Comments from Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm

CT could use photos both inside and out, and more info.

JRF

Chief BOB Jensen
Manteno, Illinois

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about REMEMBERING CINERAMA (Part 52: New Orleans) on Jun 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

CSW got it right!

A little more detail. In 1961 CINERAMA had 53 theatres in the United States and Canada, with 30 more in Foreign Countries for a total of 83 theatres. This did not include SUPER-CINERAMA THEATRES WORLDWIDE!

From the 1961 CINERAMA Annual Report:

“CINERAMA THEATRES OF TOMORROW, CINERAMA’s new concept in theatre design — SUPER-CINERAMA—whereby giant curved screen constitutes the entire fourth wall of the theatre, from ceiling to floor and from wall to wall. SUPER-CINERAMA theatres are of ultra modern design, and the entire interior is decorated in one color, enhancing audience conentration on the motion itself.”

In 1961 7 theatres had been reconverted to SUPER-CINERAMA theaters:

Atlanta-Martain CINERAMA Brussels-Varieties Copenhagen-Kinopalet Lima-Republica Los Angeles-Warner CINERAMA New York-Loew’s CINERAMA Washington, D.C.-Uptown

14 newly constructed SUPER-CINERAMA theaters:

Boston-Commonwealth Chicago-Martin CINERAMA (never built as far as I know, to bad) Denver-Cooper CINERAMA Houston-Boone Minneapolis-Cooper CINERAMA New Orleans-Martin CINERAMA Omaha-Cooper CINERAMA Paris-Empire Abel Gance San Antonio-Martin CINERAMA San Diego-L&G CINERAMA San Francisco-Martin CINERAMA Seattle-Martin CINERAMA St. Louis-Martin CINERAMA (“to have screen using three walls”) Toronto-To be named

So thats a total of 21 SUPER-CINERAMA theatres, counting those that might not have got built.

That brings us to 104 CINERAMA theatres in 1961.

When “ITS A MAD WORLD” came out I was excited to see it without those darn two lines on the screen at the Loew’s CINERAMA in New York. If I understand it right 70mm CINERAMA had to mask a lot of the sides of the screen and at the top! I guess I got cheated, bring back the lines and the full screen. What good is wall to wall, ceiling to floor screen if its been masked off? So much for SUPER-CINERAMA theaters!

“KRAKATOA: EAST OF JAVA” in SUPER-CINERAMA, how much of the screen did that fill? I think its all a lot of fluff, like cotton candy!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Theatorium on Jun 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

C, I don’t think so, nickelodeons began in about 1905 and started to decline in about 1913. They were in converted storefronts and you sat on wood benches. The Dixie was built as a theatre in 1915 on the second floor.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Hatfield Drive-In on Jun 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm

PLEASE CHANGE ADDRESS TO:

U.S. 31 & HATFIELD LAKE ROAD

THANKS

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Athens Cinema on Jun 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

James Acuff was the projectionist when the cinema first opened.

CT could use a more exact address, photos both inside and out and more info.

JRF

Chief Bob Jensen
Manteno, Illinois

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Panorama Theatre on Jun 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Opened September 14, 1966 with two Philips Cinema of Holland DP70 Projectors. “DP” short for “Double Projector”, “70” designed specifically as a 70mm projector. These projectors could play all 70mm and 35mm formats except VistaVision. Later on the projectors would be called Todd-AO Projectors, Universal 70/35, and a newer version Norelco AAII.

Panorama projectors came from the Town Theatre in Rochester, New York. When no longer used at the Panorama one went to The Stoneridge Theatre in Rochester, and the other went to The Strand Theatre in Brockport, New York.

Michael, did I get that all correct?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Panorama Theatre on Jun 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Michael, I know your a stickler for perfection, but I think CT could use some cleaning up. I wish everyone would go through their posts and delete ones for at least photos and websites that don’t work. Please look up the Willard Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia. Don’t you think I could remove some of those comments that have nothing to do with the theatre? As I wrote above the same ad that gives the address of 360 Penfield, also gives the location as PANORAMA PLAZA. That PLAZA is located at 1601 Penfield.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Panorama Theatre on Jun 4, 2012 at 5:52 am

Michael, Sorry I deleted that, I sorta felt like it was an email, a comment that no longer had any use to CT, and now that CT lets us delete them, I thought I would get rid of it. Just as I would think I would get rid of this one. It really has nothing to do with the site. I did forget to mention that the ad lists the theater being at Panorama Plaza, that’s why I came up with the address I did. All I wanted to do is fill in some missing info on a CINERAMA Theater.

From one nit-picker to another nit-picker

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Panorama Theatre on Jun 4, 2012 at 2:39 am

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Michael, thanks for catching that. I’ve been through the whole Rochester/Penfield thing. The Post Office seems to think its Rochester and so do the Maps. The Temple Sinai at 363 Penfield is in Rochester. The problem with 360 Penfield is it is strictly residential. Perhaps the street numbers changed. I’ll do more checking. I would have never got into this theater if you hadn’t listed it as a CINERAMA Theater!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Willard Theatre on Jun 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm

CT could use photos, both inside and out, and more info.

DJA

Chief Bob Jensen
Manteno, Illinois

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Pembroke Mall Cinema 8 on Jun 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Mike Rogers, see “Previously Operated By”.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Southgate Dollar Cinemas on Jun 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm

CT could use photos, both inside and out, and more info.

DJA

Chief Bob Jensen
Manteno, Illinois

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Pembroke Mall Theatres on Jun 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm

PLEASE CHANGE NAME TO:

PEMBROKE MALL THEATRES

ADD TO ADDRESS:

4554 VIRGINIA BEACH BOULEVARD

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ABC SOUTHEASTERN THEATRES, INC.

CINEPLEX ODEOEN

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about New Imperial Theatre on May 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

One of the photos in the archives is dated 1928.

It would be helpful if CT had an exact address, more photos, both inside and out, and more info.

DJA

Chief Bob Jensen
Manteno, Illinois

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Byrd Theater on May 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Westhampton Theater on May 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Newmarket Mall 4 Theatres on May 26, 2012 at 2:48 am

It might not have “played for about two years”, but the Original “STAR WARS” did play for 62 WEEKS, that’s not too bad a run!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about AMC Circle 6 on May 26, 2012 at 2:42 am

The Original “STAR WARS” played for 62 WEEKS!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Bayne Theatre on May 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Hollywood Theatre on May 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Does the main theatre still have its CINERAMA Screen?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about REMEMBERING CINERAMA (Part 50: Portland) on May 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

THANKS Michael for starting the “REMEMBERING CINERAMA” series again!

I notice the first time “THIS IS CINERAMA” was shown, it was 3-strip/ 26fps/ 7-track stero. For the Re-issue it was 70mm/ 24fps/ 6-track stero. It lost 1-track of stero/ 2fps/ did it it cover as much of the screen as the 3-strip?

THANKS AGAIN!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Langley Theatre on May 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Delta Theatre on May 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois commented about Willard Theatre on May 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm

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