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HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 16, 2007 at 11:59 am

As much I try to promote the Boyd (which reopened as the Sameric with “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1971), this thread isn’t about the Boyd. Our website makes it clear Friends of the Boyd have been reaching out to secure new owners.

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HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 16, 2007 at 10:07 am

I updated each of these 6 movie palaces because there’s a website that tells where the World Premieres of 70mm features were held.

So far as I know, there’s not a website for 35mm World Premires, or exclusive runs of outstanding famous films like GWTW or 35mm Road Shows.

In other words, I did what I could. And, I thought it would be interesting since 70mm is the “Rolls Royce” of film presentation and many of the films mentioned are among the best beloved.

Now, if people want to Comment at each theater’s page which World Premieres, and/or exclusive local runs (regardless of premiere) of famous 35mm (“famous” because there were so many 35mm)were shown, then eventually, it is likely that the Introductions could be so updated. The volunteers have better things to do than update ONE film at a time, but once there’s a nice gathering….

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HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 16, 2007 at 5:45 am

Looking at films filmed in English,
for the most part, very few films filmed in 65mm after 1970-1971.
Here’s Todd AO list:
http://www.in70mm.com/library/formats/todd_ao.htm
MGM Camera 65 & Ultra Panavision 70 list:
View link
Super Technirama 70 list:
View link
Super Panavision 70:
View link
Dimension 150:
View link

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HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 16, 2007 at 5:32 am

Vito, you are correct. There are a few websites including http://www.fromscripttodvd.com/index.html
from which you can review film by film.
Looks like 1st blow up around 1963 but they kept on filming some films in 70mm. I think “Hamlet” in 1996 was the last one filmed on 65mm; I saw it projected in 70mm at the Paris in NYC.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 16, 2007 at 5:24 am

to the experts:
Which of these 6 movie palaces did the best technical job of showcasing 70mm films?
Regardless of 35 or 70mm, during this period-late 1950’s and 1960’s, which of these movie palaces brought the most pleasure to attend?

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Oct 15, 2007 at 8:03 pm

Yes, after receiving Senator email, I was about to mention it on the Senator page when you beat me to the punch. It will only be ONE week at the Senator.

I don’t know if AMC will have the smarts to put Blade Runner: The Final Cut at the Uptown, but it would be great if they did.

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Oct 15, 2007 at 7:42 pm

I’m sure nobody noticed last week when the Tenley Circle finally was entered, because it arrived under the name of a new theater that’s there. I saw many movies at the Tenley and will comment on that page. For others who might also wish to comment, please go to this page:

/theaters/21786/

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HowardBHaas commented about Carpenter Theatre on Oct 15, 2007 at 7:36 pm

I’d suggest that when it reopens, name & Intro adjustments can be made at once when all is clear. I do like Carpenter Theatre rather than the longer name. I’m tired of “centers.”

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HowardBHaas commented about Carpenter Theatre on Oct 15, 2007 at 7:17 pm

Reviewing website, looks like historic theater is called Carpenter Theatre. We will know better when it reopens.

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HowardBHaas commented about Rivoli Theatre on Oct 15, 2007 at 2:39 pm

Warren,
would the Intro be accurate if “his” would be changed to “the” as in the following:

the Rivoli was one of New York City’s finest ‘roadshow’ theaters and was converted to 70mm Todd-AO with a deeply curved screen by Michael Todd for the feature, “Oklahoma!”

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HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 15, 2007 at 8:59 am

Thanks, William, I didn’t think “Windjammer” was 70mm or true Cinerama, but wasn’t sure what CineMiracle is. Now, you’ve explained it! When cleaning up Philadelphia’s Boyd, we found a huge Windjammer poster. I took photos of it, but the poster was tossed (by the owner). It was too dirty and without any real pictures.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 11, 2007 at 7:46 pm

Thanks for telling us, Ed. The last photo (stairway ornate metalwork)and the last 2 photos of the auditorium facing curtain & screen are mine. Most if not all the other photos are from others at flickr. None are copywrit so fine to use them. Afterall, each was posted on flickr to share with the world. And, all were taken during Clearview’s operation of the theater. I know I’m honored by their use of the photos. Long live the Ziegfeld! And, Clearview, too. In taking care of the Ziegfeld, and with excellent projection, sound, seats, and a classics program at the Ziegfeld and other theaters, Clearview has established their company as one of the very best movie operators in the United States.

operators in the United States.

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HowardBHaas commented about Egyptian Theatre on Oct 11, 2007 at 7:05 pm

That’s flat out ridiculous! Comments above including Jim Rankin mention that retrofitting was needed and done. Unless you are an engineer, architect, etc. it seems less than necessary to question this aspect.

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HowardBHaas commented about Criterion Theatre on Oct 11, 2007 at 2:06 pm

Excellent idea. Volunteer Warren to do it.

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HowardBHaas commented about Gramercy Theater on Oct 11, 2007 at 2:05 pm

here’s the press release:
View link

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HowardBHaas commented about Criterion Theatre on Oct 11, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Warren, earlier today I asked for a revision to:
It has since been gutted to become a massive Toys R Us store.

You are correct in that the Intro needs a complete overhaul to describe the history of this Criterion. I might try that sometime in the future. In the meantime, at least the 70mm Roadshows are there.

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

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 8:56 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 5:10 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 6:03 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.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Oct 10, 2007 at 5:38 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 5:30 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 5:10 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 1:50 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 12:19 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.