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So very sorry to hear of David Kleiler’s passing. Boston’s reputation as a haven for movie fans owes much to his efforts with the Coolidge.
The former owners of Off the Wall are VERY sad to learn of the passing of David Kleiler, a man who was as much of a Boston institution as the Coolidge Corner Theater (http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/215), which he saved and maintained. He was a true friend of independent cinema and, we’re proud to say, a friend of ours.
jonathan_o, thanks for the memories! You’re probably right when you say there’ll never be another place like it, but hold onto your Lifetime Membership, just in case! :–)
Steve Burstein. Hmmm. Didn’t you once do a routine about the Three Stooges performing Shakespeare?
I did work there. I was usually behind the counter doling out cheesecake and congo bars, running the projector or cleaning up between shows. Sometimes all three! I still have my lifetime membership, of course. Hope you have yours!
rausifer, thank you for holding onto that ancient footage all these years and especially for posting it! It was really fun to see Michael and David and the theatre (and the funky old office). It really brought me back. Looking forward to the finished piece.
Hey, looking forward!
A true classic. RIP George Coe.
Hey thestarofmyworld, that’s very cool! Do you remember any particular animations or experiences you had there?
Very cool, thedragonb! What year(s) would that have been? Do you remember any particular shows?
YOW! Really looking forward, rausifer!
Louis C.K. credits Off the Wall with giving him his start — or at least giving him the confidence to become a comedian. Ron Lynch, i hope you see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_86754&feature=iv&src_vid=r1PZGNcefio&v=GeDgiWkx7u4
Rausifer — Too cool! Let us know when it’s posted!
Nat Segaloff, as I live and breathe! Last we heard you had gone off to LA and done a bunch of good things. Definitely Boston’s loss. So glad you remember some of those really special OTW moments. Weren’t you there for Chuck Jones' appearance as well?
I remember seeing “Goldfinger” there too! But it was in a double-feature with “Dr. No,” so it was probably a second release. They used to do that in the days before DVDs.
Yeah, it’s amazing how many movies I remember seeing there! So simple on the outside; so opulant on the inside.
Well, thanks! Let us know if you find any more Off the Wall gems…
I wonder what happened to ALbert Lamb, the piano player in that clip?
Michael N, it was great to hear you on ‘MBR. Brought back the OTW days, especially “Intro to the Outro.”
Mike, for god’s sake, don’t leave us hanging!
This would make robust content for an Off the Wall tribute site! Anyone interested?
Thanks for the latest installment, Michael. Keep ‘em coming! In the meantime, here’s Larry Silverman himself, sneaking an Off the Wall promo into an episode of “We Don’t Knock” on channel 38 in Boston. That’s resident Off the Wall pianist Albert Lamb on the piano. Oh, you have to sit through Dana Hersey at the Rat first…
Yes Michael, I DID notice that “Quasi at the Quackadero” was inducted! By the way, Ron Lynch (late of the Comedy Clubhouse) was asking about you just the other day.
I have memories of the Warner going back to at least 1964! It was really a beautiful theater at one time. Does anyone know what happened to the clock in the auditorium that advertised the hardware store across the street? I’d pay some real money for that!
Thanks, Tuxguys and all! Always good to hear from someone else who remembers Off the Wall. I first went there during the same summer and for the same animation program that you did, Tuxguys, and I became very attached to the place later. Y'know, watching those eye-popping Fleisher cartoons in my own living room, even with coffee and cheesecake, just isn’t the same as watching them in a darkened theater full of animation fans. OK, so sometimes it was just three or four fans, but still… Whenever I’m in Central Square I still glance down Main Street expecting to see the Off the Wall banner and plate glass facade on the corner of Green Street.