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On the new Blu-Ray release, there is an intermission, complete with Intermission intro music (played on a blank screen). The Intermission comes just after ‘The War Council’ scene, and part 2 opens with ‘I Feel Pretty’.
According to the booklet which came with the DVD Special Edition Collectors Set (sadly not included with the new Blu-Ray release) it states the the George V cinema in Paris, France ran the movie for 218 weeks, and it then ran another 25 weeks at the Avenue cinema, followed by a further 16 weeks at the Arleqine cinema!
Also Internationally, the booklet states during January-March 1962, “West Side Story” became the top grosser ever at the Piccadilly Theatre, Tokyo, Japan. At the Astoria Theatre, London, England, it had the highest ever advance sales of any film at that theatre. In Stockholm, Sweden at the Ritz Theatre, seats were sold out months in advance.
After the June 1962 premiere of the film in Sydney, Australia (name of theatre not stated) all seats were booked out in advance as far as October 1962.
“West Side Story” has always been one my most favourite films, since I first saw it at a cinema in Llandudno, North Wales, UK while I was on holiday in 1962.
Michael;Thanks for the terrific article, again so well researched. I have just purchased the Blu-Ray disc and it looks stunning! It was released here in the UK before the USA Blu-Ray release, which makes a change!
Guys, Enough is enough of this personal squabble. The last 10 comments have nothing to do with the Empire Picture Palace, so please get back onto subject.
It is a double World Premier using the Odeon Leicester Square and the Empire Theatre. Due to renovations to Leicester Square (to return it to its Victorian splendour in time for the 2012 Olympic Games), the pre-show is being held in Trafalgar Square, after which guests will walk to the two Leicester Square cinemas to view the film.
RickB;You are correct, the photograph above is not this Elmo Theatre. It is a photograph of the Elmo Theatre, St. Elmo, IL, which has its own page on Cinema Treasures #7601
To make for an ever changing site, Cinema Treasures now features as a main photograph the one with the most views. At the moment on this page, no one has posted a photograph of the actual Paradise Theatre building.
Chuck;In the 1955-1956 edition of Theatre Catalog, both the 100-car capacity Highway 14 Drive-In and the 200-car capacity Pettit’s Drive-In are listed, both operated by L.H. Pettit.
Opened around 1950, and was operated by Phil Isley Theatres.
Joe: The 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory lists a Columbus Theatre, 875 Columbus Avenue.
Bway, I have 1,000’s, so it will some time to add them, but will work on it!
The former Regal Cinema, photographed in July 2008:
An Autumn 2009 photograph of the rear of the auditorium:
The 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory lists the following movie theatres in Newburgh:
Academy of Music, Broadway & Grand Street
Cohen’s Opera House, Broadway
Imperial Theatre, Colden Street
New Palatine Theatre, 16-18 Lander Street
Star Theatre, 16 Lander Street
Auditorium of the Gaumont/Odeon Bootle;
The former Odeon can be seen on the right of this November 2006 photograph:
This set of photographs includes an article on the February 1948 re-opening, and has photographs of the interior:
The 1952-1953 edition of Theatre Catalog, has a three page review of the Paramount Edmonton, which states the architects are Green, Blankstein, Russell & Associates, who also designed the Paramount Theatre, Lethbridge, Alberta.
The former Palladium Cinema, photographed in August 2008:
A vintage photograph of the King’s Hall, playing the Gaumont release in October 1949:
The Gaumont, playing the Gaumont release in March 1956:
Two vintage photographs of the Odeon:
In October 1949, playing the Odeon release:
In May 1971, playing the Rank release:
The former Granada/ABC photographed in January 2010:
The entrance and facade of the former Apollo Cinema can be seen to the immediate right of Lloyds TSB Bank in this January 2009 photograph:
A vintage drawing of the Pioneer Building and some additional history here:
Urban Explorers have documented the building in 2008:
A vintage photograph of the Playhouse Theatre, playing the ABC release in April 1949:
The Daffodil, photographed in November 2010:
At night in March 2009:
Tile floor in foyer: