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Wow Mike thanks for the photo. The color must have looked great on the curtain. You won’t find our small shoe box theatres today with such a nice curtain, just a plain old white screen.
Good news thanks to Scott one of the managers at Theatre Delmar the great red waterfall curtains are working again as of Oct 7 2017. We hope Scott like before can also put in a cue for the curtains to close again on the last 10sec of trailers then open again on the main feature. Showmanship is back at Landmark in Santa Cruz! Now let’s go to work on the neon marquee repair project.
Someone in Boulder Creek that has old 8x10 photos or of the outside or inside of the Burl Theatre or ad flyers needs to put them inside the radio station windows or pizza place now inside this former cinema building. Most young people have no idea this still open building with a second floor added was once the local movie theatre for Boulder Creek CA. It does say on the roof Burl Building. Thanks Terry
Thanks David for this great photo. I met John Ashley when I worked at the Fox Oakland Theatre in Oakland Ca during my high school days as loge usher. MR McDougal the Fox West Coast manager had him on stage along with some other stars from one of those AI beach type films that was so popular. The kids loved all the stars being live in person. Nothing like this today as most cinemas have no stage, no curtains and no showmanship!
Thanks John for the new photo. Glad they saved this cinema and kept the main theatre plus added more cinemas on the side. The only thing they forgot to put in was some color lights inside like the old large theatre had. Just boring white lights, no curtains in the main grand auditorium like It had before and a flat screen. I think this new movie cinema addition to downtown Woodland will bring people back downtown. Now ‘Cinema West’ can add some color led bulbs on the side walls when they start making some candy counter money now that that the long remodel is finished.
Thanks Aeterna for this great photo. Someone must have in their neon collection the TODD-AO neon sign from the marquee I hope from this old roadshow 70mm cinema or was It just dumped in the dumpster?
Cinerama rip off. Shown in 70mm on a flat screen in most of the theatres that showed this ‘Cinerama Is Back print’. People that never saw the original curved screen 3 projector movie wondered about the problems with the lines and different color sections as they did not do a good job transferring to 70mm. The only thing that didn’t sound bad was the soundtrack at least It had 6 track mag stereo surround sound, missing a few channels from the original mag track. One of the few original Cinerama Theatres showed It in 70mm on their curved screen with curtains correct at the Cinerama Dome Hollywood, they never had 3 projectors to start with till later on, mostly just ran 70mm roadshow and Super 70mm Cinerama titles.
So nice they kept the large theatre and added on smaller cinemas next door. Now lets get them to put in some color lights and curtains in the large original State Theatre space like It had in the past. Bring some showmanship back to downtown Woodland.
Thanks for the info. I wonder If this new cinema will just be small screens like so many new ones recently in NYC or will they have a few larger screens and seating? We will have to wait and see.
Thanks NYer for the ‘Patton’ ad. Strange Fox opened at this theatre in NY as I don’t think they had a large curved D-150 screen like the Rivoli did. ‘Patton’ was one of the few 70mm films that used the D-150 system along with the ‘Bible’. Does anyone know how big the 70mm screen at the Criterion was and did It have some sort of a curve to It. I assume they had curtains that worked.
A sad day for the Oaks Theatre. At least It won’t be torn down like the Laurel Theatre in Oakland was a few months ago. To bad some company did not come thru and turn the space into a live music or classic film cinema. Coming soon a rock climbing gym for people that don’t want to get cold,hot or wet doing it outside with real rock walls. I hope they don’t trash the inside and keep some of the deco part of the cinema. Keep the screen and show videos of every movie that has a rock climbing part to It. These rock gym people may get into It. Thanks for keeping the neon marquee for now.
Thanks CC for this ad. So long to Jerry Lewis this week. They both had some great movies in Paramounts VistaVision® Was too young to see them in person at the Fox Theatre in San Francisco in the early the 50’s on stage. The kids loved them!!!!!
