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I had lots of great times at the Cinema 46. It was such a classy theater. I have no proof that they showed the 70mm versions of “Patton” and “Hello, Dolly”, but they both sure looked and sounded like it. I believe they had the exclusive North Jersey showing of “Earthquake” in Sensurround. I even saw “Eraserhead” here at a midnight show. Here are two local newspaper ads from back in the theater’s glory days, including the ad for “Tommy” which Rhett describes above:
I too would love to see pictures of the actual theater. It was really a special place.
The Route 17 Triplex in Paramus NJ only posts one word from each movie title on their marquee. It’s usually a pretty funny sight. Last week it said TENSION PANTS LAW YARD. I had to look up LAW in the paper – I couldn’t figure out that it was “Monster-in-Law”.
Thanks Sam. Vodvil does sound like one of those Variety terms, like Stix Nix Hix Pix. I just saw Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” recently, in which he translates that phrase.
RobertR: That’s a great Peter Pan ad. I especially like “VODVIL Tonight at Orpheum”. Was Vodvil supposed to be a modern, futuristic way to say vaudeville, to show that vaudeville wasn’t dead and could change with the times?
Vito: Didn’t George Lucas flee to Hawaii to escape all the craziness when “Star Wars” first opened and the mania began? I think I read that somewhere. Hey, maybe you projected the movie with him in the audience? :)
I believe the very first digital showing of “The Phantom Menace” was at the Meadows 6 in Secaucus. That’s what they said at the theater anyway, when they gave out the commemmorative badges. The shows may have opened to the public on the same night in both Secaucus and Paramus, but I think the first test of the system took place in Secaucus.
You’re welcome, BoxOfficeBill. But I couldn’t figure out how to make the programs bigger just by clicking on them, the way yours did. And I used Photobucket just like you. Maybe my PC is the cause of the problem? Anyway, thanks for your great story about that particular stage show in August 1972. Stories like that are a big part of what makes Cinema Treasures such a fun site.
The last truly great movie to play the Music Hall prior to the 1978 closing:
“Butterflies Are Free”, featuring Eileen Heckart’s Oscar-winning performance:
“The Out-of-Towners”. The Hall was really rocking with laughter at this one:
The Easter show for 1970, “Airport”, in 70mm:
I found my old Music Hall programs, 5 of them. First up is “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”:
I saw “Jaws” at the Colony in July 1975, when it was still a single-screen theater. The audience was deadly quiet through most of the picture – from fear, I have no doubt. I think the theater being a couple of blocks away from the Atlantic Ocean had a lot to do with that. Here is a picture I took back then:
These pictures of the Uptown were taken on November 10, 2001, the last time “2001” played there:
Thanks for posting your programs, BoxOfficeBill. Even if the movies weren’t any good, these programs are something to treasure. You’ve inspired to look for my old Radio City programs. I think I still have a few from the early ‘70’s somewhere, including “Airport”.
Here’s the contact information from their website:
This is a more complete scan of the same page:
Here’s the program page which talks about the balcony renovation:
They have to take apart, clean and rebuild all the seats in the balcony. The program says there’s 57 years worth of bubble gum built up on them. The AC must have been removed when the theater first closed in 1986, but I’m not sure. It was comfortable in there on Saturday night and it had been a fairly warm day, but I guess the heat and humidity build up as the summer goes on.
According to the program, they want to get started on the balcony. The number one question they’re asked by patrons is, “When will we be able to sit upstairs?”
They don’t have AC, and they also use the summer weekends as extra renovation time.
Judging from the times I’ve gone to the Loew’s, the Saturday night shows are always the most crowded, compared to the Friday night and Saturday afternoon shows. The only bad thing about the late shows for me is that they always start around 20 minutes later than scheduled, and often end right around the time the last bus leaves Journal Square for Weehawken in North Hudson where I live. More than once I’ve had to run out of the theater and try to make that last bus. I’m not complaining, though – I could always walk home if I had to (about 4 miles).
Rhett: The next show will be in September. No movies confirmed yet, but whatever they are they’ll be shown in conjunction with a live performance by Vince Giordano’s 1920’s jazz band.
CC: I saw “Love at First Bite” at the National Theater, which was between 43rd and 44th St. on the same side as the Criterion and the DeMille. I think it’s the ABC TV studios now.
That’s a great story, Bob! It sure was wild in those days around 1969-1970. The new ratings system (GMRX) was in place and the floodgates were open for sexy movies. I recall passing a display for a movie playing at the Orleans Theater in 1969 (across Broadway from the DeMille) called “Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?” Rated X, released by Universal. The ads in all the New York papers spelled it like this:
When the Lyndhurst Public Library showed it in 16mm back in the ‘70’s, the movie opened with an on-screen introduction by Hugh Downs talking about Jules Verne, etc. Kind of like the Edward R. Murrow prologue to “Around the World in 80 Days”. That opening is missing from the DVD and I think from the TV prints as well.