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Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 11, 2010 at 6:55 am

Thanks KCDTJ,Cirque Du Soleit will be exciting please keep us up to date when that happens. Bet you are reallly looking forard to that

Vito commented about Paramount Theatre on Nov 11, 2010 at 3:19 am

I am sure William meant “Noth To Alaska"
Here is the original ad

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Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 11, 2010 at 3:00 am

RCDTJ,Shame about the organs please keep us advised
What is going on at RCMH the entire month of June preventing TONYS?

Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 10, 2010 at 8:53 am

WOW 7000 watts, I wouldn’t wanna be anywhere near that
if it blew, KABOOM!
Seriously though, It is very nice to know that you folks are continuing the great tradition of the Hall in making the presentation as fabulous as it can be.

Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 10, 2010 at 7:51 am

Thanks RCDTJ we can always cont on you to keep us up to date on these matters. Explain please new gels and focus on second projector.

Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 10, 2010 at 7:48 am

Whatever…I am an old geezer who very much enjoys the trips down memory lane those posts provide.

Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 10, 2010 at 6:49 am

Tinseltoes,I love your posts and anytime I have a corresponding original newspaper ad I will post it.
Pleae keep em coming

Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 10, 2010 at 5:23 am

Well it is a bit early perhaps they could offer those shows in December. 3-D interlock working alright I guess?

Vito commented about Loew's State Theatre on Nov 10, 2010 at 5:20 am

I was thinking the same thing Bill,talk about gross exaggeration

Vito commented about Loew's State Theatre on Nov 10, 2010 at 4:28 am

Nov 10th, On this date in 1953 the second picture releaesd in CinemaScope opened simultaneouly at the State and Globe.
I belive HTMAM was actually the first movie filmed in Scope but Zanuck in his wisdom decided to release “The Robe” first to introduce the miracle you see without glasses.

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Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 10, 2010 at 4:17 am

Nothing has been written about the Christmas show which opened last week Anyone know of any changes from last year or any info on the show at all.

Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Oct 19, 2010 at 9:59 am

To go along with Tinseltoes post on “White Christmas” here is the original newspaper ad.

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Vito commented about 1959's "House on Haunted Hill" returns to nearly 500 theaters on October 28 on Oct 19, 2010 at 5:06 am

Only one way to see that movie, in a movie palace on a big screen in 35mm presented with Emergo. I mean come on, how much fun was that when it was first released.

Vito commented about Hazlet 12 on Oct 12, 2010 at 5:44 am

Hello Vince nice hearing from you. I still get chills thinking about that 50 cent day it was quite an experience. The people just kept coming and coming and…well you know. We ran out of everything in the stand impossible to have any sort of order on the lines of people waiting for the next show. But funny thing is as crazy as it was I had fun. I was just happy our employees showed up the next day after what they went thru the night before. I was not sure even the managers would come back, but happily everyone did.
The theatre has changed dramatically now under Regal some for the better and some for the worse.

Mike I don’t think Hollywood had anything to do with Hazlet not using union operators it was just a sign of the times with management taking over the booths. I do not approve of front of the house staff running the booth, but as with National it won’t be long before the booth is 100% digital which requires computer skills rather than projection.
But the good news is they now this week they have a new GM an excellent theatre man who will be very good for Hazlet.

Vito commented about Hawaii Cinerama on Oct 8, 2010 at 4:54 am

I was chief of projection and sound for both Consolidated and Royal theatres during the eighties. When the movie “AC/DC Let There Be Rock” opened at the Cinerama in 1980 the studio arranged for a special sound system be installed. At the time we were still running the original Cinerama system which was an eight track channel system that did not provide the kind of power the studio wanted for the movie. My only complaint was that it was a mono system which surprised me but that is what they wanted. Opening night we received many complaints from our neighbors because the sound was so loud it could be heard all over King Street and was disturbing, we had to turn it down a notch. But my goodness did the Cinerama ever rock.

The Marina at the time had what I considered to be the best sound system on the Island, it originally had a very simple mono system but later we installed Dolby in both auditions with a sound system developed and designed by a fella by the name of Joe Schmidt. Joe was a very talented sound man who did one heck of a job at the Marina. New amps, speakers and Dolby processors were installed and the sound was magnificent. Later when we had a move over of “A Star is Born” from Waikiki #3 we installed a four track magnetic system for the engagement.

