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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.
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.
The Columbus west side is becoming increasingly Hispanic. Running films aimed at that audience might do well at the old Westland.
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.
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:
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.
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.
TFK, you should have seen the picture those Norelco’s put out when they ran OKLAHOMA at 30fps in the early ‘80’s.
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.
They offer 4 free admissions with a coupon when the “Marketplace” is open, but you have to get tickets 2 hours before showtime!
Currently has one 3-D Digital theatre. Quite a bargain with a $1.50 admission and a $2.00 3-D Surcharge.
This leaves Marion, a town of over 35,000 people, without a first run theatre.
Doesn’t this closing leave Marion without a first-run theatre?
It’s the Underground Parking Garage. The annex is on the east side of the Statehouse…the picture is of the west side.
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.
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.
Looks like this is under the same management as the SCREENS AT THE CONTINENT. Webpages are almost identical with that same annoying text animation.
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.
The official closing date for this theatre was 8/14/1973. The final feature shown was WHITE LIGHTNING.
The Boulevard closed on 4/11/1967 showing LET’S KILL UNCLE & INCIDENT AT PHANTOM HILL. The College Cinema opened on 9/27/1967 with DIRTY DOZEN.
Ron is correct. It should be College Cinema. Source: Columbus Dispatch Newspaper Movie Listings 7/1/1972
In Columbus, the film opened in 35mm at the Ohio Theatre for a standard run. It only played 14 days. Must not have gone over very well!
The current seating in the Southern is 925, according to the CAPA website.
There has been an attempt on the part of the Linden neighborhood to bring that area back to life. I wish them well on this project. It would really help things in that neighborhood. They have a lot of work ahead of them.