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LaConnection commented about Culver Plaza Theatres on Aug 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Just rode by there. Demolition is about 1/3 to ½ completed. Amazing how quickly theaters burn out nowadays. I remember going there shortly after it opened. It wasn’t grand, but it was a decent cinema. By the early 00s it was already on it’s last legs as a first run theater. The last first run movie I think I saw there was 2004’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. I don’t think it was long afterwards that it became a 2nd run theater. Now, it’s totally gone.

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LaConnection commented about AMC Loews Harvard Square 5 on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

Ah, the good old Harvard Square Theater. Double features, rock films like MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR & THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME, midnight shows….

Surprised it lasted this long under the Loew’s and AMC banners. These chains only care about maximizing profits – not historical preservation or the movie-going pleasures of their neighbors.

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LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Feb 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm

There IS still one ongoing and STILL ACTIVE vestige of the Orson Welles Cinema – the long running Boston Science Fiction Film Marathon which has been held on President’s Day Weekend every February since 1976 (the first 11 were held at the Orson Welles)! This year’s 37th edition will be held February 19-20, 2012 at the Somerville Theater. Info: http://www.bostonsci-fi.com/ Messageboard: http://sf.theboard.net/

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LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on May 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

This site wasn’t taking comments yesterday, so a day or so late on this. But, May 24th represented the 25th Anniversary of the fire that ultimately destroyed the Orson Welles Cinema. Talks continued about re-opening the place, but it was not to be.
A sad 25th Anniversary. But, the memories continue.

LaConnection
LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Feb 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Mpol, not only is it “interesting”, but tickets are still available online or at the Somerville the day of the show.

And, not only are we doing a 25th anniversary since the fire tribute, the Marathon IS the only continuing link to the Welles.

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LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Feb 17, 2011 at 6:22 am

The 36th Annual Science Fiction film marathon is this weekend, Feb.20-21st. The event began at the Orson Welles Cinema, and this year we will be doing a special tribute to the Orson Welles at around 11:30 am on the 20th at the Somerville Theater. Info: http://sf.theboard.net/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl

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LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Feb 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm

The last CONTINUING vestige of the Orson Welles, the Annual Science Fiction Film Marathon just completed it’s 35th year! Here was this year’s lineup: View link

The films were shown in this ORDER: MOON. COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT ! The animated 2009 film 9 THE GIANT GILA MONSTER ! Jim Henson’s LABYRNTH .FAMOUS MONSTER: FORREST J ACKERMAN. DISTRICT 9! John Carpenter’s THE THING. The PBS Ursula Le Guin adaptation THE LATHE OF HEAVEN. NIGHT OF THE CREEPS. David Cronenberg’s RABID ! DAY THE SKY EXPLODED! NIGHT OF THE COMET! and SLEEP DEALER plus shorts, live performances, trailers, contests and more.

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LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on May 14, 2009 at 11:39 am

A new article in MOVIE COLLECTOR’S WORLD (June 2009, Issue #732) references the Schlock Around the Clock marathon and the Orson Welles. I co-wrote it. You can find it at newstands or in pdf form here (article begins on page 12): http://www.mcwonline.com/assets/MCW732.pdf

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LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Mar 1, 2009 at 10:20 am

It was actually February 1978 at SF/3, the 3rd year of the event. As the event still continues (http://sf.theboard.net/), we’ve thought about showing it again 3 decades later. With all the gore and nudity in films today, it will likely cause nary a ripple. Of course, Cronenberg’s films have a way of getting under the skin that few others can match.

And, yes, the film was withdrawn from showing at Cinema Two after the reaction to it in Cinema One!

