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Depending on the location’s screen type, certain digital 3-D playdates got 1.78-formatted ‘prints’.
Digital 3-D uses polarization, the same as the ‘old analog 3-D’ did, which includes all of the 1950s 3D films and the early 80s films. Spy Kids and Sharkboy weren’t in polarized 3D, thedy were in comic book anaglyph 3D. ‘Old 3D’ is just as impressive as digital 3D is shown properly.
MPol – Thank you; I hope you make it to a show some time. In addition to our Saturday morning Big Screen Classics shows, the Lafayette is open every day for first-run films.
Jodar – Just to update, the opera boxes are available for seating on Saturday nights (I don’t recall the price). We opened them up by popular demand – people had been asking for a couple of years to be able to sit up there.
The opera boxes are not normally open for seating at films. We do open them for special events such as the It’s a Wonderful Life showing. In my opinion, they are not great for movie watching because of their angle to the screen. Since we use a silver screen, the viewing angle is optimized for the seats on the floor and loge; the opera boxes are a bit out of the reflectivity range, so you get a dimmer picture in them.
3-D trailers: Alice, Dragon, Hubble, Shrek 4, Percy Jackson & the Olympians. In 2-D, they ran the trailer for some Tom Cruise disaster called Knight & Day.
Yes, lights went down all the way when the trailers ended.
Saw the noon show today in IMAX ‘digital’ 3-D here (lieMAX). The presentation was pretty good, though you can still clearly see the pixels from the digital projectors if you are seated in the front half of the house. Place was packed for that show and the one coming in. The movie was OK, about a 2 out of 4. Way too long, too derivative, and too silly at times. Technically very accomplished other than a few 3-D mistakes (too much camera shake during some action scenes, for example).
Sit as far away as possible – the back row is good for the Imax-lite screens.
Thanks to everyone who came out to yesterday’s show of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the closing film in the fall 2009 season. We packed in over 900 folks for the movie and pre-show holiday festivities and it was a great event. We’ll be back on March 13 for another full season of Big Screen Classics.
Great info, as always. Interesting that there were no northern New Jersey showings until 1961 at the Adams in Newark and no Long Island bookings at all. I guess if you wanted to see it, you made the trip to Manhattan.
And yet when I showed it at the Lafayette Theatre last year, we had over 1000 people show up for an 11:30 am showing. Many people realize that the only real way to see movies is on a theater screen.
Sorry – not SuperTechnirama, but just Technirama. More info here:
Sleeping Beauty wasn’t shot on 70mm, it was shot in SuperTechnirama, which was 35mm running horizontally with a 1.5x squeeze.
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Too many CT'ers checking it out. :)
Glad you enjoyed the show, Bill. Sorry I didn’t get to see you, I was dealing with a mechanical problem upstairs prior to the show. Regarding the opening logo, the print came in without it, it started on the fade-up to the Paramount mountain. The restoration credits at the end, I made a decision to not show them. No disrespect intended to Robert Harris' restoration effort, but Vertigo ends with Herrmann’s crashing, resolved music chord over the Paramount logo. There is not supposed to be any end title music (especially a simple reprise of the main title) nor end credits. We’re still hoping to show Thief someday – the current rights holder is trying to get new prints made.
The Paramount’s classic movie series continues this Sunday, October 18 with the silent classic “Phantom of the Opera” starring Lon Chaney. The film will be presented from a 35mm print with color tints as well as the Technicolor sequence. Bernie Anderson will be accompanying the film on the Paramount’s Mighty Wurlitzer. Showtime is 3pm.
Active (electronic) cell phone jamming is illegal in the US. And even if it were legal, people would still open their phones to try to use them and cause them to light up, which is still a major distraction. Jamming would only really prevent incoming calls from ringing.
It felt great to be back at the Lafayette this past Saturday when we ran Angels with Dirty Faces. We had over 300 people come out for the show, so I guess we were missed :)
Hope everyone comes out again this coming Saturday for “Night of the Hunter”. See you there!
Correct, Peter. It was originally going to be only for Town of Ramapo residents, but they have let us open it up for any and all to come by (to seating capacity, of course). See you there!
How many classic films are available in D-Cinema format? Or even Blu-ray? DVD is certainly not acceptable for regular theatrical exhibition on anything over a 10-12 foot wide screen.
No plans for a horror-thon this year, unfortunately. Not enough advance time to put together something we’d be proud to show. We are hoping to be able to get a Christmas-themed festival together, however.
Finally, the Fall Season is confirmed. I will get the webpage updated tonight. Here is the final line-up of films:
10/3 – Angels with Dirty Faces (James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart)
10/10 – Night of the Hunter (Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters)
10/17 – Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (James Stewart, Kim Novak)
10/24 – An Affair to Remember (Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr)
10/31 – Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) (Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara)
11/7 – San Francisco (Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy)
11/14 – Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford, Jack Carson)
11/21 – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Howard Keel, Jane Powell)
11/28 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (George Lazenby as James Bond, Diana Rigg)
12/5 – John Ford’s How Green Was My Valley (Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara)
12/12 – Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (James Stewart, Donna Reed)
Should be a fun set of shows – look forward to seeing everyone there!
Fascinating as always, Michael. I’m amazed by the 23 weeks of “Circus World” and intrigued by the retitling of “Khartoum” as “The Battle for Khartoum”.
Some of those titles are on Blu-ray, some aren’t. None of them are available in D-Cinema as far as I know, so they’re running consumer video. Sure hope they’ve gotten booking clearance for them movies.
Projection has been tuned and tweaked. No current plans for digital projection or sound. ‘Snacks’ contain the best fresh-popped popcorn in the tri-state area, sharing the award with the Lafayette and Cedar Lane :) . Official website: www.bigscreenclassics.com