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Bill Huelbig commented about West Side Story 50th Anniversary Event on Oct 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I was lucky enough to attend that New York Philharmonic performance. It was outstanding. So was the intermission, when the following special guests were introduced: Robert Wise’s daughter, Leonard Bernstein’s son and daughter, orchestrator Sid Ramin, executive producer Walter Mirisch, several of the actors who played Jets and Sharks, Marni Nixon, Russ Tamblyn and George Chakiris. I was in West Side Story heaven.

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Bill Huelbig commented about West Side Story 50th Anniversary Event on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

Michael’s article has been posted:

http://cinematreasures.org/blog/2011/10/21/happy-50th-west-side-story

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Bill Huelbig commented about Rivoli Theatre on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:55 am

It’s up and running now:

http://cinematreasures.org/blog/2011/10/21/happy-50th-west-side-story

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Bill Huelbig commented about Happy 50th, "West Side Story" on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:37 am

Here’s a comment I just left on the Rivoli page:

I was six years old on 10/18/1961. The soundtrack album was played in my house several times a week for years. I was aware that it was playing at the Rivoli and I really wanted to go, but couldn’t find anyone to take me. My Aunt Connie saw it there and told me how great it was. I almost saw it in its exclusive North Jersey run at the Bellevue in Upper Montclair NJ in the summer of 1962 with my older cousin, but that fell through. I had to wait till April 1963 to see it in 35mm at the Route 3 Drive-In in Rutherford NJ, but it was worth the wait. Just two weeks ago I finally saw it in 70mm in Seattle. That too was worth waiting for, even if it took 50 years.

58 weeks at Grauman’s Chinese must be the longest run for one movie at that theater.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Rivoli Theatre on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:32 am

Saps: I was six years old on 10/18/1961, so any memories I have will be second-hand. The soundtrack album was played in my house several times a week for years. I was aware that it was playing at the Rivoli and I really wanted to go, but couldn’t find anyone to take me. My Aunt Connie saw it there and told me how great it was. I almost saw it in its exclusive North Jersey run at the Bellevue in Upper Montclair NJ in the summer of 1962 with my older cousin, but that fell through. I had to wait till April 1963 to see it in 35mm at the Route 3 Drive-In in Rutherford NJ, but it was worth the wait. Just two weeks ago I finally saw it in 70mm in Seattle. That too was worth waiting for, even if it took 50 years.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Rivoli Theatre on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:18 am

Looks like there are technical problems at CT. The photos at the top of each theater page are gone. Maybe this has something to do with Michael Coate’s West Side Story page not being posted yet?

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Bill Huelbig commented about West Side Story 50th Anniversary Event on Oct 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

By the way, today is the day it opened. So, happy 50th birthday, West Side Story.

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Bill Huelbig commented about West Side Story 50th Anniversary Event on Oct 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Vito: I believe the print I saw in Seattle had the Todd-AO sound setup. It sure sounded better than I’d ever heard it, and I’ve seen West Side Story more times than I can count, in theaters and on TV and video. I was hearing instruments I’d never noticed before, and the five different vocal lines in the “Quintet” number before the rumble had never before sounded so clear and distinct. I sure hope this is the soundtrack they used for the upcoming Blu-ray release in November.

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Bill Huelbig commented about West Side Story 50th Anniversary Event on Oct 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm

It took me a full 50 years, but I finally saw West Side Story in 70mm on 10/7/11 in Seattle, and now I know exactly what Vito is talking about. One of the greatest moviegoing experiences I’ve ever had.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Seattle Cinerama on Oct 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm

It was an 8K presentation, and looked like 70mm. It filled a 50-foot flat screen beautifully, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Gary: the article mentions “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm”, but wasn’t the negative for that destroyed somehow? I’d really love to see that in Cinerama, even if it’s simulated Cinerama.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Seattle Cinerama on Oct 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Ben-Hur starts here next weekend. It’s a new digital restoration. I wonder if they’ll be using the curved 90-foot screen or the flat 70-foot one? I saw it in New York City a few weeks ago and it was quite spectacular.

