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Interesting how this photo has been retouched to make the crowd much much bigger than it was.(If indeed there was any crowd at all!)
The Capitol was the number one flagship theatre of the entire chain.
Why not post instructions on how to do it?
Check out photo 131 on p7. Its plenty big and slightly curved and just fits inside the proscenium. Of course I was never in the Roxy, but if you search for the photo that shows the Roxy’s pre-CinemaScope standard screen you can see why it must have thrilled audiences. And, for what it’s worth, the Roxy was already gone 2 years when the Capitol installed its 90 foot Cinerama screen.
The Roxy’s Cinemiracle screen for “Windjammer” was reported to be 100 feet wide. But it was in use only for a few months and was removed immediately following the 23-week run of that movie. The Roxy’s regular wide screen, initially installed for “The Robe”, was 68x24 feet. This screen was able to be flown out and allowed the stage to be used for the Roxy’s stage shows.
This is amazing. I’ve never seen this view before! Thanks for posting.
Bill, you actually have taken us back. Your descriptions make me feel like I was there! Thanks for that.
FYI: If you didn’t know: 2001 is still running at the Village East, at least through June 21, per their website.
Also it is now at the AMC Garden State 16 in Paramus, June 16-19.
I love the detailed description of the “2001 Experience”. Makes me want head over there now!
Oh gosh. I had heard John Harvey was Ill. I’m sorry to know he has died. He was the nicest person, and the work he put into that Cinerama run in Dayton, I think it was about 1.5 years, was unbelievable. Installing the screen and projectors, which he owned, and then running almost all of the shows himself. His prints of HTWWW and This Is Cinerama were as gorgeous as you could ever hope to see. May he Rest In Peace!
No sadly I was never in the Capitol. I saw 2001 during the 1990s Cinerama revival at the New Neon Cinema. Fantastic, but not the same as your experience at the Capitol.
Any news of the new 70mm print of 2001:A Space Odyssey appearing at the Fox this summer?
That’s exciting news! Thanks Bill.
73 times? Holy crap! That’s amazing. I think I’ve seen it about five times and once in Cinerama.
Bill, it will be great to hear your impressions of the new print then! Are you going today?
Edward Bowes, aka “Major” Bowes, was the manager of the Capitol Theatre. The mayor of New York in 1931 was Jimmy Walker who is not in this picture.
A live clip of the credits and applause for Nolan and the daughter of Mr. Kubrick
Two more “2001” 70mm engagements noted:
June 13-19: Santa Monica – Aero Theatre/American Cinematheque
July 26-August 5: New York – Museum of the Moving Image
Okay, my brother asked me this and I have no idea of the answer. Anyone?:
Was 2001 filmed in anamorphic 70mm ala “Mad World”? And, if so, are the new prints the same or are they adjusted optically to a non-anamorphic/flat image? He wants to know if what we see now is really the same as what we saw in 1968 at the Cinerama theatre. Thanks for any insight!
The LA Times piece doesn’t say that the original negative no longer exists. It says that the interpositives (I’ll have to look that up) used to make the new prints were made from the original negative in 1999.
Thanks Bill! Because I have no life, this what I did today. With the help of Google, Reddit and Twitter (I also drank coffee and ate coffee cake ;–)
2001: A Space Odyssey – 2018 70mm engagements
May 18-25: New York – Village East
May 18-24: Chicago – Music Box
May 18-28: San Francisco – Castro
May 18-23: Los Angeles – ArcLight Cinemas (including 2 showings at Cinerama Dome)
June 1-14: Boston – Somerville TheatreJune 1-3: Portland – Hollywood Theatre
June 6-?: Toronto – TIFF Bell Lightbox
June 15-25: Brookline MA – Coolidge Corner Theatre
June 16-22: Austin – Ritz Theatre/Alamo DrafthouseJune 16-26: Columbus – Gateway Film Center
June 22-28: Tucson – Loft Cinema
June 29-?: Plymouth MN – Emagine Willow Creek
July 5-12: Silver Springs MD – AFI Silver Theatre
July 6-12: Coral Gables FL – Coral Gables Art Cinema
July 30-31: San Francisco – Alamo Drafthouse New Mission
August 9-12: Detroit – Redford Theatre
August ? : Brooklyn – Alamo Drafthouse
Well, here’s another:Somerville Theatre in Boston June 1 – 14.
“2001: A Space Odyssey” opens June 16, 2018 for a 10-day run of the special 50th anniversary 70mm release by Warner Bros. One of just a few select sites around the country.
Also the Lightbox cinema in Toronto starting June 6. Apparently the only run in Canada, per this article:
Yes, very cool! Good to know about Portland.It’s bizarre to me though that of the many showings during the five-day run at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, only two individual screenings are scheduled for the actual Cinerama Dome theatre, and of course, as you said, they are both sold out. The others have tickets available.