Loew's Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 3, 2018 at 3:25 am

Happy actual 50th anniversary today to 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Capitol. Big article about it in last Sunday’s NY Times, big 70mm re-release coming in May. It’s the movie of the year!

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 3, 2018 at 3:23 am

But the Kings in Brooklyn did show a movie about a year ago, and it sold out the place: Barry Lyndon, accompanied by a live orchestra. That’s why I thought it would be cool if they showed 2001 this year. They’d get that same huge audience back.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 2, 2018 at 11:03 pm

The Kings is the name of one of the auditoriums at the AMC Lincoln Square.

BobbyS on April 2, 2018 at 9:56 pm

Bill, I didn’t realize the Kings on Flatbush ave was showing first run films…Is that true? How great is that!

markp on March 30, 2018 at 10:00 am

Thank you Mike (saps) and Bill Huelbig for the kind words. I may not find out until late April/early May, but as soon as I know if I’m running it, I’ll be sure to post it. I’m hoping I get it.

MarkDHite on March 30, 2018 at 9:48 am

The idea of a new print made from the original negative is breathtaking. Why would anyone ever trust that to anyone but an experienced professional? I can’t wait to see it, somewhere.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 30, 2018 at 9:26 am

Thanks, Mark. I hope you get to run “2001” on May 18th.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 30, 2018 at 9:00 am

And we love you too, Mark.

markp on March 30, 2018 at 8:54 am

Bill Huelbig, so you get a better understanding on how this works these days, if a movie is booked into a theatre by the theatre company like city cinemas village east or 1,2,3, that means they have in house projectionists. If it booked into theatres with studio owned equipment, booked by the studio, into the E walk or Lincoln square, then I and my team of projectionists are called and hired to do the run. CC is noted for scratching their prints and having problems. I just completed an 11 week 372 showing of Phantom Thread at Lincoln Square and my print went back scratch and dirt free. And at a cost of approx. $25,000 a print, the studios love me.

HowardBHaas on March 29, 2018 at 5:50 pm

Ready Player One also in 70mm (blowup) at City Cinemas 1,2,3. I officially volunteer at the site you are now posting at, but also am helping to compile the 70mm venue list for the increasing number of releases. Here for Ready Player One: http://www.in70mm.com/library/blow_up/year/2018/index.htm

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 29, 2018 at 3:56 pm

Thanks for the good news, markp. Is the Kings the theater with the wide curved screen and the elephant decorations? I’m basing this on that long- ago viewing of The Wild Bunch, but I’m sure there were elephants there somewhere.

The Village East on 12th St. and 2nd Ave. is showing Ready Player One in 70mm. I’ve never been there, but I am going to check it out. I heard that all 70mm engagements of Ready Player One are preceded by a 70mm trailer for 2001.

markp on March 29, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Bill Huelbig, the 70MM equipment is still there in the Kings projection booth. I just wrapped it up 3 weeks ago after the Phantom Thread run. It is all ready for whatever 70MM comes along. Same goes for the equipment at the Regal E Walk Cinema 12. I just checked on that set up 3 weeks ago. All wrapped up just as I left it last August after Dunkirk.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 29, 2018 at 11:32 am

Waiting for Warner Bros. to post the list of 70mm screening venues. The story is all over the movie industry websites, and I even heard about it on the radio this morning. I’m a happy man.

MarkDHite on March 29, 2018 at 10:36 am

The Cinerama Dome in Hollywood has it all: curved screen, 70mm projection, muti-channel sound. If you live out that way, of course.

MarkDHite on March 29, 2018 at 10:33 am

Sadly, I think I remember reading that the Uptown has gone all digital.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 29, 2018 at 10:12 am

The biggest non-IMAX theater in the AMC Lincoln Square complex on Broadway and 66th St. would be a good place to show it, if they haven’t gotten rid of their 70mm projectors. I saw The Wild Bunch there in 70mm some years ago, and if I remember right the screen even has a slight curve.

If the Uptown in DC is showing it, and they still have their Cinerama screen, I’ll be making a train trip to Washington.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 29, 2018 at 5:38 am

Now, if only we could see it at the Capitol or the Rivoli or the State or the Criterion or the Strand or even the Ziegfeld, all would be right in the universe…

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 28, 2018 at 1:26 pm

Just found out that “2001” will be getting a nationwide 70mm release starting May 18th, 2018. Exactly what I was hoping for.

vindanpar on March 25, 2018 at 8:14 pm

I realize this is confusing but at the end of 2001 in ‘76 the print most definitely said Cinerama at the end(I was very surprised to see this.) In '78 it said 70MM. I know it was not a Cinerama presentation but for some reason the '76 presentation was so much more impressive.

Also I assumed the screen size of the Warner Cinerama after the theater had been split was the same size it had been when it showed single screen Cinerama. It was huge curved and the 70MM/Todd AO festival in ‘78 was astounding which is one of the reasons I could never take the Ziegfeld seriously. Too bad it had become an exploitation house in the 70s.

The Rivoli and Warner were the real thing. Even the Bellevue in Montclair was a better 70MM house. They all blew the Ziegfeld away.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 25, 2018 at 11:49 am

Correction: some of the reviews are from Washington DC critics. But they did manage to fill the page. Seeing that ad back then was a great relief to me after the bad reviews it got in the NY Daily News and the NY Times. I was so afraid it was going to be a bomb.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 25, 2018 at 11:21 am

I just posted in Photos a full page ad of good reviews of “2001” from New York critics, taken from the NY Times, 4/5/1968. The 50th anniversary is only a few days away.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 3, 2018 at 6:13 pm

True, Mike, but Cinerama presentations did not mention film stock in their ads. They were all about screen width. By 1976 there were no Cinerama screens left in NY.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 3, 2018 at 5:24 pm

But isn’t 70mm the size of the film stock and not related to screen size?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 3, 2018 at 9:52 am

The 1976 Rivoli run was advertised as being in 70mm.

vindanpar on March 3, 2018 at 9:36 am

That would be wonderful but is anyone around who would remember those presentations well enough?

But even as echt Cinerama and such magnificent visuals I still am interested in 2001’s presentation at various theaters.

I saw it twice at the Rivoli first in ‘76 which was overwhelming for me as I had first seen it many years before as a boy in the suburbs. A kid’s matinee where nobody got the space adventure they were expecting. Very noisy.

The end of the print at the Rivoli said ‘Cinerama.’

Then saw it at the Rivoli two years later on what seemed a smaller screen and was not nearly as impressive. The end where the Cinerama logo had been the first time it said 70MM.

Somebody once wrote here that the road show presentation of Sweet Charity was on a smaller screen because Universal did not want to pay for the Dimension 150 screen. Make of that what you will.