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Michael C will have a nervous breakdown with that comment……
Well, ‘no comments’ is the biggest comment. I guess nobody really cares…
Next to go is one of the last of very few (perhaps 39), Dimension 150 theaters ever built, Century Pleasant Hill. Some local school girl realized the potential loss, then gave up, as we all lamented the loss of our theater history.
Lament, lament, yawn, yawn…….
This on the day Robert Wise Died, perhaps he isn’t our only loss.
Same 70mm print used for the entire run.
posted by Dick on Jun 19, 2005 at 1:22pm
Wow. I think it was there a bit longer, but bet some Film-Tech buddies would luv to know that professionally run films lasted
a bit longer than what they do now……but then, what would I know.
I found somewhere else that the Cooper screen was 105 feet along the curve. Having seen a Super Panavision presentation of 2001 in the 1970’s, does anyone know what the actual presentation size of the movie was? It was a single projector presentation, ? Todd-AO projector. Just wondering if it was larger than anything the Mann Southtown presented when it was single screen; which at about the same time advertised itself as the largest screen in the upper midwest. maybe taller. thanks
There is a pix of the downtown Mann in the book Show Houses: Twin Cities Style by Kirk J. Besse. ISBN 1-883141-02-8. I just bought a second hand copy off Amazon.
The photo is on page 118. It shows Ted Mann in front of the theater where The Sound Of Music is showing in its second year.
Here is what I found on line about the Downtown Mann, originally, and (Yeah!) the now restored Pantages Theater! A success story, congrats to Minneapolis!!
Link below includes photos and also info about two other great theaters they have saved, the Orpheum and the State.
And Century owns the Dome in Pleasant Hill, which puts it in a precarious position. Seems that the old Dimension 150 theater is worth preserving, I still go there to see movies even though the staff is oblivious to the majic of the place, ie, they never use the curtains any more, (when I asked the Asst Mgr he didn’t even know if they worked!) and the big screen is just used as any billboard on the highway. Shame, shame………
Phantom at the Coronet!! I’m driving 40 miles to see it as it should be seen. Can’t wait!!
Saw Funny Girl there as a member of a farming town choir ‘reward’.
Recall the curtains were very gilded; the screen was big and leaned back, as I guess the projector was upstairs.
It was all very close; unlike the Sound of Music at the Down town Mann; or anything I saw later in the big houses.
this place was no improvement to ‘theaters’;
gawd awful, can’t believe it is still open.
Saw ‘Godspell’ there in the ‘70’s.
A palace; should never go down..
And this is ignoring the greatest ad for the Catholic Church;
Opened/Played there in the ‘70’s, and had us all running to Confession!
That was a better trip than Alien….
And speaking of memories, I saw the opening of
there; on a date, no less. It scared me into bed! (But it was the ‘70’s!!)
The introduction to me LOUD MOVIES!!!!!!!!!! Some things have only gotten worse.
I always have fond memories of this place; it signaled to me, coming from rural Western Minnesota, that I had arrived to the ‘Twin Cities’. (Coming in on ‘494’)
My cousin, who lived in Richfield, said it was the only Theater her husband would go to; it did have Rocker Seats that were made of metal,unlike the plastic of today!!
Where did they go??????
Plus, unlike the Plexes of now, it had Curtains; must have been thousands of pounds of them!! They alternated maroon, red, and other colors. And the Screen was huge…….Saw Solyent Green there in 70mm………..
Also, Star Wars,; I recall the Marquee which wrapped around the building, had all the lights going, and the reviewer from the small local rag, said we would all be enveloped in Star Wars merchandise; dolls, etc.
Well, he was right, and I remember when the screen opened, everyone in the theater cheered and clapped…..
What a Great Time!!