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Can’t be 1958 because the Graduate did not get released until 1967.
This theatre became the Boston Cinerama in 1953. Closed as a 3 screen Chinese theter. Still Standing. Front is a store and a subway entrance. Auditorium is still there. Could be renovated back to a theatre if you had about 40-50 million.
I know this is a little late but I just read some of the comments about 1st run & neighborhood. Here in Boston especially in the 40’s-60’s 1st run was downtown Boston. Neighborhood was in outlying districts. Any place that wanted 1st run had to be 25 miles from downtown Boston. We did have 2nd & 3rd run houses right downtown, namelt he Pilgrim, Center & Publix which eventually became porn. The Pilgrim would occassionall be 1st run, namel the Tingler because they were the only one that would electrify their seats, It did great business even though it was in the seediest part of Downtown Washington st. We had many big 1st run theatres that were not exactly downtown st such as the Cheri, Capri Nickelodeon Paris Fenway, and Charles. These were even hard ticket reserved 70mm houses mostly owned by the notorious Sack/USA chain which eventually became Lowes houses(Not E.M. Loews).
To Vindanpar. I enjoyed Ice Station Zebra. It was a very good film and the 70mm Cinerama aspect was not a waste. But both Dr. Doolittle which I saw in 70mm at the 5th ave in seattle was a waste of time & money. Camelot was god awful. I saw ISZ at the Cinerama in Providence. I’m glad I never `paid to see Camelot in a theatre.
In 1962 I went to a Drive-In in San Diego with friends. We had to watch Elvis Presley in a thick fog. It was awful. I don’t know which drive in it was but it was just at the end of NAS Miramar’s runways.
To Garyhoy. I know this is late but I just found your note. I remember what you call Race films. We here in Boston called the the same. Our local theatre the Dorchester(better known as the Dot showed them every Sat in the late 40’s to the 50’s. Same thing, a ticket # and if your # came in you won a prize. Usually a box game or a toy donated by a local store. They would show several cartoons, a short, usually 3 stooges and a western all for 10cents. Lots of fin. Our other local theatre up the street the FIELDS cORNER USUALLY HAD A LIVE SHOW WITH A GUEST. I REMEMBER SEEING howdy dOODY WITH bUFFALO bOB’S BROTHER bUFFALO vIC WITH Clarabelle AND cHIEL tHUNDERTHUD AT ONE SHOW. I ALSO SAW cowboy star Sunset Carson. also fun. They would then show whatever movie was playing at the time. When that came on all the kids would get up and leave unless it was maybe a Lassie Movie or something like that.
Mike Rogers. Most of the Driveins in Eastern Mass were 900-1200 cars. This is not such a small state in pop. This drive in was in the Boston metro area just north of the city. There were over 3 million in the area at the time and we had many drive ins around. Now there are none Only 6 or less in Mass. What a shame. WE ARE NOT A SMALL STATE in pop only in area. We also have more champions in sports in the last 10 yrs than any other area of the country. Where are you from.
Hey vindanpar. Your last line on your comment. I do not live in Jersey but I do live outside of Boston. We have several theatres that show older classics. In case you don’t know but most films are not available on film anymore so that is why all is digital. Most places that can show film(which is very few) will try to get a print but it is hard to do. So wouldn’t rather see it digitally than not at all. This is the 21st century pal.
Saw Men In Black in 1997 here. Nice , comfortable theatre. Probably 150-200 seats per screen I think. Stayed at the hotel next door.
I do not see any mention of this theatre having shown any Cinerama films in Cinerama at any time.
The Trans Lux in 1960 when I 1st came to D.C. was a 1st theatre for Columbia & Universal pics. Saw several Doris Day films there including Oillow Talk. Also saw The Wackiest Ship in The Army thete 1st run plus many other films. I was stationed at NAS Anacostia(the Photo Center) from 1960 -1962 and 1964 -1966. Always 1st run while I was there.
Didn’t Sound Of Music play in Warwick on its original long run and not at the Elmwood?
Since everyone else is saying where and how they Saw SOM, I decided to put in my 2 cents worth. I 1st saw it at the Ontario in Wash, D.C. The Capri in San Diego, and the Gary in Boston. All in real Todd AO. I then saw it on its non reserved engagements later in 35mm stereo at the Strand in Quincy, Mass and the Playhouse in Scituate, Mass. Then many yrs later saw it in 35mm stereo at The Boston Music Hall on an old scratchy Cyan faded print with many splices. Not enjoyable for me at all.
