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In response to P.K. “Budd” Ballard’s comment of November 27th, 2016, I believe he’s confusing “The Sound of Music” with another long-run musical roadshow since the Tampa Bay region roadshow run of “The Sound of Music” was at the Palace in Tampa and its first general release run in St. Petersburg was held at the State. Perhaps he’s thinking of “My Fair Lady” which had a long run at the Center?
Anyone recall which big summer 1978 movie played here at the Cooper? “Grease”? “Jaws 2”? “Heaven Can Wait”? Other?
It was at this venue 50 years ago today that “Gone With The Wind” had its (infamous) 70mm re-release re-premiere.
This article on “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” should put to rest any questions about whether or not the movie was shown here in 70mm.
The MacArthur run of “Amadeus,” just for the sake of clarity, was later on in that film’s (long) release. DC first run was at K-B Cinema. See “Amadeus”: The 70mm Engagements article.
There’s no way SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT played at Twin Bays for 27 weeks (unless perhaps you’re combining the duration of first run and some return runs)! As the author of a retrospective article on that movie — Still East Bound and Down: Remembering Smokey and the Bandit On Its 40th Anniversary — I can relay my findings that the BANDIT run at Twin Bays was 8 weeks (May 27-July 21). Now, there were some six-month runs but not in Tampa. The longest Tampa run was the Eastlake Square’s run of 16 weeks (May 27-Sep 15).
moviebuff82: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” did play here in 70mm but it didn’t open until the second wave of its release cycle in mid December, 1977. (The first wave consisting of NY and LA exclusives opened in mid November.)
In what year was this theater twinned?
The overview mentions: “United Artists triplexed the theatre in the 1980’s, and an independent operator converted it into a quad.” Does anyone have a more specific timeframe for when these screen-count renovations took place?
When was the Grand Lake converted to a 4-plex? (I believe it occurred some time between 1982 and 1986. Can anyone confirm?)
Article: AMC Backs Off Plan To Replace Uptown Theater Sign On Historic D.C. Theater
EmpressDR: It’s highly doubtful you saw “The Empire Strikes Back” at the Hyatt in May 1980 since it is very well documented that “Empire” opened during that timeframe exclusively at the Northpoint in San Francisco (plus one theater in Santa Clara County and one in Marin County). Everyone else in the Bay Area had to wait at least a month before the movie’s release broadened.
New Showcase Presentations in Honolulu article includes mention of the numerous 70mm presentations here and at other Honolulu cinemas.
New Showcase Presentations in Honolulu article includes mention of the numerous Cinerama and 70mm presentations here and at other Honolulu cinemas.
New Showcase Presentations in Honolulu article includes mention of the numerous 70mm and roadshow presentations here and at other Honolulu cinemas.
New Showcase Presentations in Nashville article includes mention of the numerous Cinerama, 70mm and roadshow presentations here and at other Nashville area cinemas.
New Showcase Presentations in Nashville article includes mention of the numerous 70mm and roadshow presentations here and at other Nashville area cinemas.
Was Loews Park Central the Dallas venue in which the Spring 1989 Director’s Cut re-release of “Lawrence of Arabia” played?
Was the Medallion the Dallas venue in which the Spring 1989 Director’s Cut re-release of “Lawrence of Arabia” played?
According to a Dolby Labs document dated May 30th, 1977, the Dolby installations in Texas as of that date were, in installation order: (1) Medallion, Dallas; (2) American Star, El Paso; (3) Salem, Victoria; and (4) Garden Oaks, Houston.
According to a Dolby Labs document dated Aug. 9th, 1977, the Dolby installations in Texas as of that date were, in alphabetical theater name order: (1) American Star, El Paso; (2) Century South, San Antonio; (3) Garden Oaks, Houston; (4) Laurel, San Antonio; (5) Manor East, Bryan; (6) Medallion, Dallas; (7) Northwest, San Antonio; (8) Salem, Victoria.
Mark Brack: I wasn’t referring to Dallas. As a “Star Wars” enthusiast and movie technology historian, I’m well aware the Northpark installed a Dolby unit after you did. If you’re curious/interested, all of the country’s Dolby engagements of “Star Wars” are identified in my historical retrospective article (the Manor East is listed on Page 3 of the article).
Anyway, I have copies of Dolby install records from that era and your theater first turns up in them in July (1977), the same month in which your “Star Wars” run commenced. Before any theaters ordered a Dolby unit for “Star Wars” there had already been numerous installs made months earlier for other Dolby releases (such as “A Star is Born”). Therefore, if you guys had your unit months before the “Star Wars” run, then why wouldn’t your theater turn up sooner in the Dolby install documents?
I suspect what is more likely is your theater was the 8th Dolby install in Texas.
Does anyone remember if Disney’s “Tron” played here in summer 1982 and/or during its autumn ‘82 re-release?