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This link says how incredibly long these Road Show 70mm films played in NYC movie palaces:
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.
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.
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….
Looking at films filmed in English,
for the most part, very few films filmed in 65mm after 1970-1971.
Here’s Todd AO list:
MGM Camera 65 & Ultra Panavision 70 list:
Super Technirama 70 list:
Super Panavision 70:
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.
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?
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.
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:
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.”
Reviewing website, looks like historic theater is called Carpenter Theatre. We will know better when it reopens.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
Excellent idea. Volunteer Warren to do it.
here’s the press release:
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.
Roadshow & Chris,
What is upsetting about 70mm at Egyptian? Auditorium and/or screen not large enough? Don’t use any curtains?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Original print in “B” condition of 2001: