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ctrwd commented about REMEMBERING CINERAMA (Part 53: San Jose) on May 27, 2014 at 3:55 am

Regarding whether D-150 theatres could show other widescreen movies on the full screen by 1973, the answer is YES. The Cinema 150 in Santa Clara (now demolished) showed both “This Is Cinerama” (70mm version advertised as Cinerama) and “The Sound of Music” (advertised as Todd-AO) in September of 1973. I saw them both, and they were projected full screen.

ctrwd commented about Tacoma Mall Twin Theatre on Mar 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm

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ctrwd commented about Ambassador Theatre on May 18, 2010 at 4:40 am

I can state the the Ambassador was not a Cinerama theatre, because I was there at the time that “Grimm” and “West” would have been shown in that process. I had to go to Charlotte, which was the only venue in the state to have Cinerama capability.

ctrwd commented about Fox Theatre on Mar 24, 2010 at 11:41 am

The Wurlitzer slave console is still there (located on the side between some of the columns), and is in use. To see a video of it being played, go to
. The lobby Moller is also played frequently, also by John Lauter. The Detroit Fox is the only theatre in the US with its original slave and lobby organ installations intact and playable.

ctrwd commented about Terrace Theatres at Friendly Center on Oct 31, 2009 at 9:36 am

The opening of the Terrace spelled doom for the downtown National Theatre on Elm Street. At the time, Wilby-Kincey operated ALL of the indoor theatres in Greensboro, and was apparently under a court order to divest itself of at least one of them when the Terrace opened. So they chose to close the National, the oldest of the group. No other operators came forward to take over its operation, so it was demolished within two years of the opening of the Terrace.

ctrwd commented about Happy 50th, "Sleeping Beauty" on Oct 31, 2009 at 9:28 am

Sleeping Beauty was reissued in 70mm sometime in the 1980s, because that’s the way I saw it at the Northpoint Theatre in San Francisco. At least, that’s the way it was advertised. I didn’t crash the projection booth to verify that. I went early enough to catch two showings consecutively, as I knew that would probably be the last chance of ever seeing it that way.

ctrwd commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part VII) on Jul 19, 2009 at 10:21 am

“Custer of the West” never played in Cinerama in Atlanta. When I attended that Atlanta premiere of “Krakatoa” (not a formal event) at the Georgia Cinerama, someone apparently forgot to open the dowser, and the film started with sound only (a big explosion). For a while we thought that it might have been a prelude, until we heard voices on the soundtrack. After about 2 minutes, the picture came up. The Georgia Cinerama (originally Martin’s Georgia Cinerama) was the only Cinerama house I know of which didn’t hide the Cinerama screen behind a curtain between shows, apparently aniticipating today’s multiplex practice of bare screens. This usurped the surprise of seeing such a big image when the movie started. It also allowed one to see the louvered screen (not solid), and someone must have touched some of them, causing some misalignment, which another viewer told me he thought resembled paint peeling. The Georgia opened on April 14, 1965.

Martin’s Cinerama had many names, in order: Erlanger, Tower, Martin’s Cinerama, Columbia, and finally Atlanta. It had two balconies, the upper one being sealed off by a false ceiling when Cinerama was installed.

ctrwd commented about Georgia Twin on Aug 31, 2007 at 7:15 am

I’m not sure from StanMalone’s lengthy May 15, 2007 article which movie played where, but here’s what I remember:
GEORGIA Cinerama: Mediterranean Holiday, Hallelujah Trail, Battle of the Bulge, Russian Adventure, Grand Prix, Krakatoa.
MARTIN’S Cinerama: 2001, Patton, This Is Cinerama (reissue). After it became the Atlanta, they presented a two-week sequence of 2001 & 2010, both projected on the Cinerama screen. Although 2010 was a 35mm print, it looked OK on the big screen.

ctrwd commented about Largest active theater on Aug 23, 2007 at 4:46 am

Both the Detroit Fox and the St. Louis Fox also run summer films, and they’re both larger than the Atlanta Fox (virtually the same size and design).

ctrwd commented about Earl Smith Strand Theatre on Apr 29, 2007 at 5:14 pm

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ctrwd commented about East Point Theatre on Jan 17, 2007 at 1:40 am

The East Point was bought by Joe Patten when it appeared that the Fox Theatre in downtown Atlanta was doomed. He redecorated it in Spanish style, and painted the ceiling blue in preparation for the installation of twinkling stars like the Fox. The stars were never installed due to the expense of such a project. He obtained a Moller theatre organ and had the console installed on a lift; the lift however did not descend enough for the console to completely go below floor level. The theatre was to have been a venue for the 1978 ATOS Convention in Atlanta, but the organ could not be brought up to playable condition in time. As it was, a bunch of us ATOS Atlanta Chapter members gave the theatre a good cleaning for a non-event, and the concerts scheduled there were moved to the Fox, which by then had a secure future. The organ and furnishings were removed and sold before the building came down.

ctrwd commented about Center Theatre on Jan 16, 2007 at 3:20 am

The Imperial Theatre was an ornate movie palace with appointments as good as those of the still-standing Carolina Theatre. In 1949 it was gutted, and the south half of the space became the Center Theatre. The Center is rather plain. Without checking to see if they were dimmable, fluorescent fixtures were installed on the walls. When the house lights were dimmed, these fixtures flickered erratically until finally doused. When you’re in the Center today, imagine what it would be like if it was twice as wide, and you’ll have a good idea of how big the Imperial was.