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Coate commented about Eastwood Theatre on Apr 12, 2015 at 3:52 am

Does anyone know what the “Y” and the “W” stood for in Y&W Management (the company that operated the Eastwood)?

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Coate commented about North Star Cinema on Apr 7, 2015 at 2:26 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the North Star Mall. With a reserved-seat run of 82 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

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Coate commented about Fox Theatre on Apr 7, 2015 at 2:25 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Fox. With a reserved-seat run of 116 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of ten runs in the United States and at least 24 globally that ran the movie continuously into a third year.

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Coate commented about (New) Nixon Theatre on Apr 7, 2015 at 2:24 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Nixon. With a reserved-seat run of 106 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of ten runs in the United States and at least 24 globally that ran the movie continuously into a third year.

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Coate commented about Dundee Theater on Apr 7, 2015 at 2:23 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Dundee. With a reserved-seat run of 118 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of ten runs in the United States and at least 24 globally that ran the movie continuously into a third year.

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Coate commented about Tower Theater on Apr 7, 2015 at 2:23 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Tower. With a reserved-seat run of 82 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

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Coate commented about Riverview Theatre on Apr 7, 2015 at 2:21 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Riverview. With a reserved-seat run of 115 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of ten runs in the United States and at least 24 globally that ran the movie continuously into a third year.

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Coate commented about Paramount Theatre on Apr 7, 2015 at 2:19 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Paramount. With a reserved-seat run of 79 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

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Coate commented about Rialto Theatre on Apr 7, 2015 at 2:17 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Rialto. With a reserved-seat run of 64 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of more than 70 engagements in North America that ran the movie longer than one year.

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Coate commented about Sun-Ray Cinema on Apr 7, 2015 at 2:10 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the 5 Points. With a reserved-seat run of 31 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

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Coate commented about Capri Theatre on Apr 7, 2015 at 2:08 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Capri. With a reserved-seat run of 113 weeks, it’s surely the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of ten runs in the United States and at least 24 globally that ran the movie continuously into a third year.

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Coate commented about Northland Cinema on Apr 7, 2015 at 2:05 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at Northland. With a reserved-seat run of 84 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of more than 70 engagements in North America that ran the movie longer than one year.

“The Sound of Music” also was the second of two consecutive long-running Julie Andrews movies to play this venue during 1965-66. That two-year period must’ve been bliss or hell for local moviegoers depending on whether or not they were a fan of Julie!

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Coate commented about Dabel Cinema on Apr 7, 2015 at 1:58 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Dabel. With a reserved-seat run of 105 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of ten runs in the United States and at least 24 globally that ran the movie continuously into a third year.

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Coate commented about Palace Theater on Apr 7, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Nick… I’m pleased to see others mentioning the 50th anniversary of “The Sound of Music” given that film’s popularity and the fact it holds the long-run record in many (most?) of the theaters in which it played. That’s trivia to some, of course, but to me it’s essential information for a website such as this one that seeks to document the history of movie theaters.

You may have noticed during March I had been mentioning on the relevant pages here an “It premiered fifty years ago today” for the theaters in which “The Sound of Music” opened during its first couple of weeks. But a lack of subsequent comments suggested few were interested in such information and so I skipped the bookings for the last week of March. (Or maybe it was the article plugs that readers found off-putting?) Anyway, maybe now I’ll resume with the April 7th bookings (other than Tampa’s Palace since you just mentioned it).

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Coate commented about Belle Meade Theatre on Apr 7, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Any Nashvillers recall what the Belle Meade’s Christmas 1980 booking was? (“Flash Gordon”? “Popeye”? “Nine to Five”? Other?)

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Coate commented about Capitol Theatre on Mar 30, 2015 at 11:31 am

bigjoe59… How ‘bout you comment on my previous reply before moving on to new questions?! Sheesh. Granted, I don’t think I actually asked any questions in my last reply, but you’d think something in there would’ve prompted a reply of some kind. At least maybe a “thanks for the info” or a new question based on something stated. Whatever.

As for your (sigh) new questions… I can’t comment on your souvenir program or intermission request. Someone else will have to chime in. As for the NYC roadshow theaters you cited, I’d say the list for such bookings during your time-frame was more than double the number you have.

It doesn’t matter to me whether you’re compiling information for a to-be-published project or if you’re just curious. Several folks here, myself included, enjoy the discussions and exchange of information, but at times your requests come off like you’re expecting others to do all of the labor (research). Anyone else feel this way, or am I misinterpreting?

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Coate commented about Capitol Theatre on Mar 28, 2015 at 11:06 am

bigjoe59…

Regarding Kim R. Holston’s “Movie Roadshows” book, I’ve read much of it but not every single entry. Overall I think it’s pretty good even though I spotted quite a number of errors. I think it’ll appeal more to readers unfamiliar or less familiar with roadshows than to those coming to the book with knowledge of the subject, as those already familiar will more easily spot errors or questionable claims which could be a distraction to the reading experience and lessens the book’s value as worthy reference material.

