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I recall seeing Lina Wertmuller’s “Swept Away” in either autumn 1975 or early 1976 during my Freshman year at nearby Emerson College. A superb film at an equally fascinating theater: typically Boston Back Bay, in my view.
A crime that it became a Conran’s!
You’re all absolutely correct. Most theaters now have no showmanship. However, it’s good to know the Ziegfeld is still open. Not a movie palace, but an interesting, pleasant, middle size theater that is idiosyncratic and plush in its interior, even if the exterior is just a box.
Just found out they are showing, “Phantom of the Opera.” A great place for this movie.
As someone once said to me, “The Ziegfeld. Best projection in the city.” Who knew this was a craft, now that it’s disappearing?
I remember visiting San Luis Obispo on vacation during the late 80s and marvelling at this beautiful theatre. It’s one of the most charming interiors I’ve seen and I was amazed at the swirling murals on the walls. I’m glad this theatre survives.
Also glad the theatre has a bigger screen, but sorry if it no longer has any curtains, or are they simply smaller? “Manwithoutname” is right though, the way a movie starts is as important as the house it plays in, and is as important as the movie itself. Forget DVDs!
I also have very fond memories of the Lee, an attractive theatre. I remember seeing “Diamonds are Forever” there. One scene has James Bond being shut in a casket to be incinerated, and the next scene he’s fine. I was always puzzled by this when I realized a few years ago that they must have left out a reel of the movie. Otherwise, a wonderful place to see movies and part of my childhood and teen years.
Not just the theatre, but most of the whole neighborhood was demolished in the 70s for no apparent reason. There are still no definite development plans in place. No theatres are left in Ft. Lee, an early center of film production. Closest ones are in Tenafly, Edgewater and Teaneck. The Linwood Theatre was converted into a CVS about ten years ago.