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They didn’t wire them with electricity – they mounted metal buzzers to selected seats that caused them to vibrate and rattle when activated during the climax of the picture.
Oops, I wasn’t clear in that post – the Saturday pass I mentioned is for the Horror-Thon’s “Salute to Universal Horror” on Saturday, November 6.
The full details page for the Horror-Thon, including posters and trailers, is now up:
Yes, we’ll have advance Horror-Thon tickets available starting October 23: the full 9-show pass will be $70. We’ve had a terrific response to the Saturday lineup that we’ll also be offering a Saturday 4-show pass for $32. Single tickets, available at the box office before each show, are $9.00
Final Horror-Thon Schedule:
The Lafayette’s world-famous “Horror-Thon” returns the weekend of November 5-6-7 with 9 fantastic shows, including Saturday’s salute to Universal Horror and the New York theatrical Premiere on Friday night of the indie horror film “What Really Frightens You?”, filmed in part at the Lafayette! Here is the complete Horror-Thon lineup, tickets are $9 for each show:
Friday, November 5
7:30 – Carnival of Souls (1962, Candace Hilligoss)
9:45 – What Really Frightens You? (2010, New York Theatrical Premiere of the indie horror film from director Richard W. Haines)
Saturday, November 6 – A Salute to Universal Horror!
2:00 – The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester)
4:00 – House of Dracula (1945, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine)
7:30 – Phantom of the Opera (1943, Claude Rains)
9:45 – Dracula (1931, Bela Lugosi)
Sunday, November 7
2:00 – The Raven (1963, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre)
4:00 – Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath (1963, Boris Karloff)
7:30 – Poltergeist (1982, directed by Tobe Hooper, produced by Steven Spielberg)
Some updates for you about the Lafayette Theatre:
The ceiling project is in its final phase and we will be re-opening on October 23! Go to our photo gallery page for a slideshow of the latest pictures:
The Fall Big Screen Classics Saturday matinee series schedule is now finalized:
October 23 – THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI – new 2010 restoration!
October 30 – WHO DONE IT? (Abbott & Costello)
November 6 – THE WILD ONE (Marlon Brando)
November 13 – Howard Hawks' BALL OF FIRE (Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck)
November 20 – DEAD RECKONING (Humphrey Bogart, Lizabeth Scott)
November 27 – THE WIZARD OF OZ
December 4 – Alfred Hitchcock’s MARNIE (Sean Connery, Tippi Hedren)
December 11 – THE AWFUL TRUTH (Cary Grant, Irene Dunne)
December 18 – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
We’ll be announcing the final Horror-Thon schedule (November 5-6-7) shortly, but as of now here is the lineup:
Friday 11/5 – Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls
Saturday 11/6 – Bride of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, Phantom of the Opera (1943), Dracula (1931)
Sunday 11/7 – The Raven (Vincent Price, Karloff), Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath (Karloff). We have one more title to confirm for Sunday.
Also – the silent classic “Phantom of the Opera” with Lon Chaney will be showing on Saturday night October 30 with LIVE pipe organ accompaniment by Jeff Barker.
More to come…
Yes, NYTOS placed it in the first one on the right-hand side.
Quick updates – the ceiling painting is going very well – view a slideshow at the top of our photo gallery page:
Also – the Big Screen Classics fall season opens on October 23 with the new restored print of David Lean’s epic BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI.
Saturday, November 6, will be the “Salute to Universal Horror” during the Horror-Thon, featuring the films: DRACULA, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1943), HOUSE OF DRACULA, and the 75th Anniversary presentation of BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.
It’s an idiotic idea – these are snack foods.
Janus Films is handling screenings of Chaplin’s longer films in the USA and has 35mm prints: http://janusfilms.com/chaplin/
Shorts are available in 35mm from Kino International:
I posted the following good news last night on our website:
Nelson Page is proud to announce that the Lafayette Theatreâ€™s long-overdue ceiling cleaning and repair â€" which includes scraping, refinishing, and repainting as well as replacement of plasterwork that has been damaged over the years â€" will be taking place from August through October.
We are thrilled that the Benmosche family is making the long-term future of the Lafayette Theatre a reality by their commitment of $250,000 to this project. As the landlords of the building, the Benmoscheâ€™s have long been dedicated to keeping the Lafayette Theatre and downtown Suffern a vital place to visit.
The Lafayette Theatre will be closed from August 16 through October 21 for this work to take place. Please keep your eye on our website and your e-mail for details on upcoming films and live events at the Lafayette. Weâ€™re happy that our world-famous Horror-Thon will return on the weekend of November 5 â€" 7; the Big Screen Classics Saturday matinee series returns on October 23; and Sunday morning movies from our friends at the Rivertown Film Society will be back starting on October 24.
We hope to install a live webcam so that you can log on and see the work in progress â€" watch your e-mail for details on how to view it once itâ€™s hooked up and ready.
Thanks, and see you at the movies!
The Castro is not a first-run theatre, so they do not fall into the “open 7 days” and showtimes policy that the Grand Lake and most other first-run locations do.
Here’s the CT link to the theatre referred to above as the ‘UA Wayne’ in Wayne, NJ:
It’s currently called “Clearview’s Wayne Preakness Cinemas”
Great article, Michael. I remember seeing it about 3 weeks into the first run at the UA Wayne in New Jersey on a Saturday afternoon sold-out show. The place went nuts during the Ben Gardner boat sequence.
One minor correction – Jerry Goldsmith scored Spielberg’s segment from “Twilight Zone: The movie”.
On-screen ads are terrible in theatres – and the AMC in Rockaway is the worst of the lot. I saw a film there a few weeks ago that not only had a ridiculous 7 trailers (1 or 2 is more effective for the audience), it had a horrific 30+ minute pre-show commercial reel. Despicable.
Thanks bolorkay. Yes, the Horror-Thon will be returning this October.
The Robe was absolutely NOT made in 3-D. 5 minutes of research would give you the correct answer: The Robe was the first release in CinemaScope. Also, why are they wearing red/blue glasses? Almost no theatrical features were shown that way.
Nice article! I remember cutting afternoon high school classes to drive down to opening day at the RKO Route 4 Paramus. I think we ended up seeing the 5-ish show. While I was not enamored of the film – Fred Clarke’s review above mirrors my own thoughts – it was a great experience with a packed house.
Glad everyone enjoyed “It’s a Gift” yesterday – a true comedy classic. The next four shows (as was It’s a Gift) are all going to be showing in pristine studio prints: Gilda, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Lady Eve, and The Red Shoes (new restoration) so I hope to see some of you there.
We just posted a video on YouTube of a brief excerpt form a 1926 newsreel showing the front & marquee of the Lafayette Theatre and the crowd coming out of a show. View it here:
The print I ran at the Lafayette yesterday (the only currently available studio print) was from Paramount’s 1989 re-issue, where they blew up the VV image to fill CinemaScope proportions. The aspect was a little closer to 2.2:1. The sound on the film was Dolby “A” stereo with very little surround activity, none of the sound effects or dialogue are in stereo, only the music. Glad you enjoyed the show!
The LJ ran a local collector’s print, which was nice to see though the print itself was in varying degrees of condition and completeness. Sound, of course, was mono on that one.
How did the show go?
Great news – wish I could be there. Did you finally get them to spring for Academy-ratio lenses & plates? We’re running it at the Lafayette on May 8 – please take good care of the print ;)
As far as I know, there is no air conditioning at the Jersey.
Thank you for the kind words, bolorkay. Glad you had a good time at the show.
It doesn’t have the original sound mix on it.