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Wow – that restoration look amazing.
Rhett – the town is unhappy about the loss of the program, for the obvious reason that it was something for them to give to the senior citizens. They had a meeting with the BCG people but, obviously, I don’t know what plans, if any, they made. I’ve heard directly from a number of patrons, some unhappy that we’re not there any longer and some happy that we’re continuing the series regardless of where.
Bolorkay – Thank you for your kind words. We (Big Screen Classics) are not running at the Lafayette any longer because Nelson Page (who ‘owns’ Big Screen Classics as a brand along with myself) is no longer affiliated with the theatre; that’s why we’re bringing the series to one of Nelson’s other venues. There’s no reason that BCG can’t schedule their own film series at the Lafayette.
As of now, they are still using the organ on Friday & Saturday nights with Jeff & John. Nelson also has both organists play at his Cedar Lane and Newton locations every week.
Not every one, but close to it. Thanks.
I appreciate you doing the legwork Howard, thanks. Current ownership of the business is with the Boston Culinary Group, they were in partnership with Nelson since 2007. Nelson’s affiliation with them ended in January 2009.
We started the classic series in February of 2003 with “It Happened One Night” and ended in December 2008 with “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Fitting, now that I think about it. Between the Saturday morning series, the three day film festivals, and other events, we showed over 250 classic film programs in those 6 years.
The Lafayette continues its first-run status. The BCG web page for the Lafayette is here:
The lease at the Lafayette is very restrictive. There can be no modifications done to the auditorium, so there should be no worries that it will be split up.
Not yet, Fred. I’ll be getting some new photos of Cedar Lane and Newton Theatre this week and will be re-vamping the Big Screen Classics website with that information.
Nelson is no longer an operating partner at the Lafayette. His partners with the management company for the theatre have decided to move forward on their own with the venue. No politics, no acrimony in any way. We’d love to continue with shows up there, but that’s not in the cards right now. We look forward to 2009 with the Cedar Lane series as well as having other events in different historic venues in this area.
MariaMaria – Yes, My Summer Story was the movie, starring Charles Grodin and Mary Steenburgen and released in 1994. It was also known as “It Runs in the Family”.
Bill – Were they showing Che digitally as well? I have zero interest in the subject matter, so I don’t think I’ll be seeing it anytime soon. perhaps the Ziegfeld has the new 4K projectors?
MPol – that was most likely film grain you would have seen in 1976, there was no digital at that time (or you were seeing the perforations of the screen sitting that closely). Sadly, the 70s were the beginning of the end of well-photographed films and many films from that time were underlit and had very visible grain.
Digital projection, for the most part, sucks. Pixelation readily visible to the naked eye on anything over a 30 foot screen, a lack of the dynamic range in color compared to a properly made 35mm print, compression artifacts during fast-moving scenes, and an artificial digital ‘hardness’ to the image that is not present with organic 35mm (to say nothing of 70mm) film.
Not a theatre.
Standard definition DVD? On a theatre screen? Too bad…
OK, sorry I misunderstood. When I saw it opening night at the Route 4 Paramus in NJ, there was nothing on the screen except the massive curtain.
No. The movie starts with curtains opening on a short little 4x3 black & white sequence showing the comic book pages and then moves into a shot of the Daily Planet building. Then as the camera moves into space, the screen widens and the music comes up loud for the very long title sequence. For another 45 minutes or so, we’ve got a great movie. Then Clark Kent comes to Metropolis and we end up with a silly farce. ;)
Very cool, Howard!
Blu-ray as good as 35mm? Really? Cinema DLP isn’t even as good as 35mm, so how could a consumer format with lower resolution equal it? When was the last time the Ziegfeld ran a 70mm print other than Lawrence of Arabia a couple of years ago? And those ‘fully restored 35mm prints’ that Clearview gets are the same that circulate to other theatres. Hopefully, the other theatres get them first before Clearview’s platter jockeys tear them up.
The above information re: Universal is not exactly correct. They did not lose all of their rep prints in the fire. Many, many prints of theirs were stored off-site at various depots/storage facilities, etc. And they have been going back and striking new prints of several titles lost in the fire.
Bob – Thanks for the kind words, much appreciated.
Jeff – Thanks for posting those pictures, I will have a complete gallery of your shots posted on the Lafayette website this weekend.
Yes, please post some photos, Jeff. It’ll be a while before I can add them to the Lafayette’s website. Don’t forget Ro-man!
Bill – glad you enjoyed the show. Our friend Jeff S. reminded me that he wanted the CinemaScope logo and fanfare LOUD, so that’s what you got :) And who else would have thought to run that unused Herrmann finale as exit music but me? You probably left before the next piece came on, the full recording of the unused “Twice as Tall” vocal.
I’ll certainly try, JMF.
I’m off for the show – everyone please tune in tonight! 8:00 pm at www.wrcr.com or 1300AM in the Rockland County area.
It’s always possible, though the studios are strange sometimes with older films in a series. This year they withdrew from theatrical showings the first three Indiana Jones films with the new one coming out, which seems backwards to me. Although that might have been Lucas.
For Trek, I’d love to show the first one as it’s the ‘biggest’ of all the films. But I’d want to show the Director’s Cut and I’m not sure they made 35mm prints of it. A marathon of all would be fun, that’s certain, although I think everyone would fall asleep during Nemesis :)
Finished inspecting the films for the weekend last night – we’ve got some real beauties. The War of the Worlds is virtually brand new (fantastic color), the Journey to Center of the Earth is amazing with a really big-sounding stereo track. The Creeping Unknown is the longer British version, the Rodan is genuine Technicolor, the Man from Planet X is in excellent shape and almost never shown anywhere, the Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is an original release print as approved by Ray Harryhausen, and the Metropolis is Kino’s best print and the longest version currently available.
Hope to see you there – or make sure to listen in on the radio Friday night at 8pm (Eastern, we’ll be on about 8:07 after the national news): 1300AM or www.wrcr.com