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<<< * “I think I saw JAWS there in the summer of 75 and Star Wars there in 77.” — posted by Grant67 on Apr 30, 2011* >>>
Actually, it was those films' sequels that played at WestGate. The original “Jaws” played first-run at Hillcrest Twin, and the original run of “Star Wars” was at Royal Twin.
VistaVision was not 65mm!!!
<<< “I was the projectionist for the Westgate Cinema in 1979. Had two auditoriums of the same size, one red trim one blue trim. Converted later to four screens.” Contributed by richard reagan >>>
<<< “The original Westgate Twins then Westgate IV…” posted by SCPP on May 22, 2005 >>>
I don’t see any evidence this particular WestGate ever had four screens.
Open for only one year???
Cobb took over in ‘91, not '95.
<<< “Opened 1987” (posted in intro by Jeff Chapman) >>>
I believe this theater opened at least ten years before 1987.
Is it possible you are confusing a Radio City run of “Gone With The Wind” with that of the Rivoli? (The Rivoli is where the film had its initial 70mm roadshow re-issue run beginning in autumn 1967 and running more than a year.)
I don’t think “Gone With The Wind” is considered to have been re-issued in 1969. Any engagements in 1968/69 were simply general-release bookings that followed the reserved-seat bookings that had begun in 1967.
Among the evidence discounting a 70mm run of “GWTW” at Radio City in 1969 is the fact that for “Airport,” in 1970, the NYC newspaper ads boasted “The first 70mm film in the history of Radio City Music Hall.”
This alleged second Radio City engagement of “GWTW” (and the one Bob Endres is recalling) was actually held during 1975 (April 24-30).
<<< “there is alot of wrong info on this site” (posted by tlsloews on Mar 26, 2011) >>>
<<< “You sure are right about that. I just emailed a website that purportedly listed EVERY 70mm film ever run in New York City along with the theatre it ran in. What caught my eye was it only showed "Gone With The Wind” as running at the Ziegfeld theatre in 1970 as part as a 70mm series. However, they had NO LISTING for the original run when the 70mm version of “Gone With The Wind” first premiered in New York.“ (posted by techman on Mar 26, 2011) >>>
Techman…I can only assume you’re referring to “70mm in New York,” posted on the website FromScriptToDVD.com. Try that article’s 1967 page. As co-author of that article/list, I can assure you that there is indeed an entry for “the original run when the 70mm version of ‘Gone With The Wind’ first premiered in New York” (though you’ll find you’re mistaken about the theater in which it played).
<<< “The special 70mm opening was at Radio City Music Hall in 1969. I know that because "Gone With The Wind” was the reason they installed the Simplex XL 70mm projectors at the Music Hall.“ (posted by techman on Mar 26, 2011) >>>
It would appear the passage of time has created an incorrect memory, techman. There’s plenty of evidence available to support the claim that the 70mm projection system was installed at Radio City Music Hall in 1970 for “Airport.” (“Gone With The Wind” didn’t play a 70mm run at RCMH until 1975.)
MikeRogers: It is listed as Varsity Twin Cinema.
Varsity Twin Cinema
The forever you’re referring to was 29 weeks.
ChrisD…The roadshow run of The Happiest Millionaire at the Pantages played 31 weeks.
The only ass in this situation is you, Don. I see nothing wrong with posting a correction as a public comment and making it a part of the conversation. Corrections, in my opinion, are among the few things that give Cinema Treasures a hint of credibility given the alarming amount of erroneous info posted on a regular basis.
And for you, Don, to ridicule someone for “showing off their immense wealth of theater knowledge”…well, isn’t sharing information one of the purposes of the site? And if the information is interesting and accurate, then where’s the problem? If you don’t believe there’s any value in “showing off” on an information resource website, Don, then you’re a hypocrite given that you have posted hundreds of comments and theater page submissions.
And, finally, in my opinion, the lazy and geography-challenged have no business creating and submitting theater pages. It only took three of you to goof up this one!
