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markp, will you be running the 70mm IMAX show of “2001” at this theater? If yes, congratulations. I’ll be there on 8/24 for my 79th theatrical viewing. It should be astounding.
The long cut also played at the Capitol for a couple of days. Kubrick shortened the film in New York City, in the basement of the MGM building, about 7 blocks from the Capitol.
I’ve seen photos of the Capitol screen when The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm played there in 3-strip, and I’m pretty sure it was the same screen on which I saw 2001 in 70mm Cinerama.
I was wondering a similar thing. When a 70mm blowup like Doctor Zhivago played the Capitol, did it fill the entire screen space the way 2001 in 70mm Cinerama did?
Mark: I hope it does go into Lincoln Square. It’s still at the Village East (6th week) which proves it does well in Manhattan.
Pete: I tried measuring the screen with my feet pressed together and walking the length of it at intermission, but I gave up because people were still in the theater and I probably looked like some kind of a nut up there. Your method sounds much better.
alpinedownhiller: Sorry I overestimated the screen size in #15. When I sat in the front row and the movie started, it reminded me of the same scale I experienced from the front row of the Ziegfeld, where I saw 2001 many times, but even bigger. The Ziegfeld had a 50' screen, but the screen at the Garden State is positioned closer to the front row. Without taking that into account, I jumped to the conclusion that it was bigger than the Ziegfeld.
But it was still a great show, and I have new respect for AMC for bringing the 70mm print to NJ. Wish I could go again.
Next screening for me (unless it pops up somewhere else in the area like the Garden State engagement did): 7/29 in Queens, NY.
They’d still do that during the movie. Imagine having to wait 90 minutes or more to check on your phone. :)
I wonder how many younger people (if any) attended one of the 2001 shows and if they knew what was going on when the intermission started?
An intermission makes a movie more of an event. It’s also good for bathroom breaks and concession sales.
I looked through the porthole at intermission and was surprised to see the projector still running. Was that blank film or leader going through the projector for about 15 minutes? I always thought everything was turned off during intermission.
I tried to find a way into the projection booth at intermission, but I only saw doors for storage closets. I could have thanked you personally! But I’ll thank you from here. That is so cool the way you’re carrying on your dad’s tradition. Where did he project 2001 50 years ago, and was it in Cinerama?
I went to the 7 PM show on Tuesday night. About 30 people in the audience. Don’t know if Mark was running this show, but as far as projection and sound go, both shows at the AMC Garden State rank in the top tier of my 77 total theatrical viewings. Only way to improve it: a bigger, more enthusiastic audience (I missed the way the NYC audiences laughed at many of HAL’s lines), and curtains.
An ad like this might be able to boost attendance. Still, it’s doing quite well for a movie that’s 50 years old.
Mark, your colleague on Sunday did a fine job on the lights as well. Too bad there were no curtains, but I’m just happy the movie played here at all, with absolutely no advertising that I was aware of.
I would estimate the screen size in AMC Garden State theater #15 in Paramus as 60 feet wide, which was the same size as the screen at the original Stanley Warner Route 4 down the road, which played 2001 many times. Lots of head turning was necessary from the front row, which is a good way to watch 2001. About 30 people were there for the 3:30 PM show on Sunday.
One nice thing: the exit music played out to the very end. That’s about 5 or 6 minutes, but it wasn’t cut off. I will probably be going back before the engagement ends.
I’m glad the show went so well. I saw The Bridge on the River Kwai here several years ago, in 35mm CinemaScope. The movie and the theater were both very impressive.
I would estimate the screen size in theater #15 as 60 feet wide, which was the same size as the screen at the original Stanley Warner Route 4, which played 2001 many times. Lots of head turning was necessary from the front row, which is a good way to watch 2001. About 30 people were there for the 3:30 PM show today.
Mark, thanks for that great compliment. By the way, I am going to see it today in Paramus. I’ve got to see it in as many different theaters as I can!
Thanks, NYer! Haven’t got too many anniversaries like this. Only other movie one is Star Wars (5/25/1977). I have a couple of album ones, like Sgt. Pepper’s (6/1/1967) and Led Zeppelin IV (11/8/1971).
You’re right. If I could, I’d take back everyone who ever posted on this Capitol Theatre page.
June 15, 1968, 1:30 PM: today is my personal 50th anniversary with “2001” and the Capitol. An incomparable movie/theater combination. Who’s got a time machine?
Ericeman: I’m going to the AMC Garden State 16 on Sunday and I’ll ask about the screen size. If nobody knows, I’ll give you my best estimate.
Mark, I’m sure your colleague will do just as good a job as you. It must be a projectionist’s dream to get your hands on a 70mm print.
The Union County Arts Center is a great place to see classic films. I saw The Bridge on the River Kwai there a few years ago.
For three out of the past four weeks, the highest grossing movie in the US based on per-screen average has been “2001”. If only Stanley were still alive to see this.