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HowardBHaas commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Oct 11, 2007 at 2:43 pm

Roadshow & Chris,
What is upsetting about 70mm at Egyptian? Auditorium and/or screen not large enough? Don’t use any curtains?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas commented about Paris Theatre on Oct 11, 2007 at 11:56 am

Warren, I wrote World Premiere. When it was posted by the editor Premiere became Premier. I understand the spelling has since been changed. As to caps, I like it that way.

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HowardBHaas commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Oct 11, 2007 at 8:10 am

When I was visiting London in April, workers were doing something in the back, entering opposite the Prince Charles theater. I think they were installing the movie theater chain HQ and/or other offices in the upper reaches of the Empire? One told me there was decoration in there. Perhaps from 1928 from original auditorium/balcony?

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Hoffman Center 22 on Oct 10, 2007 at 9:03 pm

WOOF! Funny. I didn’t see the dog movie, but I did see the trailer and it looked like fun.

Over time, digital projection systems will get better, like computers, digital cameras, etc.

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HowardBHaas commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Oct 10, 2007 at 8:38 pm

My guess is that it is still very enjoyable,and even more interesting because it is an ORIGINAL print. Perhaps there’s a little color fading in a few places or the sound isn’t perfect. Remember that B means good or very good, by definition. I sure wouldn’t want to see a print in a D condition, but that’s not this one.

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HowardBHaas commented about NuWilshire Theatre on Oct 10, 2007 at 8:30 pm

Indeed, 1st the Rialto in South Pasadena, and now this one. As Landmark continues to build megaplex arthouses, people should realize that Landmark may no longer be interested in historic neighborhood moviehouses. Landmark wants you to go to their new megaplex-that’s why.

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HowardBHaas commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Oct 10, 2007 at 8:10 pm

Original print in “B” condition of 2001:
http://www.cinerama.com/special_events.asp

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HowardBHaas commented about ALL Philadelphia area multiplexes & megaplexes now on cinematreasures.org on Oct 10, 2007 at 4:50 pm

Since opening in 1975, it has only served one purpose, that of showing porn.

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HowardBHaas commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Oct 10, 2007 at 3:19 pm

I’ve not been to the Aero. In 2002, I saw a film, in 1.37 ratio, “Bob LeFlambeur” in the main auditorium of the Egyptian. With no disrespect meant to Roadshow, I think his comment is unfair.

It is true that the Egyptian’s interior wasn’t restored to its original 1920’s glamour and over the top decor. Nor is the movie screen as large as the screen was from sometime in the 1950’s, a huge screen like the Chinese (and Pantages, Warner then Pacific), etc. I believe the current auditorium takes up only the original balcony? of the Egyptian.

Regardless, if I could travel more, I’d love to see more classics there and especially the annual Film Noir series. I do tend to think 70 mm classics would be better at movie theaters with much larger screens. But, to say it “feels like a big cage in a basement” that I can’t agree with.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas commented about Strand Theatre on Oct 10, 2007 at 2:13 pm

Warren, please lighten up!
I was more specific:

“World premieres of famous 35 mm films at the Strand”

Sure, there might have been several hundred films showing on an exclusive basis at the Strand, for their 1st run. Not all had their World Premieres there. And, not as many are famous, still recalled and watched with great fondness today. A list could be edited down to 20 or 30 such films for the introduction. If there is such a list for the Strand, I’m willing to edit it down myself (though you and others have the real expertise).

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HowardBHaas commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Oct 10, 2007 at 2:07 pm

Bill,

I checked, but wasn’t at “2001” on the same day in November that you reported seeing it at the Uptown. I was there on another day.

Under the relatively new AMC operation, the DC Uptown isn’t showing classics, 35 or 70mm. They’d likely need to bring back the union projectionists for presentation of classics. In addition to the platter that the union projectionist hated to see arrive in the booth during the prior Loews tenure, the Uptown has the projectors. I believe AMC operates the Seatle venue, so maybe they should learn from Seattle!

For that matter, the two side projection booths are still there, though sealed up. The original Cinerama screen has been replaced, but if the current screen isn’t suitable, a new Cinerama screen….and Cinerama could return to the Uptown if an operator was willing.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Oct 10, 2007 at 1:20 pm

I agree with Bill’s comments.Seeing a gorgeous 70 mm 6 track print of “2001” at the Uptown in Washington DC with its huge curved Cinerama sized screen was one of the best moviegoing experiences I’ve ever had! On a huge curved screen, “2001” is an incredible experience.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas commented about Strand Theatre on Oct 10, 2007 at 12:09 pm

People like on this website to recall where they first saw movies. For example, “Porgy and Bess” recently played again at the Ziegfeld. It was originally at this theater. Often, there’s too many comments for people to read them all, so people new or old to this site can quickly find some highlights in the Intro.

In providing the revision, I didn’t see the seating capacity of Cine Orleans.

