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Big Joe 59: It’s interesting that the laserdisc of Hawaii was the roadshow version but the DVD was the general release version.
I’m pretty sure there are no deserted-but-still-standing drive-ins in the immediate DFW area. There is the Brazos Drive-In in Granbury just south of Fort Worth. It was still operating but I heard it may close because the owners may retire(probably due to the high price for a digital projector—-the death knell for a number of smaller theatres and drive-ins).
The Belknap was demolished in the ‘80’s and replaced by a large apartment complex. Although the veterinary clinic in front is still there.
The last I heard, the Fork Union did not open for the 2014 season—-perhaps they couldn’t afford digital projectors.
When this drive-in was closed and demolished, another Southside Drive-in was built on Old Hemphill Rd.—-which was later twinned.
This theatre was open in December 1939—-unsure about when it actually opened. One of Interstate Theatres first neighborhood theatres in Fort Worth.
The map at the top of the page is way off-base—-the theatre was quite a bit further south, closer to TCU(it was right on the edge of the lower Trinity River).
I commented a few years ago about the opening date of the Mid-Cities—-it did not open in the spring of ‘62 but in August '62. Judgement At Nuremburg opened downtown at the Hollywood Theatre first-run in June.
Torn down in the mid-‘60’s to make way for the Fort Worth Convention Center and the Water Gardens. Most of Fort Worth’s early movie theatres were on Main St. between 9th and Lancaster.
If this theatre was built and opened in 1945, how is the movie “Misty”, which came out in 1960, the opening night movie?
The sixth screen opened sometime in 2012. This Drive-in is all digital projection.
I was a relief projectionist from 1975 to 1977, when we had long runs of Mel Brooks and Monty Python movies. This was a jewel box of a movie theatre with lush curtains and sidewalls. The booth had Cinemeccanica 35/70MM projectors put in at the beginning of the ‘60’s.
I worked as a projectionist for a weekend here in 1972—-ran “Fuzz”, a “Magnificent Seven” sequel(can’t remember which one but I believe George Kennedy played the Yul Brynner role) and the Bud Yorkin-Norman Lear comedy “Cold Turkey” with Dick Van Dyke. This drive-in, the Linda Kay Drive-in and the Kaufman Pike Drive-In were third run theatres for United Artists Theatres and were only open on weekends.
This was still a single screen theatre in 1981—-saw “The Clash Of The Titans” there. One of Interstate Theatres late-‘60’s gems—-too bad it wasn’t successful.
This theatre was taken over around 2010 by the Midwest chain B & B Theatres. In early 2014, B & B closed it, supposedly because of poor food service. In late May 2014, Studio Movie Grill reopened it but apparently, the IMAX was decommissioned—-although they might retrofit it with digital IMAX later.
When I worked there in the ‘70’s, there were no iconic curtains opening up before each show—-in the '70’s, they weren’t even putting curtains in new theatres!
The UA Four I remembered was built in the “70’s but not at this address—-it was much further south off of I-30.
In the mid 1960’s, there were only two theatres and a drive-in open in North Little Rock—-the Rialto, Park and Twin City Drive-in. The Rialto on Main Street later became a radio station, The Park became a retail store(a women’s apparel store as I remember) and the Twin City was torn down.
Saw “Raintree County” in summer of 1986.
When Regal built the Southpark Mall, six screens were built in the old game arcade area—-the original two-screen GCC house were two more screens used for a total of eight. The 6 new screens were all stereo—-2 Dolbys and four Smart Stereos. The original mall two were not stereo. The 6 screens and the two screens were across the way from each other—-you bought your tickets for the 2 screens at the boxoffice of the 6. The two separate theatres had their own concession stand.
The Stevens was owned and managed by Manuel Avila when I worked there in 1973-74. The booth was rather large compared to most booths and had three projectors (Simplex as I remember); this may have been the only theatre in Dallas that had three projectors although I’m not sure about earlier theatres. Next to the booth was an observation room/cry room which we had to go through to enter the booth. When this was built, it was one of the larger neighborhood theatres.
“The Brass Bottle” was released in 1964 starring Tony Randall, Barbara Eden and Burl Ives as the genie of the bottle. Interestingly, the following year, Barbara Eden would get her own brass bottle as Jeannie in the hit series “I Dream Of Jeannie”.
This theatre was replaced by a Kroger grocery store—-which after a number of years was closed and the space used for other retail.
The last time I was in Rochester, it appeared that the building was not demolished but became a retail outlet or outlets. The main store was a shoe store.
I worked this theatre as a projectionist beginning in 1975 when it was still a first-run theatre. If this theatre did open with 70MM equipment, it had been removed by ten years later—-we ran 35MM Simplex heads.