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Coate commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 6, 2005 at 11:30 am

OK, in adding up Spielberg’s movies, he has actually made more “flat” than “scope…but not by much and hardly worth claiming that "he has filmed very few in scope.” Most of his recent movies, in my opinion, have been disposable in the same way most contemporary movies seem to be. Whereas, when I think of Spielberg, I tend to think of his great movies from the 1970s and early ‘80s, most of which were scope: “Jaws,” “Close Encounters,” Raiders,“ etc.

I’m going to break one of my “rules of looking information up and instead will try this from memory. Chime in if any corrections are necessary.

The Sugarland Express (1974) flat
Jaws (1975) scope
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) scope
1941 (1979) scope
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) scope
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) flat
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984) scope
The Color Purple (1985) flat
Empire Of The Sun (1987) flat
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989) scope
Always (1989) flat
Hook (1991) scope
Jurassic Park (1993) flat
Schindler’s List (1993) flat
The Lost World (1997) flat
Amistad (1997) flat
Saving Private Ryan (1998) flat
A.I. (2001) flat
Minority Report (2002) scope (super-35 originated)
Catch Me If You Can (2002) flat
The Terminal (2004) flat
War Of The Worlds (2005) flat

List is theatrical films as director. I did not include TV stuff, his segment of “Twilight Zone: The Movie” (which was flat) or stuff he is “recognized” as having directed but is credited as a producer (“Poltergeist,” scope).

Summary
Scope: 9
Flat: 13

Coate
Coate commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 6, 2005 at 11:14 am

“GWTW was shown again at the Rivoli in 70mm in the 70’s.
I saw a late afternoon showing after seeing a matinee of Angela Lansbury in Gypsy at the Winter Garden in I believe ‘73 or '74.” (Vincent, Jul 6, 2005)


The engagement you’re recalling was probably the one that began Oct. 16, 1974. It returned again on Sep. 1, 1976.

Coate
Coate commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 6, 2005 at 11:02 am

Huh? Most of Spielberg’s (note the correct spelling) movies have been scope. It’s just that most of his recent movies have been flat.

Coate
Coate commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 6, 2005 at 7:45 am

“StereoVision was a new attempt at 3D which only required one camera and one projector. The left/right images were on a single 35mm frame, one above the other.” (vito, Jun 22, 2005)


Some StereoVision (and other similar) productions had 70mm prints struck, in which case the images were side-by-side rather than one on top of the other.

Although not advertised as a 70mm presentation in the Boston area newspaper ads at the time, Variety reported that a 70mm print of the X-rated 3-D flick “The Stewardesses” had been prepared for its Music Hall engagement. (The use of a 70mm print in a large screen situation is likely an attempt to recover some of the light loss that occurs during 3-D projection; perhaps this explains the lack of presentation format notations in the ads since its use wasn’t “prestige” or “excellent performance” oriented.)

It’s doubtful that the Rivoli’s engagement of “The Stewardesses” mentioned somewhere in this thread was 70mm since it began prior to the Boston run and the Variety article referenced mentioned x (no pun intended) number of 35mm prints struck plus the one special 70 for Boston.

Coate
Coate commented about Paris Theatre on Jul 6, 2005 at 12:23 am

“It’s probably worth pointing out that the Paris is one of the few remaining theaters in the city equipped for 70MM. ‘Howard’s End’ and Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Hamlet’ were both presented in 70MM at the Paris.” (ErikH, Mar 21, 2005)


During the time of the “Howards End” engagement, the theater was called the Fine Arts.

Coate
Coate commented about Paris Theatre on Jul 6, 2005 at 12:22 am

Shade, you sound bitter.

Coate
Coate commented about Fox Plaza North and South on Jul 5, 2005 at 8:55 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?

Coate
Coate commented about River Oaks Theatre on Jul 2, 2005 at 9:11 am

Sorry, typo… I meant to type 29 weeks.

Coate
Coate commented about River Oaks Theatre on Jul 2, 2005 at 9:09 am

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

Coate
Coate commented about Green Acres Cinemas on Jul 1, 2005 at 1:12 am

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


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

Coate
Coate commented about Century Plaza Cinemas on Jun 30, 2005 at 1:40 am

“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.

Coate
Coate commented about National Theatre on Jun 30, 2005 at 1:25 am

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

Coate
Coate commented about UA Galaxy on Jun 30, 2005 at 1:23 am

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.

Coate
Coate commented about Pacific's Hastings 8 on Jun 30, 2005 at 1:22 am

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

Coate
Coate commented about UA Emery Bay Theater on Jun 30, 2005 at 1:19 am

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.

Coate
Coate commented about Century Cinema on Jun 30, 2005 at 1:18 am

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.

Coate
Coate commented about UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 on Jun 30, 2005 at 1:16 am

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.

Coate
Coate commented about Picture Show at Main Place on Jun 30, 2005 at 1:12 am

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

Coate
Coate commented about Edwards Big Newport 6 on Jun 30, 2005 at 1:11 am

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.

Coate
Coate commented about AMC Century 14 on Jun 30, 2005 at 1:09 am

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.

Coate
Coate commented about Coronet Theatre on Jun 30, 2005 at 12:28 am

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.

Coate
Coate commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 30, 2005 at 12:26 am

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.

Coate
Coate commented about iPic Westwood on Jun 30, 2005 at 12:21 am

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.

Coate
Coate commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Jun 30, 2005 at 12:19 am

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.

Coate
Coate commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 30, 2005 at 12:17 am

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.