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ChasSmith commented about Palms Theatre on Nov 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm

If memory serves correctly, the Palms advertised real buttered popcorn, a rarity in those days.

In 1981-82 I lived around the block and had the pleasure of just walking around the corner to see second-run films at the Palms. A few that come to mind: “Fame”, “The Competition”, “On Golden Pond”. But my best Palms memory of all — an evening I still recall as one of the standout experiences ever with a movie AUDIENCE — was “Blazing Saddles”. A full house, the perfect audience, and a purely great night at the movies in a nice neighborhood theater.

ChasSmith commented about 1959's "House on Haunted Hill" returns to nearly 500 theaters on October 28 on Oct 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Hear, Hear!

ChasSmith commented about A video about a film projectionist and his dying profession on Oct 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm


ChasSmith commented about Happy 55th, Todd-AO & "Oklahoma!" on Oct 13, 2010 at 9:04 am

Wow. Thanks, as always.

A very early memory is being taken by my grandmother to see it in Columbus, Ohio. Okay, all I really remember is that it happened! Couldn’t even hazard a guess as to when, which version, etc. Knowing her habits, though, it would have been in the best possible theater in downtown Columbus.

ChasSmith commented about Baltimore's Senator Theatre set to re-open Oct. 15 on Oct 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I sincerely hope this will be as great as it sounds already.

ChasSmith commented about Old theater sound systems wanted on Sep 22, 2010 at 9:08 am

You see these ads all over — in local print classifieds, periodicals, etc., as well as on the web. A few MIGHT be actual collectors hoping to find the pot of gold, but I have to believe most are dealers looking to score hot vintage electronics for resale. This belief is grounded as much in the obvious insensitivity to where they’re repeatedly posting their spam as much as anything.

ChasSmith commented about Old theater sound systems wanted on Sep 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Oh please, STOP.

ChasSmith commented about WGA Theatre on Sep 13, 2010 at 6:51 pm

From 1975 to 1979 I lived within walking distance of what I knew of as the Writers Guild Theater, when it ran second-run (or even somewhat older) titles for $1 or $2 admission for the general public. Maybe that was just on certain nights. But it was a wonderful find. I do remember the curtains on the walls look, and maybe even the uncomfortable seats — though in my opinion the Vagabond took the prize for hardest seats in town. A few of the films I recall catching up with here: “French Connection II”, “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry”, “Missouri Breaks”, and “The Reincarnation of Peter Proud”.

ChasSmith commented about Warner Theatre on Sep 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Oh, how sad. I discovered this one a couple of years ago on a return visit to the home town of my mother’s side of the family. I hadn’t been to Morgantown in years, and the presence of the Warner made an exploration of the old downtown area all the better. Didn’t have a chance to get inside, though. Really sorry to hear this.

ChasSmith commented about Nokia Theatre, nee Astor Plaza, to be renamed the Best Buy Theatre on Aug 26, 2010 at 6:40 am

I still haven’t gotten used to hearing the name Staples Center.

ChasSmith commented about Traditional repertory theaters fading; film festivals gaining on Jul 23, 2010 at 11:38 am

As an avid moviegoer in L.A. in the 70s and 80s, I’m pretty sure that ‘revival house’ is how my friends and I always referred to them.

It’s almost heartbreaking to recall what was available there in those years.

ChasSmith commented about Warren, OH's Elm Road Triple Drive-in celebrates sixty years on Jul 6, 2010 at 8:09 am

Oh my god what a beautiful marquee. Congratulations, and here’s to 60 more! Now I must plan a visit to the Elm Road on one of my next car trips to Ohio.

ChasSmith commented about "Jaws"... Happy 35th! on Jun 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Oops, sorry, never mind — next time I’ll read more closely the first time through. You provided the link to the Pix. Thank you!!!

ChasSmith commented about "Jaws"... Happy 35th! on Jun 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm

My God, this is a great one! Thank you for all of that — and in particular for fleshing out my own memory of seeing it at the Pix in Hollywood!

Identifying that theater has been bugging me for quite a while. I remember standing in the kind of line that I’d only been used to from “The Godfather” and “The Exorcist” up to that point. I sat near the front of the balcony, and the experience was thrilling beyond belief.

Is there no listing and page for the Pix here? If there is, or if some other name was involved, then I’m missing it so I will appreciate it if someone speaks up. In my memory it was a few blocks east of Hollywood and Vine, on the south side of the street. It wasn’t a huge theater, I don’t think, and I always wondered if that was simply a spillover from the Chinese or somewhere else down the street. But you list no others, at least for the opening engagement, so I guess the Century Plaza was the “blockbuster” venue in L.A. for a while.

ChasSmith commented about Palace Theatre on Jun 10, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I’d love to see the pictures. Thank you!

ChasSmith commented about Southington Drive-In may return on Apr 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Do it!!
(signed, Lives 40 minutes away)

“…2007, when the town council told the board of parks commissioners to draft a plan. It was at that point that people started thinking about showing movies again…” How funny, and how pathetic. Like someone posted on the regular page here, the place sold out every weekend. I saw this in its last couple of seasons.

ChasSmith commented about Regency acquires Bruin, Westwood Village cinemas on Mar 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Two words: Thank you.

ChasSmith commented about NJ Premiere of the beautifully restored print of "The Red Shoes" - Free Screening! on Mar 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Tonight?? Damn!

ChasSmith commented about Avatar might be rereleased this fall in a longer version on Mar 18, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I wonder when it will again be possible for anyone, anywhere, in any context, to say or type the word “Avatar” … WITHOUT following or preceding it with “the highest grossing movie ever” … whether it is or isn’t.

ChasSmith commented about Another cell phone "innovation:" a movie that calls you on Mar 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I must be dreaming.

Two things, though: (1) I’m not James Bond, and (2) I don’t mean that in a nice way.

ChasSmith commented about Free Tour of the Saban Theatre (Formerly Fox Wilshire) on Mar 12, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Wish I could be there for the tour. My memories of the Fox Wilshire are shamefully few, though I lived only a couple of miles away for a few years. A couple of memories: a “Gone With the Wind” that was probably the bastardized “widescreen” 70mm release in the 1970s. And my first “Blazing Saddles” — no idea if that was during its first run.

ChasSmith commented about Everett's Puget Park Drive-In shuttered on Feb 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Terrible news.

ChasSmith commented about Save the Fairfax Theater on Jan 15, 2010 at 9:12 am

What horrible news. The last place I lived in L.A. in the late 1980s was a short trip away, and it was a wonderful neighborhood theater.

ChasSmith commented about Happy New Year! on Jan 4, 2010 at 7:25 am

CT becomes more valuable to me every time I log in, and I haven’t even BEGUN to spend the time here that I need to. But it serves so well on both a public and a personal level, that already I can’t imagine not having it.

I must echo the very critical need for a photos database.

Here’s to another ten wonderful and productive years. Thank you for everything!

ChasSmith commented about UA Del Amo 6 on Jan 1, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I was watching “2010” on Blu-ray this afternoon, which happens to be the first time I’ve seen it straight way through since it came out, and was reminiscing about living in Redondo Beach at the time, and seeing it at the Del Amo Mall. Another film I know I saw there was “The Right Stuff”. I’ve been in the northeast for the past 20 years, but I have wonderful memories of Redondo and the whole South Bay in the early 1980s. And since you all have mentioned it here, those memories include Old Towne Mall — a unique place. I know there have been incredible changes, but I hope the area is as great for people living there now as it was for me then.