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HowardBHaas commented about Grand Rex on Oct 2, 2007 at 3:39 pm

In 1996, I saw Mission Impossible in the huge auditorium with the huge screen lowering in front of the proscenium. This was a showing when the movie was new, and in English. The place was packed. The French rushed in for seats. I ended up at the top of the balcony, but it didn’t matter. The auditorium is one of the best anywhere to see a movie.

Website about it!

http://www.silverscreens.com/rex_en.html

Official: http://www.legrandrex.com/

Exterior tower:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/metropol2/117271012/

Auditorium- Now that’s a movie theater!

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/djou/518173200/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhino75/44435586/

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HowardBHaas commented about Hollywood Theatre on Oct 2, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Unfortunately the links no longer work to Ed’s fantastic interior photos.

Here are others,
Set of 2005 interior photos:
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2006 Grand Lobby:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohtoberich/183121235/

Sept 2007 exterior detail:
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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 1, 2007 at 10:15 pm

I agree with the new post, except insofar as studios will release the films if the profit in some way rather than being nice to classic film fans.

And, since arthouses and commercial moviehouses nationwide do show classics, I’m sure arrangements will be made NOW even if they go digital. Indeed, Roadshow’s assertions as to costs sound so high that even new movies might not be able to go out nationwide on the formula he suggests.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 1, 2007 at 9:46 pm

Ed, the movies that studios send into movie theaters are what’s keeping movie theaters alive! If those classics could sell better, they’d be in the theaters. So few people went to see the nationally reissued The Godfather in 1997, that The Godfather Part II wasn’t reissued. People had seen The Godfather on TV & didn’t jump at the chance to see it again in the theaters. (I did, and saw it again at the Ziegfeld last year).

I’m not saying the classics can’t ever play, but I am saying that in general, movie theater distribution follows the market.

Also, don’t expect temporary huge screens to be constructed for Cinerama. I’m not sure how digital classic cost structures will be worked out, but the costs and other logistics of construction of huge screens would possibly be pretty high indeed.

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HowardBHaas commented about Burbank Theatre on Oct 1, 2007 at 8:09 pm

The airplanes didn’t show movies in 35 mm. Did the Queen Mary?

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HowardBHaas commented about Boyd Theatre on Oct 1, 2007 at 4:46 pm

Dreams are great. Reality is that nowhere in the USA is there a movie palace that was built to seat more than two thousand people and still open for daily movies ! There are many movie palaces hosting live performances and some have a film series. Clear Channel believed, and Friends of the Boyd agree, that the Boyd is a viable theater. New owner Live Nation is changing its focus on Rock N'Roll rather than Touring Broadway Musicals, so the Boyd project is stalled.

Advocacy as a daily movie palace, with one screen, would be useless. Bloggers kept suggesting such for New York City’s DeMille, /theaters/501/ and that space is being gutted! There just aren’t enough fans who would keep any theater built this big in the black, not in New York City, and not in Philadelphia.

Friends of the Boyd follow the path that has saved countless former movie palaces nationwide, which is mixed use. Live events will pay the bills and bring many people to the Boyd to enjoy first class entertainment there. A film series of classics, festivals, and premieres, will enable people to also experience the Boyd for film. Restored to its original Art Deco glamour, the Boyd will once again be a showplace and entertain future generations.

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HowardBHaas commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Oct 1, 2007 at 4:11 pm

Regarding Bob’s post of September 13, I hope there’s photos somewhere of the 1930’s era ceiling light fixtures and the original colors of the column!

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HowardBHaas commented about Grand Warner Theatre on Oct 1, 2007 at 2:20 pm

When I see Warner/Grand appear on Comments, I know that it is THIS theater and none other, so the current label is quite functional!

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 1, 2007 at 1:29 pm

Is REndres projecting film in a residence or at a film studio?

Ed, There’s NO digital projector available yet to capture the high resolution of 70 mm. At most, a 4k projector might equal 35 mm. I’d much rather see 70 mm.

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Deptford Mall 6 on Sep 29, 2007 at 6:33 pm

Exterior photos here:
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HowardBHaas commented about Boyd Theatre on Sep 29, 2007 at 3:47 pm

That beautiful photo is from Opening Day 1928 and belongs to the Irvin R. Glazer Collection of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. It shows the original Art Deco vertical sign, marquee, and ticket booth.

