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You might like to review the art deco MACK THEATRE (adjoining a large hotel) in downtown McMinnville, Oregon, situated to the west, about 25 miles, between the capitol Salem and Portland. Locals told me that owner “Gary” only opens the place on special occasions.
This is an “all American” clean and friendly town with very good tourism and most major stores!
Ian… you’re dead right mate… it’s not worth the effort after looking at the previous UGLY photos!
I totally agree with the above statements and my sentiments are with you… and “Yes”, those WERE the days… NOT any more!
Hey Mister small chain “Rude Boy” JDC…
Go tell your story to the owner of San Francisco’s fabulous Castro Theatre… they do exactly what I mentioned above and are still just about the most popular single screener in the bay area!
Thank God I don’t work for you.
Don’t you think that if our nation of struggling cinema owners were to cut back on the number of daily presentations -who needs noon-time or 11pm movies?, then operating expenses, and losses, would help ones bank account.
Multiplexes could further $ave a few more bucks by not running the film OR lamp if zero tickets are sold for that auditorium.
Further more, I truly believe that more patrons would attend if admission prices were to drop below the $10 + range. Also, who out there actually publicize that they offer “MILITARY DISCOUNT”?
Two more suggestions… One; CLOSE on the slowest day of the week: Mondays (?) and Two; TIMING is most important to those of us who do NOT have enough time to get home from work, feed the family, drive to the cinema, search for parking, get tickets and a ton of junk food and be seated in time for a screening at 7pm!!!
Please consider a 7.30pm show.
Hi Peter and Justin…
My nickname is “Mister Curtains”… and YES, curtains are all part of what show business is all about. Don’t you just love the old days when they used footlights and various colored spotlights on the curtains.
One of the most spectacular use of a singular curtain was in the 1936 (Best Film) “The GREAT ZIEGFELD”… This monster “Austrian” waterfall style drape opened and closed by wrapping itself around a towering circular revolving stage. And to add to the staggering grandeur were numerous props and fabulously dressed people. Please, do get the DVD just for this and other curtain scenes!!!
Hey buddy… pay for a newspaper advert or use Ebay
This wonderful volunteer website is for historical movie theater fans NOT “for-profit” retail merchants!
I’ll never understand WHY fans of CT bother wasting their time and money in multiplexes… sorry, I mean LITTLE BACK BOXES. They’re all alike with postage stamp size screens… and run by kids and CANDY MERCHANTS who have zero talent with regard show business.
I fully resent the “chains” constant bombardment of commercials and trashy movies coming sometime during the next decade.
Leave these cold and loud places to the little teenyboppers and their utter obsessions with their stupid and ridiculous texting.
Even more enjoyable at the Grand Lake is to enjoy the live music from the Wurlitzer pipe organ while looking around in wonderment at the magnificent decorations and beautiful curtains!!!
“bercy”… Your last two lines are well said and important! Here’s hoping $omeone, without delay, will take up the challenge and do just that.
Surely there is room for much of Joe’s fantastic models and props to be secured on display in one of the numerous L.A. Broadway theaters?.
In my fifty plus years of cinema and theater work, I have never met another person quite like Joseph Musil! He was THE most consummate professional in what ever he undertook and presentation was a major factor in his magnificent creations.
Joe was my next door neighbor and good friend of whom I learned more than I thought was ever possible. He very proudly told me “Hollywood was my playground. I grew up here with the world’s greatest collection of movie and theatrical palaces to visit.”
That gentle giant and I would often chat for ages over iced tea (with extra lemon) all about an era long gone but well remembered.
My fondest memory of Joe will be of the numerous visiting patrons during the THS conclave in 2005… We slaved, yes slaved to present “The Symphonic Cavalcade of Music, Lights and Curtains” for the audience. But the grand finale was, at the end of “The Great Ziegfeld” revolving stage & curtain scene, I raised the screen and Joe stepped forward with arms raised forward, beaming into the spotlight and, with three more sets of beautiful closing curtains behind him, softly announced “And Ladies and gentlemen, that’s Hollywood.”
AND NOW, DEAR JOE, YOU HAVE THE GREATEST THEATER IN THE SKY TO PLAY IN ALONG WITH SID GRAUMAN AND FLORENZ ZIEGFELD! HAPPY DAYS TO YOU JOE AND THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!
