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Simon Overton commented about Prima Cinema brings new releases straight to your home...for a minor fee on Dec 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Our original world of cinema, as we once knew it, has all gone to hell in a hand basket… and the devil now has us by the short and curlies!

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Simon Overton commented about John Waters gives Christmas present to Roxie Theater on Dec 13, 2010 at 4:05 am

Every city needs a ‘grindhouse’… they’re fun!

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Simon Overton commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 13, 2010 at 4:01 am

Vito… The screen for normal pictures is white, NOT silver, as millions of us keep on saying in a dreamy way.

Silver is for the 3D process and not as bright as the white screen reflection.

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Simon Overton commented about Ave Atque Vale: Let's hear it for skilled projectionists as they pass into history on Dec 13, 2010 at 3:55 am

And then there is a fabulous portrayal of an aging, die-hard projectionist portrayed by Peter Sellers in the 1957 B&W classic “The Smallest Show on Earth.” I never tire of it!

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Simon Overton commented about Roxy Theater on Dec 5, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I forgot to add that the house brass lobby “load” sign reads 999.

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Simon Overton commented about Roxy Theater on Dec 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm

At last Fridays live New Orleans Jazz Band stage show, the non-profit Admiral Theatre was simply jumping with balcony and dinner guests seated below.
This historic place has class along with an interesting variety program of stage shows and classic movies. I also enjoy hosting as one of their volunteers.

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Simon Overton commented about Charleston Cinema on Dec 5, 2010 at 7:16 pm

On my way to the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton last Friday, I passed by the Charleston Cinema… and it was OPEN.
I also like the unusual old projector image above the marquee. Hey, good for them.

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Simon Overton commented about Neptune Theatre on Dec 5, 2010 at 7:06 pm

A nautical theme for cinemas and theaters up here seems to be quite popular.
Take a look at Bremerton’s historic and beautifully restored Admiral Theatre. This Navy town cares!

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Simon Overton commented about Popcorn Extortion in UK on Nov 24, 2010 at 9:59 pm

The pathetic state of show business, in today’s cinematic world, is controlled by nothing but a bunch of ill trained, yuppi, candy merchant, money grabbing extortionists who have absolutely NO IDEA as to what the hell real cinema presentation is all about.

May our beloved forefathers rest in peace!

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Simon Overton commented about AMC Pine Square 16 on Nov 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm

That area of LB is getting too darned ‘grotty’ with an unsafe atmosphere for seniors and handicapped access which is out of view from security or cameras.

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Simon Overton commented about AMC Pine Square 16 in Long Beach eyed for housing on Nov 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm

After purchasing your ticket, your elevator trip to the auditorium is some what creepy along several twists and turns which are out of sight of from cameras or security.

At night it’s NOT very safe for seniors or handicapped patrons, owing to the type of some individuals who want your valuables. The smell of urine also drove us away!

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Simon Overton commented about Vogue Theatre on Nov 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Any ‘before & after’ INTERIOR shots? I’ve got a zillion of the disgraceful facade!

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Simon Overton commented about CineMiracle's "Windjammer" at Warner Grand on Nov 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm

If I still lived in Long Beach, I would enjoy going just to see the spectacular auditorium AND sitting in the balcony… it’s so much more exciting!

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Simon Overton commented about 70mm! Premiere of New Restored Soundtrack! "West Side Story" on Nov 18, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Hi raysson… The last time I recently saw Rita Moreno was in person at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre… as a paying patron (yes, paying!!!) and while briefly chatting she told me she lived in the Berkeley area. Nice lady.

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Simon Overton commented about Roxy Theater on Nov 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm

The April 17, 2009 photo of the auditorium was fabulous… so good to the the “stars & stripes” on either side of the stage.

The theater owner needs to receive a medal for courage in using curtains and playing the organ… its what draws people in to see a movie!

