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(The word is morale.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful. What everyone else said. Well done.
I missed that the Fine Arts had closed! That’s terrible to hear!
Yes, please, tell!
Nice. Very nice.
And your thoughts on the Oaks Theater closing…?
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.
Good for you! May other towns and cities follow your excellent example. Best of luck!
Congratulations on your successful nurturing of one of the most vital websites. Here’s to many more wonderful years and accomplishments.
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:
And I was just reminiscing about the Smoking Loge in the back. Oddly enough, it was just in thinking about the Gateway itself that that came to mind, even though of course all theaters had them.
Quick question: In its single-screen days, did the Gateway have a balcony? I don’t remember one, but I also know not to rely on those memories. Back later with things I “know” I recall. Thanks.
I’m looking through that issue of Boxoffice online, and am not finding the picture. Did I miss it? In the meantime, I’ll check a few other issues around that one.
I appreciate your input, and I’ll trust your knowledge of how the two theaters operated — especially since my own memories in this particular instance are so vague. I just looked at pictures linked from the listing here on the Centrum, and it looks like it must have been a really nice theater back in the day.
Happy birthday to the Cedar Lee. I went to school in University Circle, and lived there and in Cleveland Heights in the late 60s, early 70s, and I have fond memories of some of my first “serious” moviegoing there. Unless there was another neighborhood theater close by, the (single-screen) Cedar Lee is probably where I saw the first runs of “The Graduate”, “The Last Picture Show”, “Midnight Cowboy”, and much more. Boy, those were the days. Congratulations on a long run, and here’s to many more successful years.
Good God, those Bass end titles are a movie unto themselves. I’m always riveted by them.
If memory serves correctly, the Palms advertised real buttered popcorn, a rarity in those days.
In 1981-82 I lived around the block and had the pleasure of just walking around the corner to see second-run films at the Palms. A few that come to mind: “Fame”, “The Competition”, “On Golden Pond”. But my best Palms memory of all — an evening I still recall as one of the standout experiences ever with a movie AUDIENCE — was “Blazing Saddles”. A full house, the perfect audience, and a purely great night at the movies in a nice neighborhood theater.
Wow. Thanks, as always.
A very early memory is being taken by my grandmother to see it in Columbus, Ohio. Okay, all I really remember is that it happened! Couldn’t even hazard a guess as to when, which version, etc. Knowing her habits, though, it would have been in the best possible theater in downtown Columbus.
I sincerely hope this will be as great as it sounds already.