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Coate commented about UA Cinema City 7 on Mar 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm

This opened well before 1980, and I doubt it opened with seven screens. Does anyone know the screen-count timeline?

Coate commented about Sun-Ray Cinema on Mar 7, 2016 at 6:38 pm

I’ve had a chance to research the release of “The Godfather” (1972) and can state that the 5 Points did NOT have the longest run of that film in the United States as claimed in the intro above (“It is reported to have been the home for the 1972 run of “The Godfather” that had the longest run of any theatre in the USA.”). It’s not even close! I’ve found “The Godfather” ran at 5 Points for 18 weeks, which is a lengthy run, for sure, but nowhere near the long-run record holders. It’s not even the long-run record holder for the venue (which probably belongs to “The Sound of Music” with its 31-week roadshow run in 1965). At this time I cannot state with certainty which city/theater had the longest run of “The Godfather, but I’m aware of several in the 26-ish-week range and at least two that were in the 30+ week range. So, it’s a bit infuriating to learn that someone did such shoddy research (mistaken recollection? trolling?) on this "Godfather”/5 Points matter, especially since I’ve seen the claim repeated elsewhere including in some major newspapers.

Coate commented about Sheridan Theatre on Feb 12, 2016 at 5:59 pm

[With apologies for dragging this further off topic…]

patryan6019… Was there a run of “Circus World” in Cuyahoga Falls that interrupted “Mary Poppins”? No, the Cuyahoga Falls/Akron entry on my “Circus World” Cinerama list is an error.

What does a not quite complete list of “Circus World” engagements have to do with the Uptown specifically? It’s related, in my opinion, since the Uptown was one of the venues in which it played, and I thought that by posting the (mostly) full list provided a more informative answer for the guy who had asked the question. (Though I wasn’t prepared for the guy’s obsession with dwelling on how short the Uptown’s run was!)

Returning the conversation back to the Sheridan… here’s the link to my “Gone With the Wind” article that cites the Sheridan run.

Coate commented about Park Mall Theatres 1,2,3, 4 on Feb 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm

I’m still curious about dallasmovietheaters' source for the “Jaws” playing on two screens claim. The newspaper advertising during the film’s second week, contrary to his claim, indicated four different movies were playing.

Coate commented about Warner Theatre on Feb 12, 2016 at 4:33 pm

The tri-plexing of the Warner took place between 1973 and 1977. Does anyone have a more precise date?

Coate commented about Flatirons Theater on Feb 12, 2016 at 4:30 pm

^ …and for a lengthy 27-week engagement. (I’ve got to wonder if that is the long-run record for the Flatirons and/or the city of Boulder?) On a related note, here’s a link to one of my retrospective articles that includes mention of the Flatirons run of “Star Wars” (and hundreds of others).

Coate commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Jan 14, 2016 at 1:58 pm

My unaccounted for engagements of “Russian Adventure” are Akron (Falls), Birmingham (Eastwood Mall), Chattanooga (Brainerd), Jacksonville (5 Points), Louisville (Showcase), Norfolk (Rosna), and Providence (Cinerama). Is the “unique” engagement you’re referring to, patryan6019, one of these?

Coate commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Jan 13, 2016 at 12:58 pm


Regarding “Russian Adventure,” I find nothing odd about my claim of that film not playing Washington, DC since it was essentially a “filler” release. Washington, DC wasn’t the only Cinerama market in which it did not play. (I’m assuming, of course, I researched the matter thoroughly and that it did in fact not play in DC.) I’ve found that at least two dozen markets that ran Cinerama-branded releases did NOT play “Russian Adventure.”

If you’re curious, here are the North American markets that DID play “Russian Adventure”:

I should note that at least a couple bookings might be missing from my listing in its current state. Providence played it, for sure, and possibly a couple others not cited, but, as previously stated, several markets clearly did not play it, so don’t be alarmed by how short the list is compared to other Cinerama releases.

1966-03-29 … Chicago, IL — McVickers (11 weeks)
1966-03-30 … Denver, CO — International 70 (5)
1966-03-31 … San Francisco, CA — Golden Gate (7)
1966-03-31 … Toronto, ON — Glendale (10)

1966-04-01 … Atlanta, GA — Georgia Cinerama (6)
1966-04-01 … Detroit, MI — Music Hall (12)
1966-04-01 … St. Louis, MO — Martin Cinerama (12)
1966-04-01 … Seattle, WA — Martin Cinerama (13)
1966-04-06 … Nashville, TN — Crescent (12)
1966-04-09 … Milwaukee, WI — Southgate (10)
1966-04-13 … New York, NY — Warner (13)
1966-04-26 … Pittsburgh, PA — Warner (6)
1966-04-27 … Cincinnati, OH — Capitol (5)
1966-04-27 … Toledo, OH — Showcase 1 (4)
1966-04-29 … New Orleans, LA — Martin Cinerama (8)

1966-05-03 … Los Angeles, CA — Warner Hollywood (13)
1966-05-11 … San Diego, CA — Center (6)

1966-08-17 … Dallas, TX — Capri (1)
1966-08-24 … Portland, OR — Hollywood (4)

