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Joe – Thanks for the article. I can’t wait to read it.
I may have mentioned elsewhere, I was still living in an apartment beside the Grand when the demolition began. The destruction of the old Brunswick was spectacular (and depressing).
Great ad. I saw this at Loew’s REGENT, Harrisburg, PA. Immediately went out an bought “Rock Around the CLock”!
THE PIRATE on a double-bill ? ? ? Great ad though.
TOOT, WHISTLE, the first ‘Scope/stereo cartoon, very inventive. You can still hear the stereo on some of the Disney DVDs. FANTASIA was cropped to make it look wide-screen.
One of the twin theaters in Park City Mall in Lancaster (Pa.) eventually showed porn. The other one screened regular films.
I seem to remember the Star was also known for showing obscure B movies, westerns and such, during the ‘50s (much like the downtown Rio).
As I’ve noted elsewhere, the Senate was where I first experienced the Disney features (including the reissue of FANTASIA)and the great UI science fiction films of the ‘50s, some in 3-D. Also the first CinemaScope films in Hbg. (that the State did not get).
I have nothing against porn but I hated to see the beloved Senate go that route. I often wanted to go in to see what my old favorite theater was like before it closed but I did not want to blight some of my favorite movie memories.
Please see my new photo of the Main interior with vintage light fixtures.
This is a great shot. It’s wonderful to see (obscured behind the flags and under the marquee) the film poster material they used to plaster around the entrance and a film (and short subjects!) on the marquee. I remember all that well. My photos were unfortunately taken after Loew’s REGENT closed.
Thanks for the link.
That is amazing! Thanks for the link. The Box Office site looks really interesting.
What goes round comes round. Sometimes……
I think the Fabians also owned the Colonial Theatre in Harrisburg.
Stony Brook Drive-In FLICKr album:
Found some new color slides of the SENATE I took in 1982. These are some of the best yet. Here’s a link to one I just added:
It also was a great theater-going city in the same era. I saw many Broadway try-outs there. It was sort of the twilight of the great Broadway musicals but I saw some unusual ones.
Greatest coup: seeing Sondheim’s ANYONE CAN WHISTLE! At the Forrest, as I recall. I got Lee Remick’s autograph after the performance.
I think the legit theaters may have been among the first to go.
For Plaza Cinema photo see:
IN HARM’S WAY –
I saw this on the big screen at the Grand. They used to post window card-type posters on the walls of downtown Lancaster around the theater.
So I had a beautiful copy of this Saul Bass design in black-and-white with blue accents. Wish I still had it. The RCA soundtrack (Jerry Goldsmith) LP cover is similar.
Notice Mrs. Otto Preminger’s autograph on the page (from an AMPAS tribute to Preminger).
She worked on the costumes for the film.
Ar the risk of being compulsive, here is a lighter variation of the Colonial color transparency which shows up the marquee better.
Take your choice:
This is a grainy and not especially good crop of the Colonial marquee. I wish I had a better one.
But my FLICKr caption give a detailed description of the unusual L-shaped entrance/vestibule area which had doors on both Market St. and 3rd St. and enclosed a commercial business which was on the corner of those streets.
It’s also of interest because the marquee is no longer advertising movies, but Harrisburg’s traditional balloon parade (which I remember from when I was a kid) and an “Elvis” concert!
Just found this color slide of the Colonial Theatre:
Photo of the 2006 revival of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA at the El Capitan.
I would love to have seen those films there!
As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, right out of college I used to have an apartment in the middle of this same block in Lancaster’s late, lamented “theater district.” At 123 N. Queen until the entire block (and, of course, ALL the theaters, FOUR great old vintage venues) were razed around me.
It was just a few doors down from the Grand.
Thanks for the post.
“And at a deadly pace"
IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE
to the Senate:
Thanks, John. As I’ve said, as I kid I first discovered movies at the SENATE over many downtown Saturday matinees. The re-issues of the Disney classic features and the first releases of PETER PAN, THE LIVING DESERT, etc.
Also of course great UI sci-fi thrillers, several in 3-D.
So for better or worse, it’s still a part of my consciousness.
I recently discovered a few color slides of the Senate I didn’t know I had. Exteriors, such as the one I just put on FLICKr. I’ll add them from time to time.
Wish I had some of the interior. I do remember it was a kind of salmon pink with large white Art Deco lights on the side walls.
Yes, a great little movie house.
Here is a new close-up photo of the Senate entrance doors and electric eye: