Comments from jamestv

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jamestv commented about Big Red Twin Drive-In on Apr 24, 2015 at 10:44 am

Frank, the theatre you saw “The Spy Who Loved Me” at was the Heights on Kavanaugh just north of Cantrell.

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jamestv commented about Movie Tavern at Green Oaks on Mar 14, 2015 at 11:53 am

Saw “Lifeforce” in 70MM here in the summer of ‘85.

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jamestv commented about Belaire Theatre on Feb 10, 2015 at 4:16 pm

While I was wrong on the opening date, this theatre did not have 70MM capability—-in fact, the surround speakers were mounted in the ceiling rather than hung from the walls which Interstate was doing in all their new theatres at that time.

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jamestv commented about Capitol Theatre on Feb 9, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Are we talking about the same War And Peace? If this book says that War And Peace from 1956 was one of the last roadshow runs in Manhattan, then where does that put all the roadshow runs that came after it!

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jamestv commented about AMC Park Cities Two Theatres on Feb 3, 2015 at 4:10 pm

This theatre really took off a year after it opened with the exclusive first runs of “The Poseidon Adventure” and “Pete ‘N’ Tillie”—-both running for a number of months.

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jamestv commented about Big Red Twin Drive-In on Jan 12, 2015 at 7:14 pm

The original Razorback Drive-In was on Roosevelt Rd. south of downtown Little Rock. It closed down in the early ‘60’s to be replaced by subsidized housing. Since Arkansas is the home of the Razorbacks (the University of Arkansas’ mascot), it wouldn’t do to not have a Razorback Drive-In so the Riverside inherited the name.

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jamestv commented about Seminary South I, II, III on Jan 3, 2015 at 8:56 am

The theatre outside of what would eventually be called the Parks Mall in Arlington was not built and opened until the ‘80’s and at a distance from the mall. It is used today as an administration building for the Arlington school district.

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jamestv commented about Roxy Theatre on Sep 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Radio City Music Hall has Rockefeller Center behind it, the Roxy and the Capitol had no one.

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jamestv commented about Palace Theatre on Sep 9, 2014 at 8:55 am

Actually malcolmdbc39, they put up a high-rise office building—-no entertainment in downtown Fort Worth!

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jamestv commented about Tower Theater on Sep 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm

ElleGee, the Jack in the Box was up before the theatre was torn down. Ghidorah came out in 1965 but my first Godzilla movie was King Kong Vs. Godzilla at the Tower in 1962. We lived in Hurst but the closest theatres before the mid-‘60’s were the Tower and the Haltom. Aahhh the memories!

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jamestv commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 2, 2014 at 8:48 am

Big Joe 59: It’s interesting that the laserdisc of Hawaii was the roadshow version but the DVD was the general release version.

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jamestv commented about Belknap Drive-In on Aug 30, 2014 at 8:19 am

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).

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jamestv commented about Belknap Drive-In on Aug 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

The Belknap was demolished in the ‘80’s and replaced by a large apartment complex. Although the veterinary clinic in front is still there.

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jamestv commented about Fork Union Drive-In on Aug 29, 2014 at 9:21 am

The last I heard, the Fork Union did not open for the 2014 season—-perhaps they couldn’t afford digital projectors.

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jamestv commented about South Side Drive-In on Jul 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

When this drive-in was closed and demolished, another Southside Drive-in was built on Old Hemphill Rd.—-which was later twinned.

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jamestv commented about Parkway Theater on Jul 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm

This theatre was open in December 1939—-unsure about when it actually opened. One of Interstate Theatres first neighborhood theatres in Fort Worth.

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jamestv commented about Opera House Cinema on Jul 13, 2014 at 8:40 pm

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).

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jamestv commented about Mid-Cities Drive-In on Jul 13, 2014 at 8:22 pm

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.

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jamestv commented about Ideal Theatre on Jul 13, 2014 at 4:40 pm

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.

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jamestv commented about Island Roxy Theatre on Jul 13, 2014 at 4:12 pm

If this theatre was built and opened in 1945, how is the movie “Misty”, which came out in 1960, the opening night movie?

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jamestv commented about Galaxy Drive-In on Jul 12, 2014 at 9:09 pm

The sixth screen opened sometime in 2012. This Drive-in is all digital projection.

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jamestv commented about Esquire Theatre on Jul 12, 2014 at 9:01 pm

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.

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jamestv commented about Country Squire Drive-In on Jul 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm

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.

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jamestv commented about Collin Creek Cameo Theater on Jul 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

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.

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jamestv commented about Studio Movie Grill Colleyville on Jul 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm

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.