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Coate commented about Syosset Triplex on Oct 14, 2016 at 10:02 am

Thank you, NYer.

May I ask another similar question? Do you (or any other CT members) know which movie followed the Syosset’s 1958 reserved-seat run of “Around the World in 80 Days”?

Coate commented about Goldman Theatre on Oct 5, 2016 at 2:42 pm

walterk…. The IMDb info on “Planet of the Apes” is NOT correct (or, at the very least, lacks context). The fact is “Apes” opened in at least two U.S. markets in the February/March ‘68 period. And while my research shows the film did open in at least a few markets during the week of April 3rd, most “keys” opened it after April 3rd. And, of course, the second- and third-tier markets opened it even later than that. And yes it would be nice if the person in question would chime back in and acknowledge the mistake, especially since they were dismissive of my correction claim.

Coate commented about Goldman Theatre on Oct 2, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Hopefully this “Planet of the Apes”/Goldman opening date incident will serve as a lesson for those naive or irresponsible enough to rely on the IMDb for such information.

Coate commented about Goldman Theatre on Sep 23, 2016 at 8:30 am

hdtv267…. Take it up with veyoung52, the Philly area resident who looked up the info on my behalf.

Coate commented about Goldman Theatre on Sep 20, 2016 at 10:11 am

hdtv267…. Advertisements in the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper.

Coate commented about AMC Orange Park 24 on Sep 20, 2016 at 10:00 am

From the intro attributed to Charles Hankinson: “In 1977, ‘Star Wars’ played [at Orange Park 5] for 32 weeks after playing for 27 weeks at the Kingsley Twin down the road!”

This article references the original Jacksonville “Star Wars” engagements but cites different duration figures than what was given in the theater intro above. The linked-to article cites only 13 weeks for the Orange Park moveover run and only 21 weeks for the Kingsley Twin run, plus the article cites other JAX runs at Plaza Twin and Northside Twin.

On a separate matter, I wonder if the Orange Park 5 and Orange Park 24 deserve separate pages here in the Cinema Treasures database? Was the 24 an expansion of the 5-plex, or was it an all-new build in a separate location?

Coate commented about Goldman Theatre on Sep 16, 2016 at 1:10 am

hdtv267… “Planet of the Apes” opened at the Goldman on April 24th, 1968.

Coate commented about Hellman Theatre on Sep 6, 2016 at 6:40 pm

^jkcooney…. Per a (re)check of the Albany area newspapers for the timeframe in question, the Hellman’s roadshow run of “West Side Story” was April 4th – June 12th (1962), which equates to 70 days (or 10 weeks), just as I cited in my 50th anniversary article.

Coate commented about Syosset Triplex on Sep 3, 2016 at 1:35 pm

Can anyone confirm if the Syosset’s Spring 1965 run of “Cheyenne Autumn” played all the way up to the late-June booking of “The Sound of Music,” or was there a booking(s) in between them?

Coate commented about Museum of the Moving Image on Sep 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm

Howard (et al.)… A clickable link would be appreciated when posting referrals to web articles. To do so, simply paste within parentheses the URL of the article and precede the parentheses with brackets containing the phrasing of your choice for the link so that it will be presented something like: “My article on the 70mm film festival.”

Coate commented about Uptown Theater on Sep 1, 2016 at 8:04 pm

Recently published: “Khartoum”: The Roadshow Engagements, which, of course, includes a mention of its run at the Uptown.

Coate commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 1, 2016 at 7:54 pm

FWIW, “Ryan’s Daughter” actually was a roadshow in some locales. In most major markets it was a reserved performance engagement (including the NYC run), but it played with reserved seating in markets in which it was booked into a Syufy theater (i.e. San Jose, Orange, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, etc.). And in Chicago the engagement at the Michael Todd switched to a reserved-seat policy a few weeks into the run.

Coate commented about 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces on Aug 31, 2016 at 10:23 am

Howard… Regarding your comment from October 15th, 2007, as the (co)author of the article you were referencing for the premiere details, I can state you misinterpreted the information about questioning if the Palace was the venue in which the roadshow engagements of “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (and the ‘69 “Ben-Hur” re-issue) played. The question mark was actually in reference to the theater ownership, which my co-author and I were unable to confirm at the time of putting together that “70mm in New York” article for the FSTDVD website.

Coate commented about Capitol Theatre on Aug 31, 2016 at 9:33 am

bigjoe59…. There were several other NYC theaters that played roadshows during the era you’re describing besides the ones you cited. I don’t have a complete listing, but just from the latter half of the 1960s and into the early 1970s, consider the following:

57th St. Lincoln Art (“The Lion in Winter”)
Columbia (“Young Winston”)
Coronet (“The Taming of the Shrew”)
Fine Arts (“The Charge of the Light Brigade”)
Ziegfeld (“Marooned”)

And if you wish to count modified roadshows (i.e. reserved performance engagements), then consider:

86th St. East (“The Great Waltz”)

Coate commented about Uptown Theater on Aug 31, 2016 at 9:23 am

Thanks, Howard. Your comment suggests my notes are incomplete on the matter of the 70mm festival (and the 1990s-era Uptown bookings). Those details were jotted down many years ago while researching for evidence of a screening of a 70mm print of “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” I came across them while pulling some notes recently for another project and thought readers might find them of interest. Anyway, I doubt “For the Boys” was a part of the fest, since it was a new movie getting its initial release that November (unless there was a pre-release screening that concluded the fest).

Coate commented about Sherwood Plaza Cinema I & II on Aug 25, 2016 at 10:45 am

There is a lot of confusion over the two similarly-named theaters in Stockton. Scott Neff is correct that this was a General Cinema location, whereas Joe Vogel appears to be conflating the details of the GCC and ABC/Plitt houses.

The best I can tell by going through my research notes compiled for various projects is that the venue located at 5757 Pacific was the one opened by General Cinema and later twinned. The one at 5308 Pacific (or 321 Yokuts depending on the source) was the single-screener opened by ABC and later run by Plitt. The key distinguishing detail is that the General Cinema venue included “Plaza” in the name (i.e. “Sherwood Plaza”) while the ABC/Plitt one didn’t (i.e. “Sherwood”).

So in summary, this page (43018) is for the GCC house. The other one was the ABC/Plitt house.

I think the Cinema Treasures editor should consider revising/updating the name of this venue to Sherwood Plaza Cinema I & II to ease up some of the confusion.

Coate commented about Tivoli Theatre on Aug 16, 2016 at 10:46 am

BrockKing13… Regarding your “Gone with the Wind” comment from July 15th, 2013, it would appear you’re confusing the original run with the film’s 1941 general release or a later re-release. While I was researching the original release of “GWTW” for this retrospective article I found the first run in Hamilton was actually at the Capitol in February 1940. And it was a roadshow (reserved seats) and so the cost of admission was more than the 35 cents you’re recalling (much closer to a dollar). It ran for two weeks followed by a one-week moveover run at the Savoy.

Coate commented about Marc Cinema on Aug 15, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Not to nitpick, but this theater opened June 20th, 1975 (not the 19th). The grand opening newspaper ad posted by rivest266 is from the June 19th, 1975, issue of the Green Bay newspaper, and it clearly includes a “premiere opening tomorrow” blurb.

Coate commented about Manor East 3 on Aug 10, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Mark Brack…. I’m intrigued by your claim that the Manor East was the 8th theater in the world to have a Dolby CP50 installed. What is your source of that figure? I ask because by the time “Star Wars” opened in Bryan in July of 1977, I estimate there were over 50 Dolby units in use nationwide. If the Dolby unit was installed at Manor East for “Star Wars,” then the timeline for it being installation #8 doesn’t seem to fit a plausible timeline.

Coate commented about Syosset Triplex on Jul 14, 2016 at 1:11 pm

What booking followed the spring/summer 1962 roadshow run of “West Side Story”?

Coate commented about Cinema 46 on Jul 13, 2016 at 3:44 pm

When were the second and third screens built?

Coate commented about UA Route 59 Theater on Jul 13, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Was the Route 59 ever twinned? (Contradictory info exists in the overview and comments.)

Coate commented about Wisconsin Avenue Cinemas on Jul 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Here’s the link to my recently-completed “T2” 25th anniversary retrospective article that’s related to my recent comments.

Coate commented about Wisconsin Avenue Cinemas on Jun 30, 2016 at 8:31 am

Local619… Sorry to drag this out, but your latest reply prompts more questions than it answers. Any chance you made (or can make) a copy of the ad and can email to me (michaelcoate[at]thedigitalbits[dot]com)or post it in the Photos section for this theater?

Coate commented about UA Westwood 4 on Jun 29, 2016 at 3:27 pm

During what year was the (unusual) transition from four to three screens?