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“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.)
Another AKA for this theater is the Majestic Crest.
This is one of a few theaters in the Century circuit to feature DLP Digital Projection presentations (of selected features).
Isn’t the title of the Bach book, “Final Cut: Dreams And Disaster In The Making Of Heaven’s Gate”?
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.
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?
Re the sale of the theater to Chakeres from Sugarman: Dolby Labs literature was listing the owner as Sugarman as late as 1987.
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…
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.”
“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”?
“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).
Sorry…wrong link provided a couple of posts ago re the “Sky High” DLP shows. Here is the correct one.
“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.
“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?
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.
“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?
You mean a Co-Op ad?
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.
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.
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!
The Dome has shown “2001”…on several occasions.
“The Island” and “Sky High” are scheduled to have Digital Cinema presentations. Are either booked to play digital at the Camelot?
I believe this was the first THX-certified theater in the NYC metro area.
“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!
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.)