1966-09-21 … Kansas City, MO — Empire (7)
1966-09-21 … Salt Lake City, UT — Villa (4)
1966-09-28 … Boston, MA — Boston (7)

1966-11-02 … Minneapolis (St. Louis Park), MN — Cooper (7)
1966-11-02 … Montreal, QC — Imperial (29)

1967-01-18 … Columbus, OH — Grand (4)
1967-01-25 … Wichita, KS — Uptown (5)

1967-02-08 … Newark (Montclair), NJ — Clairidge (6)

1967-09-20 … Hartford, CT — Cinerama (6)

1968-10-23 … Fresno, CA — Warnor (6)

Coate commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Jan 8, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Can’t you guys at least comment on the recently-posted 1980s listing before asking new questions??!! <sigh…>

Anyway, bigjoe59… Scroll up to the right margin of this page and find the section News About This Theater. Find the link to the 2008 “Remembering Cinerama (Part V)” story and there you’ll find your answer.

Coate commented about Westgate Cinema IV on Jan 7, 2016 at 7:26 pm

nmc2233…. Perhaps this is the “comparable” article you’re seeking? You’re welcome. ;–)

Coate commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Jan 6, 2016 at 12:00 am

Happy New Year! As requested, here is a listing of the Uptown’s bookings for the decade of the 1980s.

First a few notes…. Only the commercial/public bookings have been cited here; the list excludes premieres and special screenings, of which there were many. Also, there might be a missing engagement and/or a “dark” week or two in the autumn 1981 period preceding the run of “Ragtime.” There might be a couple of Wednesday vs. Friday opening-date discrepancies. The data listed in parenthesis following each title is the duration of the engagement, measured in weeks (except in a few cases where days are noted). And, lastly, the 70mm presentations have been listed in bold.

Have fun reminiscing about what you saw at this venue during the ‘80s!

1979-12-21 … THE BLACK HOLE (8)

1980-02-15 … ALL THAT JAZZ (17)
1980-06-13 … THE SHINING (7)
1980-08-01 … RAISE THE TITANIC (8)
1980-09-26 … DIVINE MADNESS (7)
1980-11-14 … FANTASIA (5)
1980-12-19 … THE JAZZ SINGER (5)

1981-01-23 … ALTERED STATES (10)
1981-04-03 … BLACK AND BLUE (1)
1981-04-10 … STAR WARS (2)
1981-04-24 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1)
1981-05-05 … APOCALYPSE NOW (5 days)
1981-05-10 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC (2 days)
1981-05-12 … DAYS OF HEAVEN (3 days)
1981-05-15 … PATTON (2 days)
1981-05-17 … THE ROSE (2 days)
1981-05-20 … THE SAND PEBBLES (2 days)
1981-05-22 … OUTLAND (4)
1981-06-19 … SUPERMAN II (15)
1981-10-02 … PRINCE OF THE CITY (6)
1981-11-13 … THE PURSUIT OF D.B. COOPER (?)
1981-12-18 … RAGTIME (11)

1982-03-05 … QUEST FOR FIRE (6)
1982-04-16 … FANTASIA (5)
1982-05-21 … AC/DC: LET THERE BE ROCK (2)
1982-06-04 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (2)
1982-06-18 … ANNIE (6)
1982-07-30 … ANNIE / APOCALYPSE NOW (2)
1982-08-13 … STAR WARS (5)
1982-09-17 … PINK FLOYD: THE WALL (4)
1982-10-15 … TRON (2)
1982-10-29 … FANTASIA (3)
1982-11-19 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (3)
1982-12-08 … GANDHI (27)

1983-06-17 … SUPERMAN III (4)
1983-07-15 … STAYING ALIVE (4)
1983-08-12 … CUJO (2)
1983-08-26 … A STAR IS BORN (4)
1983-09-23 … KOYAANISQATSI (2)
1983-10-07 … OKLAHOMA! (2)
1983-10-21 … THE RIGHT STUFF (7)
1983-12-09 … YENTL (9)

1984-02-10 … UNFAITHFULLY YOURS (4)
1984-03-09 … FANTASIA (3)
1984-06-01 … STREETS OF FIRE (1)
1984-06-08 … GHOSTBUSTERS (17)
1984-10-05 … COUNTRY (7)
1984-11-21 … SUPERGIRL (3)
1984-12-14 … DUNE (5)

1985-01-18 … A PASSAGE TO INDIA (10)
1985-03-29 … RETURN OF THE JEDI (2)
1985-04-12 … LADYHAWKE (8)
1985-06-07 … FANTASIA (2)
1985-06-21 … RETURN TO OZ (2)
1985-07-03 … RETURN TO OZ / APOCALYPSE NOW (1)
1985-07-10 … SILVERADO (12)
1985-10-04 … JAGGED EDGE (11)
1985-12-20 … OUT OF AFRICA (21)

