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CaptVonKrapp commented about Century 21 on Aug 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I remember when the Clash of the Titans sign was “defaced;” I think the guys who did that also got to the sign when Pennies From Heaven was showing there!

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CaptVonKrapp commented about 4-D movies: Next big thing for U.S. theaters? on Jul 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

“Moving Seats?!” Sensurround returns!

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CaptVonKrapp commented about Grand Lake Theatre on Nov 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Hurrah for the Grand Lake supporting the General Strike!

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CaptVonKrapp commented about Exclusive one month engagement of "2001" in Toronto on Dec 18, 2010 at 9:47 am

I knew I should have applied for my passport this year!

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CaptVonKrapp commented about Fox Theater on Dec 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I love that 1975 ad! Funny Lady, French Connection II and Rooster Cogburn—I guess I shouldn’t complain too much the next time I look up what’s showing at the local multi-plex!

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CaptVonKrapp commented about Sing-along "Sound of Music" to play 498 theaters on October 19 & 26 on Oct 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I took my sons to see the picture last Tuesday—it was a little too long for the seven-year-old (an intermission would have helped a lot,) but the nine-year-old thought it was great, especially the part at the end when the family was escaping from the (hiss) Nazis, but he also really enjoyed the singing. Daddy liked it too; the Captain being about the coolest single father I’ve seen in either TV or the movies (now if only I can get one of those whistles, some uniforms for the kids and a hot aristocrat girlfriend…) My only other complaint would be that it was shown on a “school night,” not the best time for a family film. Other than that, it was great to see TSOM in a real theater, with a real audience to hiss the villians and cheer the heroes, and to share a real movie-going experience with my children.

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CaptVonKrapp commented about 3-D boom going bust? on Aug 7, 2010 at 8:24 am

D-Box is “seats that rumble?” I guess 3-D isn’t the only gimmick making a comeback-I remember when rumbling seats were called “Sensurround!”

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CaptVonKrapp commented about Ricardo Montalban Theater on Jul 23, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Are the seats covered in genuine Corinthian leather? (Sorry about that!)

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CaptVonKrapp commented about Critic thinks movie intermissions should be revived on Apr 25, 2010 at 11:55 pm

The last movie with an intermission that I remember was the director’s cut of “Das Boot,” sometime back in the 90’s. It was the only time I ever saw a line outside the men’s room in all my years of movie-going!

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CaptVonKrapp commented about Price increases for 3-D movies in effect today on Mar 29, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I took my two young sons to see “How To Train Your Dragon” in
3-D just yesterday, paid $34.00 for three tickets (plus $14.00 for popcorn and drinks and a shipload of TV commercials before the previews, so I think the theater owners are finding a way to take care of themselves,) and got a movie that put me to sleep in about 20 minutes. The kids liked it, but the whole experience left me in a really foul mood. The next time I take the kids to the movies, I’m sticking to good old 2-D so I can sleep more cheaply.

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CaptVonKrapp commented about UA The Movies at Blossom Hill 4 on Feb 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I remember going to this place to see “Doctor Zhivago” back in the early 80’s and only having to pay just one buck to enjoy a real epic in a real theater (okay, it was a small one, with a scratchy print and tinny sound, but it was still a theater.) What a deal!

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CaptVonKrapp commented about "Apocalypse Now" 30th Anniversary on Oct 2, 2009 at 12:17 am

I saw Apocalypse Now at the Century 21 in San Jose on its opening day there. (I also remember being impressed by the $5.00 it took to buy a ticket, too.) The strongest memory I have of the experience was that at the end of the movie,the sound of the curtains closing over the screen and the air conditioning were the only things audible in a packed theater—the entire audience was amazed by what it had just seen.

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CaptVonKrapp commented about 40 Years of 2001: A Space Odyssey! on Jul 21, 2009 at 11:12 pm

I saw “2001” at the Southland Mall’s twin theater in Hayward, CA, back in 1981 and paid the lordly sum of $2.00 (a bargain even then,) to see it. Even in plain old 35mm it knocked the socks off the then teenaged me and I regret that I’ve never had the chance to see it in a real theater again.
Remembering this got me thinking that I saw a lot of really cool movies on their second or third or whatever runs at the local theaters back in those days, such as “Annie Hall,” “Harold and Maude,” “Dr. Zhivago,” and “Blazing Saddles,” to name just a few, and all for the same $2.00 (or $1.50.) Of course, it all stopped not too long after that, when every corner sprouted a Video shop. Funny thing is, today there are more screens than ever, thanks to the multi-plexes, but now the only choice left is whether to see “Transformers” at 1:15 or 1:20 or 1:30…

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CaptVonKrapp commented about Sierra Madre Playhouse on Jul 18, 2009 at 8:40 pm

I read once that a L.A. TV host used to hold annual screenings of “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” at this theater where his fans would show up and shout along with Alfonso Bedoya when he did the “Badges? Badges?!” bit!

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CaptVonKrapp commented about Mexico Theatre on Jul 14, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Hey! The “Mexican Movies!” I worked a block up Santa Clara Street in the late 80’s-early 90’s and, although I never saw a movie there, my supervisor was a regular-the funny thing was that he was a middle-aged English Canadian who didn’t speak a word of Spanish! Still, every Friday night, after staying late to close the books for the week, he would call his wife and tell her that he would be home late that night and then he would head down the street for the latest shoot-em-up or (mild) T & A comedy at the “Mexican Movies,” as he called them. On Mondays, I would hear all about the latest feature, as well as his misadventures as the only Gringo in the place! Thanks, Cinema Treasures-I’ve just discovered this site and it’s brought back loads of great memories!