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Hi, Cimarron. Welcome to the party! The fact that you’re late doesn’t matter, so don’t worry about it. My love for West Side Story, which began with my introduction to the music back in the summer of 1962, while attending day camp out in Tucson, AZ, prior to entering the sixth grade, when a girl in the group I was with brought in a copy of the LP album soundtrack of the Broadway stage version of West Side Story, and played it for the group. It was then that my love of West Side Story instantly took off, and has continued, unabated, to this day.
I first saw the movie version of West Side Story around Christmastime of 1968, as a high school Senior, and fell in love with this great classic from the start, and I love it still. The first time I saw the film West Side Story in the theatre, it did include an intermission. I’ve admittedly seen West Side Story more times than I can count, some with the intermissions, some without. More recent showings have included the Intermission, however, and I’ve seen some digitally-restored, HD versions of this film too, including showings with live renditions of the musical score from the film by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which added a whole new dimension to an already-fantastic classic film.
p. s. Pardon my rambling.
Radio City Music Hall….a magnificent theatre! May it never, ever bite the dust like so many other theatres here in the United States have done.
Hmmmmm….it’s difficult to know whether or not shorter trailers will alter the movie experience (for me, anyhow) at all. Probably not for me, though. Whether or not shorter movie trailers should be implemented really does depend on the individual film, however.
I saw “American Graffiti” 41 years ago, when it first came out, and liked it a great deal. I’ve also seen a number of the James Bond movies, which were also very cool. It’s good to see the great older films re-emerge.
It’s only a matter of time, imho, before other film companies start to really follow suit. Here’s keeping my fingers crossed for smaller, independent non-profit movie theatres and hoping they stay afloat and in business, whether they convert to digital projection or not.
That’s a good question. I kind of get the feeling that it’s yet another attempt to drive the few smaller, independent non-profit movie theatres that’re left here in the United States out of business, but that’s just my take on it. The dinner-and-a-movie concept is a good idea, but it would have to apply to all movie theatres, eventually.
Also, if AMC avoided playing only the schlockier films that’re coming out nowadays, it might be feasible, but who knows?
I, too hope that the year 2014 brings success to the movie industry and that it continues to boom, and that more of the older classics are also played along with newer ones. Digital projection is the wave of the future, it seems. I’ve seen at least a couple of really great old classic films that’re digitally restored: “West Side Story” (my all time favorite film, hands down!), and “Lawrence of Arabia”. I think that there are other classics that’re restored, and that there may be more coming down the road, if one gets the drift.
A belated Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year to everybody here in CinemaTreasure.org.
Radio City Music Hall….aaaaahhh, yes! I remember seeing a special 40th-year Anniversary screening of the great, golden-oldie-but-goody classic film, West Side Story back in early October of 2001, with some friends, among 5 or 6 thousand other people, and loving every minute of it! What a spectacular theatre for such a spectacular event!
Although I don’t reside in the Buffalo, NY area, here’s hoping that the Market Arcade can and will make the move towards digital by raising the money for it. I wish the theatre owner(s) and the Buffalo, NY area residents all the best of luck to keep their only movie theatre in town open!
I’ve admittedly never come across any “flaming” or other antagonisms on this site personally, but reading/hearing about them is sufficient enough to be grateful for the new anti-flaming/insults policy. Thanks again, Ross.
What a nice-looking movie theatre! Although I don’t reside in Ogonquit, ME, I sincerely hope that they’re able to raise the necessary funds for going digital.
I know I’m late in responding here, but here’s hoping that everybody had a great Thanksgiving.
What a great photo! Thanks for posting it!
Thanks for the new rules against flaming, Ross. They’re a welcome breath of fresh air. I wish the owners/proprietors of more forums/websites and chatrooms had such rules.
The idea of a corporation like Honda getting involved in saving drive-in theatres by giving them free digital projection is new to me! If that’s really happening, then it’s fantastic (in a good way, that is.)!
Although I’m not a resident of Owego, NY, I wish the community all the best of luck in raising the funding for the necessary conversion to digital projection. Both of the independent, non-profit theatres in my area had to do it, and I’m glad to see that they’re both still operating as a result. It’s hard when a cherished movie theatre bites the dust.
Again, all the best of luck to the Owego community.
Whatever’s comfortable for people…that’s what’s important. Imho, stadium-type seating definitely provides a direct view of the movie theatre screen without looking at the backs of people’s heads, plus it’s probably less of a strain on people with neck problems, etc., because they’re not looking up, if one gets the drift.
I like to sit in the middle of the movie theatre, preferably in an aisle seat, or as close to the aisle as possible.
While the movie theatre ratings are guidelines that don’t have to be enforced, one must also bear in mind, however, that there are some movies that’re clearly not appropriate for kids to see due to lots of “blue” language, explicit sex, violence, and extreme graphicness.
Scrapping the plans for an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on Manhattan’s West Side:
That’s too bad. Although I don’t reside in NY at all, I was sort of hoping that the plan would go through, and that maybe it would pave the way for a possibility for an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema here in the Boston area. I like their zero-tolerance policy regarding texting/cell phone use in the movie theatre during the movie(s). We could use some of that in theatres here!
Too bad! Another one bites the dust. (sigh)
Although I don’t reside in the area, it’s sad to read/hear of yet another movie theatre having to close its doors.
I like that PSA Vimeo video about the anti-texting/talking/cellphone use during the movies in the Alamo Drafthouse. It would be so great if more movie theatres throughout the United States had this sort of a zero-tolerance policy towards texting/cellphone use in the movies.
I’m agreeing with hdtv267 about the texting/cellphone use, and unnecessary talking, etc., in the movie theatres. He’s got some points, and if movie theatre managers want to keep the movie business going, they’ll have to get tougher on people who text, talk, and do other annoying stuff in the movie theatres.
Imho, there’s nothing wrong whatsoever with a 40th-year Anniversary celebration/screening of a cool movie. I saw “American Graffiti” 40 years ago, when it first came out, and thought it was a pretty cool movie. I wouldn’t mind seeing that one again, at some point.
This kind of texting, cell/smart phone use, and unnecessary, prolonged talking in movies really shouldn’t be tolerated. I agree with Trolleyguy…this kind of stuff really shouldn’t be tolerated. I personally think that managers of theatres should make hard-and-fast rules against all of the above behaviors in their theatres, enforce them, and administer swift justice in the form of evicting persistent troublemakers from the movie theatre(s) with no refunds if they persist on behaving like that. If people act like children, they should be treated like children.