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I understand that former owneres Clear Channel turned Live Nation sold this theater to The MAMA Group www.mamagroup.www.m
for thirteen million pounds.
here’s links to a couple of those:
Castro in San Francisco:
Michigan theater in Ann Arbor:
MANY MANY MANY movies are available in 35 mm including many that you mention.
movie chain Clearview’s Chelsea 9 in New York City shows mainstream & arthouse films,
and was recently rated by a magazine as New York City’s best movie theater! (and that’s without stadium seating) Classics:
The Colonial in Phoenixville, PA, is a nonprofit single screener that shows arthouse films, has a Sunday afternoon classic program, and an annual Blob festival (as the Blob was filmed there in that town):
directly to the theater’s website
Nonprofit 3 screener that specializes in arthouse films, AFI Silver Spring, Maryland, /theaters/456/
with many classic films:
William, I hope you’ve seen that your very much appreciated architectural & design info has been incorporated into the text at the Ziegfeld description. Again, good research!
The Ziegfeld is splendid enough to be easily worth $11. I resent paying prices like that for small auditoriums with small screens in megaplexes, but not for the Ziegfeld! And, the Ziegfeld staff including those taking the tickets, try extra hard to welcome you.
As to the curtain, sounds like the main one is broken, but I’d guess it will be repaired no later than the next film premiere.
When I go to LA, I want to see movies in the flagship screens like the Cinerama Dome so I haven’t seen a movie in one of the smaller auditoriums in that megaplex. I hear the quality is very, very good. When I poked my head in a few for a few seconds, they looked like any other megaplex auditorium- not like the main Dome auditorium which is huge and special.
Warren, thanks for the very interesting information as to the Ziegfeld’s origins! I would also bet Clearview is leasing, not owning.
I posted something on the Odeon West End page some time ago. I’ve read on the Internet that Odeon West End to be demolished for a hotel. Cinema preservationists suggested they’d like to keep the facade, but I haven’t read that has been determined yet.
Thanks for finding that wonderful photo of the dazzling marquee (your first ecoustics link above).
As to utube, I hope more people can film (and post on utube or somewhere) vintage movie theater auditoriums while they are still here. The Odeon West End is slated for replacement, and I’d love to see a short film of the 2 auditoriums & the foyer section with the photos of people throughout the years who have visited.
I found in the past, sometimes there’s a substitute projectionist who doesn’t use curtain. I would anticipate that the management might respect the curtain, because they would use it for movie premieres & they know regular audience attends because they like the Ziegfeld as a flagship house. For sure, they got plenty of feedback regarding the classics.
I recall when visiting with Theatre Historical Society of America in 2003, being told that it was used for film festivals. I’m not sure if 35 mm projectors are in the booth, or need be rented.
when Ziegfeld doesn’t have an exclusive, they don’t seem to have crowds, at least not during weekend afternoons, and they sure don’t sell out! they need all the audience they can get.
There are patrons like myself who will travel to the Ziegfeld partly because it gives a more traditional presentation such as the curtain closing! If ticket buyers like the curtain, please ask the staff to reinstate it! (assuming it wasn’t one projectionist, or temp broken). Remind them there’s plenty of modern stadium seated auditoriums around if they don’t want to go that extra step.
When I saw La Vie En Rose a month ago, which is still playing, the Paris leaflet stated Coming Soon: Close Encounters of the Third Kind-30th Anniv engagement- 2 WEEKS ONLY!, and Youth Without Youth, Francis Ford Coppola’s first film in ten years, an extraordinary love story wrapped in a grand mystery.
Below posted on another theater page about this theater (in reply to a comment about the other theater) I hope Steve doesn’t mind my copying it here, as screen sizes are often important to moviegoers:
Theatre 1 there is 50-feet wide with theatres 10 and 11 coming in at 40 feet or thereabouts. Theatres 5 and 6 are the next largest and I don’t recall them hitting 40 feet but they might….yes I helped install that one and serviced it for the first couple of years.
posted by Steve Guttag on Jul 23, 2007 at 3:39am
1950 photo, exterior:
The Grand auditorium sits 360+.
This seems to be an ad for leasing space in this one:
photo of lobby:
Photo of grand lobby:
Opened by Crown, later acquired by Bow Tie.
The 35 feet wide estimate is consistent with my memories of filmgoing there 1985 to 1987.
Auditorium which I photographed in 2004 by which time the curtain wasn’t being used:
another view of the exterior from 2004 (same visit as the photo that I posted above)
Steve, by now you must think I’m hallucinating exteriors and curtains. However, I’ve not actually been to the Fairfax Square, so I didn’t realize there isn’t an exterior. I am, however, thinking about the Fine Arts curtain….where I did see movies.
Regal’s press release stated the theater takes up 63,000 square feet, and one side of the mall. There are 2600 total seats, with 12 auditoriums of 209 seats and two of 300 seats (which would total more so some auditoriums might be smaller). There are 3 hallways of theaters, with the larger theaters along the center hallway. One projectionist can operate all 14 auditoriums. The concession stand has 10 cashier stations. A party room flanks the entrance.
The Washington Post online site states the following:
“Its two largest houses seat 479 and have screens that are 64.5 feet wide and 35 feet tall. The smallest houses seat 177. The theater is THX certified, and auditoriums have SRD and Sony Dynamic Digital Sound….”
Photo from inside the mall: