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Coate commented about Ritz Theater on Aug 11, 2005 at 10:36 am

That’s an OLD press release. The Northrock in Wichita has had their system removed, and I believe McClurg Court in Chicago has closed.

The Ritz, by the way, DID have the system installed. They’ve shown at least a couple movies digitally, including “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack Of The Clones” and, recently, “The Island.”

Coate commented about Esquire Theatre on Aug 10, 2005 at 12:53 am

“Obviously, major changes had to be made [to the Esquire] by the time the 70mm ‘Star Wars’ opened in 1977.” (veyoung, Nov 25, 2004)

What makes you think the Esquire ran a 70mm print of “Star Wars”?

Coate commented about Warwick Cinema on Aug 6, 2005 at 7:40 pm

“In 1965 it achieved a major coup (beating Providence’s Elmwood) when it became the Rhode Island theatre to show ‘The Sound of Music’ in an exclusive 70mm run. It played here for over a year on a reserved-seat roadshow basis.”

“The theater was famous for showing ‘The Sound of Music’ for such a long duration.”

Mar 24, 1965 – Nov 15, 1966 (86 weeks).

Coate commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 4, 2005 at 1:40 pm

Sorry…wrong link provided a couple of posts ago re the “Sky High” DLP shows. Here is the correct one.

Coate commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 4, 2005 at 3:00 am

“The DLP website doesn’t indicate a DLP Ziegfeld booking either. Check it out at, but then again, they don’t have the Loews Rio venue as having it either”

Is this the Rio in Gaithersburg, MD?

The site notes only a fraction of the DLP shows for the current titles in release, “The Island,” “Sky High,” and “Episode III.” A more comprehensive source for digital projection screenings I’d recommend (pardon the plug) is at the website.

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Coate commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 3, 2005 at 6:37 am

“The advertisements in the NY Times for ‘The Island’ have consistently stated DLP for the screenings at the Ziegfeld.”

No, it hasn’t. For a period of time, Loews 34th Street was the Manhattan venue advertising DLP. And none of the online ticket ordering services that I’ve checked have indicated DLP for the Ziegfeld, either. Nor has Clearview’s page for the Ziegfeld been indicating DLP.

Which NYC area DLP shows are noted in today’s NY TIMES?

Coate commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 2, 2005 at 7:43 pm

Anyone see “The Island” here at the Ziegfeld? If so, did they show it on film or in DLP Digital Projection? There seems to be some confusion over what format is being shown.

Coate commented about Twelve Oaks Theatre on Aug 2, 2005 at 6:20 am

“the 12 Oaks had only mono sound and two 35MM Century carbon arc projectors” (StanMalone, Aug 1)

“Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom” (1984) was advertised as a 70mm presentation. Perhaps they installed 70mm when Storey took over?

Coate commented about General Cinema Essex Green I-III on Jul 28, 2005 at 7:26 am

You mean a Co-Op ad?

Coate commented about Continental Theater on Jul 23, 2005 at 7:51 pm

Well, the conlcusion that I draw is that the Internet is largely unreliable! A first generation source is what is necessary for these sorts of things. In other words, check an Oklahoma City newspaper.

The clue re a 1965 opening is that “The Greatest Story Ever Told” is identified in one of the article photo captions. If the theater opened in ‘67 or '68 as a roadshow house, I’d think they would have debuted with a newer film.

Coate commented about Continental Theater on Jul 23, 2005 at 3:05 pm

Re the cinerama.topcities link… Date in the spec box at top of page and info in article suggest this opened in 1965 rather than ‘67. Unfortunately, the original publishing date and name of publication of articles posted on the cinerama.topcities site are often not provided.

Coate commented about Castro Theatre on Jul 22, 2005 at 7:15 pm

The Castro is hosting a 70mm festival August 1-11.

Aug. 1 … Vertigo
Aug. 2 … 2001: A Space Odyssey
Aug. 3 … Lawrence Of Arabia
Aug. 4 … The Bridge On The River Kwai
Aug. 5 … Apocalypse Now
Aug. 6 … The Road Warrior
Aug. 7 … Ghostbusters
Aug. 8 … Dragonslayer
Aug. 9 … Tommy
Aug. 10 … Edward Scissorhands
Aug. 11 … Hello, Dolly!

Coate commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jul 21, 2005 at 11:59 pm

The Dome has shown “2001”…on several occasions.

Coate commented about Camelot Cinemas on Jul 20, 2005 at 1:52 am

“The Island” and “Sky High” are scheduled to have Digital Cinema presentations. Are either booked to play digital at the Camelot?

Coate commented about AMC Essex Green on Jul 17, 2005 at 6:41 pm

I believe this was the first THX-certified theater in the NYC metro area.

Coate commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 17, 2005 at 7:08 am

“The Sugarland Express (1974) flat” (Michael Coate, July 6, 2005)

“Actually SUGARLAND EXPRESS was in scope, not 1.85.” (bufffilmbuff, Jul 7, 2005)

I don’t remember typing in “flat”! I certainly know “The Sugarland Express” was scope. I’ve seen it; I’ve reported it as scope in magazine articles and reviews on which I contributed; and, even if I mistyped it, it should be obvious I knew it was scope because in that post’s summary I correctly claimed nine as the number of scope films directed by Spielberg.