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Bill Huelbig commented about North Hill Theatre on Oct 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm

“2001: A Space Odyssey” was the first Cinerama show at this theater, starting on June 26, 1968:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Hx6RvaqUy9IC&dat=19680617&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

go to page 12.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Seattle Cinerama on Oct 14, 2011 at 11:53 am

That’s what I said after seeing The Sound of Music: I finally got to see it on a huge curved screen, under real Todd-AO conditions.

I posted some pictures this morning. What a surprise to see original costumes from Planet of the Apes on display in the lobby.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Seattle Cinerama on Oct 14, 2011 at 7:54 am

Wow Greg – too bad that had to happen. The next time the Cinerama shows some generic 2011 release, the sound will probably be perfect. But when they show West Side Story and The Sound of Music, there are problems. What can you do?

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Bill Huelbig commented about Seattle Cinerama on Oct 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I will post pictures from the festival tonight. I even snuck a couple of shots off the screen during the West Side Story credits. To my surprise, they actually came out!

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Bill Huelbig commented about Seattle Cinerama on Oct 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Enjoy it, Greg. The soundtrack uses the original 1961 stereo music mix that was just recently rediscovered, and you really can hear the difference. Everything sounds clearer, you’ll notice instruments you never heard before – it really was a great show!

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Bill Huelbig commented about Seattle Cinerama on Oct 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I attended six movies at the 70mm festival, from Thursday 10/6 through Saturday 10/8. “The Sound of Music” was a good print, but there were terrible problems with the soundtrack. The entire opening of the film played silent, up until near the end of Julie Andrews' title song. From then on, the sound would intermittently cut out, most unfortunately during “My Favorite Things” all the way into the middle of “Do Re Mi”. It happened about 6 or 7 times. The theater was clearly embarrassed by all this and offered refunds. Later that night, “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines” played perfectly. Looked like a new print too.

The next three I saw, “West Side Story”, “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Cleopatra”, were also excellent prints, and the shows went off without a hitch. “Lawrence” was a Friday night sell-out. My final show was “2001” on Saturday, a near sell-out. This print was a little more beat up than the others, but I’m sure it’s gotten the most use over the last few years.

If I had to pick one show that stood out above all the others, I’d go with “West Side Story”. It’s been a favorite of mine since I was 8 years old, but I’d never seen it on that scale before, the way it was designed to be seen. I waited 50 years to see it in 70mm, and thanks to the Seattle Cinerama that dream was realized. Well worth the trip from New Jersey.

Seattle is a really cool city, too. The Space Needle and the Monorail are 49 years old, but they still look like the future to me. The theater itself has the same effect: built in the ‘60s, but looks like a vision of the future.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's State Theatre on Sep 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I second the motion. Please do it, David. I’m seeing the 8K digital presentation of Ben-Hur at the New York Film Festival this Saturday in Alice Tully Hall, but I’m going to pretend it’s 1959 and I’m at the Loew’s State.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Gary: the Hollywood Bowl showing is this weekend.

Here’s the link:

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/program-detail.cfm?id=2293

… just in case there are any Ziegfeld followers out in LA.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Here is the link:

http://nyphil.org/attend/season/index.cfm?page=eventDetail&eventNum=2330&seasonNum=10&mI=0&sI=0?effortcode=en7511

Dates are September 7th and 8th. Prices start at $35.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I just found out West Side Story will be playing Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in September. The New York Philharmonic will perform the score live, in sync with the movie. It’ll be a digital presentation. I’ll post a link later, with more information.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 7, 2011 at 11:40 am

I think the last classics shows were in February 2010 – the last ones I went to anyway. I remember going to “Funny Girl” and “West Side Story”. If there were any more since then, I’m sure Gary will let us know.

Adding photos can become addictive, can’t it? I spent one night doing it last month, and didn’t stop until the sun was coming up, around 5:30 AM. Good thing I was off work the next day.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

To Ed Solero: You’ve covered the great Ziegfeld from every conceivable angle! Thanks so much for posting those photos.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 4, 2011 at 9:45 am

This movie opened in the first year of the Ziegfeld’s existence, and it’s still got the longest running engagement there (33 weeks).