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Back to “Porgy and Bess,” a few years ago a pristine 35mm 4-track mag print was run at a university screening in Brooklyn for one or two performances only, then moved to the Berlin Film Festival. I haven’t heard of a 70mm print of this classic being shown in decades.
While I was stationed in Monterey in 1966/7, I saw “The Bible” at the United Artists on Market Street. At the time it seemed as if there too a deep curve screen had been replaced by a smaller one on a flat track.
Basically something like “dreamed sins” or “sins dreamed of”…something in that line.
Thanks for clearing that up.
Sydneybird, thanks, you have actually answered a question that many Cinerama historians have been debating for years….which USA Cinerama houses maintained their installation into the 1970’s. And the Pittsburgh Warner was a mystery. Would you happen to know if the screen/curtain setup was retained until the theatre’s final closing as a theatre? Thanks.
Haven’t been there since “The Rock” in 1996 when the first twenty minutes of the feature was projected two-perforations out-of-frame, and, presumably, I was the only sighted person in the auditorium as nobody made the slightest fuss. Finally, I got up and informed an usher of the problem. He looked at me as if I had just landed from another planet, mumbled something unintelligble and walked away. About ten minutes later, the problem was corrected.
Am glad to see that Master Jedi projectionist Steve Guttag has popped up here. As for longislandmovies' question above, the first time I went to the Senator, for the run of the 70mm restored “Vertigo”, the Saturday afternoon matinee was as close to sell-out as possible.
The Green Hill specialized only in British comedies during the 50’s (possibly even earlier). Lots of Terry Thomas, Peter Sellers, and, as mentioned above, the “Carry On” series. House was basically the only Philadelphia house to run British films until the downtown Trans-Lux latched onto “The Mouse That Roared” in 1959 which ran for weeks on end, after which time distributors were more prone to book UK entries into center city houses.
And it was a mess! An absolute insult to moviegoers. As a friend of mine said after its twinning, “I wouldn’t go to that theatre if it were the last building on earth with oxygen!”
Yep, the Shapiro family. Sold out to United Artists a while ago.
Is this the theatre I see close by when I get off the “B” train and exit at the west end of the Prospect Park station?
Heck, I’d like a Cine-Miracle!
No, “The Exorcist” opened at the StageDoor. This theatre was carved out of the Fox' stage. The Milgram, formerly the Stanton, formerly the (first) Stanley, was just a few doors west of the Fox fronting on Market Street. The S tageDoor fronted around the corner on 16th Street. You may indeed have seen EX at the StageDoor at some time subsequent to its opening, but, go check the newspapers yourself, THE EXORCIST opened in Philadelphia downtown at the Stage Door.
“I wonder what they are doing with the decor? City dump?"
Speaking of which…anybody remember the huge vertical "Spartacus” sign that hung there during that film’s run at the then-DeMille?. I recall seeing it later in a dump alongside the West Side Highway.
Thanks, William, I didn’t realize the building had been sold fifteen years ago.
I understand that the Times Square Church is holding on to its lease there for dear life.
Yes, on the North side of Market Street was the Erlanger.
This theatre, exterior and interior, is featured on FoodTV Network’s “Good Eats with Alton Brown”, episode “Pop Culture” (Number EA1010) featuring popcorn. Interior view clearly shows new projection booth located under former balcony.
yes, that’s what I thought. It was definitely operational during the DeMille period.
I wasn’t referring to the loge section, but to a separate enclosed area under the balcony (as I recall on the right side of the auditorium facing the screen). It even included a multi-channel array of loudspeakers.
Was the “enclosed” section under the balcony and used especially, I believe, for parents with babies, installed during the conversion to the DeMille in ‘59? Thanks
Rew, was this “special seating section in front” a separate section on the orchestra floor? Thanks.