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The Arkansas Theatre in Little Rock also never remodeled for Cinemascope—-Cinemascope and Panavision films were run letterboxed!
The Town And Country III was a Loew’s theatre and the Town And Country 6 was an AMC theatre.
And not only that, Cine I had a bad side keystone effect. The original projection booth was right in the center rear of the 150—-when it was twinned, the booth was now on the far right rear. I worked this booth in the mid-‘70’s.
Breaking The Sound Barrier was a British film from around 1952—-Natalie Wood and Karl Mauldin were in Bombers B-52 in 1957.
This drive-in was still going in 1959 when we left Harlingen.
This drive-in was still going in 1971—-I ran PATTON and MASH there in late summer of that year. It probably closed not long after that.
Frank, the theatre you saw “The Spy Who Loved Me” at was the Heights on Kavanaugh just north of Cantrell.
Saw “Lifeforce” in 70MM here in the summer of ‘85.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Radio City Music Hall has Rockefeller Center behind it, the Roxy and the Capitol had no one.
Actually malcolmdbc39, they put up a high-rise office building—-no entertainment in downtown Fort Worth!
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!
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.