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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!
“Moving Seats?!” Sensurround returns!
Hurrah for the Grand Lake supporting the General Strike!
I knew I should have applied for my passport this year!
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!
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.
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!”
Are the seats covered in genuine Corinthian leather? (Sorry about that!)
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!
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.
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!
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.
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…
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!
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!