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Mikeoaklandpark commented about AMC Mission Valley 20 on May 16, 2017 at 6:23 pm

Oh wow thanks moviebuff 82. Sounds like a totally different concept. Not sure I would like the rumbling recliners. Regal RPX at least here in Asheville is the pits. I’ve seen 2 films in the RPX theater Sully and Beauty and The Beast and both were shown in regular 2.35 format. Definitely not worth the extra money especially since two of the other screens in this multiplex are much larger.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about AMC Mission Valley 20 on May 15, 2017 at 1:41 pm

Can I ask what is a Dolby Cinema Screen. Is this an AMC exclusive?

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about AMC Classic Granite Run 8 on May 3, 2017 at 12:04 pm

I’ll be in town Sat-next Wed I may have to come back to this theater.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Strand Theatre on May 2, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Thanks to the Frank Theater chain, they ruined a great theater when they took it over from Shriver theaters and chopped it up into 5 screens. They also ruined all the theaters in Wildwood NJ. What a piece of crap theater chain. They were even worse when I worked briefly for them in 1975

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Benson Theatre on Apr 29, 2017 at 10:19 am

The Benn was a RKO Stanley Warner theater. To my knowledge the Benson was not connected with the Benn and RKO SW theaters.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Steel Pier Theatre & Steel Pier Ocean Theatre on Apr 27, 2017 at 11:23 am

Yeah that was in Sommers Point. When they twinned the Ventnor they did a terrible cheap job. The original theater had large screen masking and great curtains. The twinning had none of that.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Steel Pier Theatre & Steel Pier Ocean Theatre on Apr 26, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Me too but I was just a kid so at that time who knew. Yes the Frank’s totally destroyed the Strand In Ocean City. There is a web page of the old Hunts and Shriver theaters. It had beautiful pictures. To think now where our beautiful Steel Pier stood is a casino that’s been in bankruptcy more then once UGH

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Steel Pier Theatre & Steel Pier Ocean Theatre on Apr 25, 2017 at 7:47 am

Yeah the Frank’s ruined the Astor. The original owner Sam Shapiro whom I knew from bingo on the boardwalk was a first class act. he ran two summers in a row The Graduate. I remember when it burned down in the middle 70’s. Frank theaters had already closed it several tears before. Apparently it had amazing murals on the ceilings and beautiful statues. The Frank’s also ruin all the Wildwood and Ocean City theaters either twining them or making them 5 plexes.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Steel Pier Theatre & Steel Pier Ocean Theatre on Apr 24, 2017 at 11:23 am

The old Frank chain was the pits. I worked one summer for a few months at the Embassy and they were really buttholes that didn’t care about customers or employees. When they purchased the Apollo circuit chain which was the Embassy, Apollo and Strand it was the end of another good AC chain just like when Hamid sold his theaters to G & G and the Steel Pier to the owners of Million Dollar Pier.1973 was the last summer for 3 of the 4 boardwalk theaters. The Roxy became Movieworld museum run by Hamid’s son, the Apollo became a burlesque house and the Virginia was closed because the government bought the 900 block and allowed everything except the Virginia to remain open. Hamid’s son told me that they wanted to keep the Virginia open but couldn’t. That was also the last year for the Steel Pier under Hamid who had already sold it but was asked to run it one more year. Fortunately the Strand was sold to private owners and remained open for at least 6 more years. The casino’s ruined our great AC.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Steel Pier Theatre & Steel Pier Ocean Theatre on Apr 24, 2017 at 8:08 am

That was one theater I never went to. It was always the AC theaters and the Ventnor and Margate.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7 on Apr 23, 2017 at 7:03 pm

Photo ADDED

The walls of what was once a landmark movie theater in Asheville are starting to come down.
Demolition begins at Beaucatcher Cinemas

Demolition has begun on the old Beaucatcher Cinemas on Tunnel Road. The theater has been there for decades.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Steel Pier Theatre & Steel Pier Ocean Theatre on Apr 23, 2017 at 5:01 am

Doctor Doolittle was actually at the Hollywood as a roadshow engagement in the summer of 69. The Sand Pebbles was the summer before. Doctor Dolittle ended and Boom with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton opened August 8. You apparently grew up in Philly and spent summers in AC like I did.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Steel Pier Theatre & Steel Pier Ocean Theatre on Apr 22, 2017 at 11:42 am

Ah I remember those days well. Once the first showing started it was continuous until the last show unless it was a roadshow engagement and they generally had 2 shows daily. I don’t remember Patton playing at the Shore? was it during the winter months and was it a roadshow engaement? The only other roadshow engagement I know that played during the winter months was The Lion In Winter at the Charles in 69

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7 on Apr 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Please update to demolished. UGH

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Steel Pier Theatre & Steel Pier Ocean Theatre on Apr 17, 2017 at 12:24 pm

The Center did stop using the curtain. If memory serves me correct. The Hollywood and Center were the only ones that stay open all year. The Shore did the winter after Oliver.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Steel Pier Theatre & Steel Pier Ocean Theatre on Apr 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm

The Shore also had The Bible and Oliver. I think they ended up there because the other theaters except for the Roxy had roadshow films which brings us back to why the Roxy was never used for roadshow engagements. I know the Center did not have masking when it went to porn films but I saw What’s Up Doc there and can’t remember if they had masking or not. I was only in the Hollywood once and it was $1.00 theater in 78 and had no masking or curtains then. Actually the year Oliver was at the Shore and Funny Girl at the Center, 1969 the Hollywood had what was the big scandal X film of it’s day I Am Curious Yellow. They kept a cop at the box office all day. Today that film would probably be rated R. Considering the Hollywood was much bigger then the Shore Oliver should have played there. Love the big curved screen the Center had.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about UA Main Street 6 on Apr 16, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Glad they are keeping the theater and putting money into it rather then redevelop it for commercial use

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Cinemark Asheville 14 on Apr 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm

The theater has been fully renovated with luxury recliners in all theaters and reserved seating. The only thing Cinemark didn’t do yet is put in new screens. they have a new digital projection and sound system. Please update in the above synopsis.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Cinebarre Biltmore Square on Apr 14, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Status still needs to be updated to retia. It is a store called R&H

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Steel Pier Theatre & Steel Pier Ocean Theatre on Apr 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm

I think the aspect ratio at the Casino was always 1.66. Yes you never saw the screen raised in the music hall. If you remember the music hall also had no masking which considering all the curtains they had was strange. In the later years the Casino used the navy blue curtain instead of the masking. This seemed to be the case with Hamid’s theaters. The Virginia the main roadshow theater had no masking or curtains and neither did the Shore. The Hollywood, Center and Roxy did. Why the Roxy was not the roadshow house is beyond me. It was double the size of the Virginia and had a balcony.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Steel Pier Theatre & Steel Pier Ocean Theatre on Apr 13, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Yeah the original screen in the Casino was great. It fit the whole length of the stage. It was interesting that the 1.85 aspect ratio films on that screen were very square almost like a 16 mm print.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Apr 10, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Bobby S the AMC/Carmike merger went through. They started in Florida first and last month NC. My local theater officially became an AMC theater March 30. Carmike was the worst chain ever.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Steel Pier Theatre & Steel Pier Ocean Theatre on Apr 8, 2017 at 9:30 am

The Midway was the Tony Grant Theater. When they demolished the music hall they changed the name of the Casino to the music hall. Yes, the one time I went in 77 the screen that fit the size of the stage was gone. They had a small screen that they hung in the wall so they could use the stage for the show. If I remember correctly they built the stage out a little too.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Steel Pier Theatre & Steel Pier Ocean Theatre on Apr 6, 2017 at 12:49 pm

The Midway was literally half way between the marine Ballroom and the Music Hall. I never remember it as the Ocean theater. It was a decent size theater with a nice stage and curtains that said Tony Grant Stars of Tomorrow. The whole demolition of the center of the pier was so stupid. They put international thrill rides there and the first summer it was open a hurricane came through and destroyed them and the back of the pier. The Music Hall had side balconies. The screen they put in the Casino when they changed it to the Music Hall was horrible. It literally was a screen about the size of a screen you would use at home for home movies. I went to the pier once and never went back after the demolition.

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Mikeoaklandpark commented about Steel Pier Theatre & Steel Pier Ocean Theatre on Apr 3, 2017 at 2:21 pm

The Marine Ballroom had a small balcony. The main floor was standing room only.I also spent summers in ACT and at the pier from 67-78. When George Hamid sold the pier to the owners of Million Dollar Pier they ruined it especially destroying the Music Hall and Midway theaters. The Casino did not cut it for movies and stage shows. The Marine Ballroom was destroyed by fire in the early 70 and replaced with the Golden Dome Ballroom. The music hall had lots of curtains but no masking. The screen in the 60 was moved from the Virginia Theater across the boardwalk to the music hall. The screen was pulled up for the vaudeville shows and you could see Virginia Theater on the bottom metal of the screen. The Casino had both masking and curtains and eventually the main curtain was used for the masking.