Now, trivia buffs. What film replaced THEY CAME FROM WITHIN in Cinema Two that year??

re: “I went to several Sci-Fi Marathons at the Orson Welles Cinema. I believe it was in 1977 that they scheduled They Came From Within in both theaters. Knowing how controversial Cronenberg was I decided to watch it first in the theater showing it first. Just before the film started I was the guy who shouted out, "Get the kiddies out of here.” No one listened to me. After the film was over the manager came in to apologize for showing the movie and announced that it would not be shown in the other theater. As I remember it all these years later I think it was the most uncensored version shown.“ -posted by Shivers

posted by Shivers

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LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Jan 21, 2009 at 9:22 pm

The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon will hold it’s 34th Annual Festival on Feb.15 & 16 at the Somerville Theater. The event began at the Orson Welles in February 1975 and was held there until the Welles' demise.

Here are the films showing this year:
THE THING (1951),
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978),
LOGAN’S RUN,
REPO MAN,
CHRYSALIS (Premiere),
ALIEN RAIDERS (Premiere),
IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE in 3-D!,
TRANSFORMERS,
RUNAWAY,
I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE,
KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE,
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN

Visit our messageboard and make your comments: www.sf.theboard.net

LaConnection
LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Apr 21, 2008 at 10:08 pm

I doubt it at this late date – but, I would Love to see such a Directory myself!

I can give you a listing of the films shown at the Orson Welles for its annual SF FILM MARATHON (which continues to this day. Now, at the Somerville theater. Info: http://sf.theboard.net/))

Click on this link: http://sf.theboard.net/film_archive/index.php?SF1

That will give you the films shown at the very first Marathon (in February 1976). Then, by clicking on the numbers at the top of the page 2 thru 11, You will get the films shown at the other 10 Marathons held at the Welles. Not exactly what you asked for, but I hope it’s of some interest (and there are a LOT of films listed!).

LaConnection
LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Aug 11, 2007 at 11:19 pm

If DCC has anything on the early years of the SCIENCE FICTION FILM MARATHON (sf.theboard.net) I would love to hear about it!

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LaConnection commented about Somerville Theatre on Aug 25, 2006 at 8:22 pm

It hasn’t been mentioned on this site yet, but the Boston Science Fiction Festival and Marathon will be returning to the Somerville Theater for the February 2007 event. It will be the 4th time in the events 31 + year history that the Fest will be held at the Somerville.

For more info:

www.Bostonsci-fi.com

And, check into it’s active Messageboard:

http://sf.theboard.net/

LaConnection
LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Jul 5, 2006 at 5:44 pm

To update this prior post by br91975:

“The fire Gerald mentions occurred during the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, 1986; two of the final three features were ‘Dreamchild’ and the Michael Caine-starrer, ‘Water’.
posted by br91975 on May 8, 2004 at 10:28pm”

Today on the Bostonsci-fi.com Marathon Messageboard, former Orson Welles Cinema employee Bruce Bartoo posted that the 3rd film playing at the Welles at the time of its demise was ALWAYS.

You can read his full post here:

View link

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LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Aug 8, 2005 at 11:09 am

The documentary MIDNIGHT MOVIES that is playing on the ENCORE/STARZ network has several bits on the ORSON WELLES CINEMA and their showing of THE HARDER THEY COME, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and other midnight shows.
Also, ran across this archived HARVARD CRIMSON article on the Welles' opening in 1969: View link

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LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Aug 8, 2005 at 11:05 am

The documentary MIDNIGHT MOVIES that is playing on the ENCORE/STARZ network has several bits on the ORSON WELLES CINEMA and their showing of THE HARDER THEY COME, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and other midnight shows.
Also, ran across this archived HARVARD CRIMSON article on the Welles' opening in 1969: View link

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LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Jun 28, 2005 at 8:28 am

RE: “Did this marathon perhaps begin with a Year Zero?"
posted by Ron Newman on Jun 28, 2005 at 11:17am

No, there wasn’t a Year Zero (but there WAS a ‘Panic in Year Zero’ (THAT movie has been part of a marathon :) ). Seriously, though, a many point to the Orson Welles Cinema’s showing of classic films, including double-bills of Classic SF films as the kernal which eventually popped into the full blown Marathon in 1976. So, you were on to something.

LaConnection
LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Jun 28, 2005 at 8:14 am

Again, I am here to applaud Larry Jackson, but, I must sincerely correct him. I have the programs for ALL 30 years of the Marathon.

