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Thanks Gran for this fine photo. I wish the people that own the Castro Theatre in SF CA (the Nasser Bros) can see this photo and try to get some BLUE lights put in. Everything is dark when they run a movie.
Thanks R8 for the photo. To bad this old theatre near downtown LA just sits closed all these years. Was used as a swap meet but It’s all closed up now. Time for someone to get involved and re open for entertainment.
Thanks Rives for this ad. To bad the Camelot did not keep the D-150 curvescreen. They did replace It with a screen that has a slight curve at least. A great cinema to see a movie in the main theatre. The others in the building are very small.
Thanks CC for the flyer ad. This is one of my favorite demo 3-D Blue Ray movies I own. Saw this when It ran at the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood many years ago. The best 3-D ever is when a fire truck ladder comes out of the TV screen and goes 7 feet into my living room. They don’t make 3-D movies today with that type of effect.
This old cinema is way to small even for a neighborhood theatre. Many people have a larger screen in their home. The owner does not advertise his other two cinemas in SF like the Presidio or the Marina Theatre’s in the newspaper on what is playing and the times. Any one who buys the place is not going to run It as a shoe box cinema they want the land only. If MR Lee the owner want business to boom put a small word ad in the Wed,Friday & Sat SF Chronicle as so many people have no idea these cinemas are still even open. Don’t run the same big opening films the larger multiplex places are showing show some new movies that the other big chains in SF are not booking. Who want’s to see a blockbuster on a tiny screen at the 4**** with no place to park.
Thanks DS for this great photo. This was my neighborhood theatre. It is still around but used as a church and at least they kept the nice marquee up. This was the place to go on Saturday for the kiddie shows. The manager kept the girls separated from the boys. We brought in hidden Caspers hot dogs from next door. Golden State Theatres/United CA Theatres kept on using old stale dogs from the day before and just re heated them for the kids thinking they did not care. May be time for the church folk to move on and turn the Fairfax back into a movie theatre for Oakland CA. A huge theatre for It’s area.
This Todd-AO 70mm print played roadshow here on a flat 70mm screen. To bad they did not play It at the Egyptian Theatre on a curved Todd-AO screen.
I hope all these NY theatres had 4 ch stereo like the ad says. Thanks CC for this great Christmas ad from 1956.
Thanks Neeb for the flyer. Must have been a busy time in the booth with 3 35mm films going each day. Theatre is still there but has ACT plays now and has been fixed up. It’s to bad that they tore down the Embassy Theatre next door. No more movies playing now on Market St except the Century 9 multiplex, when at one time many cinemas were all up and down downtown SF on Market St like the Fox, St Frances, Esquire, Pix, Hub,Guild,State and many more.
Thanks JZ, so nice to see color neon in a theatre lobby these days.
This is to bad. Now the theatre will just sit and rot for many more years. With all the money in this area from very well to do people someone or a local company needs to come on board and get the place open again.
To bad this former 70mm Todd-AO theatre is going to water. They will gut most of the inside like they did the former UA Metro and just keep a few walls up. This former roadshow cinema has had so many plans this new one may never get the water to fill the pool. It will be nice If at least they can get the old neon marquee going again and light it up with ‘Land Of The Pharaoh’s Swim Center’
Thanks Cineast, wow two Super Cinerama® theatres all open at the same time in NYC. I wonder what one had the largest curved screen in 1965? Probably the Warner Cinerama. I think the Cinerama screen at the Loews Capitol was set up on the old stage.
Good news the new manager ‘Kyle’ will again start putting up on the giant neon marquee what is playing in side the Regal 9. The retro nice plastic letters have been missing the last month. A new letter changing pole is on It’s way to the cinema. No more lift each week to change all the letters on the marquee. This will take a little longer but may be safer to use. The movie times for this cinema will soon also be in the Good Times free magazine each week again. Now when you go by the giant lighted sign you can see what is playing and buy a ticket.
Great photo David just before CinemaScope® & Cinerama® hit NYC.
Thanks Rudy for this photo. It was always fun landing at the airport In San Francisco at night and watch what was playing at this old Syufy Drive In. The airplanes came very close to the screen towers overhead. I wonder If they ever showed the film ‘Airport’? I don’t think It was built when the'High & Mighty' was released.
Thanks David for this great classic 1957 CinemaScope® photo of the Fox West Coast Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Hollywood USA. Taken just before they put in the neon dragon marquee that is now gone.
The curtains as of the first week in Dec 2016 are broke and Landmark won’t fix them. The neon marquee has many letters and light bars off and not working. Seems Landmark does not care to fix anything at this time. They blame It on the city of Santa Cruz that owns the Del Mar, Landmark just pays the lease each month. Soon nothing will light up when all the neon goes out.
Thanks Ken what a great curved screen this was in Bristol. I wish more USA movie circuits would put in larger screens with a deep curve plus add curtains that work. Bring back some showmanship.
Visited this cinema today and they are busy putting in the new recliners in about half of the cinema’s at one end of the building. Cinema #13 (the largest screen non Imax in the theatre) is being turned into SF’s fist Dolby Vision Cinema. They removed the small candy counter they never used in front of the new Dolby Cinema entrance. Go visit in the next few weeks to see the old worn seats before they are removed in cinemas #7-#12. Be ready for noisy hammering going on during your movie from the next door cinemas they are working on. Many people left and got a refund! They need to put a sign up in the lobby on the remodel noise going on. Once a former Loews/Sony large complex theatre the seating will be way reduced by the larger seats at the SF Metreon. Same old problem in Cinema#7 and most of the spaces, the red aisle lights shine on the bottom right and left part of the curved screen. At least AMC still has masking that moves not like Cinemark/Century that keeps everything open with boring white screen shown. Things hope to ready with the new seats in some auditoriums by Christmas. They have turned up the sound I think to drown out all the hammering. Bring the workers in at night to do the work please.
Kevin***Is this cinema new? Did It replace the Century Domes in Sacramento ?I’d hope that they would have put in blue lights on the side of this nice semi curved XD Theatre not old boring white strip lights. Thanks for the photos. Seems no one at Century/CineMark has any clue about effect color lights these days.
Wow I hope the THREE STOOGES made it to the stage in all these theatres with such a tight timetable. The kids must have loved to see them plus watch their new film on the big screen not on TV and Mothra as a second attraction. In today’s traffic nightmare there is no way they could have done It and sign autographs too. Thanks NYer for this hot ad.
$75,000 is a good price to have all that work done with the front and marquee. In California the work would run about $300,000 dollars plus!!
Thanks Gran for the photo. I like the CinemaScope® curved extension wings.
Turns out after doing some more investigation the Cinerama Warnors had a metal gate surrounding the outer boxoffice area but the vandals shot out the boxoffice glass with a gun thru the gate. Bullet holes are still in parts of the glass that did not shatter. They may have to put in something on the gate to prevent more bullet danger in the future.