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StanMalone commented about Techwood Theatre on May 26, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Newspaper ad from August 1964 and a write up on the feature opening that day:

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StanMalone commented about Plaza Theatre on May 26, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Newspaper ad from August 1964 and a write up of the feature opening that day:

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StanMalone commented about Emory Theatre on May 26, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Newspaper ad from August 1964 and a write up on the feature opening that day:

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StanMalone commented about East Point Theatre on May 26, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Newspaper ad from August 1964 along with a write up about the feature opening that day:

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StanMalone commented about Atlantic Theatre on May 26, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Sorry, that is the wrong link. Try this one:

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StanMalone commented about Atlantic Theatre on May 26, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Newspaper ad from August 1964 along with a write up on the feature opening that day:

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StanMalone commented about Lenox Square Theatre on May 26, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Sorry: Here is the link that I forgot to post with the above comment:

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StanMalone commented about Lenox Square Theatre on May 26, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Write up on the United Artists release of “Its A Hard Days Night” along with the opening day ad. This moive was one of the very few UA releases not to open at the Lenox during the years of the UA / Lenox agreement. The article suggests a reason for this, and more importantly, has a picture of the Lenox Square ad for that day. Feature: “The Pink Panther.”

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StanMalone commented about Starlight Six Drive-In on May 26, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Newspaper ad from August 1964 with a write up for the feature playing on the North field:

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StanMalone commented about Scott Drive-In on May 26, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Newspaper ad from August 1964 with a write up on the feature for that night:

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StanMalone commented about Roosevelt Drive-In on May 26, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Newspaper ad from August 1964 with a write up on that nights feature:

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StanMalone commented about Northeast Expressway Drive-In on May 26, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Newspaper ad from August 1964 with a write up on that nights feature.

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StanMalone commented about Lithia Drive-In on May 26, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Newspaper ad from August 1964 with a write up on that nights feature.

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StanMalone commented about Glenwood Drive-In on May 26, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Newspaper ad from August 1964 with a write up on that nights feature, “Its a Hard Days Night.”

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StanMalone commented about Bankhead Drive-In on May 26, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Newspaper ad from 1964 with a write up on “A Hard Days Night.”

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StanMalone commented about Hilan Theatre on May 26, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Newspaper ad from 1964 with a nice write up of “A Hard Days Night.”

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StanMalone commented about Decatur Theatre on May 26, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Newspaper ad from 1964 along with a write up on “A Hard Days Night.”

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StanMalone commented about Cobb Center 6 on May 26, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Newspaper ad from 1964 and a nice write up on “A Hard Days Night.”

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StanMalone commented about Perimeter Mall Theatre on May 19, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Perimeter Mall was one of my favorite theatres. I see that Michael has beaten me to the punch, but I will put in my two cents as well. In the days when theatre work was a hobby as well as a living I would keep a list of what was playing at the various theatres I worked in regardless if I was working at that particular place that week or not.

My list is incomplete, but it shows that on July 1, 1977, the week after Star Wars opened, this location was still showing The Deep, Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo, and Sorcerer. So, it is certain that it did not open here. On July 29, the line up was The Deep, The Rescuers, and Sorcerer. The next week, August 5, it was March or Die, Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, and Rescuers. I do not recall Perimeter Mall, Northlake, or Akers Mill (which opened on 8/5/77) ever playing Star Wars. In 1980, Phipps Plaza got a four week 70MM exclusive on Empire, but I don’t recall any of the GCC theatres getting it when it went wide.

Don’t feel badly about this cineman. Several times I have posted comments on this site relating events that I recall as clearly as if they had taken place this morning, only to have Michael post a correction. The first couple of times I took the bait, but since then I have learned never to challenge him on anything regarding theatres in general or Star Wars in particular. The guy must live in the microfilm room at UCLA. Since we are probably about the same age, you will just have to accept the fact, as I have, that we sometimes remember things differently than we experienced them.

There is one thing that I do remember about this time that may have confused things. In an effort to cash in on the Star Wars phenomenon, someone packaged together a double feature of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon episodes and marketed them under the title Star Heroes using the same artwork style as the Star Wars title. I do not recall where these played, but someone was hoping that in those pre home video days that there would be some interest in the Star Wars type movies of old.

As for you R2, take another bow.

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StanMalone commented about Fox Theatre on May 12, 2009 at 6:58 pm

A past, present, and probably future projectionist at the Fox offers these comments on the recent Gone With The Wind screenings:

http://www.mikedurrett.com/

Scan down to the entries for May 7, May 1, and April 25, 2009.

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StanMalone commented about Roswell Town Centre on Apr 21, 2009 at 6:52 pm

A story on the local news stated that the entire Startime Entertainment Complex shut down Sunday evening. This means that the game room, sports bar, comedy club, soda fountain, go cart track, and both putt putt golf courses, as well as the 10 screen movie theatre are now closed. This is somewhat surprising since someone had recently poured a ton of money into the theatre to replace all of the seats and carpet and install stadium seating in the six larger auditoriums. While I never saw an overwhelming number of people at the theatre, the complex as a whole seemed to always have a lot of people around. The Comedy Club especially seemed to do well.

The news story was rather vague on this point, but it appears that the operator of the complex either left or was forced out recently and the place was being run by the mall itself. Some of the other stores there have going out of business sales and it looks as if the entire mall may close.

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StanMalone commented about Blue Marquee Theatre on Apr 14, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Thanks for that picture Chuck. It brings back a lot of memories. I would occasionally visit family in Lyons and was always interested in the town theatre although the only movie I recall seeing there was “Night of Dark Shadows” in the fall of 1971. There were probably others.

I think that the Pal was closed the last time I was in Lyons, which would have been in the mid 80’s. It was certainly closed in 1986 when your picture was taken. A new twin theatre had opened in nearby Vidalia, and although Lyons is the county seat, Vidalia was the larger city.

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StanMalone commented about Fox Theatre on Feb 17, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Film Schedule 2003-2009:

2003

Adventures of Ocee Nash
Chicago
Lord of the Rings / 2 Towers
Spirited Away
Lawrence of Arabia 70MM DTS (Last 70 to date)
Gangs of New York
Bringing Down The House
Rug Rats Go Wild
Gods and Generals
Wizard of Oz 1.85 matted to 1.33
Hairspray / Polyester
Phantom of the Opera Silent with Lee Irwin on the organ
Frida
Patriot
Funny Girl
Roman Holiday 1.33
Mighty Wind
Spy Kids
Hulk
Matrix Reloaded

2004

Stroke of Genius (Screening)
Metropolis (Silent with Organ)
Big Ain’t Bad
Master and Commander
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship / Return of the King
Cold Mountain
Gone With The Wind
Ben-Hur 35MM Dolby A
Passion of the Christ
Casablanca
My Fair Lady 35MM mono
Godfather
Raiders of the Lost Ark 35MM Dolby A
Titanic 35MM
Stroke of Genius
Shrek 2
Kill Bill 1 and 2
Van Helsing

2005

Doctor Zhivago 35MM Dolby A
Finding Neverland
Rebel Without A Cause / East of Eden 35MM Dolby A
Phantom of the Opera DTS
Aviator DTS
Robots DTS
Beauty Shop / Barber Shop DTS
Shinning SRD
West Side Story 35MM Dolby A
Sahara DTS
Sin City
Seat Filler
Batman Begins
Star Wars 3
Metal: A Headbangers Journey

2006

Crash
Walk The Line
Raiders of the Lost Ark 35MM Dolby A
Miracle Worker 1.33 mono
Narnia: (6/26/06 First Digital Presentation)
Brokeback Mountain
Coachella
Madea Family Reunion
Good, Bad, and Ugly
King Kong
V For Vendetta
Maltese Falcon / Key Largo 1.33
Pride and Prejudice
X Men: Last Stand
DaVinci Code
Cars (Digital)
Some Like It Hot Dolby A

2007

Sound Of Music 35MM Dolby A
Casino Royale (Digital)
An Affair To Remember mono
300 (Digital)
Pan’s Labyrinth
Saturday Night Fever Dolby A
Meet The Robinsons (Digital)
Wizard of Oz 1.85 matted to 1.33
Dreamgirls (Digital)
Departed
Spiderman 3 (Digital)
Shrek (Digital)
Pirates (Digital)

2008

Shine A Light (digital)
Horton Hears A Who (digital)
Atonement (digital)
Casablanca 1.33
No Country For Old Men (digital)
Enchanted (digital)
Ben-Hur 35MM Dolby A
Sex And The City (digital)
Ironman (digital)
Kung Fu Panda (digital)
Hancock (digital)
Mama Mia (digital)
Wall.E (digital)
Indiana Jones 4 (digital)

2009

Quantum of Solace (digital)
Bolt (digital)
Twilight (digital)
Cleopatra 35mm mono
Gone With The Wind

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StanMalone commented about Eastwood Mall Theatre on Jan 23, 2009 at 8:16 pm

To clarify my description of the picture in the above post, the theatre is in the lower left hand corner of the mall, not the picture itself. It is the small white building sticking out from the mall.

I have also noticed that some more pictures have been added. If you will click on the page 2 link and scroll about half way down, you will see a fine picture of the marquee, one of lobby and concession stand, and one of the auditorium.

The narrative states that the theatre opened on Christmas Day of 1964.

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StanMalone commented about Eastwood Mall Theatre on Jan 23, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I can supply a little information for this theatre as I attended it several times while growing up in Birmingham. Eastwood Mall was the first enclosed mall in Birmingham and was located at the extreme eastern edge of Birmingham on US 78 near the Starlight Drive In and the great Golden Rule BBQ.

It was opened by the Cobb Theatre company in the early 60’s, probably around 1964. Although not unusual compared to most other theatres of its era, it marked a major change in Birmingham movie theatre history. Until it opened, 95% of first run movies opened at one of the four major downtown theatres, the Alabama, Ritz, Melba, and Empire. Eastwood was the first suburban first run theatre, and the seating capacity was probably around 600. The style was definitely the 60’s living room look with draped auditorium walls and sofas and chairs in the lobby. The lobby was open air to the Mall itself and at night was secured by a wire gate. The box office was a desk like counter at the entrance to the lobby.

Among the movies I can remember seeing at Eastwood were Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, The Great Race, Khartoum, and The Battle of the Bulge. I am sure that there were others, and a look at that list shows that it booked a lot of prime movies. I remember Sound of Music and Battle of the Bulge were reserved seats. Business was so good here that Cobb soon opened a twin across the road in the new Village East Shopping Center. These were just a couple of ugly shoebox houses and perfect examples of the bland style of 1970’s era theatres. The Eastwood fell victim to the twinning plague that swept the country in those days and was split down the center in the mid 70’s.

As with so many of the early malls around the country, by the late 80’s Eastwood Mall found itself in a shabby state and far outclassed by the newer malls, Brookwood and Galleria. The mall was gutted and the wing that included the theatre was torn down and completely rebuilt, without a movie theatre presence.

The wonderful website, Birmingham Rewound, has a page on Eastwood Mall:
http://www.birminghamrewound.com/EastwoodMall/

View link Click on this link and scroll to the last picture for an overhead view. The theatre is in the lower left and the drive in is in the upper right.