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HowardBHaas commented about Carthay Circle to be rebuilt in Disney's California Adventure on Oct 18, 2007 at 4:17 pm

The link to the theater website doesn’t work.

Below is from the Oct 17, 2007 press release. Notice is says “inspired by” NOT a replica movie palace, and that it will house an “interactive tribute.”

“ This new facility, which was inspired by Los Angeles’ historic Carthay Circle Theatre that premiered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, will house a next generation Walt Disney Story featuring an interactive tribute to Walt’s California experiences, and his entertainment legacy that continues world-wide today.”

on a separate note, here'a link to the retail store that’s a replica already
http://www.studioscentral.com/column/why8.html

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HowardBHaas commented about Eric Wynnewood Theater on Oct 18, 2007 at 1:37 am

Among the films I recalled seeing at the Wynnewood was Being There. Shortly afterwards, Peter Sellers took very ill, and I hoped so he would recover, but he passed away.

Later, I saw at the Wynnewood in 1994 The Shawshank Redemption and Bullets over Broadway. In 1995 I saw Circle of Friends and The American President. In 1998, I saw Apt Pupil, and in 1999 Blast from the Past and Analyze This. It was always fun to enjoy movies at this single screen movie theater.

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HowardBHaas commented about Suburban Theater on Oct 18, 2007 at 1:07 am

Photo by Rob Bender of exterior including marquee and former ticket window, as Ardmore Famers Market:
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Photo by Rob Bender of interior of former auditorium as Farmers Market, the clock being where projection booth would have been:
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HowardBHaas commented about Eric Wynnewood Theater on Oct 18, 2007 at 1:04 am

Thanks for finding photo of Vinny T’s of Boston restaurant.

There’s a photo from 1991 of the exterior of the theater here, when it was still showing movies:
http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/7058.html

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HowardBHaas commented about Egyptian Theatre on Oct 18, 2007 at 12:08 am

William,
I didn’t characterize it here as a “suite” and know it is a BOOTH, however, the original upstairs booth at the Boyd has several rooms including a bathroom. It does sound like a suite!

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HowardBHaas commented about Egyptian Theatre on Oct 17, 2007 at 11:34 pm

William, I know that in American English, it is a projection booth. I don’t know whether in British English (where Ken Roe is) if it is a suite, but eventually we will likely adjust that since this cinema is American.

I saw different reports on when the destruction was done. We will review that.

Presumably the rest looks good?

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HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 17, 2007 at 8:44 pm

Actually, Vito, I suggested classics going digital is the inevtiable future.
My dream would be to see more 70 mm 6 track prints- excellent ones, and some restored ones. I saw the restored Lawrence of Arabia, but missed color corrected restored print. Robert Harris doesn’t like the “restored” Dr. Zhivago so I’d like to see a restored 70 mm print of that. I’d like to see restored 70mm prints of Ben Hur and The Bridge over the River Kwai.

Being younger than Bill, I’ve seen 70mm classics in their restored or rerun appearences at theaters especially Uptown in DC, but arrived too late for the 6 NYC movie palaces that I’ve updated. I could’ve gotten into the chopped up Criterion or DeMille, but that was after Road Show years.

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HowardBHaas commented about Carthay Circle Theatre on Oct 17, 2007 at 8:32 pm

Below is from the Oct 17, 2007 press release. Notice is says “inspired by” NOT a replica movie palace, and that it will house an “interactive tribute.”

“ This new facility, which was inspired by Los Angeles’ historic Carthay Circle Theatre that premiered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, will house a next generation Walt Disney Story featuring an interactive tribute to Walt’s California experiences, and his entertainment legacy that continues world-wide today.”

on a separate note, here'a link to the retail store that’s a replica already, that William mentions
http://www.studioscentral.com/column/why8.html

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HowardBHaas commented about Carthay Circle Theatre on Oct 17, 2007 at 8:22 pm

World Premieres at the Carthay Circle included the Disney film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” on December 21, 1937.

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HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 17, 2007 at 7:44 pm

when it began, for Jurassic Park, DTS was terrific and seemed better than theaters that (later) had Dolby Digital.
SDDS seemed to be the best of all. Years later, I heard Dolby Digital EX at the Chinese (Hollywood)and that seemed better than anything.

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HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 17, 2007 at 7:14 pm

Vito, I’ve noticed I’ve seen more films recently in theaters with Dolby Digital, but until reading these comments, I didn’t realize that Dolby Digital had won out over DTS & SDDS. Dolby sound had previously set an excellent standard, but at the onset of digital sound it often seemed as if the others were superior.

I know there won’t be new 70mm films, but I do hope there will be some life in restored and vintage 70mm classics. New films will all eventually be digital, and many classics, too. Digital isn’t up yet to the quality of 70mm. I would’ve preferred the new revisions of Apocalpse Now and Blade Runner in 70 mm prints.

For those who haven’t stated their opinion yet, which of the 6 movie palaces mentioned on this thread was your favorite to see 70mm?

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HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 17, 2007 at 4:16 pm

This link says how incredibly long these Road Show 70mm films played in NYC movie palaces:
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HowardBHaas commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Oct 17, 2007 at 1:17 pm

I recall that as soon as digital sound was in movie theaters with Jurassic Park in 1993 (DTS), 70mm’s death knell had sounded! The last new film released in the US in 70mm blowup was Titantic, but it ran in 70mm only at NYC’s Astor Plaza and in Los Angeles. I was vacationing in LA, and trying to see as many movie palaces as possible, so I saw Titantic in 70mm in both the Village and at the Chinese. Titantic didn’t run in 70mm in Philadelphia or Washington D.C. and I don’t think anywhere else. There’s a comment on the web that only 12 prints in 70mm were struck and one went to the director. I guess the other prints went overseas.

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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 7:59 pm

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 6:07 pm

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 1:45 pm

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:
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Super Technirama 70 list:
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Super Panavision 70:
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Dimension 150:
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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 1:32 pm

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.

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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 1:24 pm

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 16, 2007 at 4:03 am

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 16, 2007 at 3:42 am

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 16, 2007 at 3:36 am

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 16, 2007 at 3:17 am

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 10:39 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 4:59 pm

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 12, 2007 at 3:46 am

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.