Comments from ChasSmith

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ChasSmith commented about Palace Theater on Aug 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

The Palace was the one equipped for Cinerama, so I guess I’ve found where I saw “2001” in its roadshow engagement two or three times in the summer of 1968. I wish I could remember more from back then about the theater itself.

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ChasSmith commented about Plantation Theatre on Aug 9, 2011 at 8:57 am

I wonder if the Plantation is where I saw “Thunderball” on Christmas Day 1965 (it had just opened that week).

Search on the above address in Bing Maps or Google and see what looks like a theater on the west side of the road. Is that the original building?

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ChasSmith commented about Colony Theatre on Aug 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

On the page for the Warnor Theatre down the street, someone said the Colony remained open till 1964, as did the Florida. Any further information at all on three three theaters will be greatly appreciated.

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ChasSmith commented about Redondo Beach Cinema 3 on Aug 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I hope I’ve positioned the street view accurately. Don’t have any photos yet. The theaters were just to the south of the (then) South Bay Galleria Mall, which is what I remember it being called in the 1980s.

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ChasSmith commented about Wellfleet Drive-In on Aug 6, 2011 at 8:48 am

The map shows this in the wrong location. It’s located farther south toward North Eastham, a little south of Gill Road and across the highway from Village Lane.

The Wellfleet is a fabulous drive-in…in fact, a complete drive-in and cinema complex to die for. I’ll post more later, including pictures.

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ChasSmith commented about Avon Theatre on Aug 4, 2011 at 5:31 am

Saw this location pinned on the map and it triggered a memory. In 1972 or 1973 I saw “Gaslight” and “North by Northwest” as a double feature at the Fine Arts in Beverly Hills. Soon thereafter I saw an ad for the same pairing of these films in Hollywood, at a theater I wasn’t familiar with. It turned out to be a storefront type of thing with 16mm projection, just a little west of the Chinese. Could that be this place?

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ChasSmith commented about McDonald's Hopes to Fry the Detroit Theater on Jul 20, 2011 at 11:57 am

“a corporation think outside the box…” ?

Oh damn, I just woke up.

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ChasSmith commented about Adding Photographs / Copyright Reminder on Jul 15, 2011 at 5:02 am

I would also respectfully request that people take the time to thoughtfully select from their photo collections, and try to refrain from uploading multiple shots that are so nearly identical as to be redundant. I feel as though I’ve been seeing more instances of this over the past few weeks.

It’s a common hazard of the digital photo age, to be sure. We all have folders and folders containing hundreds or thousands more photos than we ever would have accumulated in the film era. And being able to take more is all for the good. But let’s take a little more care here on Cinema Treasures than the average kid might, for instance, on their social networking site, and not just throw entire folders of photos onto each theater’s page. It’s my feeling that in so doing, our collection here will be all the more elegant and valuable.

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ChasSmith commented about Esquire Theatre on Jul 3, 2011 at 8:40 am

Well I’ll be damned. Go ahead and laugh, but I lived in L.A. for 17 years and ate in Canter’s a number of times without ever knowing it had been a theater. But now I do, thanks to the latest photo upload. Amazing.

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ChasSmith commented about Happy 30th, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" on Jun 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

Fantastic job, as always. And congratulations to one of the more delightful films ever.

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ChasSmith commented about Eastgate 10 Theatre on Jun 12, 2011 at 6:36 am

I lived in Cleveland from 1968-1972 and I’m trying to identify what I remember as the large suburban theater adjacent to, or part of, Eastgate Shopping Center, where I believe I saw “Patton” and “The Godfather” when new, and a “Lawrence of Arabia” re-release (even though I don’t find a re-release listed for those years on IMDb). Back then, of course, it would have been a single screen (perhaps a twin, but I remember it as one large screen). No idea what it was called then, but is this the location?

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ChasSmith commented about Demolition of the National Theatre: Still Makes Me Sick on Jun 9, 2011 at 10:54 am

Same here, from across the continent. And it still kills me that I lost my Instamatic snapshot of the “Exorcist” window on the east side of the building.

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ChasSmith commented about Cinema Treasures adds 3,000 movie theater photos on Jun 8, 2011 at 10:41 am

That worked, thanks!

I know I have much to learn when it comes to managing images. These have been displaying correctly everywhere but here—but sure enough, Photoshop Elements opened them up in the “wrong” orientation, so I rotated and resaved. Thanks again for the tip.

