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Recently published: “Khartoum”: The Roadshow Engagements, which, of course, includes a mention of its run at the Uptown.
FWIW, “Ryan’s Daughter” actually was a roadshow in some locales. In most major markets it was a reserved performance engagement (including the NYC run), but it played with reserved seating in markets in which it was booked into a Syufy theater (i.e. San Jose, Orange, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, etc.). And in Chicago the engagement at the Michael Todd switched to a reserved-seat policy a few weeks into the run.
Howard… Regarding your comment from October 15th, 2007, as the (co)author of the article you were referencing for the premiere details, I can state you misinterpreted the information about questioning if the Palace was the venue in which the roadshow engagements of “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (and the ‘69 “Ben-Hur” re-issue) played. The question mark was actually in reference to the theater ownership, which my co-author and I were unable to confirm at the time of putting together that “70mm in New York” article for the FSTDVD website.
bigjoe59…. There were several other NYC theaters that played roadshows during the era you’re describing besides the ones you cited. I don’t have a complete listing, but just from the latter half of the 1960s and into the early 1970s, consider the following:
57th St. Lincoln Art (“The Lion in Winter”)
Columbia (“Young Winston”)
Coronet (“The Taming of the Shrew”)
Fine Arts (“The Charge of the Light Brigade”)
And if you wish to count modified roadshows (i.e. reserved performance engagements), then consider:
86th St. East (“The Great Waltz”)
Thanks, Howard. Your comment suggests my notes are incomplete on the matter of the 70mm festival (and the 1990s-era Uptown bookings). Those details were jotted down many years ago while researching for evidence of a screening of a 70mm print of “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” I came across them while pulling some notes recently for another project and thought readers might find them of interest. Anyway, I doubt “For the Boys” was a part of the fest, since it was a new movie getting its initial release that November (unless there was a pre-release screening that concluded the fest).
There is a lot of confusion over the two similarly-named theaters in Stockton. Scott Neff is correct that this was a General Cinema location, whereas Joe Vogel appears to be conflating the details of the GCC and ABC/Plitt houses.
The best I can tell by going through my research notes compiled for various projects is that the venue located at 5757 Pacific was the one opened by General Cinema and later twinned. The one at 5308 Pacific (or 321 Yokuts depending on the source) was the single-screener opened by ABC and later run by Plitt. The key distinguishing detail is that the General Cinema venue included “Plaza” in the name (i.e. “Sherwood Plaza”) while the ABC/Plitt one didn’t (i.e. “Sherwood”).
So in summary, this page (43018) is for the GCC house. The other one was the ABC/Plitt house.
I think the Cinema Treasures editor should consider revising/updating the name of this venue to Sherwood Plaza Cinema I & II to ease up some of the confusion.
BrockKing13… Regarding your “Gone with the Wind” comment from July 15th, 2013, it would appear you’re confusing the original run with the film’s 1941 general release or a later re-release. While I was researching the original release of “GWTW” for this retrospective article I found the first run in Hamilton was actually at the Capitol in February 1940. And it was a roadshow (reserved seats) and so the cost of admission was more than the 35 cents you’re recalling (much closer to a dollar). It ran for two weeks followed by a one-week moveover run at the Savoy.
Not to nitpick, but this theater opened June 20th, 1975 (not the 19th). The grand opening newspaper ad posted by rivest266 is from the June 19th, 1975, issue of the Green Bay newspaper, and it clearly includes a “premiere opening tomorrow” blurb.
Mark Brack…. I’m intrigued by your claim that the Manor East was the 8th theater in the world to have a Dolby CP50 installed. What is your source of that figure? I ask because by the time “Star Wars” opened in Bryan in July of 1977, I estimate there were over 50 Dolby units in use nationwide. If the Dolby unit was installed at Manor East for “Star Wars,” then the timeline for it being installation #8 doesn’t seem to fit a plausible timeline.
What booking followed the spring/summer 1962 roadshow run of “West Side Story”?
When were the second and third screens built?
