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Countryside 6 played “Star Wars” for 39 weeks during 1977-78, the second-longest run of that film in the Tampa Bay region and third-longest in all of Florida. I would imagine it also is the longest run of any film ever to play in Clearwater.
Grand opening: March 12, 1976.
The stuff you’re writing about, techman, reminds me of the crackpot ideas that R.M. Hayes wrote about in the pages of early issues of Widescreen Review magazine and in the book he co-authored, Wide Screen Movies.
That would be August of ‘79. :–)
I’m surprised no one has challenged Techman’s “Spartacus” 30fps claim from a couple weeks ago.
<<< “Hard to believe that ‘The Sound of Music’ played here for almost a year during the 1960’s.” >>>
It’s hard to believe because it’s not true! The Lakewood engagement of “The Sound of Music” played ten weeks during late-1966/early-‘67 following the close of the original 90-week, reserved-seat run at the Martin Cinerama.
<<< “I will always have fond memories of the old King Theaters though, as that was where my parents took me to see this new film that was out, that everyone was talking about…‘Star Wars.’ ” >>>
The La Crosse first-run engagement of “Star Wars” was actually at the Plitt Hollywood, not at the King. Perhaps it was during one of the film’s numerous re-issues that you saw it at the King?
<<< * it was later acquired by United Artists Theaters and expanded and modified to become a triplex.* >>>
Actually, this was a triplex while still under Ogden-Perry ownership.
<<< ONLY drive-in to play “Star Wars” in 1977 as exclusive for Central Florida. >>>
Not true. “Star Wars” also played first-run at Lake Haines Drive-In in Haines City.
<<< Build as one screen, then twin in 1978 >>>
This was twinned before 1978. (I’m not sure when it was twinned but know it was a twin in ‘77 when they ran “Star Wars.”)
<<< The Parkview wasn’t [a] twin until the late-1970’s or early 1980’s when it was under the Martin Theatres chain. When “Jaws” played here during its general release in 1975, the Parkview was still a single screen theatre. >>>
I disagree. The Parkview was a twin when “Jaws” played here in 1975. I have a copy of the opening-day ad for “Jaws” from the Winston-Salem newspaper and “Parkview 2” is how the theater in which it played is listed. Also, 1975 Winston-Salem telephone directories identify the theater as “Parkview Twin.” That, to me, seems satisfactory evidence the place was a twin at the time.
ChrisD…If you are aware that many roadshow films were 35mm, why then are you focusing only on the 70mm era of 1955-1972? (Roadshows began long before ‘55 and went on beyond '72.)
And, Chris, did you even see my response to your comment on the Grauman’s Chinese page?
And regarding your question posed on the Cinerama Dome page, had you bothered to scroll through the existing comments, you would have found the answer to your question (see my comment of Feb. 4, 2008) and thus would not have needed to ask it.
Frankly, at this point, your questions are getting annoying since you’re essentially posting the same question on multiple pages and then not always bothering to check up on subsequent comments.
Internationally, “Taras Bulba” and “Bye Bye Birdie” were among the first 70mm blow-ups. In the United States, “The Cardinal” was the first 70mm blow-up.
ennis… It would appear you are misremembering.
“The Longest Day” played its 33-week New York roadshow run at the Warner, not the Rivoli. The presentation would have been 35mm, not 70mm, as a technique for blowing up 35mm-shot films to 70mm had not yet been developed.
There were 70mm prints for the film’s 1968/69 re-release.
ChrisD… See 70mm in New York and Remembering Cinerama (Part I: New York).
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Fox Wilshire
NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA – Loew’s Beverly
MAN OF LA MANCHA – Fox Wilshire
For more information on this subject, including opening-date and duration details for the titles you asked about, see the 70mm in Los Angeles and 70mm in New York articles. Included is a year-by-year breakdown of the stuff shown in 70mm with notations on which ones were roadshows (i.e. reserved-seat engagements). These lists would’ve been where William got the info he posted on the other pages where you recently posted similar questions.
Wow, this page is a mess!
Let me take a stab at getting things corrected. The fact is the Cinema 70, Cooper 70 and Ute 70 are three different theaters. They are not alternate names for one another. A simple check of 1960s era issues of the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph prove this.
Cooper 70 was opened in 1963 by the Cooper Foundation. It was located on South Nevada Ave.
Cinema 70 was opened in 1965 by Westland Theatres. It was located on Chelton Road.
Ute 70 was opened in 1967 by the Cooper Foundation. It was located on North Nevada Ave. (This is not to be confused with the original Ute Theatre located on Pikes Peak.)
Photos and grand-opening newspaper ads can be found here.
<<< “This theater was opened [as] a single screen theater by Cinema Centers in the early-1970’s and was then expanded to four and later to seven screens.” >>>
The Southland’s screen-count history as described in the intro fails to account for the period of time when it was a twin.
This theater already has a page on Cinema Treasures.
Irvin Kershner, 1923-2010
<<< “The name in the header should be Fox East Hill.” >>>
“Hill” needs to be plural (“Fox East Hills”).
Am I the only one who has noticed the frequency in which JAlex corrects St. Louis area theater information posted by Chuck?
Mike, I think you misunderstood what I wrote (or perhaps I wasn’t clear), so let’s try again: Yes, the theater expanded to four screens (sometime between 1977 and 1981), but the expansion to four screens was from three screens (not from two screens as implied in the intro write-up).
I was not disputing your claim that the theater, in the ‘80s, was a four-screener; I was simply pointing out that, during part of the 1970s, the place operated as a three-screener. (See my “Jaws” article for a reference to it being a three-screener.)
As such, I think “Royal Park Cinema 3” ought to be included as an alternate name at the top of the page.
<<< Opened in the early 1970’s as a twin cinema. It was expanded to four screens by 1980. >>>
In the mid-to-late 1970s this theater had three screens, so I do not see how it could have expanded from two to four screens as claimed.
Referencing archived issues of the Cape Girardeau newspaper, I can add/clarify the following:
1) The city name is misspelled twice in the header (which may explain why it won’t map properly).
2) The correct name of the theater, at the time of its opening, was “West Park 4 Cine” (West Park as two words and with accent symbol over the “e” in Cine).
3) The original operator was Wehrenberg Theatres.
4) The theater’s grand opening was May 13, 1983. (A Preview Grand Opening was held May 11-12, 1983.)
5) Debut bookings were “Blue Thunder,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Breathless,” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes.”