Though there’s a website which lists 70mm films that played in New York, there isn’t one for 35mm films. World Premieres of famous 35mm films at the Strand would be interesting to add to the introduction.

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HowardBHaas commented about Strand Theatre on Oct 10, 2007 at 12:03 pm

For the record,the last 4 paragraphs in the Introduction above replaced this:
Again dropping stage shows in 1951, the Strand was renamed the Warner Theatre, and a few years later, when Cinerama films moved from the Broadway Theatre to the Warner, renamed the Warner Cinerama. During the 60s, the Warner was twinned, the Cinerama theater occupying the main floor, and the former balcony becoming the Penthouse Theatre. A third theater, built in the old Strand’s stagehouse, was also opened, called the Cine Orleans, which had its own entrance on 47th Street. In the early 80s, the Cinerama and Penthouse were remodeled and renamed the Warner Twin.

Unfortunately, in 1987, after a long and eventful life, one of the greatest movie palaces of New York City was demolished.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 9, 2007 at 11:36 pm

JodarMovieFan, I have seen the Bee trailer. I will add the AMC Hoffman tomorrow to this website after I doublecheck, because I don’t think it is here. I visit NYC & DC from Philly. For awhile, lived in DC, back when Circle & KB still were movie operators.

ok, let’s hear from others who might want to comment on their favorite Sound trailers at the Ziegfeld.

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HowardBHaas commented about Paris Theatre on Oct 9, 2007 at 11:14 pm

A week and a half ago, I saw “The Rape of Europa.” Don’t miss! It is a great film. You learn much, but it is also more entertaining than many current commercial feature films!

Ed, I asked about “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” Staff told me it isn’t going to happen despite earlier expectations or hopes. Hmmm…that film had its World Premiere at the Ziegfeld…..

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 9, 2007 at 11:06 pm

I still don’t recall it. My favorite was the Train which I recall in Washington D.C. at the Uptown, perhaps with the start of Digital sound, DTS, I think, and for the surround effects as well as the image.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 9, 2007 at 10:32 pm

JordarMovieFan, thanks for your account of your experience!
I’ve only been attending movies at the Ziegfeld for a decade, and don’t recall the Dolby trailer.

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HowardBHaas commented about Loew's State Theatre on Oct 9, 2007 at 5:36 pm

Thanks, Ed. Unless there’s any any objections (remember, I’m a lawyer), that issue is settled. Eventually, a correction will be made to the Introduction, but let’s wait a while and see if other nuggets turn up like major vaudeville stars who appeared at the Loew’s State, and WOLRD premieres of major 35mm films.

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HowardBHaas commented about Loew's State Theatre on Oct 9, 2007 at 2:32 pm

William,
Warren’s post of Feb 3, 2004 said the theater was more sub-divided.

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HowardBHaas commented about Loew's State Theatre on Oct 9, 2007 at 2:30 pm

Warren, unlike the prior introduction which I posted above for the record, the current introduction does at least mention vaudeville. A short list of famous vaudeville acts appearing at the Loew’s State would be appreciated.

Also, I used an online list of 70mm WORLD premieres to post them in the introduction. If there’s a list of WORLD premieres of famous 35mm films at the Loew’s State, that would be appreciated, too.

And, I didn’t read how the theater was further divided up from being a twin. That, too, would be appreciated.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas commented about Loew's State Theatre on Oct 9, 2007 at 1:40 pm

Saps, done! For the record, here are the now out of dated opening remarks since replaced:
Originally a single screen theater, the State was twinned in the early 1960’s.

During the late 1990’s, as part of a massive redevelopment of Times Square, the theater was gutted to make way for one of the first US locations of the Virgin Megastore.

Today, movies are still shown at the State, but the theater survives in name only. Some sixty feet below street level, in the basement of the Virgin store, there is a four-screen multiplex, also known as the State.

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HowardBHaas commented about Regency Bruin Theatre on Oct 9, 2007 at 12:44 pm

William, I’ve been in all the Westwood Village theaters, but I don’t know the Village’s stage size or whether it could be expanded. If you or others know, please comment directly on the Village page rather than here, on the Bruin page.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 9, 2007 at 12:35 pm

Robert, letterboxed like we see on TV, so the entire Ziegfeld movie screen isn’t being used? Is that what you mean?

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HowardBHaas commented about Regency Bruin Theatre on Oct 9, 2007 at 12:22 pm

In 3 years the leases are up on the Village & Bruin. I’ve heard they are both in the red (despite premieres) & won’t still be operated by Mann. Both exteriors are legally protected, but interiors could become retail, restaurant, etc. In my opinion, “saving” the Village for continued entertainment including some movies (perhaps like the Warner Grand in San Pedro and the Alex in Glendale but also with some premieres) is very important, more so than the National which appears doomed altogether. Don’t expect Mann to plex around them like the Dome. Look for somebody else!