Was the Route 59 ever twinned? (Contradictory info exists in the overview and comments.)
Here’s the link to my recently-completed “T2” 25th anniversary retrospective article that’s related to my recent comments.
Local619… Sorry to drag this out, but your latest reply prompts more questions than it answers. Any chance you made (or can make) a copy of the ad and can email to me (michaelcoate[at]thedigitalbits[dot]com)or post it in the Photos section for this theater?
During what year was the (unusual) transition from four to three screens?
JodarMovieFan…. Can you offer a clarification, please? In a 2009 comment, you recalled seeing a CDS presentation of “Terminator 2” here and mentioned that it “did not better the 70mm THX engagement.” Were you referring to “70mm THX” presentations in general, or were you referring to a “70mm THX” presentation of “T2” at another Washington, DC area theater?
Thank you, Local619. I don’t suppose you made a note of any of these being shown in 70mm and/or digital sound?
Does anyone recall/know in which DC theater “Terminator 2” played first run? Was it here?
Anyone remember which movie replaced the long run of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” here?
“1981” is not specific enough, moviebuff82. When in 1981?
When, specifically, did this complex expand from four to seven screens?
The 70mm engagements at the Town & Country….
1967-03-08 … Hawaii (roadshow; 70mm unconfirmed)
1969-08-01 … Krakatoa, East of Java
1976-12-25 … A Star is Born
1978-12-15 … Superman (70mm from Week #7)
1981-01-23 … Altered States
1981-05-22 … Outland
1982-06-18 … Firefox
1983-04-22 … Raiders of the Lost Ark
1983-05-13 … Blue Thunder
1983-07-15 … Staying Alive
1984-06-08 … Ghostbusters
1984-12-07 … City Heat
1985-05-22 … Rambo: First Blood Part II
1985-07-24 … The Black Cauldron
1985-12-20 … Out of Africa
1986-05-16 … Top Gun
1986-10-17 … The Color of Money
1987-03-06 … Lethal Weapon
1987-06-03 … The Untouchables
1987-08-05 … Stakeout
1987-11-25 … 3 Men and a Baby
1988-05-20 … Willow
1988-07-15 … Die Hard
1989-07-07 … Lethal Weapon 2
1990-06-15 … Dick Tracy
1992-12-25 … Hoffa
Extracted from 70mm in Los Angeles, here is a list of the 70mm presentations held at the Century Plaza. (Sorry, I don’t have the duration data for most of these or the screen designation. But if anyone wants that info, it shouldn’t be too difficult for you to research now that you’re armed with the relevant titles and start dates.)
1972-10-31 … The Great Waltz
1973-04-27 … Gone With the Wind (3 weeks)
1973-05-23 … Tom Sawyer
1973-06-01 … Doctor Zhivago
1973-06-13 … Gone With the Wind (1 week)
1973-06-20 … Camelot
1973-09-21 … The Sound of Music (2 weeks)
1974-06-19 … The Sound of Music
1975-11-21 … Jesus Christ Superstar
1976-01-30 … Lucky Lady
1976-03-30 … Dersu Uzala (FILMEX/U.S. premiere screening)
1976-07-28 … Gone With the Wind
1976-09-29 … 2001: A Space Odyssey
1977-03-21 … Nights and Days (one screening at FILMEX)
1977-06-14 … Metamorphoses (trade screening)
1977-07-06 … Star Wars (61 weeks)
1978-05-19 … Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1978-08-25 … The Sound of Music
1979-10-05 … The Deer Hunter
1979-11-07 … The Rose (FILMEX/west coast premiere screening)
1979-12-20 … The Black Hole
1980-09-25 … Divine Madness
1980-11-20 … Heaven’s Gate (engagement canceled)
