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HowardBHaas commented about Meet the people who run Cinema Treasures! on Oct 30, 2007 at 5:00 pm

I prefer spending my money & time on scope films, but I seem to recall reading that moe than 80% of films are flat. So, why should it be important to this website that the screens be constant height rather than max size for all those flat films? There’s probably even more arthouse films that are flat……

and, in general, as is said again & again, this website stands for all cinemas, not only historic single screen movie theaters.

HowardBHaas commented about Update: CRUCIAL HEARING to SAVE THE NATIONAL THEATRE on NOV 1st. on Oct 30, 2007 at 1:22 pm

It seems to me that the Village is also a bigscreen theater. (spelled theater when not part of a name).

HowardBHaas commented about Update: CRUCIAL HEARING to SAVE THE NATIONAL THEATRE on NOV 1st. on Oct 30, 2007 at 9:05 am

I see a word got clipped in the sending: Mann’s Village (original Fox Village).

HowardBHaas commented about Update: CRUCIAL HEARING to SAVE THE NATIONAL THEATRE on NOV 1st. on Oct 30, 2007 at 9:04 am

Not to detract from the purpose of this news, but the intro has me thinking that if we are talking about open daily as a moviehouse, and currently seating more than 1000, and not considering a theater on an island, then there would be at least 3 still open: Mann’s Grauman’s Chinese, Mann’s , and El Capitan. Or, if “big screen” means mega sized, then I guess El Cap drops out though it is plenty large.

HowardBHaas commented about Rialto Theatre on Oct 29, 2007 at 6:19 pm

Mark, calm down.
you don’t have to post your comment on every LA theater page.

You didn’t post this comment in the above full form at the ONE and only page you would need to, to make your point- at the homepage news.

HowardBHaas commented about National Theatre on Oct 29, 2007 at 7:31 am

Interesting strategy: if so many people would appear for the National, imagine how many would appear for the Village, Bruin, Crest, Rialto, etc?

Unfortunately, I don’t anticipate many will appear for the National. Tell us how many appear, please.

How big a condo building can they build on the National site? No retail?

HowardBHaas commented about Warners' Theatre on Oct 29, 2007 at 7:26 am

Warner aka Strand:

HowardBHaas commented about National Theatre on Oct 29, 2007 at 5:16 am

I’m not in LA. When I have visited LA, the National was one of my very favorite theaters to see a movie in. If only more people had attended movies here instead of Century City and elsewhere…..!

You can’t save the National, though. The general public,and those who govern, won’t understand. It isn’t a Golden Age Hollwyood, 1920’s, 1930’s movie palace, with an architectural style and history that IS appreciated by the general public.

Even if you could “save” the National as architecture, and I’m unsure if ANY buildings built as recently as the National get legal protection anywhere, you wouldn’t save it for movies- not daily, not ever. Other uses would be in the building. Way too few people attended for movies in its last years and it won’t get reused for entertainment.

Built almost two decades earlier, with exterior arctitecture more easily grasped, and a longer history of movie premieres, was the Cinerama Dome. That was saved, with a megaplex added- on land that was available.

In my humble opinion, I’d suggest people in Los Angeles work hard to preserve entertainment including a movie series in the recently closed Rialto in South Pasadena. The public can appreciate that historic theater.

And, I’d suggest people start to work to ensure that entertainment including a movie series and film premieres continue at the Village & Bruin. In 3 years, the lease is up, and Mann leaves. They are not profitable, even with the revenue of film premieres. If they are not going to have a megaplex added to them, they won’t continue as daily movie houses. And, they likely won’t have a megaplex added to them. So, work so live shows, concerts, etc. can be hosted, with a film series as stated. Or, those legally protected buildings will become retail stores, restaurants, whatever, but no more movies! Like the Rialto, the general public and government can appreciate why people would want the historic interiors preserved and continued for entertainment, of the Village & Bruin.

And, ATTEND movies at the Majestic Crest in Westwood if you’d like that jewelbox to continue! The decor was added, it isn’t historic, won’t be protected, but if enough people attend movies there, and the existing operator wishes to continue, it should.

