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This was a great theatre to watch and listen to movies. I was stationed in Pensacols in 1959, 1964-1968 and later in the 80’s. Some of the movies I saw there were the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns, How to succeed in business, A funny thing happened on the way to the forum and Khartoum plu many others. Did this theatre have actual 70mm projection or was it just a big bright screen and great Stereo?
Mike, here in Mass. Some theaters have signs stating capacity. A fire law in most areas. I have never heard of a Manager that would not you to tell how many seats.
Sorry I put the above under the wrong city. It should have been Fall River.
I just visited the Orpheums and read there history. They have an error by stating that it is the 2nd oldest Orpheum behind LA in the country. Well the Orpheum in Boston is much older. It was opened in 1852 as the Empire and in 1905 it became the Orpheum and it became a Lowes.
To BKRESS. You said the 3 strip Cinerama had only a 2 year run in Sacramwento. To bad they installed so late. We here in Boston had 10 year run of 3 strip before 70mm Its A Mad Mad Mad world. Some cities had 2-3 Cinerama theatres. We had only 1. If you look at the list for Boston you will see the Beacon Hill theatre listed. This is wrong because it only showed This Is Cinerama in a 70mm Re-issue in 1973. Alarge almost flat screen and fair stereo. More people walked out than were coming in. It managed a 5 week run.
To CS. I just looked up on wikipedia about the 70mm version of House of Wax. They said that the 70mm version played at the Metropolitan theatre. The Beacon Hill may have pled it in 70mm or srtereovision 35mm but it was after the Met. I saw it at the Astor which could have been either format and also at the Exeter which must have been in 35mm. Sorry about doubting you on a 70mm version but I had never heard of that version.
I agree with some of the above. This is not the place to discuss todays news. That belongs on facebook or other news sights. But to continue, what are a 3 month old and a 6 year old doing at a midnight showing. That is the parents fault. I remember all the hoopla that happened when “The Warriors” opened so many years ago. All the stabbings and fights that occured in the theatres at that time all over the country not just in one place. I hope the planned re-make of this movie never takes place because they WILL make the movie more violent, more graphic and terrible language. Lets not blame this incident on the movie or the theatre. This is todays society. Look at the recent massacres in Canada and Alabama. So once again lets get the news off of these entertainment type sights and back on to the news sights. By the way some of the problems when the “Warriors” came out were right here in Massachusetts.
To Dan P and others. When Reade opened the Charles it had the 2nd largest ccreen in downtown Boston. #1 was the Music Hall and # 2 was the Astor which was never owned or run by Sack or USA or Lowes. Gettysburg opened at the Coolidge Corner and then 3 weeks later at the Charles. Both theatres ran it in 70mm. I believe the CC is still equipped with 70mm. I don,t believe the CitiWang(Music Hall) has 70mm anymore.
How do I get in touch with the Boston Cinerama Chapter or is the site?
The Museum Of Science in Boston has 2 theatres. One is the Omnimax and the other is a 3D theatre.
To Mike R. I believe that this may be a legal IMAX. If what I read is right the screen is 70'x40'. Most retrofit theatres are only about 40-45; wide. We have 3 real Imax theatres and 1 Omnimax here in the Boston area. We also have several retrofit Imax and some Regal RPX.Also if you are only plopping down $12.00 that is cheap. By the way IMAX real or otherwise is not worth all that money. I would rather see them bring back Cinerama and Todd A O and other 70mm formats.
WHICH boston theatre had Cinemascope first and premiered with the Robe. Was it the Astor, Metropolitan or the Lowes Orpheum?
When the Saxon theatre played Earthquake in Boston in Sensurround Some of the plaster in the ceiling came down according to reports I read. I had seen it in suburban Framingham a few weeks before it came to downtown. The Saxon only played one more sensurroud film and that was Battlestar Galactica. I took my youn son and there were no more problems. The rest of the sensurrounf films, Midway and Rollercoaster played in suburban Braintree at the General Cinema 4 or 6plex and no more in Downtown Boston.
THE Navy Point theatre was nothing extravagant but it was a fine place to go for 2nd-3rd runs and cheap. Especially in between pay days.
Can somebody please put up some information about the Pen and Florida theatres in Pensacola. Being stationed there in 1959-60, 1964-1965 and then again in the 80’s I visited these theatres many times besides the Saenger.
