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The last 35mm film to play at The Boulder was “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Friday, October 17th, 2014. Doors opened at 7:30pm, live preshow entertainment/activities typical of RHPS screenings occurred between 8:00 and 8:45pm and film hit the screen at 8:45pm. Projectionists were Mr. John Templeton (a union projectionist/stage hand/audio engineer since December 11th, 1973 and projectionist at The Boulder since March of
1973) and myself, Mr. Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez (projectionist for over 15 years and union projectionist since 2007, projectionist at The Boulder since March of 2007). Theater was sold out. I literally just tore out the booth with Mr. Templeton less than an hour ago (Monday, October 20th, 2014 9:45am-12:30pm). The booth will be used in the foreseeable future for spotlights and a DCP system will also be brought in occasionally for film festivals and special screenings. All other cinema screenings will be presented on a non-permanent, small digital projector and Bluray/DVD player mounted downstairs at the sound rack.
Went digital summer of 2014
Promotional tape measure from former Windsor Theater business partner Ted Knox’s theater supply company.
Backing view of carpet installed in the Wondsor Theater in 1954
Unused original remnant of carpet installed in Windsor Theater in 1954
Front view of carpet installed in the Windsor Theater in 1954
This exact same carpet was also installed in the home of Mickey and Ola Stanger, former owners.
Not closed-as of now, at least. Just googling the name and city pulls up a very active Facebook page and Google says they’re currently playing “Lucy”.
Seated 500 according to the Film Daily Yearbook of 1942. Also listed as closed that same year.
Seated 1,200 according to the Film Daily Yearbook of 1942
Seated 810 according to the Film Daily Yearbook of 1942
Seated 1,363 according to the Film Daily Yearbook of 1942
Listed as The Emerson and seating 362 in the 1942 Film Daily Yearbook
Listed and as seating 250 in the 1942 Film Daily Yearbook
Seated 712 according to the Film Daily Yearbook of 1942
Seated 360 according to Film Daily Yearbook of 1942. Also listed as closed that year.
Seated 572 according to Film Daily Yearbook of 1942
By the way, not to be rude or go off topic but this whole “looks closed”/“appears to have closed” business that plagues Cinema Treasures (and too often, erroneously gets statuses changed) is getting old. This is a VERY important website used for dozens of different purposes by thousand of different people so accuracy really is of paramount importance-please research things before making statements. Remember, many of these theaters in sleepy little towns, especially ones with elderly owners/operators/staff/volunteers (which is often the case) appear quite stagnate while continuing to operate as usual. Additionally, these little theaters will often randomly close temporarily due to lack of pictures to show, competing school athletic events, town events, needed repairs, etc without being gone for good. Not only can these misleading comments cause problems for historians but a good deal of the general public uses this site to find theaters for various reasons-do you really want to steer potential customers/interested visitors from these struggling little venues because they falsely believe it’s closed? Be careful,please!
Says “Twin Cities” as opposed to “Twin City” but this speaker positively was harvested from this theater.
Needs to be changed to open-the theater is alive and well. Already made the digital conversion as well so I’d say they aren’t going anywhere either…
The Silver City Cinema is not and never was the same theater as the Liberty Bell/Fox. The Silver City Cinema was a single screen theater that was built into a completely different, one story building, back in the 1980s or 90s. The said building had never been a theater before this conversion and the Silver City Cinema closed just a few years ago leaving Leadville with no movie theaters.
The Liberty Bell later became the Fox,burned down in the 1960s and the ruins were demolished. I do not know much past this however.
The Tabor Opera House was located right across the street and also served as a movie theater from the teens through roughly the 1950s. I have heard tales about how the two venues (Tabor and Liberty Bell/Fox) often shared a projectionist who kept busy running across the street throughout the night.
The name and history in this listing, needless to say, needs some drastic revision as it is completely misleading and inaccurate. The Silver City Cinema needs its own listing and the status of this theater needs to be listed as closed/demolished.
According to an old matchbook I own (uploading an image soon), the address is 12600 East Colfax
One film I forgot to mention in the Honorable Mentions is:
“They Live” (1988, Color & B&W, 2.35, 35mm, 93min)
Sunday, April 17th at 7:00pm ONLY
Please do NOT replace you’re current projectors…especially the Motiograph, which in my opinion is the finest machine ever made. The Motiograph tends to be very forgiving, even when one neglects to maintain them, although this is never acceptable. I have an old Motiograph AAA in one of my theaters that still runs like a charm, every night, and has never given us any trouble. In fact, all but two of my theaters have 50-70 year old projectors and the only two theaters I have consistent booth problems with are the two with 10 year old equipment.
Your equipment can be as good as new with a little work by a tech experienced with such equipment. So long as you have upgraded to red readers for the sound, your equipment is far from obsolete and will most likely outlive the newborn babies born yesterday!
With the exception of Century (who was still making quality equipment into the early 1980s), the projectors of the past 35 years are mostly junk. Especially when you start dealing with the belt-driven and inexpensively made Christie, Kinoton and Horizon projectors which are what are widely used in modern movie theaters.
I’m not sold on the fact that digital will be taking over any time soon however assuming it does, your best bet still would be to simply take care of what you presently have until you can convert.
By the way, I’m not speaking as an “old timer” set in my ways…I am actually in my 20s and quite progressive regarding the operation of my theaters. I grew up in the business and currently run 8 theaters. I know what works and what does not…especially in the booth.
KEEP YOUR OLD MACHINES! You are very fortunate to have them!