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The movie “Jingle All The Way” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was set in Minnesota’s Twin Cities metro area and filmed there at various locations between April 15 and May 10, 1996, including Bloomington’s Mall of America.
Schwarzenegger and co-star Sinbad – plus several of the film’s other stars – returned to attend the film’s world premiere at the Mall of America on Saturday November 16, 1996. By some accounts, the stars were met by a crowd of 20,000 that turned out to see them, the screening, and the mall’s annual Holiday Parade. The movie’s nationwide release was nearly a week later (Friday November 22, 1996).
The world premiere of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” was held here in December 1979, but it was on Thursday December 6, 1979 at 7:00PM – one day before the film’s scheduled wide release date (December 7).
Great ‘40s vintage photo! The marquee over the door reads: “RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE WITH BELA LUGOSI” which (according to IMDb.com) was released on November 11, 1943. The marquee over the door of the New Daisy Theatre down the street shows a Mae West film “THE HEAT’S ON” which was released on December 2, 1943.
It seems that the 121 N Palafox address is wrong. In the 1947 “Gone With The Wind” photo the two-story building that is now the ‘Methodist Children’s Academy at First United Methodist Church of Pensacola’ can be seen in the distance at 6 E Wright Street. The Nobles Building still stands on the east side of Palafox and is occupied by CTS America (180 N Palafox). The Florida Theatre would have been Immediately to the north at 186 N Palafox and in fact the building appears to still be standing there.
According to Pensapedia.com there was a fire at the theatre in 1944:
Des Moines Register article about the 2014 closing: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/daniel-finney/2014/12/13/merle-hay-cinema-closing/20361003
This photo is of the Bruin theatre, not the Village Theatre.
According to George Perry’s 2005 book “James Dean”, Dean and actress Ursula Andress attended a sneak preview screening of the final cut of “Rebel Without A Cause” at the Village Theatre in Westwood on Saturday September 17, 1955, less than two weeks before he was killed in an auto accident.
According to “The Complete Gone With the Wind Trivia Book: The Movie and More” by Pauline Bartel, there was a “spectacular premiere” (of the wide-screen re-release) of “Gone With The Wind” at the Egyptian on (Tuesday) August 10, 1954. Actor James Dean and his girlfriend Pier Angeli attended.
According to the book “The Beatles: The Ultimate Recording Guide” by Allen J. Wiener, “Give My Regards To Broad Street” starring Paul McCartney premiered on Wednesday October 25, 1984 at the Gotham.
According to the book “The Beatles: The Ultimate Recording Guide” by Allen J. Wiener, Paul McCartney and Wings' 1980 concert film “Rockshow” (filmed during their 1976 North American tour) premiered on Wednesday November 26, 1980 at the Ziegfeld Theatre.
There seems to be a bit of a conflict here between the Whitehaven Theatre (on Laudeen Drive in Memphis) and the UA Southbook. Both theaters are claimed as the last venue in which Elvis Presley saw a movie. An excerpt from the September 1977 issue of (City Of) Memphis Magazine reads: “It was Monday evening, August 15th, at the Graceland Mansion… the previous Wednesday he had taken a party to see The Spy Who Loved Me, the latest James Bond offering, at the UA Southbrook 4.”
Incidentally, one of the few Memphis-are theaters selected to show the feature film “This Is Elvis” was the UA Southbrook 7 Theatre when it went into wide release on Friday April 10, 1981. Apparently the Southbook had expanded to 7 screens by that time.
An excerpt from the September 1977 issue of (City Of) Memphis Magazine reads: “It was Monday evening, August 15th, at the Graceland Mansion, and Elvis Presley’s aides had just informed him that they were unable to arrange a private screening of MacArthur, because a projectionist from the Ridgeway Theater, where the film was playing, would not be available at the late hour which Elvis had requested. It was the night before Elvis and his sizeable entourage were scheduled to leave for a 13-day national tour, and he was looking for a way to relieve some of the tension that normally preceded such departures.”
Elvis died the next day.
Incidentally, one of the theaters selected for the opening night of the feature film “This Is Elvis” was Malco’s Ridgeway Four Theatre (Friday April 10, 1981). The film had premiered the week before at the Memphian.
The premiere of the film “This Is Elvis” was held at the Memphian Theatre on Friday April 3, 1981.
“Gone With The Wind” was screened for the press at the Four Star on December 12, 1939 (three days before the huge Atlanta premiere). For more info see the book “The Art of Gone With the Wind: The Making of a Legend” by Judy Cameron, Paul J. Christman and Daniel Mayer Selznick.
According to the book Buddy Holly: A Biography by Ellis Amburn, the world premiere of “The Buddy Holly Story” took place at the Medallion Theatre in in Dallas, Texas on Thursday May 18, 1978.
“The Rocketeer” was presented at the Montclair GCC Cinema in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.
“The Rocketeer” was presented at the Movies 12 in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.
According to the May 10, 1968 edition of The Van Nuys News from Van Nuys, California (Page 54), the Los Feliz Theatre was one of the very few theaters anywhere to host a theatrical showing of The Beatles' 1967 made-for-tv movie “Magical Mystery Tour” (May 10-11, 1968):
“Los Feliz Slates Benefit Showing of Beatles Movie:
Two special midnight benefit showings of the Beatles' new film "Magical Mystery Tour,” will be staged tonight and tomorrow at the Los Feliz Theatre. The film, originally made and shown on British television, stars the Beatles and was written and directed by them. All proceeds from this Los Angeles showing will go to the Underground Radio Strike Fund. Donations are $3.00. Seating is limited to the two performances."
“The Rocketeer” was presented at Pacific’s Lakewood Center in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.
“The Rocketeer” was presented at this theatre (when it was Pacific’s Gateway) in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.
“The Rocketeer” was presented at Edwards Woodbridge in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.
“The Rocketeer” was presented at the “Edwards Charter Centre” in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.
“The Rocketeer” was presented at the AMC Hermosa 6 in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.
“The Rocketeer” was presented here (when it was Pacific’s Roxy) in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.
“The Rocketeer” was presented at the AMC Fullerton 8 in 35mm Dolby Stereo beginning on Friday June 21, 1991.