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With a 1200 seat capacity for one auditorium, it is too big for daily movies in its location. AFI doesn’t operate auditoriums that big.
It needs live shows (and a film series like the Alex, the Warner Grand, etc).
Yes, he’s the trustee for the owner. The LA Times reporter who interviewed him might perhaps give you contact info.
However, even if you had hundreds of thousands of dollars to “invest” in the chairs, carpets, paint, or perhaps millions depending on heat, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, etc, what would you do with the Rialto? FORGET daily movies- nobody is going to be in the black there doing that in a one theater, one screen house.
I’m guessing if you had the FUNDS (yes, lots of funds! not just ideas, but funds!) to restore the Rialto, you’d have more than a “hotmail” email account, and probably would realize more effective ways to find the owner (realtor, etc) than to blog comment here.
My April 11, 2007 photo:
I saw “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” in the main auditorium upstairs in former balcony. The lobby, upstairs foyer, and main auditorium all were ornate. The auditorum ceiling dome is especially wonderful. Inlaid wood doors are a nice touch. I like curtains, but they did not use a curtain before the movie screen. I hope the interior survives intact with many more movies shown over time.
I’m a bit skeptical that with more than 1100 seats and Sweeney Todd playing on many other Manhattan screens, that the Ziegfeld “nearly sold out” per Christmas Day comment. Most seats even on the sides, the raised section at the back, etc. were full? With a few hundred people in there, it can look like a lot, but “nearly sold out”?
Why not ask the staff to use the curtain? If I attend, I hope it is used.
Supposedly? Where’s the text of the announcement?
I wanted to eat lunch in Maggianos, but they told me they eliminated the sandwich bar 8 months ago!
For a few years, the Jenifer was closed, marquee intact. Marquee gone now.
I went to pay my respects to the former KB Cinema, but on Sunday, the furniture store (what it is now) was closed! Cinema was never closed on Sundays…That was one of my all time favorite moviehouses.
At the Mazza Gallerie, I asked Sunday how many seats in Auditorium 2? One staffer told me 300, another told me 350. So, I counted. Lower section (where almost nobody sat) had 5 rows of 25 seats each which totals 125. Upper section has 8 rows of 22 seats which totals 176 but 6 seats missing (for wheelchairs) so 170. And, upper section has 2 rows at top with total of 29 seats (and many spaces for wheelchairs). Grand total is 324 seats.
Film projection was fine until near the end when it looked like a bit of black rain was added to the picture. A friend who operates a different theater suggests to me that means the film projectors were not cleaned. The upper section looked full for the 2 PM movie, so AMC was making enough money to give an even better presentation.
Staffers said Auditorium 1 is the biggest so it probably has more seats than I suggested in above comment. I’ve seen movies in each of Auditorium 1 to 4. I glanced at Auditorium 5, which was not a large theater. I recall when it opened, that the 2 auditoriums in the bar area were sat to have the smallest seating capacity.
Very photogenic exterior!
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Exterior lit at night:
vertical sign: http://www.flickr.com/photos/avatar1/75013457/
Escalators to the auditoriums: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcdermott/462217380/
“Juno” won’t look better in digital projection than it does in 35mm at the AFI Silver. Projection is perfect at the Silver.
Tonight, I sent in a theater page for the Majestic. It will probably be added in a day or two. Do feel free to comment! I found the overall seat count, but didn’t find how big the largest auditoriums are.
As to the Flower, all of architect Zink’s theaters (including DC Uptown and Balt. Senator) are great so I’m sure it was. I was only suggesting there are probably enough screens now in Silver Spring.
JodarMovieFan, on Friday, when I saw “Juno” at AFI Silver, I also walked into the lobby of the Majestic, also in downtown Silver Spring (as I’m sure you know). The Majestic has 20 screens for mainstream movies!
Nushboy7, in regard to your December 4 post, yes, THANKS to you and co-workers to photographing the theater and sharing the photos.