<<< “When ‘Jaws’ was originally released it played here – 1 print – interlocked – on all five screens.” —– posted by dave-bronx on Apr 21, 2005 at 12:25am >>>
This theater did not exist in 1975 when “Jaws” was first released. Perhaps you’re thinking of “Jaws 2” in 1978?
I need to correct myself. It turns out this place never was a three-screener as I previously indicated. (I had been misled by some deceptive newspaper advertisements.)
By 1975 the Royal Park had four screens. Prior to that it was a twin.
A few corrections…
Inadvertently left off the list:
Youngstown, OH – Uptown
Listed with incorrect screen count:
Gainesville, FL – Royal Park Cinema 3 (should be listed as Royal Park Cinema 4)
Green Bay, WI – Marc (should be listed as Marc Twin)
Star Wars, in its original 1977 release, opened here day-and-date with North Park Cinema 4 in Oklahoma City. It played here for 20 weeks.
Some photos (vintage and contemporary) and newspaper ads of this theater can be found here.
Stan, et al…
Here is what I have been able to put together in reference to a chronological breakdown for the Atlanta area’s bookings of “The Sound of Music” during the 1965-69 period when Fox had the film in circulation. As you can tell, it kept coming back…and back…and back, which may explain why so many people recall it playing for so long. Finally, in summer 1969, Fox said enough is enough and pulled it from release. Of course, they re-issued it in 1973 and again in 1978, but that’s another story.
03.24.1965 … Atlanta â€" Martin Cinerama (90 weeks)
12.23.1966 … Atlanta â€" Lakewood (10 weeks)
12.23.1966 … Decatur â€" North Dekalb (10 weeks)
08.17.1967 … Smyrna â€" Miracle (5 weeks)
10.18.1967 … Atlanta â€" Hilan (2 weeks)
10.18.1967 … Atlanta â€" Westgate II (3 weeks)
10.18.1967 … Decatur â€" Belvedere (2 weeks)
10.18.1967 … Tucker â€" Village (3 weeks)
06.12.1968 … Atlanta â€" Bolton Drive-In (1 week)
06.12.1968 … Cartersville â€" North Starlite Drive-In (1 week)
06.12.1968 … Chamblee â€" North 85 Drive-In (2 weeks)
06.12.1968 … Decatur â€" Glenwood Drive-In (2 weeks)
08.28.1968 … Marietta â€" Martin Drive-In (1 week)
08.28.1968 … Smyrna â€" Smyrna Drive-In (1 week)
09.04.1968 … Atlanta â€" Rhodes (1 week)
10.16.1968 … Marietta â€" Georgia Drive-In (1 week)
11.06.1968 … Avondale Estates â€" Towne (4 weeks)
11.27.1968 … Atlanta â€" Westgate II (1 week)
12.18.1968 … Smyrna â€" Belmont (1 week)
02.05.1969 … Atlanta â€" Emory (1 week)
02.05.1969 … Atlanta â€" North Springs (1 week)
08.13.1969 … Atlanta â€" Emory (1 week)
<<< “No fancy screens or sound systems, just a basic neighborhood theater.” >>>
I believe at least one screen in the complex was equipped with 70mm projection and six-track Dolby Stereo playback, as well as being THX certified. So, if correct, I’d say that qualifies as having a “fancy screen and sound system.” Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) was among the films believed to have run here in a 70mm presentation.
Opening picture: 100 Rifles.
Source: Daytona Beach Morning Journal, April 24, 1969 edition, page 32.
<<< In the 1980’s, two more screens were added to the theater >>>
I think the additional screens were added earlier than the ‘80s.
<<< “Opened in May 1969” >>>
The Big Tree opened on April 24, 1969.
The Astro Twin’s engagement of Star Wars lasted 22 weeks. An impressive run for a city the size of Greenville.
The 1969 re-issue of “Ben-Hur” mentioned in several recent comments actually began in February 1969, though it didn’t open in New York until June 18. “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” premiered on November 5, 1969.