So sad this great little Laurel Theatre has been taken down. This was my neighborhood theatre as a kid along with the Fairfax in Oakland. Golden State Theatres/United California Theatres ran some great kid shows with KARTOONASCOPE. The Laurel was a church the last few years. I missed going over and taking some photos on It’s last days. They always had nice curtains and blue lights on them. UA wanted more cash with the art films and changed the name to Cine 7. The local Catholic church St Laurence O' Tools sent out notes to protest the change I remember. They brought back reg films after a few months. The city of Oakland could care less about these old classic movie buildings that could have re born as a new entertainment place.
Thanks CC for this great ad. It must have been something to see this giant curved Cinemircle screen with curtains in 1958 at the Chinese Theatre. My THS friend Ted Gooding was there and he has told me many stories of the giant curtain when It opened so slow and the sounds of the ocean waves thru the many surround speakers around the Fox Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood CA USA. While the new tall Imax screen now in place is nice, I wish I could have seen the wrap around curve that The Cinemiracle screen produced with all 3 projectors coming from the new downstairs projection booth with mirrors.
Some one needs to re open this theatre as the Berkeley college area and East Bay are under screened. Good place for Drafthouse Cinemas to open?????
The Coliseum Theatre still has the whole top half left where the balcony was, intact above the false ceiling of the store below. I took a tour a few years ago, they keep this part of the old theatre closed off to the public. It just sits there year after year gathering dust seats and all. Someone needs to open the top part for shows and events, it is a large space. I remember as a kid going into this theatre, It had one of the steepest aisles going down to the screen. A big slant when walking to your seat in the dark.
David thanks for the vending photos. How many times with these theater lobby soda machines did just a cup of crushed ice come out and no soda???? Strange you could not take drinks to your seats, what a waste of money. That rug near the machine must have gotten very sticky over time. Where was the cig machine?
I new the last Fox West Coast manager for this great theatre Jack McDougal before they tore her down. Jack had to manage both the Fox Oakland and the Senator just before it closed. A tough old money saving manager Jack was. National General Corp/Fox West Coast loved how he could save money on these old huge movie palaces. I could write a book some day, I may. Thanks Granola for the the early photo. This theatre was not built like the others in downtown Oakland but more up towards going to Berkeley. It was still in the city of Oakland CA.
This new film was filmed mostly in Boston MA not Detroit Mich. While the old news film that is used was shot in Detroit in the 60’s It was a big loss to all the film tech people in the Detroit Mich area that they filmed It way out of town,they lost the needed film work.
Looks like a electric neon type fire or was the marquee even on? Hope they can save the main theatre.
Are the theatres at the Flicks small with 100 seats per cinema or is one larger then the other with a bigger screen? Looks like they are the only theatre in the Boise area that get art type films. To bad the other larger cinemas around town with giant screens and more seats don’t book these small type art films also. Some do very well by word of mouth with the seniors or students. Time for Landmark Cinemas to take over some place???
Thanks Richie great to see our friends at the Pacific Cinerama Dome Hollywood advertise they are showing 70mm this week on the giant Cinerama® curved screen in true 70mm film. This is something you won’t see to often. Thanks to Pacific Theatres and Warner Bros!!!!!
Thanks to the former Fox Cinerama Hollywood Portland they still show 70mm film prints from time to time and the screen is as little curved. They need to do a fund raiser or extra fee for screen curtains and color lights for the large downstairs cinema.
Thanks TG great old photo. And to think the theatre in Oakland is still growing strong today with 70mm film showing this week.
The New Mission Theatre Dunkirk 70mm film looked nice, crisp and clear with some of the best stereo surround with base in San Francisco. This is the first time in many years so many 70mm film prints are playing around the SF Bay area. Many shows are sold out this weekend. If your in SF CA try to see It at the Drafthouse New Mission Theatre on Mission ST. One of the few cinemas left in the area that has curtains that work.