Great 2007 photo of facade: http://www.flickr.com/photos/avatar1/410336464/
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upper portion of facade: http://www.flickr.com/photos/avatar1/410335106/
VERTICAL neon sign: http://www.flickr.com/photos/avatar1/410331555/
another vintage postcard:
Vintage photo from when still a movie theater:
This is a wonderful 2007 photo of the main auditorium ceiling mural:
Cliff, what’s playing in the Dome? National Treasure is #1 movie, so I don’t understand why they didn’t open it in the Dome in place of whatever is playing there (which could be shown in one of the other screens).
I meant to continue: as far as I’m concerned, there’s no other film experience like the Uptown from New York to D.C. I certainly hope the Uptown continues to show movies!
JodarMovieFan, Mazza Gallerie’s auditoriums WERE THX certified when GCC opened it in 2000. I saw Day After Tomorrow June 2004 at the Ziegfeld, so you haven’t been to the Mazza Gallerie in awhile. AMC didn’t present a THX trailer on Sunday. The National Guard trailer looked small on the Mazza screen (Aud 2) compared to the Uptown, and the Mazza did not have the sound turned up for it! Sound better for the movie, but not compared to the Uptown sound which rocks! They told me biggest Aud is 1. 1 & 2 are first in. I’ve seen one movie each in Auds 1 to 4.
I don’t know what AMC plans are, whether they depart the Uptown next year.
I forgot to note that this was the 1st time I was inside this theater. Lived in DC a few years in mid-1980’s and saw the exterior of closed Silver. Now in my hometown (Philly) and spent F-Sa-Su in DC.
yes, the manager did say the curtain will be repaired.
Historic Auditorium ran a THX trailer, or whatever it is called. Mazza Gallerie on Sunday didn’t. I was almost under impression that nobody pays for THX certification anymore? AFI still does?
When I walked into both auditoriums 2 & 3, the curtain was totally closed pre-film. I only stayed for a minute. Thank you, and AFI for arranging for such great film projection and sound. The overall presentation really is world class.
I’ve only seen you in person, a few years ago, at the Uptown, chatting with you in the projection booth.
I saw “I am Legend” 7 PM Saturday eve. I’d rather union projectionists but the projection was fine. Sound was great- the Uptown always has one of the most powerful sound systems on Earth!
Sunday, I saw Charlie Wilson’s War at the Mazza Gallerie. The National Guard commercial, showing helicopters & soldiers, wasn’t one bit as impressive as it was at the Uptown’s screen the day before!
Washington Post mentioned a D.C. premiere of “Charlie Wilson’s War” the week before. Piddy, was that at the Uptown?
Friday, December 21, I saw at 5 PM, Juno in the historic auditorium. After buying my ticket in the new building, I was able to walk into the historic Art Moderne lobby.
I sat in the last row, with the tables that JordarMovieFan sits to eat his stuffed pretzels. The lady next to me had a soft pretzel (not stuffed) and a cup of beer.
Movie projection & digital surround sound were excellent.
After Juno was over, the other movies had not started, so I briefly walked into the newer auditoriums. Juno was shown without any curtain being present, so I presumed curtain only used for special presentations? But, no, curtains were closed in the newer auditoriums! I asked, and the manager told me historic auditorium’s curtain has been broken at least a month, a chain broken.
I’d rather see a 70mm epic at the Uptown, with its huge Cinerama sized screen! However, overall, the AFI Silver is a great moviehouse with an excellent program of films.
I just telephoned the AFI Silver office number. The woman who answered said “we do not give out that information” as to which movie will play in which screen this weekend!! it will depend on ticket sales. Best she could do was speculate Juno would not be in the 75 seat auditorium. Could not tell me at all whether they plan Its a Wonderful Life or Juno in the historic main auditorium. She said if she was attending herself, she wouldn’t know.
grade of “F” to AFI Silver for attitude.
Anyone want to speculate whehter Juno or Its a Wonderful Life will b in the historic auditorium? 3rd movie is No Country for Old Men. Its a Wonderful Life is splitting a screen with other classics.
Screen sizes have been added to the Introduction. Steve Guttag’s comments about Auditorium 2 seem to be verified by the screen size and by the photos on the theater’s website.