1980-12-17 … The Jazz Singer (world premiere screening)
1981-03-27 … The Black Hole / Sleeping Beauty
1981-04-24 … Heaven’s Gate
1981-05-22 … Sleeping Beauty
1981-07-31 … The Empire Strikes Back
1982-01-22 … Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982-05-21 … Poltergeist (sneak preview screening)
1982-06-04 … Poltergeist
1982-08-13 … Tron
1982-10-22 … Annie
1982-10-22 … Superman II
1982-10-29 … 2001: A Space Odyssey (1 week)
1982-11-10 … Pink Floyd: The Wall
1982-12-07 … Gandhi (24 weeks)
1983-09-09 … 2001: A Space Odyssey
1983-09-09 … Gandhi
1983-10-07 … Staying Alive
1983-10-15 … The Right Stuff (sneak preview screening)
1983-10-21 … The Right Stuff (#1: 8 weeks)
1983-10-21 … The Right Stuff (#2: 2 weeks)
1984-05-18 … The Right Stuff
1984-07-13 … The Last Starfighter
1984-08-31 … Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (7 weeks)
1984-09-13 … Amadeus (HPS-4000)
1984-09-28 … The Bear
1984-10-12 … Ghostbusters (1 week, HPS-4000)
1984-10-19 … The Razor’s Edge (HPS-4000)
1984-11-21 … Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (HPS-4000)
1985-05-17 … The Cotton Club
1985-07-03 … The Emerald Forest (HPS-4000)
1985-08-02 … The Black Cauldron
1985-11-08 … Bring on the Night (2 weeks; HPS-4000)
1985-11-22 … White Nights (3 weeks; HPS-4000)
1985-12-10 … Out of Africa (world premiere screening)
1985-12-11 … A Chorus Line (HPS-4000)
1986-03-07 … Back to the Future (HPS-4000)
1986-04-18 … The Money Pit (HPS-4000)
1986-06-03 … SpaceCamp (world premiere screening)
1986-11-14 … The Mission (HPS-4000)
1986-11-26 … The Nutcracker
1987-06-24 … Spaceballs (THX)
1987-11-06 … Cry Freedom (2 weeks, THX)
1987-11-06 … Cry Freedom (5 weeks; HPS-4000)
1987-11-19 … The Last Emperor (THX)
1988-02-12 … Shoot to Kill (HPS-4000)
1988-08-12 … The Last Temptation of Christ (70mm from Week #4; THX)
1989-01-27 … Tucker: The Man and his Dream (HPS-4000)
1989-02-12 … Lawrence of Arabia (re-premiere screening)
1989-02-15 … Lawrence of Arabia (17 weeks; THX)
1989-02-24 … Lawrence of Arabia (2 weeks; HPS-4000)
1989-10-06 … West Side Story (THX)
1989-11-17 … Black Rain (THX)
1989-12-14 … Glory (THX)
1989-12-20 … Born on the Fourth of July (THX)
1990-06-14 … Dick Tracy (west coast premiere screening)
1990-06-22 … Lawrence of Arabia (THX)
1990-06-29 … The Hunt for Red October (HPS-4000)
1990-08-24 … The Sound of Music (THX)
1991-03-01 … The Doors (THX)
1991-04-26 … Spartacus (THX)
1991-07-01 … Terminator 2: Judgment Day (world premiere screening)
1991-12-08 … Hook (world premiere screening)
1992-05-16 … Far and Away (sneak preview screening)
1992-05-22 … Alien 3 (HPS-4000)
1992-05-22 … Far and Away (THX)
1992-09-25 … The Last of the Mohicans (THX)
1993-07-02 … Cliffhanger (HPS-4000)
1993-10-08 … Gettysburg (HPS-4000)
1993-10-08 … Short Cuts (THX)
1994-07-15 … True Lies (THX)
1994-09-23 … My Fair Lady (THX)
1996-10-14 … Vertigo (re-premiere screening)
“In the 1980’s, the Sameric Corporation added three smaller auditoriums to land west of the theatre and the theatre became known as the Sameric 4.”
When, specifically, in the 1980s did these additional screens open?
Paging patryan6019…. Did KHARTOUM play “in Cinerama” roadshow runs in Birmingham, Chattanooga and Providence? Answer here, or email me, please (michaelcoate[at]thedigitalbits[dot]com).