1986-05-16 … SWEET LIBERTY (1)
1986-05-23 … ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (4)
1986-06-20 … LEGAL EAGLES (6)
1986-08-01 … HOWARD THE DUCK (2)
1986-08-15 … MANHUNTER (6)
1986-09-26 … THE NAME OF THE ROSE (7)
1986-11-14 … THE MISSION (9)

1987-01-16 … PLATOON (16)
1987-05-08 … GARDENS OF STONE (5)
1987-06-10 … THE BELIEVERS (2)
1987-06-26 … FULL METAL JACKET (7)
1987-08-14 … NO WAY OUT (8)
1987-10-09 … THE PRINCESS BRIDE (4)
1987-11-05 … CRY FREEDOM (7)
1987-12-25 … THE LAST EMPEROR (21)

1988-05-20 … WILLOW (5)
1988-06-22 … WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (13)
1988-09-23 … GORILLAS IN THE MIST (11)
1988-12-09 … MISSISSIPPI BURNING (9)

1989-02-08 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (10)
1989-04-21 … FIELD OF DREAMS (12)
1989-07-12 … WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (9)
1989-09-15 … SEA OF LOVE (10)
1989-11-22 … BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (4)
1989-12-20 … BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (?)

I’m not planning to compile a similar list for the 1990s, so someone else ought to consider tackling that period.

Coate commented about Loew's State Theatre on Dec 22, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Ennis… Here is the link to a “Gone With the Wind” article I put together that includes an entry for the Houston run at Loew’s State. As you’ll see it played a 4-week run in February-March 1940, no where close to the year+ claim others are making.

Coate commented about Broadway Theatre on Nov 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” premiered here on this date in 1940. Happy 75th! And here’s a retrospective article to mark the occasion. Included is a historian interview and a breakdown of where the film played in its initial roadshow release.

Coate commented about Criterion Theatre on Nov 4, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Given all of the recent chatter here about “My Fair Lady,” I suppose I ought to pass along the link to a recently-published historical article on “My Fair Lady,” which includes an overview of its roadshow release, headed, of course, by the lengthy run at the Criterion. Do give the article a peek if you’re a fan of the film and/or of the roadshow era.

Still Loverly: Remembering “My Fair Lady” On Its 50th Anniversary

Coate commented about Park Mall Theatres 1,2,3, 4 on Oct 14, 2015 at 3:27 am

I don’t see any evidence “Jaws” played here on two screens at any point during the first couple of months of its release. What’s your source that it did, dallasmovietheaters?

Coate commented about AMC El Con 6 Theatres on Oct 14, 2015 at 3:22 am

This opened in August 1979. Original owner was TM Theatres.

Coate commented about Cinema Grossmont on Oct 9, 2015 at 4:40 am

Logan5… The May 7th, 1976 sneak preview screening of “Logan’s Run” was held at the Valley Circle.

Coate commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Oct 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm

bigjoe59…. Perhaps “neighborhood house” wasn’t the ideal term to use, but, as member macoco has already (and nicely) explained, what I was referring to was the period of time when the Chinese, instead of exclusives, was running a lot of one-and two-week double features and day-and-date bookings with other Southern California theaters.

Coate commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 24, 2015 at 5:07 pm

The Chinese was a neighborhood house, too, for much of its early life.

Coate commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 24, 2015 at 4:41 pm

I believe the Village and Bruin were, essentially, “neighborhood” houses during the initial decades of their existence. I don’t think they became “first-run” (depending on how one defines such) until the 1970s when the prime L.A. booking zones shifted from downtown & Beverly Hills to Hollywood & Westwood/Century City.

Coate commented about Cinema East on May 15, 2015 at 2:35 pm


“Superman” didn’t play at Cinema East (not first-run, anyway). There’s a listing of the first-run theaters where it played in this retrospective article I put together a couple of years ago. Scroll down to the Ohio section. I hope the article brings back wonderful memories of seeing “Superman” when it was new.

Coate commented about Sun-Ray Cinema on May 10, 2015 at 12:13 am

It has been said that this theater hosted the longest run of “The Godfather.” I’ve never vetted this, so I can’t say if it’s an accurate claim or not.

Coate commented about Holiday Six Theatres on Apr 23, 2015 at 6:13 pm

If there was another operator between Holiday and AMC, it would’ve been brief. Holiday, I believe, operated the theater through at least 1980, and AMC took over no later than 1984. If anyone has a more precise ownership timeline, please post.

Coate commented about Six Flags Cinema 1-5 on Apr 23, 2015 at 5:53 pm

“Star Wars” had a 25-week run here and ought to be lumped in with “The Godfather,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” as among the theater’s biggest hits.

Coate commented about Holiday Six Theatres on Apr 23, 2015 at 12:01 am

So, two paragraphs and one-hundred ninety-eight words later, I guess the answer to my question is: “Holiday Theatres Inc.” Thank you, Joe.

Oh, and I’m sorry if this comes off as snarky, but if some effort had been made to recognize my Remembering Cinerama series generously posted right here on Cinema Treasures instead of the all-too-common habit of referencing other, less reliable resources, you would’ve noted the Holiday had shown a Cinerama movie and that other Cinerama movies were shown in Buffalo in between How the West Was Won and Grand Prix.