Sorry, Tremont &Stuart. YOu are wrong. The Gary never had sensurround. The General Cinema was the 1st area theatre to show Earthquake. Battlestar Gallactica played at the Saxon Then Rollercoastr and Midway played at the General Cinemas in Braintree. They may have also played at rhe Saxon, I don’t recall, but never at the Gary.
To Sharkbites. I have just read your long ago blurb. Having been a projectionist of 35mm with 2000" reels and carbon Arc. I don’t know where you are but we never had Projectomaticin any place I worked. We never had an Ice Cream lady' we had to get up and go to the concession stand. Finall, where dis idea of waxing th`e prints come from, we just made sure we had clean aperatures and the rest took care of it self But I never heard of waxing. I am in Boston' Mass and did all my projection work 16mm, 35mm and interlock systems.
The OmniMax in Boston at the museum of Science has been there for years and is still going strong. It plays nothing but Imax educational films. Has never played a commercial film tyo my knowledge where the Imax at the aquarium did play commercial films at one time but no longer.
Why were the engagements of Cinerama in Baltimore so short compared to other major cities? Was it because Baltimore was nestled between Wash & Philadelphia and had been running Cinerama for t least 4 yrs before it came to the Town Theatre?
When the Charles opened by Reade. It had a big screen.. The only 2 bigger were the Metropolitan(Music Hall/Wang ctr). When Ryans Daughter opened there the screen was huge. After Ryans daughter the screen was changed.
Movie Buff 82. I saw Mad Max on HBO. They must be showing 2 versions because the one I saw was full width & hgt. It looked great.
You complain about the Loews name compared to AMC. They are the same since AMC bought Loews or merged. You should have been in the Boston area in the 40’s-60’s when we had both the Loews State & Loews Orpheum along with all the downtown, West End and other suburban E.M. Lowes theatres. They were not related. Then at one time Loews bought out USA(SACK) cinemas and most of the E.M. Lowes theatres became Indies or were torn down or just closed and left to rot.
Why were the original presentations of Cinerama at the Strand in Vancouver shown for such short durations? Most cities had them for up to a year or longer. Was it the fact that Seattle wasn’t that far away and people had already seen them?
P.S. The Morton was an N.E.T. not an E.M. Lowes. The N.E.T. theatres were kept in good shape but the E.M. Lowes were left to minimum Maint. You saw Gabby Hayew in 1955 was most likely at the Fields Corner. The only live acts at the Dot were the RATS. The Dot and the Adams had dish nites. I remember my mother making sure she went to the Dot I believe every Mon night to get her dish. She very seldom went to the Adams. It was too far to walk. We lived next to Cosgroves Milk Plant. It was between Gibson & Park St. Technically we lived on Christopher Ct a dirt road which was not an accepted St then. They paved it a bout 1-2 yrs after we moved. Our mailing address was 310 Adams St. The 3 family cold water building was torn down down years later.
Jim. Are you sure that the Fields Corner & the Adams theatres were only 10cents. I had been going to both since 1948 and they were 25 cents the whole time I went there. The Dorchester (Park) on Dot Ave & Park St was only 10cents. The Dot was 3rd or 4th run and the Fields Corner and Adams were 2nd run after leaving Downtown Boston. I moved from the area in Feb 1952 and went to Scituate where the Playhouse was 1st run and 25 cents.
The soap box racers and bike race pre movie events were on Sat matinees along with a 3 sStooges short and a couple of cartoons plus a western and some other movie. Probably a Sci-Fi only at the Dorchester and other E.M. Lowes theatres not at the N.E.T. theatres. Those theatres were the Strand, Uphams Corner, the Oriental. I believe that the other Lowes were the Morton? and Eggleston.
Correction. The picture shown is correct. The Keiths was eventually dropped and it became the RKO Boston then the Boston Cinerama. The RKO Keiths became The RKO Keiths became the RKO Keiths Memorial at some point. Then it became the Savoy under Sack which let it rot.
To King Biscuit. 7 Wonders of the world played here in Boston for a totalof 76 weeks also. 64 on its 1st time and then on a return visit of 12 more weeks. What I am surprised at is Windjammer. iT OPENED HERE IN bOSTON 2 weeks after St Louis. It only played there for 11 weeks. Here in Boston its 1st run was for 33 weeks and its 2nd week was for 23 weeks for a total of 56 weeks. The Boston Cinerama(our only Cinerama theatre) showed Cinerama both 3 strip & 70mm for 20 yrs with only a short break to show the road show version of Far from the maddening Crowd in 70mm blowup for a few weeks. I believe that Boston was the only city that had Cinerama in one theatre for that long.