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Coate commented about Paramount Theatre on Jun 22, 2005 at 7:02 pm

“Michael Todd and his ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ made a big splash at this Boardwalk theatre here in August of 1957” (veyoung)


The “80 Days” opening day advertisements I have from The Newark Star-Ledger and Asbury Park Press are dated July 11, 1957.

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Coate commented about Bardavon 1869 Opera House on Jun 22, 2005 at 4:44 am

“There is a difference in the address listed above and the address listed on the web site for the Bardavon, the web site lists the address as 35 Market St. Which is the correct address?” (CharlesVanBibber)


I have a few Poughkeepsie Journal newspaper ads from 1966 & ‘67 for the Bardavon’s engagement of “The Sound Of Music,” and the address given is 35 Market Street. At any rate, it looks like the address has already been corrected at the top of the page.

Coate
Coate commented about AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex on Jun 21, 2005 at 1:45 pm

If you wish to count newspaper ads, additional AKAs for this theater used during the late-70s include “RKO Paramus” and “RKO-Stanley-Warner Triplex Paramus.”

Coate
Coate commented about AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex on Jun 21, 2005 at 1:44 pm

“The Route 4 theater was one of only 3 in New Jersey, and 32 nationwide, to open "Star Wars” on May 25, 1977.“ (Damien Farley)


There were four New Jersey theaters included in the original 5/25/77 limited market launch of “Star Wars.” They were located in Edison, Lawrenceville, Paramus, and Pennsauken.

I bet you got your reference to three NJ theaters from the list posted on the starwars.com website. A more comprehensive list appears here:
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Coate commented about AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex on Jun 21, 2005 at 1:35 pm

“In the (possibly 1950’s and) 1960’s, they showed three strip Cinerama/Cinemiracle … and just a few years ago they were the first theater in the state to present the digitally projected Star Wars Episode I.” (Robert MacLeay)


I’m not aware of any Cinerama engagements at this theater.

Clarification on the digital cinema comment: this theater was among the first to be equipped since “The Phantom Menace” played simultaneously at two NJ venues, this and the Loews Meadows Six in Secaucus.

Coate
Coate commented about Uptown Theater on Jun 21, 2005 at 6:20 am

The Uptown was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” The Uptown’s 5/25/77 opening-day gross, as reported in Daily Variety, was a house record $12,896.

Coate
Coate commented about UA 150 on Jun 21, 2005 at 6:17 am

The UA Cinema 150 was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” The UA Cinema 150’s 5/25/77 opening-day gross, as reported in Daily Variety, was a house record $8,300.

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Coate commented about Southfield City 12 on Jun 21, 2005 at 6:11 am

The Americana was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” The Americana’s 5/25/77 opening-day gross, as reported in Daily Variety, was a house record $11,532.

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Coate commented about Southfield City 12 on Jun 21, 2005 at 6:09 am

“I saw the movie "Tommy” there. That was when Dolby stereo first came out.“ (brian74)


“Tommy” was released in a variety of sound formats, including an early version of Dolby Stereo. Dolby Stereo was installed at the Americana in May 1977 for “Star Wars.” The theater upgraded to a 70mm six-track Dolby Stereo presentation of “Star Wars” in November 1977. In December ‘77, they began their 70mm run “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” at which time the exclusive Detroit area 70mm showing of “Star Wars” moved to the Northland.

Other AKAs for this entry not included at the top of this page are Americana I-II-III (1972-), Americana I-II-III-IV (mid-70s), Americana Complex (late-70s/early-80s), and Americana 8 (1986-1990).

Coate
Coate commented about Hudson Plaza Cinema on Jun 20, 2005 at 5:02 am

I have a 1967 Poughkeepsie Journal newspaper ad for “Doctor Zhivago,” which the theatre began showing the day after the New York City roadshow run ended. Address given is, simply, “Route 9, Poughkeepsie.” Theatre was equipped for 70mm presentations.

Coate
Coate commented about Cine Capri Theatre on Jun 20, 2005 at 4:52 am

“I believe the Cine Capri opened in 1961 with El Cid.” (acmeron)

“The Cine Capri was built in 1965 and 66' as a roadshow hard ticket theatre. It opened in the spring of 1966 with THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY.” (eadkins)


“eadkins” is correct. I have a photocopy of the grand opening newspaper ad and can confirm a spring 1966 opening (March 31 for those who care about such details) with the debut attraction being “The Agony And The Ecstasy.” Charlton Heston attended the grand opening event.

Coate
Coate commented about St. Louis Park Theatre on Jun 19, 2005 at 5:30 am

The St. Louis Park was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” The St. Louis Park’s 5/25/77 opening-day gross, according to Daily Variety, was a house record $6,149.

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Coate commented about Cooper Theatre on Jun 19, 2005 at 5:27 am

The Cooper was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” The Cooper’s 5/25/77 opening-day gross, according to Daily Variety, was a house record $7,966.

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Coate commented about Cine Capri Theatre on Jun 19, 2005 at 5:25 am

The Cine Capri was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” The Cine Capri’s 5/25/77 opening-day gross, according to Daily Variety, was a house record $6,518.

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Coate commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 19, 2005 at 5:24 am

“One of my fondest childhood memories is waiting outside the theater in line for what seemed like hours to see the original "Star Wars”. Even at age 9 I thought it was really cool to be seeing a movie THERE. I’m from Minnesota, and my dad lived in San Diego at the time. I’m not quite clear on how or why we happened to be there right then, but I’m so glad we were. It’s a cool story to tell as an adult, especially now with the release of “Revenge of the Sith”, and people talking about their own “Star Wars” memories…“ (MaraC”


A link to a cool “Star Wars” memory article:
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Coate commented about Eastwood Theatre on Jun 19, 2005 at 5:21 am

The Eastwood was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” The Eastwood’s 5/25/77 opening-day gross, according to Daily Variety, was a house record $5,638.

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Coate commented about iPic Westwood on Jun 19, 2005 at 5:17 am

The Avco was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” The Avco’s 5/25/77 opening-day gross, according to Daily Variety, was a house record $12,816.

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Coate commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 19, 2005 at 5:16 am

The Chinese was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” The Chinese’s 5/25/77 opening-day gross, according to Daily Variety, was a house record $19,358.

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Coate commented about Coronet Theatre on Jun 19, 2005 at 5:11 am

The Coronet was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” The Coronet’s 5/25/77 opening-day gross, according to Daily Variety, was a house record $16,462.

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Coate commented about Best Buy Theater on Jun 18, 2005 at 4:01 am

The Astor Plaza was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” Opening-day gross at Astor Plaza was $20,322.

Source: Daily Variety (5/27/77).

Coate
Coate commented about Menlo Park Twin Cinema on Jun 17, 2005 at 4:27 pm

The Menlo Park Twin was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” Nearly all of the 32 opening-day houses broke house records for opening-day business. Opening-day gross at Menlo Park was $5,398. (That may seem like a piddly amount of money by today’s standards, but for a mid-week 1977 day’s business it’s quite a bit.)

Source: Daily Variety (5/27/77). For more info about the original release of “Star Wars,” see:
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Coate commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jun 16, 2005 at 12:02 pm

Never mind! I made my post without reading or clicking on the program links, which now I realize mentioned the movie. I guessed the movie based upon the timeframe of the Nixon resignation reference.

Coate
Coate commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jun 16, 2005 at 11:51 am

On a visit to NYC… how could you go wrong with a Blake Edwards movie starring Julie Andrews? Boy, did I find out. …the day after I saw this show, Richard Nixon resigned from office.“ (BoxOfficeBill)


Let me guess: “The Tamarind Seed.”

Coate
Coate commented about Palace Theatre on Jun 15, 2005 at 6:36 pm

Anyone know which company operated the Palace during the late 1960s & early 1970s?

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Coate commented about Palace Theatre on Jun 15, 2005 at 6:35 pm

“Was there a roadshow re-release of Ben Hur? I remember seing it in my suburban L.A. neighborhood theater before I graduated from high school in 1962.” (Joe Vogel)


For the premiere dates and other details, see:

“Ben-Hur” original L.A. roadshow release:
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L.A. roadshow re-issue
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New York original roadshow:
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New York roadshow re-issue:
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