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You guys are off on your opening date by SEVERAL years.
“The Altama Village I II III opened in 1980”
This theater opened at least three years before 1980. Also, it was a twin before being tripled.
“It opened originally with five screens, and in 1977, expanded to seven screens, with auditorium 6 housing the new Dolby Stereo CP-50 processor with surround sound.” <<<
This theater does NOT appear in Dolby’s installation records during the 1977-78 timeframe, suggesting the Dolby install happened later than what is being recalled in the intro write-up.
Fine. Anyone can learn how to create links using the new system. But, in my opinion, the CT staff foolishly removed the ability to preview one’s comment before submitting. Being able to preview one’s comment is crucial, in my opinion. One shouldn’t learn their link wasn’t correct only once the comment is posted, nor should any reader be subjected to an inactive link. (The lack of a preview option, by the way, is why I did not provide courtesy links to the theaters present in the CT database in my recently-posted “Raiders” tribute article.)
Bob, your opening date is wrong. The correct grand-opening date is May 24, 1972.
Referencing issues of the (Harlingen) Valley Morning Star, I can add that the original name for this theater was Cinema 1 & 2, the original owner was ABC Interstate, and the debut bookings were The Godfather and The Groundstar Conspiracy.
The theater became a triplex in 1977.
AGR, there’s nothing wrong with thanking someone for a comment you appreciate, but in this case you look like a fool for having stormed off in a huff only to reappear a day later. And where’s the apology for your nutty YELLING claim of my ignorance? (Don’t you feel like an ass now that you realize I was correct all along?)
AGR, you’re back. What happened to “OVER AND OUT”?
AGR: The 70mm information for Vertigo is in reference to the film’s 1996 re-issue, not its original release. VistaVision was a 35mm process. Deal with it.
AGR, you’re not even close!
I find it too difficult to explain aspect ratio and film gauge concepts with words alone; I think it best to use visual examples for the concept to really sink in. Check out Page 5 of the VistaVision wing of the WidescreenMuseum for some VV frame samples that might clarify things for you.
<<< * “I think I saw JAWS there in the summer of 75 and Star Wars there in 77.” — posted by Grant67 on Apr 30, 2011* >>>
Actually, it was those films' sequels that played at WestGate. The original “Jaws” played first-run at Hillcrest Twin, and the original run of “Star Wars” was at Royal Twin.
VistaVision was not 65mm!!!
<<< “I was the projectionist for the Westgate Cinema in 1979. Had two auditoriums of the same size, one red trim one blue trim. Converted later to four screens.” Contributed by richard reagan >>>
<<< “The original Westgate Twins then Westgate IV…” posted by SCPP on May 22, 2005 >>>
I don’t see any evidence this particular WestGate ever had four screens.
Open for only one year???
Cobb took over in ‘91, not '95.
<<< “Opened 1987” (posted in intro by Jeff Chapman) >>>
I believe this theater opened at least ten years before 1987.
Is it possible you are confusing a Radio City run of “Gone With The Wind” with that of the Rivoli? (The Rivoli is where the film had its initial 70mm roadshow re-issue run beginning in autumn 1967 and running more than a year.)
I don’t think “Gone With The Wind” is considered to have been re-issued in 1969. Any engagements in 1968/69 were simply general-release bookings that followed the reserved-seat bookings that had begun in 1967.
Among the evidence discounting a 70mm run of “GWTW” at Radio City in 1969 is the fact that for “Airport,” in 1970, the NYC newspaper ads boasted “The first 70mm film in the history of Radio City Music Hall.”
This alleged second Radio City engagement of “GWTW” (and the one Bob Endres is recalling) was actually held during 1975 (April 24-30).
<<< “there is alot of wrong info on this site” (posted by tlsloews on Mar 26, 2011) >>>
<<< “You sure are right about that. I just emailed a website that purportedly listed EVERY 70mm film ever run in New York City along with the theatre it ran in. What caught my eye was it only showed "Gone With The Wind” as running at the Ziegfeld theatre in 1970 as part as a 70mm series. However, they had NO LISTING for the original run when the 70mm version of “Gone With The Wind” first premiered in New York.“ (posted by techman on Mar 26, 2011) >>>
Techman…I can only assume you’re referring to “70mm in New York,” posted on the website FromScriptToDVD.com. Try that article’s 1967 page. As co-author of that article/list, I can assure you that there is indeed an entry for “the original run when the 70mm version of ‘Gone With The Wind’ first premiered in New York” (though you’ll find you’re mistaken about the theater in which it played).
<<< “The special 70mm opening was at Radio City Music Hall in 1969. I know that because "Gone With The Wind” was the reason they installed the Simplex XL 70mm projectors at the Music Hall.“ (posted by techman on Mar 26, 2011) >>>
It would appear the passage of time has created an incorrect memory, techman. There’s plenty of evidence available to support the claim that the 70mm projection system was installed at Radio City Music Hall in 1970 for “Airport.” (“Gone With The Wind” didn’t play a 70mm run at RCMH until 1975.)
MikeRogers: It is listed as Varsity Twin Cinema.
Varsity Twin Cinema
The forever you’re referring to was 29 weeks.
ChrisD…The roadshow run of The Happiest Millionaire at the Pantages played 31 weeks.
The only ass in this situation is you, Don. I see nothing wrong with posting a correction as a public comment and making it a part of the conversation. Corrections, in my opinion, are among the few things that give Cinema Treasures a hint of credibility given the alarming amount of erroneous info posted on a regular basis.
And for you, Don, to ridicule someone for “showing off their immense wealth of theater knowledge”…well, isn’t sharing information one of the purposes of the site? And if the information is interesting and accurate, then where’s the problem? If you don’t believe there’s any value in “showing off” on an information resource website, Don, then you’re a hypocrite given that you have posted hundreds of comments and theater page submissions.
And, finally, in my opinion, the lazy and geography-challenged have no business creating and submitting theater pages. It only took three of you to goof up this one!
<<< “When ‘Jaws’ was originally released it played here – 1 print – interlocked – on all five screens.” —– posted by dave-bronx on Apr 21, 2005 at 12:25am >>>
This theater did not exist in 1975 when “Jaws” was first released. Perhaps you’re thinking of “Jaws 2” in 1978?
I need to correct myself. It turns out this place never was a three-screener as I previously indicated. (I had been misled by some deceptive newspaper advertisements.)
By 1975 the Royal Park had four screens. Prior to that it was a twin.
A few corrections…
Inadvertently left off the list:
Youngstown, OH – Uptown
Listed with incorrect screen count:
Gainesville, FL – Royal Park Cinema 3 (should be listed as Royal Park Cinema 4)
Green Bay, WI – Marc (should be listed as Marc Twin)