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Loews Metreon 16 on Sep 28, 2007 at 8:04 pm

Photos of this theater:
http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2920.html

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 27, 2007 at 7:05 am

What time last night was it over?
Did they use the 4 track sound?

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HowardBHaas commented about Petition To Save NYC's Playpen Theater, Oldest Vaudeville House on Sep 26, 2007 at 8:31 pm

So, signed. Good luck, Michael.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 26, 2007 at 3:03 pm

The restored Spartacus was in 1991 with Cineplex Odeon as operator. I’ve seen many great classics especially at the Uptown in DC, but I missed this one there & at Ziegfeld. I caught up with it at the Cineplex Odeon Worldwide, in one of the large auditoriums with 40 feet wide scope screen, and a perfect presentation of Spartacus in 70 mm restored version, with proper use of the curtain. Whereas C.O. opened the main curtain 1st at Ziegfeld, and on a featured movie’s title/opening, opened the see thru white curtain, current operators open both curtains together.

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HowardBHaas commented about Hollywood Theatre on Sep 25, 2007 at 8:23 pm

It is easy to visit the Internet site from Philadelphia. I’ve never been to Oregon or Washington, but eventually….

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HowardBHaas commented about Hollywood Theatre on Sep 25, 2007 at 7:24 pm

Simon,
It would appear balcony was split up:

The website says:
The Hollywood Theatre became a mecca for film-goers in the early 1960s when it became the only Cinerama theater in Oregon. Portions of the building – especially the frame of the massive curved screen in the downstairs auditorium – are a testament to that time.

and also says:

The main floor auditorium seats 460 (35mm/16mm/DLP/live performance).
The upstairs west auditorium seats 171 (35mm/16mm/DLP/live performance).
The upstairs east auditorium seats 219 (35mm only)
The Mezzanine lobby can accommodate up to 125 comfortably for a reception(depending on table set-up)

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HowardBHaas commented about Drexel Theatre on Sep 25, 2007 at 7:19 pm

NY Times article-
In this pleasant Ohio place called Bexley, in this Midwest place close to neither New York nor Los Angeles, a boy named Rupert calls his grandfather George. His grandfather’s name is Jeff.

Rupert, who is 2 years old, bears no blame for this mistake because his grandfather introduced himself as George before the boy could form words, and has insisted on being called George ever since. The man has his reasons.

In Bexley, a leafy old suburb of the sprawling capital city of Columbus, everyone plays a role. Maybe you answer questions at the Bexley Public Library. Maybe you tend bar at the Bexley Monk. Maybe you fill prescriptions at the Bexley CVS, paying close attention to details.

George, whose full name is Jeff Frank, runs the old movie theater in town, the Drexel, and has done so for 26 years. He is 56 now, bald and bespectacled, settled and successful. Still, he cannot help but wonder what might have been had he not been seduced long ago by the Drexel’s red-neon call: those bright lights dazzling the East Main Street sidewalk; that Art Deco sleekness; the faint echoes of here’s looking at you, kid.

What might have been had he not shrugged one day and thought: “Well, I love the movies. Why not run a movie theater?”

The day the Drexel opened on Christmas 1937, certain Columbus lights winked with the promise of cheap escape. Come stand beside the “Stage Door,” or find momentary serenity in “Lost Horizon,” all at neighborhood places that were not as grand as, say, that downtown palace, the Ohio, but were still magical portals to someplace else.

Eddie Cantor, that apostle of pep, was mugging it up in “Ali Baba Goes to Town” down at the Thurmania; the theater is now an art gallery and gift shop. Jimmy Savo was bounding about in “Merry-Go-Round of 1938” at the Main; it is now a cavernous medical center, absent of anyone who might remember the little clown named Jimmy.

Warner Baxter, a box-office draw at the very beginning of his career’s decline, was leading the cast of “Vogues of 1938” at the Hollywood; it now houses three empty stores whose awnings say Jihad’s Gifts, African Heritage Shop, and Zawadi Children’s Books, Jewelry, Oils, Etc. The owner of the mini-mart next door says his place used to be a bar, as if to suggest things change, so what.

And Shirley Temple, whose hair featured exactly 56 curls, was melting a cranky grandfather’s heart in “Heidi” at the tiny Wilmar. Marc Eller, the property’s owner, says he had the theater torn down 20 years ago for a parking lot.

