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Thanks, Robert. I remember that big balcony from seeing “2001” there in 1968, and according to an earlier post that wasn’t even the whole balcony like in your picture – the top of it had been curtained off.
I saw it on a screen only once … sort of. It was shown at the Lyndhurst, NJ Public Library in 16mm back in 1977 or 1978. I found out about this screening completely by accident, the same way I found out about the DVD.
You’re right – it would be amazing to see at the Loew’s, or the Lafayette, or anywhere on a big screen.
Theaterat: This review of the Jules Verne DVD says the transfer is not perfect, but good enough:
I’m glad I was able to help you find a copy. I’ll bet we’re not the only ones. There must be hundreds of now-grown kids who saw it back then on Channel 9 and would love to see it again.
Here are two more Bergen Record ads. In the first, from July 1968, “2001” was about to begin its exclusive North Jersey run at the Clairidge:
It was still there in March 1969:
This is an ad from the Bergen Record in March 1969, when my all-time favorite movie played at the Lee:
Here’s an ad from the Bergen Record dated March 1969, from the Montauk’s good old days:
Theaterat: You are exactly right! That movie was fantastic, and I watched it every time it came on Channel 9. Besides the amazing visual quality, it also has one of the most beautiful music scores ever written for a fantasy film.
I recently found out that it’s available on DVD from Nostalgia Video
I should be getting my copy any day now.
By the way, the actual (American) title is “The Fabulous World of Jules Verne”.
“Crack in the World” is an unusual and exciting choice – it’s not on home video as far as I know, and hasn’t been shown on TV in years. It’s too good to be seen as rarely as it is. Can’t wait to see it on a theater screen for the first time.
PATH stations in midtown Manhattan: 33rd St., 23rd St., 14th St., 9th St., Christopher St. (all on or near 6th Ave.) Downtown: the World Trade Center PATH station. Take PATH to the Journal Square station, and when you come outside walk to your left and you will soon see the Loew’s.
Rhett: Too bad you didn’t stay for Patton. Actually that was one of the Loew’s shortest waits between shows, a little more than an hour. Sometimes they run up to more than two hours. You could’ve gotten something to eat at the V.I.P. Diner, a little ways further up Kennedy Blvd. (see above post). As for driving back, there’s almost no traffic at that time of night (it ended around 11:20 PM). It’s also safe – I wound up walking halfway back to Weehawken by the time my bus came along at 11:50.
Jerry: I got them from newspapers on microfilm at the Jersey City Public Library. I love looking for the old movie ads – hours and hours go by without even noticing them. And it’s only 10 cents a page.
RobertR: Isn’t it strange that, in 1960, a small town like Montclair, NJ had two 3-strip giant screen theaters at the same time, and now you have to go as far as L.A. or Seattle because they’re the only ones left in the whole country. The good old days …
Stepale2: I believe “The Song of Bernadette” (1943) was the first Fox film not to use the fanfare. It had a great Alfred Newman score, so maybe Herrmann’s “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” was the first non-Newman-scored feature not to use it.
Here’s a picture of the Capitol’s Cinerama screen, taken right before the opening of “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm” in 1962:
This ad is from August 1960, when they were showing another all-time movie classic:
This is an ad from the Jersey Journal dated August 1960, when the Clairidge first started running Cinerama. Remember – it’s “worth the trip to Montclair”. And it certainly was …
Here’s a New York Times ad from April 1968 for the Capitol’s last feature. If this beautiful theater had to go under, at least it went out on top.:
Here’s an original ad for the Rt. 3 Drive-In from April 1963, when they played one of the best movies ever made:
John: I’ve heard talk that HOW THE WEST WAS WON in 3-strip Cinerama is coming back to the Cinerama Dome sometime this fall. It’s worth the trip from anywhere!
One other thing about Alfred Newman’s excellent score for GREATEST STORY – for many years I thought the music heard while Max Von Sydow was carrying the cross on the way to Calvary was some of the most beautiful film music I’d ever heard. Years later I found out that it was not part of the original score at all, but the opening music to Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem”. It still fits that scene perfectly. I envy you getting to see that movie on that screen.
If you take the Stanley tour on the same day as a Loew’s Jersey show, you’ll feel like you died and went to movie palace heaven.
Jerry: I also loved it when we passed the drive-in when I was a kid and I got to see movie scenes from the highway. I remember seeing Charlton Heston getting sprayed with a firehose in “Planet of the Apes” in 1968.
“The Great Escape” and “Patton” were each a sight to behold on the big screen at the Loew’s yesterday. One funny thing: at one point the sound on “The Great Escape” dropped out. To get the attention of the projectionist, someone started whistling Elmer Bernstein’s memorable “Great Escape” theme, and many more of us joined in!
Actually, this drive-in was located in Rutherford, not East Rutherford. A small area of the Meadowlands fell within the Rutherford city limits (actually borough limits), and that’s where the Route 3 Drive-In once stood. East Rutherford can claim everything else in the area (Giants Stadium, the arena, the race track) but not the Route 3 Drive-In.
I can confirm that the orchestra screen showed the 1982 remake of “The Thing” in 70mm, but I don’t know about the upstairs. The most memorable part of that trip to the theater was when I discovered a plaque on a wall dedicated to Robert Wise and his long-running films that played the Rivoli. It must have been put up at the opening of “Star!”, even though that one didn’t play quite as long as the other three.
The Star Wars faithful will begin lining up outside the Ziegfeld on April 30th. This is a line for the best seats only – tickets have already been sold for the first show at midnight 5/19 (I got mine today).
Vincent: “Nicholas and Alexandra” was a 70mm blowup at the Criterion:
I saw it there on a high school class trip and thought it looked incredible. I can remember how certain shots looked on that screen even now. It’s a very good movie, even on TV. If you still don’t like it, take a look at today’s movie section in the paper and see what junk is playing nowadays. It’ll make you appreciate “Nicholas” that much more. Maybe you should see “Fiddler” again also – it’s a great movie. That was a 70mm blowup as well, but I only got to see it in 35mm in Rutherford, NJ.