Comments from ChasSmith

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ChasSmith commented about HorrorThon at the Lafayette Theatre this weekend on Oct 19, 2011 at 11:40 am

I’ll be there for at least some of this. Looking forward to it, as always.

Folks, if you haven’t yet experienced the Lafayette… GO.

ChasSmith commented about 167th Street Twins on Oct 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Was there anything particularly unique about the design of this theater? I have only one memory of seeing anything there — “The Black Hole” in January 1980 (confirmed in the Miami News ads) — and in my mind’s eye there was something appealing about the interior…don’t ask me what…maybe nothing more than nice curtains or a particular color scheme.

ChasSmith commented about Loew's State Theatre on Oct 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

David, we look forward to reading your memories about “Ben-Hur” whenever and wherever you post them. Thanks!

ChasSmith commented about West Side Story 50th Anniversary Event on Oct 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

Totally agree!

ChasSmith commented about West Side Story 50th Anniversary Event on Oct 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Looking forward to that, raysson!

ChasSmith commented about Loew's State Theatre on Oct 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

In browsing the community guidelines link below, I don’t see anything about limitations to the size of a post as long as it’s relevant to the theater…and what you propose is EXACTLY what people value reading here. Please post it. If by some chance you do run up against some limit on size, just continue in another post.

ChasSmith commented about Loew's State Theatre on Sep 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Please do it!

ChasSmith commented about Loew's State Theatre on Sep 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Just uploaded a scan of the little foldout program (not the deluxe souvenir book) handed out on the night of the world premiere and presumably during the roadshow engagement of “Ben-Hur”.

I’d love to learn anything that anyone could tell us about the “Ben-Hur Bar and Cocktail Lounge”, such as what the setup actually consisted of, and whether it operated throughout the long roadshow engagement or just for a limited time.

And of course pictures would be most welcome!

ChasSmith commented about Warnor Theatre on Sep 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Hadn’t revisited this in a while, but I’ve done some digging through the Miami News ads available through Google Newspapers, and have found that my memories were correct re the above two blockbusters playing at the Warnor as opposed to the Florida. “King of Kings” was there in March 1962, and “West Side Story” in March 1963.

I’d always known the latter had a long roadshow engagement beforehand, but was surprised at how long it took “King of Kings” to make the rounds; likewise, some other films from my early days in Fort Lauderdale. It sure wasn’t like it is now, with films opening everywhere at once. I may not have been aware of that then, but it appears we were waiting quite a long while for many films to get to local theaters.

Haven’t found the above-mentioned “Premature Burial” yet, but I’m making a load of other happy discoveries browsing those ads.

As for the Warnor’s closing date, I’ve found listings as late as June 1, 1963, with nothing by July 1, 1963.

ChasSmith commented about Cinema Treasures hits 25,000 photographs! on Sep 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Checking the new photos a couple times a day is so rewarding.

My contributions are a pittance in comparison to the REAL uploaders here, but I’ll have more coming as I scan more of my old snapshots and slides. It’s such a pleasure to be able to upload these, rediscovering along the way some of the stuff I’d forgotten I had, most of which I can appreciate more than ever before. Talk about a win-win situation.

Keep up the beautiful work, everyone!

ChasSmith commented about Paramount Theatre exterior on Sep 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Beautiful! That’s where I first saw “Poltergeist”. Thanks, once again!

ChasSmith commented about Bethel Cinema: The little movie theater that could on Sep 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm

A nice article about a true haven for the movie lover. Congrats, and best wishes for continued success. We 35mm film lovers all need it!

ChasSmith commented about Cinema Treasures featured in the New York Times on Aug 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Well deserved, of course. Congrats!

ChasSmith commented about Lincoln Theatre on Aug 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Your help is always appreciated. Thank you!

ChasSmith commented about Lincoln Theatre on Aug 22, 2011 at 11:07 am

I’d love to know which roadshow films were run at this theater during the 1960s.

ChasSmith commented about Mann Westwood 4 on Aug 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Is that Whole Foods a complete rebuild or did they use the original structure? I hope someone will come up with a picture of the theater back in the day. I saw a few films there in the late 1970s (“Fedora”, “Airplane”) but I’m totally blank on the way it looked.

ChasSmith commented about Plantation Theatre on Aug 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I would doubt it too, and I don’t remember what this one looked like, but that one building looks like it might have started as a theater.

(I could be wrong about that. But at least I’m in the right place for the address. The Google map pin on this page is completely wrong. It’s the 3rd or 4th such error I’ve spotted in the past few days, and I’m not even looking for them.)

ChasSmith commented about Palace Theater on Aug 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Thank you!

(Thanks also for your mention of the Loews Cedar-Center, the name of which I’d totally forgotten and I was having trouble finding any reference to it.)

ChasSmith commented about Palace Theater on Aug 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

The Palace was the one equipped for Cinerama, so I guess I’ve found where I saw “2001” in its roadshow engagement two or three times in the summer of 1968. I wish I could remember more from back then about the theater itself.

ChasSmith commented about Plantation Theatre on Aug 9, 2011 at 11:57 am

I wonder if the Plantation is where I saw “Thunderball” on Christmas Day 1965 (it had just opened that week).

Search on the above address in Bing Maps or Google and see what looks like a theater on the west side of the road. Is that the original building?

ChasSmith commented about Colony Theatre on Aug 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

On the page for the Warnor Theatre down the street, someone said the Colony remained open till 1964, as did the Florida. Any further information at all on three three theaters will be greatly appreciated.

ChasSmith commented about Redondo Beach Cinema 3 on Aug 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I hope I’ve positioned the street view accurately. Don’t have any photos yet. The theaters were just to the south of the (then) South Bay Galleria Mall, which is what I remember it being called in the 1980s.

ChasSmith commented about Wellfleet Drive-In on Aug 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

The map shows this in the wrong location. It’s located farther south toward North Eastham, a little south of Gill Road and across the highway from Village Lane.

The Wellfleet is a fabulous drive-in…in fact, a complete drive-in and cinema complex to die for. I’ll post more later, including pictures.

ChasSmith commented about Avon Theatre on Aug 4, 2011 at 8:31 am

Saw this location pinned on the map and it triggered a memory. In 1972 or 1973 I saw “Gaslight” and “North by Northwest” as a double feature at the Fine Arts in Beverly Hills. Soon thereafter I saw an ad for the same pairing of these films in Hollywood, at a theater I wasn’t familiar with. It turned out to be a storefront type of thing with 16mm projection, just a little west of the Chinese. Could that be this place?

ChasSmith commented about McDonald's Hopes to Fry the Detroit Theater on Jul 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm

“a corporation think outside the box…” ?

Oh damn, I just woke up.