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Coate commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 28, 2005 at 7:29 pm

Vito,
Surf the site; we do have some IMAX content posted. What kind of list were you thinking of?

Coate
Coate commented about Southtown Cinema 4 on Aug 27, 2005 at 3:34 pm

I believe this theater was located in West Allis, rather than Milwaukee proper.

The original, first-run, roadshow engagement of “2001: A Space Odyssey” in 1968 was held at Cinema 1.

I believe any first-run Sensurround prints of “Earthquake” distributed in the U.S. were 35mm.

Other classics that ran at Southtown in 70mm were “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return Of The Jedi.”

Theater was run by Marcus (at least during the early ‘80s; not sure about any other period of time).

Coate
Coate commented about UA 150 on Aug 27, 2005 at 7:42 am

Dimension-150 did not exist in 1962.

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Coate commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 27, 2005 at 7:36 am

“I attended a showing of Batman Returns at one of the multiplex screens not the original theatre” (Valencia, Aug 27, 2005)

“If memory serves, and it does so less than it used to, ‘Batman Returns’ would have played when the twin was still next door and not the current 6 plex in the new center.” (Manwithnoname, Aug 27, 2005)


I saw “Batman Returns,” the 1992 entry in the movie series, on opening night in the Chinese’s original, main auditorium. So either Valencia is confusing one “Batman” movie with another or saw the movie after it had been playing a while and the print had been moved to one of the smaller screens next door.

Coate
Coate commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 26, 2005 at 11:31 pm

“The Ziegfeld is the only theatre in the country equipped with 6-track stereophonic sound.”

Don’t you just love the outrageous hype present in that “2001” ad?!

Coate
Coate commented about Camelot Cinemas on Aug 25, 2005 at 6:25 pm

There aren’t enough movies being released in DLP Digital Projection format to justify only a digital projection system in screen #1’s booth. They have a projector for 35mm film presentation and another one for the DLP stuff.

For whatever reasons, I don’t believe the Camelot is showing in DLP any of the three currently available titles: “The Island,” “Sky High,” and “Valiant.”

Coate
Coate commented about Syosset Triplex on Aug 25, 2005 at 3:48 pm

Neither link worked for me.

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Coate commented about Cooper Theatre on Aug 25, 2005 at 3:10 am

Wasn’t the largest screen in the Upper Mid-West the one at the France Ave. Drive-In?

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Coate commented about Johnny All Weather Drive-In on Aug 22, 2005 at 6:37 am

“I grew up in Setauket on Long Island, and in 1968 a friend’s mother took my friend, his younger brother, and me to see 2001: A Space Odyssey at a theater on the Island not long after it opened.

I’ve been trying to figure out exactly which theater it was and suspect this may have been it.

Does anyone else recall seeing 2001 at this theater not long after it was released? I’d be grateful to know! Thank you.“ (60smoviekid, Dec 4, 2004)


Doubtful you saw “2001” here if you’re positive this viewing occured during 1968. “2001” was released initially as a roadshow with exclusive engagements in selected regions (the Long Island showing, which started about three months after the NYC premiere, was at the NGC Fox Eastern Twin South Cinerama in Hicksville).

The link below includes details for the New York City area showings (including arrounding counties) of “2001” from 1968-1970. (From there, one can link to a list of the film’s worldwide showings.)
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Coate commented about Crest Theatre on Aug 19, 2005 at 12:13 am

Another AKA for this theater is the Majestic Crest.

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Coate commented about Century 20 Daly City on Aug 18, 2005 at 7:18 pm

This is one of a few theaters in the Century circuit to feature DLP Digital Projection presentations (of selected features).

Coate
Coate commented about Heaven's Gate Memories And Theater Info on Aug 18, 2005 at 5:33 am

Isn’t the title of the Bach book, “Final Cut: Dreams And Disaster In The Making Of Heaven’s Gate”?

Coate
Coate commented about Cinema East on Aug 17, 2005 at 8:53 am

Ron, why not nicely ask “MarkL” to look this information up on microfilm. He resides in Columbus. Better to refer to first-generation sources, such as the original newspaper articles, than secondary sources or memory.

Coate
Coate commented about South Coast Plaza Theatre on Aug 17, 2005 at 8:50 am

I always liked this theater. Screen #3, that is. Not too big. Not too small. (What we now call) stadium seating in the back half. Excellent presentation quality.

Memorable visits included a digital sound presentation of the re-issue of “Das Boot” and a 70mm showing of “Ladyhawke.”

That “Ladyhawke” presentation, by the way, included a fantastic 70mm Six-Track Dolby trailer for “The Goonies,” which I saw only that one time and, unless it’s an “Easter Egg” that I cannot locate, is not included on the DVD. If I am remembering correctly, it was basically a short teaser which featured the logos of Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner movies with a single letter remaining as the logo faded out. Collectively, the letters, one by one, spelled “Goonies” which then dissolved into the “Goonies” logo lettering. Anyone remember this?

Coate
Coate commented about Cinema East on Aug 17, 2005 at 8:13 am

Re the sale of the theater to Chakeres from Sugarman: Dolby Labs literature was listing the owner as Sugarman as late as 1987.

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Coate commented about Heaven's Gate Memories And Theater Info on Aug 17, 2005 at 8:05 am

There’s nothing alleged about the 70mm prints; at least three were struck.

“Heaven’s Gate” was a 70mm blow-up from 35mm anamorphic Panavision. So calling it “Ultra Panavision 70” is not quite correct.

Does a print(s) exist of the original cut? Don’t know, though one was shown at a fest in Long Beach, CA a few years ago. Contact MGM…

Coate
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
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
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
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.
http://fromscripttodvd.com/sky_high_d_cinema.htm

Coate
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 DLP.com, but then again, they don’t have the Loews Rio venue as having it either”


Is this the Rio in Gaithersburg, MD?

The dlp.com 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 www.FromScriptToDVD.com 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
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.

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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?

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

You mean a Co-Op ad?