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New Jack was what, 1990-91? If he was older then, the detective is probably long retired – they usually retire after 20 years…
Chuck 1231: Do you know how many seats were in the original 1968 building – either as a single or a twin? I was never in there but from the size of the building it looked to be 900 to 1000 seats, yet their directory ads in the paper always said “Parking for 3000 cars”.
Maybe they closed it because at the time Loews was owned by Sony, who may have been offended by the politically incorrect name ‘Oriental’. And changing it to Loews Asian sounded too stupid.
Lost Memory: Here is a 43 minute video from the Weather Channel about the Donora Death Fog.
AMC is the Walmart of the theatre business.
Yup, one and the same:
I know it’s NZ – Reading Entertainment the same bunch that owns City Cinemas in NYC.
I wonder if Reading is in a big hurry to convert this to retail, or tear it down for an ugly hi-rise apartment building, the way they do in New York. It’s a good thing LM found a photo of its unusual facade, these people are known for remodeling with a jackhammer.
WABC-TV Ch. 7 is who was originally reporting the story.
Ed Blank is correct: “Maurice” was at the Paris, for months and months.
When the Loews Village opened in 1991, it had the distinction of being the most expensive theatre per seat ever constructed. Loews paid a fortune for the site, and the unusual (at the time) multi-level layout necessitating a more complicated structural framing system and the many needed escalators were given as reasons for the high cost.
This stays open because the Union Square 14 is a rat infested pit and people try to avoid it.
One of several great murals painted by James Daugherty on the lobby walls of the Loew’s State can be seen here. I believe this is ‘The Spirit of Cinema’, and was photographed by Life Magazine for the cover of the February 20 1970 issue. That issue featured an article entitled “Goodbye to the Glory Days: Hollywood Puts Its Past Up For Sale”.
The ABC, from opening to about the late 1960s was operated by General Drive-In/General Cinema Corp.
While I haven’t seen what they do at the Quad, I have seen it happen other places, but under the circumstances where the customer has had the tickets held in their mouth while adjusting their change, wallet, purse, shopping bags, baby strollers, babies etc. and then hands the ticket taker the wet end. Sometimes they go as far as jutting their head forward for the ticket taker to remove the tickets from their mouth (how disgusting is THAT?). That is the fastest way to turn an otherwise pleasant ticket taker surly. And it’s not a rare occurrence.
From delawareonline.com 01/05/2009:
Sold-out movie thwarts Bidens
OK, if it wasn’t them, then who were those Secret Service guys?
By ANGIE BASIOUNY
The News Journal
He’s a heartbeat away from the presidency, but that apparently didn’t help Joe Biden get a movie ticket Saturday night.
Employees at the Regal Brandywine Cinemas say the vice president-elect and his wife, Jill, tried to attend the 7:45 showing of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” at the theater on Concord Pike but left after they were told the movie was sold out.
There’s been no confirmation from the Biden camp, but the theater employees say they are sure it was him.
Inshirah Muhamut, an associate manager, said she closed her box-office line when she saw what appeared to be a Secret Service agent coming her way.
The man asked her about tickets for the movie, which stars Brad Pitt, then left.
A few minutes later, she said, the Bidens came into the lobby.
Jill Biden walked up to speak with Muhamut while Joe stood nearby.
“She was asking me about other shows, but they really wanted to see ‘Benjamin Button,’ ” Muhamut said. “He was maybe five feet away, looking at her. He was standing with his other Secret Service men.”
Remarkably, none of the other moviegoers appeared to notice. Employees said nobody mobbed Biden or called his name or asked for an autograph.
“It didn’t seem many people recognized him,” said employee Becky Gingrich, 21. “Honestly, I think people were just too wrapped up in themselves to notice.”
The brush with Biden did give the employees a thrill, though.
“I was a little excited — I’m not gonna lie,” said Muhamut, a 21-year-old senior at West Chester University. “The Secret Service guy told me to calm down.”
Muhamut plans to go to the Jan. 20 inauguration, so seeing the Bidens up close was a kick.
“I recognized him as soon as he came up,” she said. “He had a black jacket and jeans on. He looked real casual. His wife had on a very stylish jacket.”
Gingrich and Muhamut said the Bidens didn’t ask for special treatment. They simply mulled over their movie options and left.
“We’re just so crazy in here tonight [with patrons] that we would have had to go into the theater and move people around,” Gingrich said.
Do any of our Rochester friends remember back to about 1971, in the downtown Rochester area, there was a high-rise Holiday Inn right next to a river and a draw bridge. Among the amenities of the hotel was a mini-mall located off the hotel lobby. In that mini-mall there was a 2 screen cinema. If anybody knows if it is listed here on CT please let me know, I don’t remember the name of it. I stayed in the hotel, but business kept me occupied during the hours that the theatre was open, so I never got to check it out.
From Philly.com – 12/26/08:
Phila. man shot because family talked during movie
By Barbara Boyer
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A South Philadelphia man enraged because a father and son were talking during a Christmas showing of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took care of the situation when he pulled a .380-caliber gun and shot the father, police said.
James Joseph Cialella Jr., 29, of the 1900 block of Hollywood Street is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and weapons violations.
“It’s truly frightening when you see something like this evolve into such violence,” said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.
Police were called to the Riverview Theatre in the 1400 block of Columbus Boulevard about 9:30 p.m. where the gunshot victim, a Philadelphia man who was not identified, told police a man sitting near him told his family to be quiet and threw popcorn at his son.
After exchanging words, Vanore said Cialella allegedly got out of his seat to confront the family when the father got up to protect them. That’s when the victim was shot once in the left arm, sending others in the theatre running to safety.
Cialella then sat down to watch the movie. Police arrived a short time later and arrested Cialella and confiscated his weapon, Vanore said.
They must have just read your post and taken down their website, because now you will get an error message if you click on that link.
While it may be listed as being in Cleveland, it is in fact in the suburb of Parma. The south side of Brookpark Rd. is Parma, and the north side is Brooklyn (yes, there is a Brooklyn here, too).
General Cinemas usual practice with a big twin was to split one side, making a triplex, then coming back a few years later to split the other large auditorium ending up with in 4-screens. So at some point along the way I’m sure it was Charlottetown Cinema I-II-III, as Michael C. suspects.
This theatre was featured on “Most Terrifying Places in America” on the Travel Channel Friday evening (12/19). Apparently it has a reputation for being haunted. The balcony and a spiral stairway backstage are particularly active. The theatre is built on the site of a hotel that had burned down, claiming a number of lives.