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ChasSmith commented about Anderson Cooper on Alamo Drafthouse and texting in theaters on Jun 8, 2011 at 7:48 am


ChasSmith commented about We've added over 1,500 movie theater photos on Jun 4, 2011 at 8:00 am

First of all, I have to say that this is probably the greatest website renovation EVER. No joke. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Of course, as others have said, the new photo capabilities must be considered a leading asset.

And this is where I have one question: You mention that you eventually hope to support the rotating of photos, but that we must do it ourselves — before uploading — for now. That’s fine, except that in one set of photos I uploaded this morning, three of them appeared in incorrect orientation, but they were already correct on my end, and appeared correct when uploaded to my own web page in the past.

Any words of advice on this point will be greatly appreciated. And thanks again for everything!!

ChasSmith commented about Pathway cleared for demolition of Beach 4 in Cape May on May 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Yes. Incredible.

ChasSmith commented about Vincentennial celebrates 100th birthday of Vincent Price in St. Louis on May 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm

No kidding. Unfortunately, I can’t get away during that time. If I could, I’d combine it with a couple of other stops I need to make along the way, and drive over from Connecticut to take in some of that. It looks absolutely tremendous.

ChasSmith commented about Film Row in Memphis on Apr 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

Very interesting. Thanks for posting that.

Funny, though, the article only makes reference to film having been on platters.

ChasSmith commented about Moral hits rockbottom at the Colonial Twin! on Mar 31, 2011 at 3:06 pm

(The word is morale.)

ChasSmith commented about Drexel Theatre acquired by not-for-profit group; will be managed by CAPA on Mar 24, 2011 at 8:16 am

I was startled by my first glance at the headline, but this sounds like very good news indeed. I can only wish I had a theater like the Drexel in my area — I’d be there all the time, and that is no joke. I left a comment on the Dispatch web site, and would encourage others to show support to the folks in Columbus by doing the same.

ChasSmith commented about Picfair Theatre on Mar 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I was just watching a bad DVD transfer of a 1962 film “The Devil’s Hand”, and in one location shot near the end you can see the PICFAIR marquee in the background. I’d lived in L.A. during the ‘70s and '80s and remembered the name Picfair, but I didn’t recall whether I knew it as the name of a theater, a neighborhood, or whatever. If I had the means to grab a frame of that shot, I’d post it, but at the moment I don’t. If you’re watching the film, it’s just a minute or two before the end.

ChasSmith commented about "West Side Story" will play in July at the Hollywood Bowl with score performed live on Feb 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

It looks like they’ve been doing this type of thing for a while. From elsewhere on the Hollywood Bowl site:

In the summer of 1993, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra recorded its first motion picture soundtrack for MGM’s That’s Entertainment III. Since its inception, the HBO has been committed to restoring and performing lost or neglected film scores. Examples of the Orchestra’s major restoration projects include Max Steiner’s theme to Gone With the Wind, the “Dream Ballet” sequence from Oklahoma!, and the “Born in a Trunk” sequence from the 1954 production of A Star is Born.

Performing music often heard only in its recorded form, the Orchestra has brought works from the silver screen to life. Annual “Movie Night” concerts, in which the Orchestra plays the scores live in synch with film clips projected on the Bowl’s gigantic screen – with HD capabilities – have featured some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Recent years have featured collaborations with major motion picture studios: Twentieth-Century Fox, Warner Bros., Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures.

ChasSmith commented about "West Side Story" will play in July at the Hollywood Bowl with score performed live on Feb 24, 2011 at 11:54 am

Yes, I think you’re right. That really has to be the case.

Okay, the one thing I’d find compelling about it, if I were on the correct coast and could attend, is hearing the actual film orchestrations played live — IF that’s what they’ll be playing from. And I think it would be a pretty sizable task to “arrange” the published stage version to match the film. Have to find out more about this.

ChasSmith commented about "West Side Story" will play in July at the Hollywood Bowl with score performed live on Feb 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

I don’t get it. Are they showing the whole film and playing along with the soundtrack, “under” the singing (but along with the studio orchestra)? Are they showing selected scenes, with no sound, and playing along with that? (Maybe the purely instrumental parts — Prologue, Dance at the Gym, etc.?) None of the above? I can’t imagine it being anything but a circus act, but I’m happy to hear about the restoration.

ChasSmith commented about The Double Feature on Feb 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Beautiful. What everyone else said. Well done.

ChasSmith commented about Laemmele's Music Hall likely to close in April on Jan 28, 2011 at 8:33 am

I missed that the Fine Arts had closed! That’s terrible to hear!

ChasSmith commented about Gateway Theatre on Jan 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Yes, please, tell!

ChasSmith commented about Oaks Theater closes on Jan 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Nice. Very nice.

And your thoughts on the Oaks Theater closing…?

ChasSmith commented about Detroit In Ruins: Photograph Slideshow from The Guardian on Jan 10, 2011 at 9:47 am

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 commented about Majestic Theatre on Dec 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

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

ChasSmith commented about Cinema Treasures Reaches 30,000 Theaters on Dec 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm

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

ChasSmith commented about Cinema 12 on Dec 6, 2010 at 8:07 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:

ChasSmith commented about Gateway Theatre on Dec 6, 2010 at 5:44 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 commented about Gateway Theatre on Dec 6, 2010 at 4:04 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 commented about Florida Theatre on Dec 5, 2010 at 8:46 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.

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ChasSmith commented about Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights turns 85 on Dec.1 on Nov 24, 2010 at 4:03 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 commented about Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights turns 85 on Dec.1 on Nov 24, 2010 at 8:35 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 commented about 70mm! Premiere of New Restored Soundtrack! "West Side Story" on Nov 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm

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