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There is a 70mm Film Festival in NY, NY sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Unlike AFI Silver, they are screening “Star!,” “The Sound of Music” and “My Fair Lady” in 70mm – 3 films I had really hoped AFI would have offered but did not. I also agree with Giles – there should have been more evening screenings at AFI Silver. In the summer, many of us are away on the weekends or just caught up doing other things which are difficult to get away from.
I fondly remeber seeing “My Fair Lady” in its hard-ticket run at the Saxon – it was VERY expensive for my family on my father’s military pay. It is on of the earliest memories I have for movie-going, period.
I remember when the Kuhio was “twinned” and I realized this was marked the beginning of the end for the theater. “The Sound of Music” and “South Pacific” played here as well as “Hawaii” though I was not living in Honolulu when they did. With the Waikiki theaters (Waikii 1, 2, &3) and the Cinerama gone – no more big screen experience in Honolulu. Anyone remember the Royal? That housed “Fiddler on the Roof” and all the Disney movies!
If I recall – the Gary housed “The Sound of Music” from the start. However, I was very young (five!) at the time. I do know the Saxon housed “My Fair Lady” and was still playing when “Music” opened.
The Sound of Music was indeed in 70MM Todd-AO at the Gary. I have a copy of “Playbill for Boston, The Gary, July 1965.” It, of course, features TSOM and lots of ads. This was in addition to the $1 souvenier book for the film! Very cool. “Mary Poppins” played here as well! My sisters were forever commenting on how vast the space was. My father was an army officer then stationed at Ft. Devens and movie going at the Gary was uncommon and quite the event. It was expensive!