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Mark_L commented about Hunt's Cinestage Theatre on Mar 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

The bomb exploded on the roof of the building on 4/8/1962. The Projectionist’s Local had struck the theatre on 3/3/62 over wages and working hours. The bomb exploded about 25 minutes after the last employee left the building. It was apparently thrown from an alley adjacent to the theatre. Had it been thrown 4 feet farther, it would have done severe damage to the projection booth.

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Mark_L commented about University City Cinema on Mar 6, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Opened in 1966, not 1969.

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Mark_L commented about 80' x 60' IMAX screen for sale and more on Feb 28, 2011 at 9:04 am

This appears to be the former THE BIG PICTURE THEATRE OF ADVENTURE AND DISCOVERY in Appleton, Wisconsin. That Kinoton MP-75E will handle 4/35, 5/70 & 8/70 presentations.

CT listing is at /theaters/14891/

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Mark_L commented about Traditional 3D glasses not chic enough for you? Armani can fix that on Feb 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I believe these will only work with the Real-D system, since they use circular polarization.

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Mark_L commented about Star Cinemas on Feb 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm

This is an 8-plex located in a suburb south of Columbus, Ohio. Website address is: http://www.starcinemas-ohio.com/Grove%20City.htm

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Mark_L commented about Falls Theater on Feb 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

“The Falls Theater”: Good luck on your negotiations. I wish you well on your project.

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Mark_L commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

Regarding converting 30-fps Todd-AO to 24-fps, there were only 2 features filmed at 30-fps: OKLAHOMA and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. Both of these pictures were filmed with both 35mm and 70mm equipment. OKLAHOMA used 2 different setups for 35mm and 70mm, while 80 DAYS filmed both processes simultaneously. They did not use a special pull-down printer to generate the 35mm prints. You can find documentation on this at www.widescreenmuseum.com, a very, very good website for information on wide-screen technical processes.

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Mark_L commented about Ohio theater for lease? on Jan 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm

It’s not just the theatre…its the surrounding area and what is happening there. The area around the Lincoln used to be a very bad place to be at night…now, much effort has been made to correct that and, with the proximity to the King Arts center, it is succeeding. The area around the Main is an extremely high crime area…one of the highest in the area. No theatre, no matter how interesting the programming, will succeed there unless there is improvement to the entire area. You must work with the entire community, not just the theatre, to have any type of success.

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Mark_L commented about Ohio theater for lease? on Jan 28, 2011 at 8:04 am

The Columbus west side is becoming increasingly Hispanic. Running films aimed at that audience might do well at the old Westland.

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Mark_L commented about Ohio theater for lease? on Jan 28, 2011 at 8:00 am

Putting a theatre in either the Main or Hudson site would be a total waste of time. No way those areas would support a theatre.

The Garden would be a possibility and an arts-friendly area, but parking would be a real hassle down there. You would have to solve the parking problem to succeed.

Thanks, Ron, for reminding me of The Forum. A nice little 3-screen facillity that seat a couple of hundred each. Don’t know about the condition of the building though…it has been empty a long time.

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Mark_L commented about Ohio theater for lease? on Jan 27, 2011 at 9:24 am

The only empty theatre I know is an 8-plex on the far west side. It is very close to the new casino, however. There is a 16-screen REGAL about 5 miles away and a 10-screen Starplex about 7 miles away.

This is the location:

/theaters/17089/

General Cinema mid-80’s build.

There are a few very old single screens in town, but those are not areas that would support a cinema.

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Mark_L commented about Criterion Theatre on Jan 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Chris, you will find that Michael Coate’s lists are extremely accurate. That would give you a good place to start. After that, nothing beats sitting down at a microfilm terminal and looking up ads in the New York Times. Many libraries have New York Times indexes that also might give you a clue.

And don’t assume that the Roadshow era began in ‘55 and ended in '72…there are many examples of roadshow screenings before and after those dates.

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Mark_L commented about Cinema East on Dec 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm

TFK, you should have seen the picture those Norelco’s put out when they ran OKLAHOMA at 30fps in the early ‘80’s.

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Mark_L commented about Hollywood Theater on Dec 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Closed 2/9/1952.

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Mark_L commented about Holiday Drive-In on Dec 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Opened as a twin Drive-In on 7/2/1975, running STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD, BROTHER OF THE WIND & PAINT YOUR WAGON on screen 1 and FREEBIE AND HE BEAN AND SCARECROW on screen 2.

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Mark_L commented about Cinema City at MarketPlace on Dec 9, 2010 at 7:47 pm

They offer 4 free admissions with a coupon when the “Marketplace” is open, but you have to get tickets 2 hours before showtime!

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Mark_L commented about Cinema City at MarketPlace on Dec 9, 2010 at 7:47 pm

They offer 4 free admissions with a coupon when the “Marketplace” is open, but you have to get tickets 2 hours before showtime!

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Mark_L commented about Carriage Place Movies 12 on Dec 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Currently has one 3-D Digital theatre. Quite a bargain with a $1.50 admission and a $2.00 3-D Surcharge.

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Mark_L commented about Regal closes Southland 7 in Marion on Dec 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm

This leaves Marion, a town of over 35,000 people, without a first run theatre.

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Mark_L commented about Marion Center Cinema on Dec 6, 2010 at 9:11 am

Doesn’t this closing leave Marion without a first-run theatre?

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Mark_L commented about Ohio Theatre on Dec 4, 2010 at 5:40 pm

It’s the Underground Parking Garage. The annex is on the east side of the Statehouse…the picture is of the west side.

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Mark_L commented about RKO Grand Theatre on Dec 4, 2010 at 5:33 pm

The GRAND ran HOW THE WEST WAS WON from April, 1963 until February, 1964, so that picture had to be taken during that period. That is the Underground Parking Garage.

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Mark_L commented about LIttle Art Theatre on Nov 18, 2010 at 5:17 am

That was in 1953.

BOXOFFICE reported that they tried a donation policy instead of admissions. Reported that they were losing less money this way than with admissions. Some teenages did not pay as a “gag”. Concession business had doubled.

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Mark_L commented about Cinema City at MarketPlace on Nov 15, 2010 at 4:47 am

Looks like this is under the same management as the SCREENS AT THE CONTINENT. Webpages are almost identical with that same annoying text animation.

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Mark_L commented about Florence Cinemas on Nov 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm

The projectors in the lobby was sort of a trademark with these Mid-States theatres in the mid-70’s. Smoking was permitted in lobbies then, and those projectors were true dust magnets. (The one in Columbus even ran 70mm from one of these lobby projectors.)I’m wondering how many of these open platform theatres there were? I know for certain of the Continent in Columbus, and I think one of the Dayton places had these, too. I’d love to hear from any ex-Mid-State folks if they are aware of any other open platform theatres.