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I was in St. Louis over the weekend 10/6/13 and went to see GRAVITY in 3-D at the Des Peres Cinema on Manchester Rd. I noticed two beautiful chandeliers in the lobby. Sure enough, those two chandeliers were ‘rescued'from the Ambassador Theatre before it was demolished. There is a plaque on the wall identifying them. So beautiful and they brought back memories of that wonderful showplace where I saw CLEOPATRA, MY FAIR LADY and the two 'Doctors’… ZHIVAGO and DOLIITLE in their road show engagements.
Sorry! Just read cerjda01 who got it right and was here first…
To answer rivoli157 I am pretty sure STAR! played at the Glenwood in Overland Pk, Ks… Is Paris Burning? was the first roadshow to play the Glenwood. Hello, Dolly! Oliver! and the 70MM Gone With the Wind played the Glenwood.
As for the Saxon Theatre, that was actually the Midland when it went thru a brief name change in the 60’s.
I remember going to this theatre when I was in college in 1968. Saw SOUTH PACIFIC reissue there and I am pretty sure it was a 70MM print.
Was the intermission included in the roadshow engagements? No intermissions in any of the general release showings that I saw. Looking forward to seeing this November 9th at that one night special showing. And the blu ray comes out the following
Saw GWTW at the Rivoli 10/67. It had just opened in 70MM I remember thinking that 70MM blow up was just wrong. There were a few scenes where Gable was standing —the top of his head was cut off.
Always wanted to see this on 70MM.Looking forward to the movie event Nov 9th and the blu ray release a week later.
I miss road shows! Saw THE SOUND OF MUSIC and GONE WITH THE WIND at the Rivoli. Such a beautiful theatre. We just didn’t have anything like it in Springfield, Mo where I grew up. I live in Kansas City now and all the picture palaces have been multiplexed (Main Street), torn down (Glenwood) or turned into live venues like the Midland.
I’d like to read it too. WEST SIDE STORY is being shown in theatres for one night only Wed, Nov 9th sponsored in part by Turner Classic Movies. As I never got to see this in 70mm, I figure that this showing, digital presentation will be the closest as far as sharp images go. Can’t wait to see it. And the blu ray comes out a week later.
Warren Theatres in Wichita are the best! Wish we had them here in Kansas City.
I saw THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE here when I was 17 years old. In the lobby, there was a poster for the next reserved seat attraction, FUNNY GIRL. I miss road shows!
I grew up in Springfield,Mo. Back then there were several drive in theatres. We went all the time. Nice to see that there is one still active in Seymour.
OK, not a movie but I did see that production of MY FAIR LADY (lower left hand ad) at the outdoor St. Louis Muny which, back then, was known as the Municipal Opera.
Saw THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the beautiful Rivoli. In Todd-AO. A few years later, the premiere of the 70MM version of GONE WITH THE WIND, a film that should never have been blown up to 70MM. Clark Gable’s forehead was cut out of many of the scenes!
The lovely Jill Haworth in EXODUS, her first film when she was 14 years old. Sadly we lost her this past January. RIP sweet girl.
Saw AIRPORT at Radio City. It was over Easter break and I was there on a college theatre trip. Presented in Todd AO. I still have the little program above.
When I first moved to Kansas City I spent many wonderful hours at this theatre. It was even close to me, but it was a nice multiplex. It’s been gone now for many years.
When I was eleven,my mother took me to see the first national tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the American.Florence Henderson was Maria.
We were staying at the Mayfair next door.After the show we went to
the Rathskeller for dessert (for me) and a drink for my mom.
The cast was staying at the hotel as this was a three week engagement.Some of them were in the bar area.Interesting to an eleven year old to see Liesel (Imelda deMartin) and Maria (Ms Henderson) enjoying a couple of drafts!I’ll never forget that production…and that beautiful theatre.
It started me on a life long love affair with theatre.