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The King & I is playing on the postcard, I was told in 1958, the year the cinema opened.
Hmm, One could be a Victoria machine, I’m not sure now! In this photo I think one has already been removed.
The above mentioned photograph is black&white, but not vintage. It was taken in April 2006.
I’d say in the ‘70s it was restyled to a space-age 2001 style! Thanks for linking to my photos, Ken.
You have to take in account that there’s not many modern titles available on 16mm (I’m not sure about the US, but I would say pretty much nothing after the year 2000) and could also consider Blu-Day and a Full-HD projector, which will have a quality comparable to 16mm although the master used for the Blu-ray have been digitally restored and will more than often look amazing and prestine, while older 16mm prints can look quite used.
Don’t get me wrong – I’ve been a projectionist for the last 14 years and am a film programmer as well as a collector, but Blu-Ray is something you should consider given it’s ease of use and setup.
Just revisited the Lux today. It recently reopened after a 5 year closure. It’s no longer a single screen theater but a multisal: the 1,000 seat auditorium has been split up in 3 theaters, the original three entrances in the basement have been shut and are plastered up and now has a bar in front of it. The rest of the lush marble is still intact and very much worth a visit. I took lotsa pictures.
The exterior, as well as the whole galleria is in scaffolding. Renovation to the gorgious arcade should be done in september.
Somehow flickr changed the setnumber of my above photo, so the new link is View link
Here’s a decent scan of a postcard from my collection, same as the cropped part above:
Here’s a vintage view of Soliman Pasha street with the Metro on the right (and the Miami on the left), from my postcard collection:
I bet he has his own private cinÃ©.
I purchased a postcard of the Prado around 1921 which I scanned and put on my Flickr stream: View link
I’d say it’s from it’s opening year, this is when postcards are usually made of cinemas, although of course it could be older. I date it at 1921 since that is when THE KID (which is advertised) is released. Who knows which film that Viola Dana stars in could be translated as ‘Millonaria por una hora’ (millionaire for an hour) from around that era?
Other theaters that would like to hold Beauty Pageants, be warned! Haven’t these people seen LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE?
So which old theater has a clean basement? Sheesh.. okay, so it’s paint..
The name of the architect also remains on the facade, “Auguste Bahrmann, Arch'te 1914”, next to the left G, which makes me believe the facade was created in 1914.
See a recent photo of the facade that I took in my flickr stream:
haha, congratulations, nice cameo.
A bit off topic, but here’s an article by Greg Foster, IMAX’s President of Filmed Entertainment. He talks about IMAX 3-D and Digital 3-D
When IMAX unveiled their mystic D-Cinema plan at Cinema Expo last year, I was baffled. All their masterplan consisted of was retrofitting existing screens, by removing the first two rows of seats and then putting in the biggest screen possible, slightly tilting it forward. The booth would hold two new IMAX 2K projectors, although other projectors could also be used. There was not mention of why the projectors were only 2K, and my guess was they needed two for the light output.
See more on the blog www.liemax.com which also holds a Google Map that shows proper IMAX theaters and the newer tiny retrofitted ones. Time for me to submit the one here in Amsterdam.
I stopped buying DVD’s some time ago too, thinking I would replace them with Blu-rays too. But then I figured they take up too much shelf space (my house is tiny) for what I do with them (I watch perhaps 1 DVD a month) too, and I could indeed just borrow BD’s from friends or go for pay-per-view, not to mention the many movies that are waiting to be seen on my PVR. The necessity to own the film has passed, I’m less materialistic these days, and my guess is that this is happening worldwide, like the article mentions in the end. I also think that’s a good thing! I went through my 500 DVD collection and took a serious look, found 120 DVD’s I felt I would never or perhaps watch again and donated them to the School for the Arts I teach at.
Time is also a great issue. So much to do, so much to see, and I don’t even have to pay to see a movie (as an art house manager/programmer, I have a special pass that allows me free entrance in any theatre in The Netherlands).
Here’s a recent postcard from my collection:
A hi-res scan of the postcard at the top of the page can be seen in my flickr stream:
Gorgeous place, the exterior doesn’t seem to be in such a bad shape judging from the photos posted above. Notice all the detail in the tiny tiles on the facade!
Yes, good job, Ken!
A better, hi-res scan of the postcard showing the interior can be seen in my flickr stream: View link
As my card wasn’t posted, I can’t say from when it was, but I bet the photo was taken around the opening as is so often the case with postcards promoting a theater.
A large, hi-res scan of the above postcard can be found in my flickr stream: View link
The card was stamped on December 26th, 1919, unfortunately no definite proof that DeMille’s CARMEN screened here in 1915, it may still have been a reprise like Warren suggests.
People are sending text messages in cinemas from their cellphones all the time, so why not let them do this from the ease and comfort of their own couch at home so they don’t have to bother other patrons in a cinema?
Nothing in the article isn’t really new, or hasn’t already been talked about. Small beamers in cellphones and the likes, interactive options in BDs, etc. Also, you should know that today’s kids don’t do a single thing at one time, they are permanently multitasking, and for them this is a normal way of undergoing movies, music, TV, the internet, social gatherings, or even class. I see this every day. Times are a Changin', my friends.