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Dave, The theater next to the Fox was built in 1959 and opened with the roadshow of Ben Hur. It was named the Music Box from the get go.
No stage to speak of. Just enough room for the screen and speakers and a couple of feet in front of the curtain.
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The Tower theatre was located across the street from the bowling alley.
Some interiors are at the theatres website. http://www.99w.com/
The Criterion.com pages show the release date of Mad World as January 21, 2014. The set will contain 4K transfers of both the general release version and a reconstructed 197 minute version.
I remember watching the Bowery Boys films at the Lyric theater in Cleveland when I was very young. I loved them then. Warner Archives now has 36 of the films available on 3 vols. and a 4th one coming. This will make all the Bowery films available on DVD. Well, how else should I spend my money?
I updated the Google street view to show the correct location.
I worked at the Mack in the early to mid 1960s. No ghosts at that time :)
2 trailers are all any theater should run. After that it makes people angry. We came for the feature, not a bunch of advertising.
I saw many films there when Cineplex Odeon ran it. The projection was always the best in town. The auditoriums were deeply ramped much like today’s stadium seating and there were never any heads in the way. This was one sweet house at the time.
I don’t believe that this building was demolished. It looks like the back side was opened up to allow RVs to enter what now is the service area.
The theater on Barbur operated for only a few years. It was built on the hill side, so when you entered you were at balcony level and had to go down stairs to the main level. Unfortunately the way the building was built it did not meet fire codes for the exits and eventually the fire department made them shut down. The building was demolished shortly thereafter. I don’t remember the exact name of the theater.
retrorussell, This site generally will list theaters by the last name the operated under. The Portland Paramount can be found under Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and the Beaverton Drive-in is probably listed as the Canyon Drive in. That said, this listing for the Beaver should really be listed as the Film Fair.
I can’t speak for This is Cinerama re-issue however I did see 2001 Space Odyssey and the screen was noticeably smaller than the 3 strip films. I ask the manager about it and he said it was to reduce picture distortion. To me it did not feel like Cinerama anymore.
I was projectionist back when Ben-Hur was first released. After the roadshow ended, the theater I work at ran the film on 35mm. The wide image of Camera65 was letterboxed into the 2.35 frame so no picture information was lost. Sounds like the 4K digital is doing the same thing.
During the 80s a local theater company named “Storefront” used the theater for live plays and musicals. “Vaudeville Returns” was one of their stage shows. Their shows were always very professionally produced.
I started working for Tom Moyer’s Luxury theaters in 1968 and the Family was part of their operation at that time. After it closed, a megaplex was built on the site.
The bio part of the film was awful and Mel Ferrer was laughable, but the music was some of MGM’s best. Just my opinion.
I attended this theater when I was in the Navy. I was there in the fall on 1964. The interior was nothing great, but it had a very large wide screen. Great presentations of CinemaScope films.
Gary, since I’m in southern Cal and you’re in Cleveland, I’ll withdraw my comment about the Google photo. Sorry about the confusion I’m sure you are correct.
It was the Riverside Theater not the West Park that was demolished for the drug store. The Google picture above is correct. Look at that photo and then compare the building in the link above. Same building.
I’m in Portland on vacation and drove past the Clinton. Glad to say that it looked well maintained, at least on the outside. And yes, Rocky Horror is still playing.
Excuse me for being uneducated, but what is RPX? Thanks.
This would be the same block that now hold the Empire 20, which is currently closed.