“I curse that now,” he says, as he presents old photos of the theater that he keeps in a plastic bag. “It had the little hexagonal tiles, and the projection booth…”

The Drexel, though, survived. It opened that Depression Christmas with Sally Blane, Loretta Young’s sister, in “One Mile from Heaven,” and kept its screen flickering through the decades. By 1981 it had lost much of its luster, and was showing bargain movies just to survive, but it always managed to catch the eye of a young man with plans named Jeff Frank.

Mr. Frank had grown up not far from here, giving his Saturdays and more than a few of his high school days to the cool darkness of his neighborhood movie theater, the now-gone vessel by which he traveled to the moon, to the Old West, to places far from Columbus. After graduating from a university only an hour away, he returned with a degree in film studies and a plan to leave as soon as possible.

“Go to Hollywood! Go to New York!” he says. “Be involved in the film industry. Be a part of it.”

Mr. Frank never left Columbus. He worked in an art museum, where he met his future wife, Kathy Wooley; her favorite western is “Red River,” his the “The Searchers.” He then became the assistant director at the restored Ohio Theatre, with a daily commute that took him past the Drexel.

One day the Franks rolled the dice of life and bought the Drexel. They closed it down for 30 days of restoration, removed the hundreds of plastic flowers that hid its Art Deco grandeur, and reopened with a screening of “Top Hat” that included a personal appearance by Herself, Ginger Rogers. Movie history was made â€" at least in Columbus.

Over the years, at the Drexel and a handful of theaters, the Franks became masters of promotion, purveyors of escape, always with an emphasis on art films and the classics. They provided free passes to those who wore red shoes to “The Red Shoes,” offered Shirley Temple movies for children on summer Saturdays, invited people to dress up for “Casablanca” and sing when the band at Rick’s strikes up “La Marseillaise.”

As Mr. Frank became the local Mr. Movie, he came to think of himself as a sort of George Bailey, who never fulfills his dream of leaving Bedford Falls, yet comes to realize that remaining in his hometown is his passage to a wonderful life. So Rupert calls his grandfather George.

Now and then Mr. Frank travels to a film festival, but mostly he stays here, fully aware of his role as an escort into the imagination. “For a short time,” he says, “you take people someplace they’ve never been to before.”

Another night has fallen on the quiet streets of Bexley. The lights of the Drexel beckon. And a man called George is selling tickets for the 3:10 to Yuma.

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Shirlington 7 on Sep 24, 2007 at 6:40 pm

The Shirlington Cinema 7 opened December 18, 1987 at cost of $2 million, by Circle Theatres. Circle was bought by Cineplex Odeon, which eventually merged into Loews, and Loews merged into AMC.

The auditoriums are separated by 11-inch-thick sound-proof walls.

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Shirlington 7 on Sep 24, 2007 at 6:30 pm

From Washington Post online:
Editorial Review
The small lobby in the Cineplex Odeon Shirlington misrepresents the clean, comfortable and large-screen theaters inside. Three of its seven screens are curved, and seating capacity ranges from 165 to 350. Thus, it’s well equipped to handle any flick, whether it be an action-packed blockbuster, an independent or an unrated foreign film. But you probably won’t see the latest Disney release here. The movie choices generally target an adult audience. You can buy a cup of coffee; you won’t find a video game. The restrooms are inconveniently upstairs, and like the lobby, small. The theater towers over the nearby Village of Shirlington, and offers a pleasant art deco style reminiscent of a different place and time. Street lamps illuminate the village, which has various restaurants and small shops. From the village, you can easily spot the neon lights of the theater marquee. A large lot behind the theater provides free parking.

— Shesha Pancholi

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HowardBHaas commented about Dupont Circle 5 on Sep 24, 2007 at 4:35 pm

Piddy says Shirlington may close /theaters/15213
It has such a nice looking exterior, judging from the photo.

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HowardBHaas commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Sep 24, 2007 at 3:04 pm

when built, the screen in the main auditorium, the Loews, was huge, 65 feet wide, 26 feet high. The curtain rose & lowered. They should use the curtain.

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HowardBHaas commented about Cinema Metropole on Sep 24, 2007 at 1:38 pm

I stayed at the hotel in 2001, knowing that it had formerly this huge movie palace. The facade doesn’t look anymore like a former theater. I’d love to see vintage photos of exterior and especially interior!