HowardBHaas commented about Odeon Schoneberg on Oct 28, 2007 at 8:09 pm

Step inside:


Auditorium facing Screen:

HowardBHaas commented about Odeon West End on Oct 28, 2007 at 8:06 pm

Step inside,

One of the movie screens:
View link


HowardBHaas commented about UGC-de Brouckere on Oct 28, 2007 at 6:10 pm

Main auditorium side wall decoration photo:

HowardBHaas commented about NuWilshire Theatre on Oct 28, 2007 at 10:03 am

Good that people knew of its pending closure so they can say goodbye.
This theater was built with almost 1200 seats and above comment says after a remodel it had 800 seats. Split in two, that means each screen started with 600 and has 400 seats now? To have 130 attend on a Saturday evening doesn’t sound enough to keep the theater open under another oerator. My question is will the entire building be demolished?

HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 28, 2007 at 5:53 am

When Ben Hur was shown, Philadelphia had recently demolished the Mastbaum, and in 1953, the Earle. That was not an era for historic preservation. Fortunately, later in the 1960’s, American cities, including in Pittsburgh, learned the value of preserving movie palaces.

People correctly cherish their experiences at the Boyd.

As to daily movies again, look at Los Angeles which in just the last couple weeks saw the closing for demolition of the National the closing of the Vine, and the announced closing of the NuWilshire. As Vito knows, movie exhibition changes. The DeMille is one of the 6 NYC movie palaces that showcased World Premieres of 70mm films (this thread).I’ve written that those people expecting to see the DeMille(aka Embassy 2-3-4) reopen as a single screen daily movie house were
unrealistic, and unfortunately enough, it was reported that the interior was recently gutted. To save the Boyd, it needs live events to make its bread & butter. A film series will be great, but can’t be its primary use.

As to what’s up now, all things take time.

HowardBHaas commented about National Theatre on Oct 27, 2007 at 4:25 pm

If you try to buy a ticket on that website, for that movie at this theater, it won’t let you, because the National is closed.

HowardBHaas commented about Broadway Theatre on Oct 27, 2007 at 1:51 pm

For the regular movies (not classics) is the balcony open? Is the curtain opened before the movie & closed afterwards?

HowardBHaas commented about Beacon Theatre on Oct 27, 2007 at 10:10 am

Today, NBC Inside Weekend, TV, showed the marquee and inside, the party for Hillary Clinton’s 60th birthday.

HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 27, 2007 at 7:18 am

Let’s try that link again,

HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 27, 2007 at 7:16 am

The Friends of the Boyd, Inc.,, the nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that the Boyd is restored and reopened as a theater (and which I am President of) in have one focus at this time: ensuring that the Boyd is saved, restored, and reopened. Our goals include a film series, exhibits of the Boyd’s history, and public tours. The Boyd will primarily be a live events theater. Any commercial movie or documentary about the role of projectionists sounds lovely, but isn’t within our mission and would need wait for the Boyd’s restoration so it would appear to be a working theater.

HowardBHaas commented about Non-profit group in San Francisco area in need of a president and board members on Oct 26, 2007 at 2:25 pm

Scott, do you mean the S.F. Coronet? that was demolished.

HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 26, 2007 at 6:10 am

I found that online. If the mural finds a home, as it hopefully will, and there’s a news item about it that I see, I certainly will post it.

HowardBHaas commented about Ambler Theatre on Oct 25, 2007 at 3:29 pm
24 October 2007:
Cinema Paradiso
The Ambler gets a new look and becomes the best first-run theater in the region.

by Andrew Repasky McElhinney

While you wait for the long-promised replacement of the murderous seats at International House or for the reemergence of big-screen film at the Prince Music Theater, a trip just 16 miles outside the city to Ambler reveals the near impossible: a discerningly programmed triplex housed in a classic old movie theater.

The process took about as long as a Kubrick movie shoot, but after nearly five years the Ambler Theater finally opened the doors of its main 270-seat auditorium earlier this month.

It was worth the wait. A recent excursion to see Ang Lee’s lugubrious snoozefest Lust, Caution revealed posh stadium seating, glorious sound and sharp, efficient projection inside the main auditorium. Featuring a giant sloped screen that moves to accommodate live events and, in its flexibility, creates the best possible sightlines, the Ambler is now, along with the Colonial Theater of Phoenixville, the best first-run moviegoing experience around.

The Ambler is a not-for-profit, community-owned venture, a sister theater to the still emerging Bryn Mawr Film Institute and Doylestown mainstay the County Theater. A trip to the Ambler recalls the days when each neighborhood had a movie palace and the cinema was not only an escape but also the soul of the community.

Built in 1928, the theater has been updated with a restoration that’s sensitive to the decor of the original and also progressively modern in its gentrification of a house that’s been dark since the mid-’80s.


The Ambler hasn’t been slavishly restored to its original glory. Rather it’s enjoyed the type of chic utilitarian rehab dipped in classicism whose most prominent architectural models are those jewels of New York: Manhattan’s Landmark Sunshine Cinema and Brooklyn’s BAM Harvey Theater.

The architectural compromise of carving out two black box auditoriums from the original’s former rear, and modernizing the rear portion of the new main auditorium, won’t satisfy the most stalwart preservationists. But it does bring life to what was a dead theater.

The majestic return of the Ambler mirrors the evolution of the town itself. A down-and-out borough nearly crippled by an asbestos factory left abandoned in 1962, which had been polluting the region with vile toxins since the 1880s, Ambler has turned around in recent years. Once a blighted suburban skid row, it now boasts a refurbished R5 SEPTA train station, restaurants, cafes, one-of-a-kind stores and a young population seeking a return to small-town living.

The cozy small-town vibe is what’s most alluring about the theater. Cinephiles aren’t bombarded by advertising and endless infotainment prior to screenings. A repertory film series of classic pictures flourishes, but regrettably, its features play only in the smaller auditoriums.

The Ambler also offers movie history programs, creative booking, appearances by notable guest critics and filmmakers, and promises to become the mecca for movies northwest of the city.

According to Howard B. Haas, the leader of the tireless effort to save Philadelphia’s Boyd theater (also known as the Sameric), more than 95 percent of the nation’s historic movie houses have closed, and many of those remaining have been gutted.

“There are only a few movie houses in the entire Philadelphia region where you can walk in and enjoy an original ornate lobby and auditorium,” he says.

The restored Ambler Theater is the best of both worlds: old-school charm and state-of-the-art technical aptitude. It’s a new benchmark of quality that highlights the disappointing dearth of modern moviegoing options in Center City.

HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 23, 2007 at 7:00 am

Vito, this is all very interesting. 56 years! Of course, I don’t mind, especially as you are writing, more or less, about the Road Show procedures.

I don’t own the thread, merely started it, but I will speculate that you probably could also write more specific recollections about 70mm films (regardless of world premieres) in the New York movie palaces. Regardless, thanks for all your contributions to this thread.

HowardBHaas commented about Vine Theatre on Oct 23, 2007 at 5:33 am

Is there additional confirmation that it closed and is no longer showing daily movies?

HowardBHaas commented about Egyptian Theatre on Oct 23, 2007 at 5:32 am

I haven’t seen 70mm there, but the comment was the screen isn’t huge enough and some people don’t like the decor of the place. Having enjoyed a 35mm classic at the Egyptian, I’d ignore the decor critics. If the film is a giant classic epic like Lawrence of Arabia, then perhaps the screen size might be disappointing if you’ve seen the film already on a huge screen. If you haven’t already seen the film, or it isn’t an “epic” then don’t miss it. There are 70mm prints shown that won’t be shown elsewhere in the area.

HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 22, 2007 at 12:55 pm

Blade Runner deserves MORE than what a friend advises me are crappily designed plex auditoriums at Landmark, which don’t have huge screens. Since there are 35mm prints, they ought to present Blade Runner at the Village or one of the other huge LA screens!