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I actually met Cary Grant at this theatre when he was touring with his one-man show “An Evening With Cary Grant” in 1985 six months before he died.
I remember the floor sloping up towards the screen at the Festival rather than down towards the screen as in most theatres. Do I remember this correctly?
I attended the first showing of “Boccaccio ‘70” in 1962, which was the innaugural attraction at Cinema 1. I was struck by the odd screen which was recessed in a white shadowbox. Black straps were lowered to mask the screen for standard or wide screen showings. Stanley Kubrick later complained that the white walls around the screen caused a reflective glare and he ordered them painted black before he would allow “A Clockwork Orange” to open there in 1971. Also, the theatre was unique in it’s advertising displays which used a three dimensional window (much like a department store) rather than a poster.