So…which Cinema Treasures guy edited my post to make me look bad??!! Or better yet, how ‘bout I use the excuse of my niece messing around on my computer, and she was the one who actually made that Spielberg post and somehow, as if by magic, my name ended up on it!

Coate commented about Cinedome Theatres on Jul 17, 2005 at 6:51 am

The nearby Century 25 opened earlier than November 1998, as claimed in the post above. I saw several movies at the Century 25 — “As Good As It Gets,” “The Replacement Killers,” “The Man In The Iron Mask,” “Lost In Space,” “Lethal Weapon 4,” “Small Soldiers” — all of which were released prior to the fall of ‘98.

It’s a shame Century saw fit to close up the Cinedome. I had great moviegoing experiences there, too numerous to count. And I’ll take the stadium seating of the two big domes over each of the tiny 25 screens at the new complex any day. (And don’t you love how “stadium seating” is thought by many to be some recent innovation. The Cinedome had ‘em, dating all the way back to its 1969 opening.)

Coate commented about Cinema 150 on Jul 14, 2005 at 3:56 pm

Syufy, which ran the Century domes, seemed to have a lot of booking muscle, but somehow the Cinema 150, run by UA at the time, ended up with the San Jose/Santa Clara engagement of “Return Of The Jedi.”

Coate commented about AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex on Jul 14, 2005 at 1:07 am

That “Star Wars” ad looks like it is from August 1977 after the release expanded to region-wide. The exclusive engagement ads from May reference the Paramus engagement as “RKO/Stanley Warner Triplex Paramus.”

Coate commented about Totowa Cinema on Jul 13, 2005 at 1:44 am

I’d like to make a clarification to an earlier posting of mine.

A couple of posts up I commented on the installation of Dolby Stereo. However, the theater that information applied to is actually a different theater in Totowa, the Cinema 46, which is what I was led to believe was this theater based upon details included in the first two posts in this thread at the top of the page.

I guess I missed Pete Apruzzese’s post about midway through that corrected the claim that this was the Cinema 46. Sorry for any confusion. How many others have been confused by this?

Coate commented about Totowa Drive-In on Jul 13, 2005 at 1:33 am

I too enjoy seeing the old newspaper ads, and am in agreement regarding the inability to keep track of recent postings made to existing theater entries. In fact, a couple of weeks ago I emailed the site editors the suggestion of adding a “more comments” link underneath the ten theaters on display in the margin (New Theaters and Updated Theaters have this option, so why not the Recent Comments, especially since the Recent Comments is the most popular of those three categories). This way, a longer list can be viewed which is helpful to those of us who do not live on the site 24/7. One visit a day or even every now and then would provide an opportunity to see what recent comments have been made. The way it is set up now, once a theater’s latest comment becomes the eleventh most recent comment, you’re out of luck.

A couple ways of getting around this: (1) select the email option so that when someone replies you’ll know about it (this applies only to those threads in which you contributed), and (2) go to your own profile (or someone elses) and click the theaters listed in an attempt to see if any new posts have been made.

Re the newspaper ads… Between Bill Kallay and myself we have hundreds of these things, some simply for our collection and most because of some particular form of research. I find it better to make a photocopy rather than simply taking hand-written notes while the microfilm is loaded (though this method is more expensive and results in a space and filing issue). We have ads for every advertised 70mm release over the past 50 years for the New York and Los Angeles regions plus many ads from other special process and roadshow type films and lots of theater grand openings (and scattered ads from other regions).

Bill and I never figured on posting these things, but if there’s sufficient interest…

Coate commented about Strand Theatre on Jul 11, 2005 at 6:07 am

I’ve never seen “Mediterranean Holiday” but can provide the following that may help you in researching more about the title:

Country of origin: West Germany
Original title: “Traumreise Unter Weissen Segeln"
English-language alternate title: "Flying Clipper"
Original Photography: MCS Superpanorama 70
New York premiere: Dec. 16, 1964

Prior to the 70mm/Cinerama release, this was shown shown briefly in a New Jersey theater in a short-lived multi-panel format called Wonderama.

Generally promoted as a “Cinerama” presentation, though some engagements promoted something called “CineVision.” I do not know if this ever got a conventional 35mm release.

Coate commented about AMC Loews Roosevelt Field 8 on Jul 10, 2005 at 6:49 pm

“Century twinned it and later when they were aquired by RKO, it was made into a quad. Later Cineplex Odeon made it an eight-plex” (RobertR, intro)

A couple of clarifications: During the early-to-mid 1980s, this theater was a triplex. RKO Century then turned it into a quad in ‘85 or '86. By '89 it was expanded again to an eightplex, at which time it was operated by Loews not Cineplex Odeon.

Coate commented about Loews Festival Theatre on Jul 10, 2005 at 7:42 am

Was The Festival ever equipped for 70mm projection?

Coate commented about Fox Plaza North and South on Jul 9, 2005 at 12:00 am

I’m not trying to be difficult here, but I still think you’re misremembering when the expansion took place.

As I stated earlier, “Dune” played in 70mm at this theater during December 1984, and the newspaper ads had it listed as the Mid Plaza Cinema 6. “Starman” opened the same day and it too was being advertised as the Mid Plaza Cinema 6.

“The Right Stuff” appears to have been the last 70mm presentation at the theater while under the Twin North & South name. “Dune” and “Starman” look like they were the first to play under the new name. So from that, one can conclude that the changeover to six screens, a new owner and new name occured between October 1983 and December 1984.