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ChasSmith commented about Cinema Treasures adds 3,000 movie theater photos on Jun 8, 2011 at 9:07 am

I’m having trouble with a few of my shots that insist on changing to an incorrect orientation when uploaded to the site — rotating both from “portrait”-to-“landscape” and vice versa — so I’ve had to abandon those few for now. Other than that, the new photo functionality here is fantastic. Thanks and congratulations again on the best site redesign ever.

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ChasSmith commented about Anderson Cooper on Alamo Drafthouse and texting in theaters on Jun 8, 2011 at 7:48 am

BRAVO.

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ChasSmith commented about We've added over 1,500 movie theater photos on Jun 4, 2011 at 8:00 am

First of all, I have to say that this is probably the greatest website renovation EVER. No joke. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Of course, as others have said, the new photo capabilities must be considered a leading asset.

And this is where I have one question: You mention that you eventually hope to support the rotating of photos, but that we must do it ourselves — before uploading — for now. That’s fine, except that in one set of photos I uploaded this morning, three of them appeared in incorrect orientation, but they were already correct on my end, and appeared correct when uploaded to my own web page in the past.

Any words of advice on this point will be greatly appreciated. And thanks again for everything!!

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ChasSmith commented about Pathway cleared for demolition of Beach 4 in Cape May on May 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Yes. Incredible.

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ChasSmith commented about Vincentennial celebrates 100th birthday of Vincent Price in St. Louis on May 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm

No kidding. Unfortunately, I can’t get away during that time. If I could, I’d combine it with a couple of other stops I need to make along the way, and drive over from Connecticut to take in some of that. It looks absolutely tremendous.

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ChasSmith commented about Film Row in Memphis on Apr 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

Very interesting. Thanks for posting that.

Funny, though, the article only makes reference to film having been on platters.

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ChasSmith commented about Moral hits rockbottom at the Colonial Twin! on Mar 31, 2011 at 3:06 pm

(The word is morale.)

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ChasSmith commented about Drexel Theatre acquired by not-for-profit group; will be managed by CAPA on Mar 24, 2011 at 8:16 am

I was startled by my first glance at the headline, but this sounds like very good news indeed. I can only wish I had a theater like the Drexel in my area — I’d be there all the time, and that is no joke. I left a comment on the Dispatch web site, and would encourage others to show support to the folks in Columbus by doing the same.

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ChasSmith commented about Picfair Theatre on Mar 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I was just watching a bad DVD transfer of a 1962 film “The Devil’s Hand”, and in one location shot near the end you can see the PICFAIR marquee in the background. I’d lived in L.A. during the ‘70s and '80s and remembered the name Picfair, but I didn’t recall whether I knew it as the name of a theater, a neighborhood, or whatever. If I had the means to grab a frame of that shot, I’d post it, but at the moment I don’t. If you’re watching the film, it’s just a minute or two before the end.

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ChasSmith commented about "West Side Story" will play in July at the Hollywood Bowl with score performed live on Feb 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

It looks like they’ve been doing this type of thing for a while. From elsewhere on the Hollywood Bowl site:

In the summer of 1993, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra recorded its first motion picture soundtrack for MGM’s That’s Entertainment III. Since its inception, the HBO has been committed to restoring and performing lost or neglected film scores. Examples of the Orchestra’s major restoration projects include Max Steiner’s theme to Gone With the Wind, the “Dream Ballet” sequence from Oklahoma!, and the “Born in a Trunk” sequence from the 1954 production of A Star is Born.

Performing music often heard only in its recorded form, the Orchestra has brought works from the silver screen to life. Annual “Movie Night” concerts, in which the Orchestra plays the scores live in synch with film clips projected on the Bowl’s gigantic screen – with HD capabilities – have featured some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Recent years have featured collaborations with major motion picture studios: Twentieth-Century Fox, Warner Bros., Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures.

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ChasSmith commented about "West Side Story" will play in July at the Hollywood Bowl with score performed live on Feb 24, 2011 at 11:54 am

Yes, I think you’re right. That really has to be the case.

Okay, the one thing I’d find compelling about it, if I were on the correct coast and could attend, is hearing the actual film orchestrations played live — IF that’s what they’ll be playing from. And I think it would be a pretty sizable task to “arrange” the published stage version to match the film. Have to find out more about this.

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ChasSmith commented about "West Side Story" will play in July at the Hollywood Bowl with score performed live on Feb 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

I don’t get it. Are they showing the whole film and playing along with the soundtrack, “under” the singing (but along with the studio orchestra)? Are they showing selected scenes, with no sound, and playing along with that? (Maybe the purely instrumental parts — Prologue, Dance at the Gym, etc.?) None of the above? I can’t imagine it being anything but a circus act, but I’m happy to hear about the restoration.