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The exterior still looks like Ken Roe’s photo linked above in 2003. The name of the movie is placed in marquee letters on the sign board. The theater’s name continues as UA East on the exterior of the theater, which is the basement of the residential building. After tickets are purchased at the ticket booth, there are stairs and an escalator to this basement theater.
The UA East auditorium sits 240 people with very comfortable LUXURY SEATS upholstered with gray fabric and extremely generous legroom. Vertical strips of red and blue fabric are the decoration on the side and back walls. Speakers are on the blue fabric. Support columns are on the left facing the movie screen, but don’t interfere with the excellent sightlines. The auditorium’s basic configuration resembles that of Clearview’s 62nd & Broadway. A red curtain is in front of the movie screen, but not used as slides are shown before the feature presentation. AMC & Clearview have switched to a digital preshow, but UA still uses slides? The MOVIE SCREEN IS DECENTLY LARGE, in this theater I’d estimate at 25 to 30 feet wide for the scope film. DIGITAL SURROUND SOUND is excellent here. Overall, the movie presentation in this auditorium was very good.
Fresh popcorn was being made as I entered for the 2 PM presentation of the scope movie “In the Valley of Elah.” The “small” popcorn was way too big, and costs too much at $5.50. The small soda costs too much at $4.50. A sign outside announces that outside food, beverages and ice cream are not allowed in the theater. Why does the sign add “ice cream” as that is already in the food category?
Though the movie has been shown for a few weeks, it had reasonably good attendance at the matinee, Saturday’s 1st show. The theater likely has excellent attendance on weekend evenings and if rent isn’t too high, would still be profitable.
Does United Artists or Regal still operate any other single screen theaters in the US?
Blade Runner: The Final Cut on the marquee
Crowds last night? Today? Any use of the curtain before the film last night or today? Loud enough? There is surround sound for this film, right? Overall impression of this film at the Ziegfeld?
The interior of the restaurant in original lobby is described here, with tiny photos:
recent photos of gorgeous ceiling of auditorium:
Set of exterior 2007 photos including close up of Ticket Booth:
Close-up of exterior neon:
Close-up of marquee:
Marquee lit up at night:
Thanks. Did the Ziegfeld use the curtain before the pre-show today or not used at all?
In 2002, I saw a movie at the Toronto Uptown balcony screen. Lamb designed movie palace, but sadly demolished.
Can somebody please point out tonight to the Ziegfeld staff that Blade Runner isn’t a musical (let’s forget for a second whatever they were thinking about that), but a MACHO SCIENCE FICTION FLICK and the audience wants it reasonably loud?
I’d like to know, because I’m not going to travel from Philly this weekend if low volume so people are walking out.
Or perhaps people attending disagree and are finding it loud enough?
Bill, Thanks! Love the text.
Ah, here’s on in the London Science Museum, so they are ok to be added here. Maybe sometime soon, I will add it.
Ok, report on how the digital presentation looks on the huge Ziegfeld screen.
Scan & link the ad?
More people will buy as a result of the ad. However, in my experience only nationally advertized classics tend draw huge sold out gatherings in movie theaters as large as the Ziegfeld.
Can somebody TONIGHT report on the print, including picture & sound (and that curtain used before movie), how many attend, and whether any long line? I’m considering this for perhaps tommorrow.
I’m curious as to what the website leaders will reply. Since they may not realize what it is, I will clarify that the Franklin Institute is a downtown science museum, and very famous locally. The IMAX often shows science docus, not just commercial movie blockbusters.
I don’t know if all IMAX theaters will qualify to be included on this site.
(1) Somebody might want to ask the AFI if 35 or 70 mm print of Spartacus was shown. I hope there’s still a good 70 mm print available.
(2) People bought tickets and were looking forward to seeing it, but weren’t shown The Shawshank Redemption? Why didn’t they just borrow one of the celebrities from another auditorium to give an introduction?
Regardless, sounds like a great event.
from AMC website-
No. of Seats
1 SRD-EX 39 599
2 SRD-EX 126
3 SRD-EX 111
4 SRD-EX 72
5 SRD-EX 109
6 SRD-EX 142
9-25-07 San Mateo County Times article:
MENLO PARK â€" An ambitious plan to restore the Park Theater hinges on a last-ditch effort by Andy Duncan, the main proponent, to coax Menlo Park city officials into giving him a loan or joining him in a public-private partnership.
Duncan submitted a formal proposal to City Manager Glen Rojas on Thursday. Because of escalating restoration costs and the fact that a market-based solution to revamping the theater isn’t workable, Duncan has offered the city two options: Lend him $500,000 at 5 percent for 25 years or buy the land and lease it to him for 55 years.