“The Trojan Women” isn’t Holston’s only omission. As well, he has some titles listed in the “Anomalies” section that, in my opinion, should’ve been placed in the main part of the book. He also backed himself into a corner by including a few titles that were not true roadshows and were actually reserved-performance engagements rather than specifically reserved-seat engagements. This is why I mentioned in my previous comment how the book could’ve been extended beyond 1972 [sic] since he had (inadvertently) included a couple of titles that would’ve been better off in the anomalies section.

There is another recently published roadshow book: Matthew Kennedy’s “Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s.” As well, in 1998, Widescreen Review magazine published in one of their special edition issues a lengthy article on roadshows, which included titles not mentioned in Holston’s (and, naturally, its share of questionable claims), but nevertheless essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the subject.

I doubt Holston could give us any playdate info on “Gypsy.” If he had any he would’ve surely included it. Personally, I think he is under the mistaken impression “Gypsy” was a roadshow simply because of the presence of an overture on the album.

I’ve interview Holston a couple of times, by the way, the most recent being for the 50th anniversary of “The Sound of Music,” which can be read here. FYI: the article is a four-pager (two pages devoted to a historian Q&A and another two devoted to the film’s roadshow exhibition history). I hope you and any others with an interest in the subject will enjoy it.

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Coate commented about Arlington Park Square 8 on Mar 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

All good points, Stan. As well, I’d like to see a time & date stamp for the intro/overview for page creation and any subsequent updates.

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Coate commented about Michael Todd Theatre on Mar 28, 2015 at 10:55 am

JRS40… Forty weeks for “Ben-Hur”? Maybe I have a wrong opening or closing date or did the math incorrectly, but I have a much longer duration than 40 weeks for the Michael Todd roadshow run of “Ben-Hur.”

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Coate commented about Caruth Plaza Cinema on Mar 28, 2015 at 10:52 am

dallasmovietheaters… What start date do you have for this theater’s 70mm engagement of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”? I ask because most of the 70mm prints of that title were late from the lab and the theaters that played a 70 did so after opening their booking with a 35mm print or by way of a later-in-run moveover booking. Houston, by the way, ran “Raiders” in 70mm (too) first-run at the Windsor, so Dallas didn’t have a Southwest exclusive of the 70mm version.

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Coate commented about Egyptian Theatre on Mar 25, 2015 at 11:02 am

Yeah, Flix70, the Egyptian has screenings nearly every night so you’d think there would be more comments on this page. Anyway, I’m pleased you enjoyed the “1941” article. No Spielberg at the event (unless he was in disguise). The Q&A included actors Tim Matheson, Nancy Allen, Dianne Kay, Bobby Di Cicco, Susan Backlinie, and Jordan Cohen, plus co-screenwriter Bob Gale, producer Buzz Feitshans, miniature supervisor Greg Jein, second assistant director Chris Soldo, and stuntperson Leslie Hoffman. Mike Matessino hosted.

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Coate commented about Egyptian Theatre on Mar 24, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Flix70 wrote: “So no one was at the ‘1941’ screening this past Sunday?”

I attended. It was great to see “1941” with an audience that seemed to appreciate it. It was pretty trippy to experience the movie in a theater on Hollywood Blvd. since so much of it takes place there. :–) And the Q&A was enjoyable.

And on a related note for those who might have an interest, here’s a link to an article I recently wrote in preparation for the “1941” screening.

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Coate commented about Warwick Cinema on Mar 24, 2015 at 10:40 am

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Warwick Cinema. With a reserved-seat run of 86 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

Also, on a related note, I would like to mention my new 50th anniversary retrospective for “The Sound of Music” can be read here. It includes a film historian Q&A and a list of the film’s roadshow engagements. I hope fans of the movie and/or theater buffs enjoy the article.

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Coate commented about Pantages Theater on Mar 24, 2015 at 10:37 am

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Mann. With a reserved-seat run of 95 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

Also, on a related note, I would like to mention my new 50th anniversary retrospective for “The Sound of Music” can be read here. It includes a film historian Q&A and a list of the film’s roadshow engagements. I hope fans of the movie and/or theater buffs enjoy the article.

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Coate commented about Strand Theatre on Mar 24, 2015 at 10:35 am

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Strand. With a reserved-seat run of 97 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

Also, on a related note, I would like to mention my new 50th anniversary retrospective for “The Sound of Music” can be read here. It includes a film historian Q&A and a list of the film’s roadshow engagements. I hope fans of the movie and/or theater buffs enjoy the article.