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December 21, 2012 Washington Post article about the closure of Takoma Park video store owned by Annie and Barry Solan states the two met in 1975 at the State which Barry described as a “raggedy old vaudeville theater.” The article states that in 1979, Barry became a co-owner of the State where he screened films such as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Our Hitler” an 8 hour movie. After they married in 1981, he bought other theaters including Philadelphia’s Roxy before entering the video business.
Odd that marquee wouldn’t be nicely decorated since the New York premiere of the movie was held here. I’ve now posted my photo from August of The Bourne Legacy, which I saw here, without curtain. Is Les Mis marquee decor simpler than Bourne Legacy marquee? just plain gold letters then.
A decade ago when I was last there, I understood the screen width to be 80 feet.
Do they open & close a curtain?
Is it still open? I don’t find a website.
The closest that I’ve come is seeing in 1989 the “restored” version in 70mm, 6 track Dolby SR on the huge screen at the Uptown Theatre in DC. I didn’t see the color corrected version of a decade ago, or the version shown recently in US multiplexes in 4k. But, the version that I saw was one of the best movie experiences of my life!
Today, I posted a 1960 slide of the Goldman. Arcade Building is north, as is a trolley. Marquee for the Richard Burton movie reads: The shameless things done in the name of love. The BRAMBLE BUSH.
Ken, the homepage has a “Submit your favorite” (theater) “add” button so if you (or anybody else) would like to provide the information requested (or do your best), that it will be added to the site by volunteer Ken Roe.
Exterior is featured in “Silver Linings Playbook”
To clarify, it seems as if those additional screens are in the basement, that the main auditorium is intact.
NBC TV’s 1st look show is right now doing an inside look at Radio City’s Christmas show
I’ve not been in a Cinemark. How are their auditoriums, esp in terms of projection & sound?
I agree with Bob, and also the earlier film “Stairway to Heaven” (US title) was shown in a gorgeous BW & Technicolor print. Wings had a very large audience.
Anybody from Philly driving there? I am eager to see Wings but due to Hurricane, mass transit (Path from Jersey City to Newark) won’t do. Would be happy to share expenses. Let me know before Saturday.
Does the theater even have a 2k or 4k digital projector for new films? Because if it doesn’t, then the DVD is projected thru what I will call the slide projector and I would never pay a nickel to see it that way. For that matter, I’m not interested at all in movie theater projection of DVDs. Some movies are being put on 2k or 4k, and that’s a different discussion.
This week, a 2nd screen has been converted to digital projection.
Anyone know if projectors here are 2k or 4k? Lawrence of Arabia will show Thursday only but if I attend, I want the 4k.
I just received (from the AFI Silver in DC) an email invite for the US premiere for The Hobbit at the Ziegfeld, to benefit the AFI, at 7 PM on December 6 for only $500 a ticket! (not for me).As to “The Master” surround, I had seen Bourne Legacy a few weeks before, here, and that movie had booming surround whereas not for The Master.
I saw the last 70mm, Branagh’s Hamlet in 1996, in NYC Paris Theatre. “The Master” here in Philadelphia is being showcased at arthouses (Ambler, Bala, Hiway, etc) albeit in 35mm. It is at multiplexes but likely at smaller screens. So, though it was wonderful to see “The Master” at the Ziegfeld, on the huge screen, I agree it wasn’t a movie that should’ve been expected to fill the Ziegfeld.
Yesterday, saw “The Master” in 70mm at the Ziegfeld in NYC, where it looked stunning! No use of curtain, and no surround sound but the score was great. At least a few hundred people attended the 3:30 PM show. Anybody see it here at the AFI?
There were at least a few hundred people here today at the 3:30 PM show. “The Master” looked stunning in 70mm “flat”
No curtain was used. No surround sound. I wish more movies were made in 70mm!
This article reports it closed but owner of building will himself reopen it with different format & redone