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ChasSmith commented about Gateway Theatre on Jan 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Fantastic!
Yes, please, tell!

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Oaks Theater closes on Jan 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Nice. Very nice.

And your thoughts on the Oaks Theater closing…?

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Detroit In Ruins: Photograph Slideshow from The Guardian on Jan 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Heartbreaking. I was only in Detroit a couple of times, years ago, so my memories are unfortunately scant. I’ve been told it was one of the greatest of downtowns, and richer in theaters than you can imagine. I learned years after the fact that the one theater I was in, for the initial run of “2001”, was the Summit.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Majestic Theatre on Dec 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Good for you! May other towns and cities follow your excellent example. Best of luck!

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Cinema Treasures Reaches 30,000 Theaters on Dec 14, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Congratulations on your successful nurturing of one of the most vital websites. Here’s to many more wonderful years and accomplishments.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Cinema 12 on Dec 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Does this theater still have its 1970s-era “GCC shadowbox”? I don’t know how old this web page is, but scroll down 9 pictures or so to see it:

http://tinyurl.com/2woo3mw

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Gateway Theatre on Dec 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm

And I was just reminiscing about the Smoking Loge in the back. Oddly enough, it was just in thinking about the Gateway itself that that came to mind, even though of course all theaters had them.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Gateway Theatre on Dec 6, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Quick question: In its single-screen days, did the Gateway have a balcony? I don’t remember one, but I also know not to rely on those memories. Back later with things I “know” I recall. Thanks.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Florida Theatre on Dec 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I’m looking through that issue of Boxoffice online, and am not finding the picture. Did I miss it? In the meantime, I’ll check a few other issues around that one.

View link

http://tinyurl.com/29wvcef

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights turns 85 on Dec.1 on Nov 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I appreciate your input, and I’ll trust your knowledge of how the two theaters operated — especially since my own memories in this particular instance are so vague. I just looked at pictures linked from the listing here on the Centrum, and it looks like it must have been a really nice theater back in the day.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights turns 85 on Dec.1 on Nov 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

Happy birthday to the Cedar Lee. I went to school in University Circle, and lived there and in Cleveland Heights in the late 60s, early 70s, and I have fond memories of some of my first “serious” moviegoing there. Unless there was another neighborhood theater close by, the (single-screen) Cedar Lee is probably where I saw the first runs of “The Graduate”, “The Last Picture Show”, “Midnight Cowboy”, and much more. Boy, those were the days. Congratulations on a long run, and here’s to many more successful years.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about 70mm! Premiere of New Restored Soundtrack! "West Side Story" on Nov 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Good God, those Bass end titles are a movie unto themselves. I’m always riveted by them.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Palms Theatre on Nov 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm

If memory serves correctly, the Palms advertised real buttered popcorn, a rarity in those days.

In 1981-82 I lived around the block and had the pleasure of just walking around the corner to see second-run films at the Palms. A few that come to mind: “Fame”, “The Competition”, “On Golden Pond”. But my best Palms memory of all — an evening I still recall as one of the standout experiences ever with a movie AUDIENCE — was “Blazing Saddles”. A full house, the perfect audience, and a purely great night at the movies in a nice neighborhood theater.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about 1959's "House on Haunted Hill" returns to nearly 500 theaters on October 28 on Oct 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Hear, Hear!

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about A video about a film projectionist and his dying profession on Oct 19, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Beautiful.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Happy 55th, Todd-AO & "Oklahoma!" on Oct 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Wow. Thanks, as always.

A very early memory is being taken by my grandmother to see it in Columbus, Ohio. Okay, all I really remember is that it happened! Couldn’t even hazard a guess as to when, which version, etc. Knowing her habits, though, it would have been in the best possible theater in downtown Columbus.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Baltimore's Senator Theatre set to re-open Oct. 15 on Oct 7, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I sincerely hope this will be as great as it sounds already.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Old theater sound systems wanted on Sep 22, 2010 at 12:08 pm

You see these ads all over — in local print classifieds, periodicals, etc., as well as on the web. A few MIGHT be actual collectors hoping to find the pot of gold, but I have to believe most are dealers looking to score hot vintage electronics for resale. This belief is grounded as much in the obvious insensitivity to where they’re repeatedly posting their spam as much as anything.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Old theater sound systems wanted on Sep 21, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Oh please, STOP.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about WGA Theatre on Sep 13, 2010 at 9:51 pm

From 1975 to 1979 I lived within walking distance of what I knew of as the Writers Guild Theater, when it ran second-run (or even somewhat older) titles for $1 or $2 admission for the general public. Maybe that was just on certain nights. But it was a wonderful find. I do remember the curtains on the walls look, and maybe even the uncomfortable seats — though in my opinion the Vagabond took the prize for hardest seats in town. A few of the films I recall catching up with here: “French Connection II”, “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry”, “Missouri Breaks”, and “The Reincarnation of Peter Proud”.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Warner Theatre on Sep 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Oh, how sad. I discovered this one a couple of years ago on a return visit to the home town of my mother’s side of the family. I hadn’t been to Morgantown in years, and the presence of the Warner made an exploration of the old downtown area all the better. Didn’t have a chance to get inside, though. Really sorry to hear this.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Nokia Theatre, nee Astor Plaza, to be renamed the Best Buy Theatre on Aug 26, 2010 at 9:40 am

I still haven’t gotten used to hearing the name Staples Center.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Traditional repertory theaters fading; film festivals gaining on Jul 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm

As an avid moviegoer in L.A. in the 70s and 80s, I’m pretty sure that ‘revival house’ is how my friends and I always referred to them.

It’s almost heartbreaking to recall what was available there in those years.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Warren, OH's Elm Road Triple Drive-in celebrates sixty years on Jul 6, 2010 at 11:09 am

Oh my god what a beautiful marquee. Congratulations, and here’s to 60 more! Now I must plan a visit to the Elm Road on one of my next car trips to Ohio.

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ChasSmith commented about "Jaws"... Happy 35th! on Jun 18, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Oops, sorry, never mind — next time I’ll read more closely the first time through. You provided the link to the Pix. Thank you!!!