Thank you CWalczak and AlAlvarez for you fascinating information. Now I can speak with ‘authority’ to others regarding the demise of the cinema system we once knew… and loved… and miss terribly!
I know the multi-black shoe box-plexes have strangled the single screen houses but I still support the few remaining movie palaces here in Salem/Portland areas of Oregon!
Am I a twit or wasn’t just about everyone doing just fine, many years ago, until some bright “Yankee” spark got a bee in his head to have Congress kill the studio owned cinemas across the country?
To me, it seems that the big houses went into financial difficulty and had to be sold off or closed. Will someone PLEASE set this old former “Limey” showman straight. Ta very much!
Joseph Musil’s brother, Bob, has informed me that since Joe’s poor health and long hospitalization since March, The American Museum of Theatrical Design and Strand Theatre -also known as “The Salon of the Theatres” is regretfully now closed and, in due course, the museum’s contents are to be sold; model theaters, various props, beautiful curtains, lighting, numerous theater books and so on.
On a possibly brighter note, a proposed “FAREWELL TO THE STRAND-SALON” live stage show is in the planning stages. Readers of this may wish to add their names to a future reservations e-mail list at
Hello John M…
Thank you for asking about JOE MUSIL… My dear friend has been in a local hospital for over two months now. Joe is very ill and I’m really concerned about the future of his magnificent theatrical museum.
Please keep in touch with me:
The problem of lower sales is that the garbage factories in Hollywood are churning out boooooooooring flicks too darned fast and too often. I’m fed up with repeat plots, slam-bang explosions and dreary scripts from a bunch of scruffy looking unknowns.
And WHY do they announce the box office receipts in “dollars” and not “headcount?” Various cinemas, in different cities, charge different first run admission prices and I’m not including the Matinee’s, Seniors, Military, Handicapped and crying babies, etc.
It’s MORE interesting to know how many patrons went to a show!!!
I would imagine, and hope, that this cinema’s name sake was in attendance for the grand opening as well as offering financial assistance regarding future restoration… hmmm?
Ah yes, those WERE the days! Thanks Ken. This brought back many happy memories of English “Music Hall Variety” at the Grand Theatre in my childhood hometown of Southampton.
With no answers to my above question, I returned to look the place over and was pleased to see the Joy is OPAEN again but their info-to-know is under the same phone but under www.roxiecinema.com
I noted their programming is now a mixture of first run English speaking films with some “Bollywood” titles as well.
However, the adjacent next door eatery, which was accessible from the Joy’s lobby, is now vacant and been boarded up.
A neighbor told me the most recent manager was no longer there and he was devastated at loosing the job in a place he loved.
My many theater cronies know me as the “curtain freak” and I especially enjoy seeing them well used in old musicals.
One of the best use of many curtains is in “The Great Ziegfeld” starring William Powell, Best Picture 1936. One memorable scene features a humongous revolving stage with a circular, wrap around Austrian style curtain. This scene runs for about seven minutes and takes my breath away each and every time.
Hey “history fans”… This place MUST re-open with “CASABLANCA”.
And how about getting some of the “Hollywood look-a-likes” to be on hand for a grand opening; 1940’s costumes, old cars, French cops, German troops… HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU KID!!!
If greed for land and the ultimate decision to destroy the wonderful FOX THEATRE on Atlantic Ave (You really need to see Joseph Musil’s fabulous “Long Beach slide show) for another hotel, then I don’t thing the Atlantic Theatre has a chance in h***.
After leaving the US Navy in 1967, I drove the old Route 66 trip from San Francisco to Miami through Needles and stopped in for a movie.
The film title escapes my memory but the revoltingly hot non-air conditioned auditorium has not!
Such sad photographs of a once delightful cinema.
I do hope some artifacts were retrieved from the building before the “let’s-smash-it-down” team had their brief moment of glory!
Is that Portland, here in Oregon or the other Portland(s), such as Maine or elsewhere?
On an “up” note; For those of us who have forgotten what $500 (plus travel) looks like, why not screen the future TCM Festivals via satellite to (remaining) historic movie palaces across the country?
On a “down” note; I thought the introductory background settings we rather demure, if not boring, especially where most of the action was at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Mr. Osborne warranted the grand forecourt, lobby or a seat in Sid Grauman’s private box. Next year, perhaps???
Otherwise, my wife and I very much enjoyed most of the picture that were screened.