I goofed. Not 1949 but 1959.
Can somebody please add the Pen Theatre to this sight. Please give size, projection type. and screen size for what I thought was a wonderful theatre when I was stationed at NAS in 1949, 1963 and 1964 and again in 1983.
I believe the biggest movie that played there was Zefferelli’s Romeo & Juliet. If it opened here then I believe it played for about a year. If it didn’t open here and was on a moveover It still played a long time.
Thanks Coate, now I understand. And to King Biscuits: I hope that you were being only sarcastic about snipping(censoring) Cinerama films. It never happened. Mr Sinnott was nuts and the old feeling about Boston censoring all movies was just not true. Mostly European were snipped but most got by. Movies like I am Curious Yellow/Blue, Deep Throat, Debbie Does Dallas and even Ecstasy with Hedy Lamarr back in the day were ran uncut for Boston Audiences. Legitimate theatre was watched more closely like Hair and Oh Calcutta. Movie like I am curious yellow and plays like Hair were both raided by the cops but reopened within a week with the Judges approval uncut. I happened to be at the 2 that I mentioned. In fact I went back to see them both after they re-opened. Not very many movies were really snipped here. I bet more were not shown or really cut down south or in the Bible Belt than were here.Sorry to get on the Band Box but I like protecting Boston because we were the #1 Box Office city prior to the closing of so many Big Theatres, ship shod management, especially Sack(USA) Lowes and some other chains. We must now go to the suburbs and visit the little band box multi screens like everywhere else or visit the Lowes Common or the Regal Fenway 14, both with fake IMAX or RPX systems.
I believe that gettysburg opened 1st for about 3 weeks at the Coolidge Corner then Moved over to the Charles. Sack didnb’t want it because it was too long and he could only get about 3 screenings per day. So the coolidge tookit. The same thing happened to the 1st Muppetts movie. Sacl controlled downtown at that time and he thought it was probably too G to make money. So of all the theatres to take it was the Exeter and they laughed all the way too the bank for many weeks.
To Dennis Obrien. Just to let you know that when the RKO switched to Cinerama in Dec 1953 it had 3 booths not one booth for 3 projectors. The sound man sat in front of the Center booth and the booth for the sound was down on the right hand of the theatre. The balcony was huge with aboutn 1400 seats. I sat in the front row of the balcony for How The West Was won. Sat in the floor seats for many other presentations. When Windjamer played it was not in Cinemiracle it was presented in 3 strip and was converted into Cinerama by Cinerama when they aquired the process. There were ony a half a dozen or so Cinemiracle equipped theatres. 1 in N.Y. 1 in Chicago and I believe 1 in Philly. A few others maybe. Boston was not one of them. Boston did not go to a single booth until 70mm and It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad world. Boston was one of the only Major Cities that had only one real Cinerama theatres from beginning to end. When they Re-released This Is Cinerama in 1973 it played lousily at the Beacon Hill theatre on a Flat or almost Flat screen. More people walked out than the line coming in. The Beacon Hill was NOT a Cinerama theatre or even a facsimile of one.
To Mondo Justin. Isaw 2001 on its first run at the cinerama theatre in San Francisco and then a short time later at the Cinerama in Seattle. Seattle had the best presentation. San Fran was ok but there was too much GREEN smoke in the Auditorime(Pot). I never saw it here in my hometown of Boston because I was in the Navy. After coming back East to Wash. D.C. I saw it at the Uptown. What a great theatre. I have never seen it after its first runs escept on Video.
Brad Smith. The picture with the Paramount in the distance doe not show the Boston Cinerama. It is across from the Paramount and at the bend on Washington, St.
We do have small theatres like this. They are called Multi union Cinemas in every Mall across the country but they don’t book like the Orson Welles. The Brattle., The Janus or the Cinema 733 did.
The Exeter was a wonderful theatre. Played mostly Art and off the wall films. Even played The House of Wax in 3D around New Years Eve in 1972. King of Hearts played forever. They even had great success with the 1st Muppetts movie because no one else wanted it so the management took a chance and it played well. They had a wonderful Stereo Sound system back in the 70’s. The only thing wrong with the Exeter were the seats. Old and uncomfrotable. A great movie experience though.