River Oaks Theatre on Jul 2, 2005 at 6:11 am

Sorry, typo… I meant to type 29 weeks.

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Coate commented about River Oaks Theatre on Jul 2, 2005 at 6:09 am

Yes, a far cry from the 25-week River Oaks run of the original “Star Wars.”

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Coate commented about Green Acres Cinemas on Jun 30, 2005 at 10:12 pm

“I remember seeing "The Towering Inferno” here in 70mm.“ (RobertR, intro)


Do you recall when this was? After the Manhattan run ended? Re-issue?

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Coate commented about Century Plaza Cinemas on Jun 29, 2005 at 10:40 pm

“This theater will always have a warm place in my heart. I would take the bus from the San Gabriel valley all the way out to the Century Plaza to see "Star Wars”. They ran it in 70mm for what seemed like eternity.“ (mattepntr, Oct 9, 2004)


The Century Plaza’s “Star Wars” engagement ran from 6 July 1977 – 12 Apr 1978 and 8 May 1978 – 7 Sep 1978. The theater interrupted their first-run showings during 13 Apr – 7 May 1978 so they could host the annual FILMEX festival.

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Coate commented about National Theatre on Jun 29, 2005 at 10:25 pm

The National was among the handful of theaters equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

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Coate commented about UA Galaxy on Jun 29, 2005 at 10:23 pm

The UA Galaxy was among the handful of theaters equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

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Coate commented about Pacific's Hastings 8 on Jun 29, 2005 at 10:22 pm

Hastings was among the handful of theaters equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

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Coate commented about UA Emery Bay Theater on Jun 29, 2005 at 10:19 pm

The UA Emery Bay was among the handful of theaters equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

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Coate commented about Century Cinema on Jun 29, 2005 at 10:18 pm

The Cinema (as it was then known) was among the handful of theaters equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

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Coate commented about UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 on Jun 29, 2005 at 10:16 pm

The UA Sheepshead bay was among the handful of theaters equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

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Coate commented about Picture Show at Main Place on Jun 29, 2005 at 10:12 pm

The MainPlace was among the handful of theaters equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

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Coate commented about Edwards Big Newport 6 on Jun 29, 2005 at 10:11 pm

The Edwards Newport Cinema (“Big” Newport, screen #1) was among the handful of theaters that was equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

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Coate commented about AMC Century 14 on Jun 29, 2005 at 10:09 pm

The AMC Century 14 was among the handful of theaters that was equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

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Coate commented about Coronet Theatre on Jun 29, 2005 at 9:28 pm

The Coronet was among the handful of theaters that was equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

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Coate commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 29, 2005 at 9:26 pm

The Chinese was among the handful of theaters that was equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

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Coate commented about iPic Westwood on Jun 29, 2005 at 9:21 pm

The Avco was among the handful of theaters that was equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

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Coate commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Jun 29, 2005 at 9:19 pm

The Cinerama Dome was among the handful of theaters that was equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

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Coate commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 29, 2005 at 9:17 pm

The Ziegfeld was among the handful of theaters that was equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

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Coate commented about Camelot Cinemas on Jun 29, 2005 at 8:38 am

“What model is the Barco projector in #1” (ShaneRoach, May 23, 2005)


According to dcinematoday.com, screen #1 at the Camelot is equipped with a Barco D-Cine DP100 (which is a current-generation projector with 2K resolution).

For those who may be curious or have an interest in this subject, here is a link to a list of worldwide venues showing “Episode III” in D-Cinema. Note that in some respects the list is a work-in-progress and in some locations the D-Cinema engagement has ended.

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Coate commented about Lenox Square Theatre on Jun 29, 2005 at 5:20 am

Lenox Square was among the handful of theaters that was equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats: Dolby Digital, DTS, and SDDS.

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Coate commented about La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on Jun 27, 2005 at 5:16 pm

Another possible correction: I think the theater being described here opened in 1962 and was initially run by Stanley-Warner.

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Coate commented about Cinema 46 on Jun 27, 2005 at 8:15 am

I stayed at that Holiday Inn for a couple of nights during a visit last summer!

The theater details at the top of the page indicate the place has been demolished but someone mentioned to me that they thought the building is now a Staples or Office Depot, and I remember one of those types of places next to the hotel. Can anyone clarify?

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Coate commented about Cine Capri Theatre on Jun 27, 2005 at 4:26 am

Another Cine Capri/“Star Wars” tidbit…

Variety, 12 July 1978:
“13 Months, $3-Mil: ‘Star Wars’ Ends Arizona Record”

Fox’s “Star Wars” has cracked all previous records for consecutive showings for a film in Arizona. The Cine Capri in Phoenix has given five daily performances for 13 months. The showings brought in some 850,000 viewers yielding receipts of approximately $3,000,000.

The 800-seat cinema, under the banner of the Plitt Intermountain chain, used up three prints of the film and augmented the soundtrack with additional Dolby Stereo.

Closing date for “Star Wars” is now July 20, to be succeeded by Fox’s “Damien: Omen II.”

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Coate commented about Criterion Theatre on Jun 26, 2005 at 1:11 pm

“May 25,1979 when Fox opened ‘Alien’ it was only at 70mm houses.” (RobertR, Jun 15, 2005)


This is only partially correct. Most of the initial engagements were 70mm, including all of the NYC area showings. San Diego showed it in 35mm, and other markets had 70mm and 35mm showings. This is explained in detail in this article:
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Re the Criterion, there are photos from the the “Alien” engagement on the “Alien Quadrilogy” DVD.