Once, when I was a new ticket-taking doorman at San Francisco’s awesome Castro Thetre, a Hattie McDaniels look-alike bellowed out to me “Is that organ dude playing tonight?” I then replied with a positive answer which was promptly replied with “‘Cause if he ain’t, I ain’t comin’ in!"
Since then, my long-time friend and organist David Hegarty has affectionately been known as "organ dude” and I’m sure “miss Hattie” is still enjoying his twice-nightly musical interludes!

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Simon Overton commented about Fox Theatre in Taft faces foreclosure auction on Nov 12, 2010 at 11:36 pm

As to what’s showing reflects in the minimal information (attitude) on the beautiful marquee.
In other words, virtually NO effort was made by management to list who’s starring in what picture… nor any starting/ending dates and times, etc.
No wonder patronage was at a minimum, if any, and closure became part of the fact.
San Francisco’s Castro Theatre really knows how to get em' in!!!

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Simon Overton commented about 'Phantom of the Fox' fights to remain in upstairs apartment on Nov 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Some “big-wig” probably wants that space for their own benefit!

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Simon Overton commented about Regency Village Theatre on Oct 21, 2010 at 4:08 am

There is a fabulous large and colorful art deco photo of the Westwood Village Fox on display at Denny’s,Market Street,Salem.

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Simon Overton commented about A video about a film projectionist and his dying profession on Oct 21, 2010 at 3:51 am

Ah yes, the strong odors from film glue/cement seemed to make me feel soooooo happy… yes, those were the days.

I loved film projection, as it was, before the platter system took over and that was the start of the end… now were going digital… next is computer controlled and then satalite.

Then, enter the robots and were all doooooomed!

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Simon Overton commented about Old Isleta Theater - Albuquerque on Oct 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Isletababy; You need to pay a visit to your local Public Library, check newspaper offices for old “Microfish” files and maybe City Hall for historic photos and records.

Also check with any local Historical Society, Senior Center and maybe Genealogy listings to find your parents info, etc. Good luck!

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Simon Overton commented about Village Theatre on Oct 11, 2010 at 3:41 pm

How about some INTERIOR photos… both historic and during the restoration… pretty PLEASE ?

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Simon Overton commented about Renovations slated for Coronado's Village Theatre; will reopen in 2011 on Oct 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm

It pleases me, to no end, that my late friend, Joseph Musil, is gone but NOT forgotten and his incredibly imaginative theater designs will live on for future generations to enjoy at the Village Theatre.

If you were fortunate enough, like I was, to know Joe and be associated with or even visit his magnificent “Salon of the Theatres” studio in Santa Ana, Ca., then you had the treat of a lifetime!

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Simon Overton commented about Granada Mansfield on Oct 8, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Thank you for the many fascinating pictures.

I volunteered with my cousin as ‘curtain walkers’ for the early 1960’s, two Beatles Concerts, at Southampton’s Gaumont Theatre, now beautifully restored as the Mayflower.

My ears are still ringing from the screaming girls!!!

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Simon Overton commented about Columbia Theatre honors Oliver Hardy on Oct 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Waaaaaay back in 1952, my grandmother treated me to a special twelfth birthday lunch at the “swanky” Polygon Hotel in Southampton, England.
While we were dining, Laurel and Hardy entered the grand dining room and were seated adjacent to our table. The packed room then warmly applauded their entry.
We waited until they finished their meal then politely asked them to autograph the menu. Big Stan looked at his companion and said “Now that’s a fine mess you’ve got us into.” Then Olly flipped out his tie, rubbed his head and started to cry. Then they each burst out laughing and shook my hand which held two “comp” front row tickets for their live show at the local Gaumont Theatre (now the Mayflower).
What a most memorable day for me, especially when they each waved to me from the stage. Now that’s big star quality!

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Simon Overton commented about Fox Theater on Oct 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm

That’s a lot of research and hard work to enter all of those movies.

If anyone has access to the cavernous 5,000 + seat San Francisco “fabulous & foolish” Fox (1929-1963) book by Preston Kaufman.
He pains-takingly listed of the theaters complete movie screenings along with attendance and income and Lord knows what else.
This book is an absolute MUST for all cinema/theater buffs!!!