At $2.2 million, the second option is far more expensive for the taxpayer, but it would give the city ownership of an important historical resource, Duncan said.
“My goal is to save the theater,” Duncan said.
Duncan plans to take out the chairs temporarily and layer the sloped floor with a dance floor so he can move his mother’s dance company, the Menlo Park Dance Academy, into the theater. Under fire from some residents for seeking the subsidy, Duncan has repeatedly claimed that the dance academy is not trying to make more money.
Another facet of his plan is getting the theater on the state and national registries of historical landmarks, a designation that comes with a 20 percent federal tax break on construction costs. Duncan hired architect Mike Garavaglia, who specializes in historic buildings, to assess the theater’s historical merit. Garavaglia has repeatedly said the theater meets the state and federal criteria.
But Duncan took a blow two weeks ago when Gilbert Workman, who chairs the Menlo Park Historical Association, told him his board unanimously agreed the theater does not meet historical criteria.
Since he announced his plans in January, Duncan said the project’s cost has risen from $1.3 million to $2 million. The total cost, which includes purchase of the land from Atherton resident Howard Crittenden, amounts to roughly $4.2 million, he said.
Reaction from the City Council has been cautious and mixed. Councilman John Boyle had not read the new proposal, but has said in the past he would like a stronger market approach. Vice Mayor Andy Cohen and Councilman Heyward Robinson said they are digesting the proposal.
Mayor Kelly Fergusson is the strongest proponent of restoration, but was cautious about endorsing Duncan’s proposal right away.
“I think it’s innovative,” Fergusson said. “That’s why a public-private partnership like this merits consideration.”
All the members agree, however, that the single-screen theater, built in 1947, should be restored to its original state. But how to get there has been the major question.
“The details are a little fuzzy,” Robinson said, referring to the recent proposal. “We need staff to take a look at it.”
Under the lease agreement, Duncan would commit to restoring the theater and paying the city $800,000 in rent up front for the first 25 years. After that, Duncan, or whoever is operating the dance academy, would pay roughly $70,000 per year. The city would have numerous opportunities to buy him out, as well.
The Menlo Park City Council will discuss Duncan’s proposal at its Oct. 2 meeting, 7 p.m. in council chambers at 701 Laurel St.
Sketch of exterior:
scroll down for photo of Ceiling of auditorium:
Photo of modernist urinals in Cinema Sao Jorge
exterior photos here. Looks enormous!
Photo as Hard Rock Cafe:
I saw Broken Arrow in 1996. Then: vertical curtain (goes up & down). 2 balconies.
2007 exterior photo:
A friend of mine recently saw movie there, maybe as part of a film festival. In 1996, I saw a movie in the large upstairs auditorium.
Buy the Boyd and put in millions more to re-equip it so it can showcase Cinerama? Pigs will fly and cows will circle the Moon first. Cinerama hasn’t even returned to NYC.
In 1996, I saw Mission Impossible in the huge auditorium with the huge screen lowering in front of the proscenium. This was a showing when the movie was new, and in English. The place was packed. The French rushed in for seats. I ended up at the top of the balcony, but it didn’t matter. The auditorium is one of the best anywhere to see a movie.
Website about it!
Auditorium- Now that’s a movie theater!
Unfortunately the links no longer work to Ed’s fantastic interior photos.
Here are others,
Set of 2005 interior photos:
2006 Grand Lobby:
Sept 2007 exterior detail:
I agree with the new post, except insofar as studios will release the films if the profit in some way rather than being nice to classic film fans.
And, since arthouses and commercial moviehouses nationwide do show classics, I’m sure arrangements will be made NOW even if they go digital. Indeed, Roadshow’s assertions as to costs sound so high that even new movies might not be able to go out nationwide on the formula he suggests.
Ed, the movies that studios send into movie theaters are what’s keeping movie theaters alive! If those classics could sell better, they’d be in the theaters. So few people went to see the nationally reissued The Godfather in 1997, that The Godfather Part II wasn’t reissued. People had seen The Godfather on TV & didn’t jump at the chance to see it again in the theaters. (I did, and saw it again at the Ziegfeld last year).
I’m not saying the classics can’t ever play, but I am saying that in general, movie theater distribution follows the market.
Also, don’t expect temporary huge screens to be constructed for Cinerama. I’m not sure how digital classic cost structures will be worked out, but the costs and other logistics of construction of huge screens would possibly be pretty high indeed.