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ChasSmith commented about Esquire Theatre on Jul 3, 2011 at 11:40 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.

ChasSmith commented about Happy 30th, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" on Jun 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm

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

ChasSmith commented about Eastgate 10 Theatre on Jun 12, 2011 at 9:36 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?

ChasSmith commented about Demolition of the National Theatre: Still Makes Me Sick on Jun 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm

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.

ChasSmith commented about Cinema Treasures adds 3,000 movie theater photos on Jun 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

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.

ChasSmith commented about Cinema Treasures adds 3,000 movie theater photos on Jun 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm

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.

ChasSmith commented about Anderson Cooper on Alamo Drafthouse and texting in theaters on Jun 8, 2011 at 10:48 am


ChasSmith commented about We've added over 1,500 movie theater photos on Jun 4, 2011 at 11:00 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!!

ChasSmith commented about Pathway cleared for demolition of Beach 4 in Cape May on May 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Yes. Incredible.

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

ChasSmith commented about Film Row in Memphis on Apr 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Very interesting. Thanks for posting that.

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

ChasSmith commented about Moral hits rockbottom at the Colonial Twin! on Mar 31, 2011 at 6:06 pm

(The word is morale.)

ChasSmith commented about Drexel Theatre acquired by not-for-profit group; will be managed by CAPA on Mar 24, 2011 at 11:16 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.

ChasSmith commented about Picfair Theatre on Mar 19, 2011 at 10:06 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.

ChasSmith commented about "West Side Story" will play in July at the Hollywood Bowl with score performed live on Feb 24, 2011 at 3:33 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.

ChasSmith commented about "West Side Story" will play in July at the Hollywood Bowl with score performed live on Feb 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm

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.

ChasSmith commented about "West Side Story" will play in July at the Hollywood Bowl with score performed live on Feb 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm

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.

ChasSmith commented about The Double Feature on Feb 5, 2011 at 12:38 am

Beautiful. What everyone else said. Well done.

ChasSmith commented about Laemmele's Music Hall likely to close in April on Jan 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

I missed that the Fine Arts had closed! That’s terrible to hear!

ChasSmith commented about Gateway Theatre on Jan 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Yes, please, tell!

ChasSmith commented about Oaks Theater closes on Jan 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Nice. Very nice.

And your thoughts on the Oaks Theater closing…?

ChasSmith commented about Detroit In Ruins: Photograph Slideshow from The Guardian on Jan 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Heartbreaking. I was only in Detroit a couple of times, years ago, so my memories are unfortunately scant. I’ve been told it was one of the greatest of downtowns, and richer in theaters than you can imagine. I learned years after the fact that the one theater I was in, for the initial run of “2001”, was the Summit.

ChasSmith commented about Majestic Theatre on Dec 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Good for you! May other towns and cities follow your excellent example. Best of luck!

ChasSmith commented about Cinema Treasures Reaches 30,000 Theaters on Dec 14, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Congratulations on your successful nurturing of one of the most vital websites. Here’s to many more wonderful years and accomplishments.

ChasSmith commented about Cinema 12 on Dec 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Does this theater still have its 1970s-era “GCC shadowbox”? I don’t know how old this web page is, but scroll down 9 pictures or so to see it: