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HiClassicProjectionistYou must mean either Dan Traweek or Tim McClanahan. Yes,I knew both Ben Osuna and his Father. Also know Fred Zimmerman. Was Chuck Steger Manager when you worked there?
Gonzalo Martinez Jr.,I knew your father for a lot of years. He was a Union Brother and I was proud to call him my friend.
We shall continue to be patient… :)
Much of The Vista success is owed to Manager Fred McSpadden.
Mr Mac, as he was affectionately known. He was the best.
Ennis, You are correct.
Kent Peterson, You last posted here in 2004. As knowledgeable as you seem to be, I’m wondering if you are related to Carl Peterson; once owner of a service and supply business in Salt Lake. When I last heard of him, he was Director of Projection Engineering for Pacific Theaters. I knew him from projectionist days at Catalina in Tucson.
Mike, Was Calhoun DI owned by Martin any time?
The Wink was a VERY nice theatre.
My second home for almost thirty years was indeed torn down. I stayed
far away during the demo. A sixplex was built on the site by Darth
Grabinski. It now sits empty and has been purchased by The University
of Arizona. Many, many big pictures played here exclusive. “Sound Of
Music” for almost a year.
El Dorado was first theater in Tucson 70mm equipped. First 70mm
film was “Gone With The Wind”.
Manager: Edward Congelli, Assistant: Linda Wallace
Projectionist: Frank Lauerman
The Buena Vista did have 70mm projection capability…at least according to trade reports and projector manufacturer ads. As well, Dolby installation records show a CP100 was installed in the late 1970s.
posted by Michael Coate on May 7, 2010 at 7:49am
I was projectionist at BV and installed projection equipment in BV I
and BV II. No 70mm. Maybe you are thinking of El Dorado around corner and up the street.
BV I and BV II: Simplex XL 35 projectors
El Dorado: Century 35/70 projectors
Altec tube amplifiers
Dolby CP 100
Re: “Star Wars”
Wish I owned 10% of that “Overrated and it Sucks”
What a dumb thing to say.
Kirk,70mm projectors were never installed in BV.
In DC with my high school senior class in 1953, we saw “Down Among The Sheltering Palms” with Mitzi Gaynor and William Lundigan. Stage show was The Andrews Sisters.
Michael, Are you sure the opening attraction was not “A Man For All
Worked at Strand, Cobb, Bell, Martin DriveIn and Fair Oaks DriveIn.
1954-1955. City Manager was James Zimmerman. Nice booth in Strand.