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Theater’s future explained here as it prepares to reopen-
Bertinphilly, I get you want to chat with others from that era, but not from then (child then),I learned from the weekend tuxedo reference & would be eager to hear about any movie premieres, stars, or anything about the moviegoing experience then. FYI, that’s primarily my Intro above. I also wrote the Intros for the Goldman & Regency. Any recollections about movies specific to those theaters would fit nicely on those pages. Thanks!
I saw that movie at the Uptown in Feb. 1994.
Last night’s ABC TV Agent Carter has scenes filmed in the Los Angeles Theatre, depicting it as a movie theater.
Main Line Times today profiles a restaurant reuse of the theater, which has further remodeled the façade. It says the restaurant is taking advantage of the tall ceilings inside the 5000 square foot space & dining on top of the marquee. http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2015/02/19/main_line_times/news/doc54e36f2555a67721111016.txt
Cleopatra was actually at the Stanley Theatre, which has its own page and was a beautiful prewar movie palace (according to historical accounts, as I wasn’t there).
I’m one of those reading these posts who has never been to this theater. I’d love to but it is a bit far from Philly. I appreciate that there are classics, and I enjoy readng the annoucements of the next new movie. Seeing the photos & hearing accounts makes it more than “special.” The Lafayette is an incredible “cinema treasure” and I’m pleased it remains open for people to enjoy movies in.
In 2013, I went from 70mm film festival at Seattle Cinerama to see a couple new 2k digital films which looked like crap compared to 70mm resolution, and notice Giles that crap is the more appropriate 4 letter word to publcly employ.
I saw Blade Runner in 1998 at the Uptown as part of Warner Bros 75th Anniv. 35mm, I believe the ‘91 directors cut. The movie had not impressed me on TV but it was awesome on the big screen.
Lobby, lower lounge & ladies restroom area featured in last night’s ABC TV Castle episode, pretending that this is the Opera House with Rigoletto being the opera. It should be the Opera House!
Did anybody see West Side Story in 70mm? How was the print? A week ago, I saw 3 of the European Union Showcase films- Black Souls (Italy, mafia, aud 1), For Some Inexplicable Reason (Hungary, comedy, Q & A with director after, sold out, aud 2)and Gemma Bovery (France, comedy, aud 1, closing film with post reception of dessert & champaign). I was told there will not be another 70mm festival, though there will sometimes be
Was happy to enjoy Into the Woods this afternoon there, with a crowd. Had its world premiere at the Ziegfeld on December 8.
I saw the movie the Sunday before last Sunday at the first afternoon show. It was a sold out crowd, every seat taken. I was in the balcony. There was no talking during the movie. I did see a ray of light a couple of times but that was it in terms of device using by audience.
With photo of lit marquee, Phila Inquirer today has a story of an orchestra concert last week-
JodarMovieFan, though not exactly originally the intent when photos were re allowed, yes, nobody will give you a problem if you post at the Uptown page a scan of the Post’s ad for 2001 back in ‘90. Many posts of newspaper ads have been made.
I won’t be attending the 70mm West Side Story but hope it is well attended.
I thought Westwood Village movie theaters became “premiere” movie theaters in the 1960s or 1950s but not when built? i doubt they were 1st run when built. Downtown LA & Hollywood movie theaters were the 1st run until 1960s or so.
Raysson, my understanding is cinematreasures is indeed looking to replace Michael as blog editor, as he was, pro bono, i.e. volunteer.
I enjoy the Ziegfeld surround sound, not too loud in my opinion! Couldn’t understand all the words but that was this film.
My typo- not “from the booth” Photo is from the stage.
Thanks, Bill, I appreciate your comment. I hope more people will decide they want to see a movie at the wonderful Ziegfeld.
Just published! My report on “Interstellar” at the Ziegfeld. Thanks to Joe Masher who commented above for the decision to employ the curtains- both of them! And, yes, let’s hope more 70mm films such as The Hateful Eight are showcased at the Ziegfeld.
I wish they’d use the curtains more but think this is only for the special 70mm screenings.
JodarMovieFan, I’ve not seen that 70mm short/trailer. It might be neat to see it at classic 70mm film festivals such as at the AFI Silver.
There was no “preshow” at the Ziegfeld until Clearview, the last operator before now. Even with a preshow, the curtains were still used. I last saw them used in 2009, for “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” I didn’t visit until 2012 as I was seeing movies that were still projected in 35mm elsewhere. I very much like sitting there looking at the closed curtain, so I was also quite happy on Saturday as the curtain was closed for awhile before the preshow began. And, on Saturday, after the preshow, the audience applauded when the curtains closed. The curtains then reopened…and the 70mm show began.