Year ONE was 1976. And, year TWO (the year the STAR WARS reel was shown was in 1977 (February 20th & 21st, to be exact. And we all know that STAR WARS was released in May, 1977. Pull out your Perpetual Years calendar to confirm). Indeed, right in the Year TWO program, there’s the following note: “Plus more treats including scenes from soon to be released STAR WARS and Ralph Bakshi’s WAR WIZARDS” (later simply WIZARDS). Further, as 2005 was the 30th year of the event, with NEVER a missed year – Well, you can do the math. The Marathon began on February 15th and 16th, 1976 (again, consult your perpetual years calendar to confirm that this was the Sunday and Monday of President’s Day weekend).

My point is not to nitpick, but to just correct the historical record and to point out that since 1977 was only the 2nd year of the event, it was far from becoming stale and full of repeated movies.

LaConnection
LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Jun 22, 2005 at 11:40 am

RE:“Anybody remember that in the 24-hour Sci-Fi Marathon (which I began in the early Seventies on President’s Day Weekend to fill the theater on a weekend the audience often took out of town for vacation) that in 1977 we had the first public showing anywhere of a reel of preview footage from STAR WARS?! The marathon was getting a little creaky with little new material to offer and many favorites repeating ad infinitum, so I asked around for ideas from friends in the biz. Gary Meyer in Berkeley said "You know I hear George has a clip reel from this new picture of his Fox is supposed to release called STAR WARS, but they seem to be just sitting on it…” Cheers, Larry Jackson on Apr 1, 2005 at 10:07am"

As the sort of unofficial Historian of the Marathon (which is STILL going 30 years on! www.bostonsci-fi.com),,) I applaud Mr.Jackson for helping get the event going. I would be remiss if I didn’t also note the critical input and involvement of Justin Freed, Mark Diamond, J.D.Pollack, Bruce Bartoo and so many others in getting the event to the place where it has survived for 3 decades.
One other note. The Marathon began in 1976, so I think Mr.Jackson mis-remembers history when he writes that the Marathon was getting “creaky” after just 1 year! At that time no films had been repeated, yet alone “ad infinitum”. Somehow, we’ve continued to find and book films to keep the event alive and interesting for 28 more years!
Thanks again to Mr.Jackson and all those who have made this a signature Boston movie event!

LaConnection
LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Jan 5, 2005 at 12:29 pm

Perhaps the most enduring legacy of the Orson Welles (besides the memories) was its Science Fiction Film Marathon. Begun in 1976, the Marathon (nicknamed ‘IT CAME FROM THE ORSON WELLES’) still continues to this day, some 30 years later and about 19 years after its demise! The Marathon was a full 24 hours in length and was wall-to-wall Science Fiction Cinema. Everything from FLASH GORDON to WAR OF THE WORLDS to ZARDOZ was shown at the event at the Welles.
For info on the event go to: http://bostonsci-fi.com/
On the event’s MESSAGEBOARD you will find a history of the event (http://sf.theboard.net/board/YaBB.cgi?board=news;action=display;num=1102966381;start=)

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LaConnection commented about Orson Welles Cinema on Jan 5, 2005 at 12:21 pm

Interesting site, folks! I live in L.A. now,but still have friends and family so I visit often enough.
In the late 70’s and early 80’s the Orson Welles was run by a company called ROXY (Roxy Enterprises, perhaps). The theater Manager then was MARK DIAMOND (he now runs the PALM SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL among other things).
Boston journalist (now also living in L.A.) NAT SEGALOFF produced an audio documentary on the Cinema. One of the tidbits I recall is how the theater was named. In the bohemian spirit of the times (60’s), the group of founders just tossed off name ideas. Naming it after the great Orson Welles was chosen. Less than 24 hours before the theater was to open, some responsible “adult” thought it might be a good idea to contact the very alive Mr.Welles to get his permission! Whereupon a mad scramble commenced to locate the Director. Finally, he was located somewhere in Europe. He was honored and the rest is history.