I have to mention that Oahu had many excellent sounding theatres thanks to the talents of Joe Schmidt and Wesley Inouye who were my sound techs, a couple of very talented sound people who knew their way around theater sound. Joe is retired now I believe Wesley still works for Consolidated. There were a few very dedicated people like Joe and Wesley along with another very talented projection technician by the name of Scott Bosch. Those three individuals made Hawaii theatres look and sound as well as any theatre could. I owe a lot of thanks for their help in making our theatres look and sound as good as they did during my time in Hawaii.

Vito commented about St. George Theatre on Sep 17, 2010 at 10:39 am

DVDs so I am not interested.

Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 4, 2010 at 7:29 am

“Song Without End” played RCMH in four track magnetic sound

Vito commented about The End of Theatrical Moviegoing? on Aug 15, 2010 at 3:29 am

I found that story ridicules, for one thing, as mentioned here, their have been many threats to our industry from TV to pay for view bla bla bla. The bottom line is people need to get out of the house they will always go to theaters and not sit at home especially our biggest demographic of younger folks.
Film may be all but dead but movie theatres…never.

Vito commented about 3-D boom going bust? on Aug 7, 2010 at 6:14 am

The same thing that happened in the 50s with 3-D two projector interlock and later in the 60s with split frame single projector 3-D The public got tired of it, and as it happened back then projection problems are taking it’s toll. In my day we had problems with
the 3-D interlocks and the 3-D glasses people hated to wear, but today it seems worse, with the digital 3-D many of the problems occur when the media is playing. The server will freeze up stopping the feature and it has to be rebooted. That takes from 5 to 20 minutes. Sometimes you have to reboot it 3-4 times. Of course this happens with 2-D movies as well and as you can imagine is very irritating to the patrons Ah progress, ya gotta love it.

Vito commented about Gables Theatre on Jul 31, 2010 at 5:34 am

rvd I just saw your post regarding Prudentional and the theatre’s neglect. It was, as you probably know, a fact that the company spent little to no money on those theatres. I was so happy when UA took many of them over and began fixing them up. The booths were one of the first thongs to get attention with upgraes and improvements in projection thanks of course to the one and only Joe Kelly.

Vito commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 22, 2010 at 11:39 am

Gotcha Bill, if only we could convince them to do that.
Would be nice to see the theatre run with all the bells and Whistles. See….I didn’t say curtains :)

Vito commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

I promise this is the last comment I will make about the curtains.
With all due respect to Al who has contributed so much to our forum and whose opinions I respect, the fact that they don’t use the curtains for fear of breakdowns is difficult to understand. In the 50+ years I spent in theatrical exhibition I worked in theatres with every possible type of curtain imaginable and NEVER heard of the kinds of things I read here about the problems they have at the Ziegfeld. I know enough about curtain riggings to know that the problem they are having are completely fixable. There is no excuse to not, other than their reluctance to spend the money, correct the situation. I also understand the need to leave the curtains open so that slides which generate revenue can be shown during intermission. However that should not keep them from doing a delux start by simply closing the curtains a minute before ShowTime and then starting the show properly. It would be nice to se the curtains close at the end of the movie as well and then during intermission reopen them to show the slides. A win win wouldn’t you say

Vito commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 22, 2010 at 8:38 am

The Ziegfeld has IATSE local 306 union projectionists, as to why management does not demand use of the curtains is a bit of a mystery to me as well. The theatre does have a history of having problems with the curtains malfunctioning, perhaps that is part of it. But why don’t they just get the darn things fixed. It’s a new world and people just are not all that interested in “putting on a show” as we did in our day, I have just resolved myself to accepting that. No more curtains no more showmanship and for that matter no more film. I know there are quite a few showmen still left in California who go the extra mile to present movies properly but here in New York, not so much. One of the folks who run the Ziegfeld, a heck of a nice guy does comment here from time to time and I think his heart is in the right place on theses matters but seems perhaps to have his hands tied at times.

Vito commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 21, 2010 at 8:43 am

Jon if you haven’t already, scroll up to read many posts on that subject. We have beat that horse to death here and many agree with your position on this. No one more than I
It is truly a lost art in the projecton of movies

Vito commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 21, 2010 at 4:54 am

Indeed that is a beautifully executed curtain falling with the music to ad to the joy of it. I am glad Simon reminded us and hope all you curtain lovers out there who have not done so do your self a favor and watch “The Great Ziegfeld” if for no other reason but to watch that wonderful curtain desend. I promise it will make you smile