Comments from Coate

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Coate commented about Barstow Cinema 1 & 2 on May 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

“Twinned in the early-1980’s”

This theater was twinned several years before the early 1980s.

Coate commented about Carmike Cardinal Cinemas I-II-III on May 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm

ctwrenn… The first-run booking of STAR WARS (1977) in Fayetteville was at the Cross Creek Mall Cinema I-II-III.

Coate commented about Barlen Drive-In on May 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm

This drive-in was located in Lenwood, not Barstow.

Coate commented about Plaza Twin Theatre on May 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm


Coate commented about Plaza Twin Theatre on May 17, 2012 at 7:39 am

When did this become a twin?

Coate commented about Showcase Cinema de Lux Ridge Hill on May 17, 2012 at 7:32 am

“Showcase Cinemas opened this theatre on May 18, 2011.” — Contributed by Chuck

Showcase Cinemas is a brand. The company that opened this theater was National Amusements.

Also, as I write this the Related Website link is incorrect.

Coate commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 19: Boston) on May 13, 2012 at 9:00 am

dick… No correction is needed. If you read closely what I wrote you’ll see that what I claimed was the Boston Theater was Cinerama installation #10 and that St. Louis was the 10th market to show Cinerama. The first theater in St. Louis to show Cinerama (Ambassador) was installation #11. The theater and market numbers do not correspond because by the time Boston and St. Louis started showing Cinerama, one market (New York) had two Cinerama installations.

Coate commented about Century Drive-In on May 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm

dick… Those drive-ins in Cincinnati and Albany ran WINDJAMMER, so, technically, they showed CineMiracle rather than Cinerama.

Coate commented about Vista Theatre on May 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm

dick… the 8th Street Marketplace and the Egyptian have/had 70mm presentation capability.

Coate commented about Tower Mall Cinema 2 on May 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm

From intro: “Open from at least 1985 to 1990 and was located in the Tower Mall, named for the water tower on the property. It was the first and only in Portsmouth. It was a barbell shaped, one level mall that opened in 1973…”

This theater opened several years before 1985. I’m not sure if the theater opened at the same time as the mall’s grand opening, but the theater definitely was open by 1978.

Coate commented about Uptown Theater on May 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Yes, lesbrown0, “Star Wars” played 55 weeks in total, beginning its run on May 25, 1977, and being replaced by “Grease” on June 16, 1978.

Coate commented about National Twin on May 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

blittlefield: “I opened the Cypress Village in 1969 which was the last single screen theatre built by National General.”

National General built at least one other single-screener after Cypress Village: the National in Los Angeles, which opened in March of 1970.

Coate commented about Newmarket Mall 4 Theatres on May 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

From intro: “It was here that “Star Wars” played for about two years.” <<<

“Star Wars” did NOT play here for two years.

Coate commented about Cloverleaf Mall Cinemas (#1) on Apr 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

Also, isn’t the proper name Cloverleaf, rather than, simply, Clover?

Coate commented about Cloverleaf Mall Cinemas (#1) on Apr 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

From the intro: “On March 31, 1982 Cineplex Odeon opened an 8-screen cinema (Clover Mall Cinemas #2) in a seperate building” <<<

Cineplex-Odeon did not exist in 1982, so either you have cited the wrong company or wrong year. (Cineplex and Canadian Odeon both existed then but had not yet merged. And I do not believe Cineplex operated any theaters in the United States as of spring ‘82. Their first opened in the summer of '82, and it wasn’t this one.)

Coate commented about iPic Westwood on Mar 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

silver, Cliffs, Howard, Chas, etc.:

A few years ago I compiled a comprehensive listing of everything that played in the Avco’s large auditorium. The list included plenty of detail ideal for an introductory write-up (opening date, transition date of conversion to 4-plex, longest-running engagements, info on presentation types, etc.). I’m not surprised my list is being overlooked since it is buried on Page 6 of this theater’s comments.

I think I liked the site better when comments all appeared on the same page. And in just checking my 2008 comment that included the list, I see the formatting got all screwed up in the transition from the old site to the new site. New-and-improved website, my ass!)

Coate commented about Brothers Grimm Cinerama news on Feb 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

CSWalczak’s comment of Feb. 6 implies the Denver entry in my Cinerama series does not mention the World Press Preview of “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm” and that my release date info conflicts with other sources. The fact is details of that World Press Preview were included. It’s mentioned in the Trivia section near the end of the article.

Coate commented about Picwood Theatre on Nov 28, 2011 at 8:10 am

BobSe: Why are you repeating me??? Just two comments before you I had stated the Picwood showed “E.T.” after the Cinerama Dome and that it ran 22 weeks. If you were agreeing with me, then say so. Otherwise, please pay attention.

Coate commented about Picwood Theatre on Nov 27, 2011 at 6:52 pm

FWIW…The Picwood’s run of “E.T.” began July 16, 1982, which was the film’s sixth week of release. The Cinerama Dome played it as a Los Angeles (city and county) exclusive for its first five weeks of release. The Picwood’s engagement ran, I believe, for 22 weeks.

Coate commented about North Park Theatre on Nov 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm

70mm Presentations in San Diego

Coate commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Nov 21, 2011 at 11:53 am

“Rocky” opened its world premiere engagement here (Cinema II) thirty-five years ago today.

Cinema II had an NYC area exclusive on “Rocky” for the first three weeks of its release.

Coate commented about UA Cinema 150 on Nov 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Rivoli157/POMOVIE2: “Hello, Dolly!” opened at the UA Cinema 150 on March 26, 1970.

Coate commented about Springs 3 Theatre on Nov 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

“A number of published sources I’ve seen, including Douglas Gomery’s 1992 book “Shared Pleasures: A History of Movie Presentation in the United States” say that Henry Plitt sold his theater circuit to Cineplex Odeon in 1985, not 1987.”

The sale was made in 1985, but the name change didn’t take effect until later. Some of the theaters involved in the sale kept using the Plitt name as late as 1988.

Coate commented about Bellair Cinema I & II on Oct 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm

“Went under the AMC banner in 1983.”

The correct year when AMC took over operations was 1982.

Coate commented about Loew's State Theatre on Oct 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

What’s with all the commotion, Tinseltoes, over the “Ben-Hur” link? I posted the link on this page in my Oct. 8th comment. As well, the link is permanently positioned in the right margin of this page under “News About This Theater.”