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In April, the Loew’s remembered the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster with three great shows.
It certainly was. To prove how popular Cinerama was in 1963, I saw it in Montclair, a New Jersey suburb and not a big city by any means. Now there are only three 3-strip Cinerama theaters left in the entire world.
Oh yes, they were all 35mm regular runs at “popular prices” in local New Jersey theaters. I wish I had seen them as roadshows! My first roadshow was “How the West Was Won”, in Cinerama.
Other times (non-Music Hall) when I walked in on the middle of the movie: “Spartacus”, “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Cleopatra”, “My Fair Lady”. It really was a common practice back then. That’s why the “Psycho” restriction was so revolutionary (and effective).
Saps: I’d say the people on those long lines definitely came in the middle. I was on a four-hour line for the 1969 Christmas show, “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”, and we were just glad to finally get in the building. The movie was already playing, but we just found seats and tried to figure out what was going on. I also saw “The Out-of-Towners” at the Hall a few months later under those same circumstances. The line wasn’t as long, but we did walk in while the movie had already been playing for about 45 minutes.
Altered States comes out on Blu-ray in July, but unfortunately my home theater does not have Megasound.
Here’s a Wikipedia article about Megasound. Even more powerful and effective than Sensurround, but that may have had something to do with the sound effects and music score of Altered States itself. Whatever the reason, I’ve never heard anything like it before or since.
Have to say I was disappointed in Dolby Atmos, as well as the movie Brave itself. Don’t know what I expected from 64 channels of sound, except to be blown out of my seat. And it didn’t happen. The most mind-blowing film soundtrack I’ve ever experienced is still one from 31 years ago: Altered States at the Bellevue Theater in Upper Montclair NJ, in Megasound (which never caught on, but should have).
Nick: Thanks for steering us to the Boxoffice Magazine vault. It will soon be up there with Cinema Treasures as one of my favorite websites. Their critic, Jim Watters, wrote an extremely perceptive review of 2001 in the 4/8/68 issue, at a time when some of our most esteemed critics just didn’t get the film (or didn’t want to get it). Thanks again.
As it happens, this is the day I first saw “2001” 44 years ago – June 15, 1968 – on the Cinerama screen at the Loew’s Capitol in New York City. A real life-changing event.
87 weeks for “2001” – wow! Isn’t San Jose part of Silicon Valley? I wonder if the movie inspired some of the locals to go into the computer field?
Programs from the last two Loew’s Jersey shows. Mothra was really a blast!
So with Snow White, Rock of Ages and soon The Dark Knight Rises, I guess the Ziegfeld is doing OK for the rest of the summer. Good to hear.
Thanks to the Loew’s for programming The Producers, a movie I’d always wanted to see with an audience in a theater, but never got the chance until now. Same goes for next week’s showing of Mothra – that one seems like a real rarity.
Is that Regan’s bedroom window with the curtains blowing around on the side wall of the theater? Nice touch of showmanship.
“ … I will not be buying the Blu-Ray or any other future edition unless it includes a new hi-def scan of the original movie I saw at Grauman’s Chinese in 1977.”
I’m with Edward on this. We’ll probably never get it, but we still have our memories and George Lucas can’t wipe those out.
I saw it on opening day, 7 PM show, Loew’s Astor Plaza in New York City.
A few years ago the Ziegfeld used to program classic films to play for weeks during their down times. I guess the one-night-only special screenings are the next best thing, especially since I recently saw two exceptional ones there (“Tommy” and “Yellow Submarine”).
Thanks, mhvbear. That is good news. Whether the movie is good or not, at least there’s a movie playing there.
And the writing on the back wall can be seen in the photo:
The Home of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
You can still see it even today, but it’s badly faded.
The next time Clearview’s website has something showing at the Ziegfeld is a screening of Mommie Dearest, with special guest Lisa Lampanelli, on June 21st. Hard to believe, with all the summer blockbusters coming out between now and then, that the Ziegfeld won’t be showing any of them. Rock of Ages would be a perfect fit for the Ziegfeld.
I saw the 4K Ben-Hur at Lincoln Center in NYC last October on a 50-ft. screen, and it looked indistinguishable from 70mm (to me, anyway).
Mr. Sittig: Thanks for answering all the questions! To paraphrase Chris Utley, I’ll still keep hope alive for The Brothers Grimm, though.
All nonstop flights from Newark NJ to LA are already booked up for the last weekend in September. I did some pre-planning on the off-chance they’ll be showing “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm”.
Will “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm” be part of the Cinerama event in September? I’ve heard all kinds of rumors saying yes and no, but nothing definite. Thanks, Mr. Sittig.
Fantastic show. Beatles recordings never sounded better. I even got to shake hands with the film’s producer, Al Brodax.
A perfect demonstration of what makes the Ziegfeld such a special place.