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I may have left to early when the full screen came on. Strange you can look back on past posts to read that the Chinese Imax was to be the only Imax theatre with curtains and moving masking. As the movie I guess did open up later on the (Games) segment I think they just kept the masking up. Lets see the next time they show a full scope print in the middle part of the square screen and see If they lower the black border masking. The Hollywood preview editors must have a fit seeing the pre show trailers ruined by stray light from curtain lights left in the dim position.
Visited the new Chinese Imax this past Thursday night for the 7PM Hunger show, only 11 people in the theatre. While the place looks great I found some problems. The curtains are nice and they open at best slow speed. During the previews all the trailers were ruined as they kept the curtains red/blue lights on the giant screen about half level as when the curtains were closed. So If a segment came up on the previews that was dark you will see the color stage curtain lights over the preview. They did this before the big remodel took place. All the previews used the full square Imax screen if shot in 1.85 and when they showed a trailer that was Panavision 2.35 just the middle of the wide screen was used. Now comes to the worst part when the main movie came on the big Imax semi curved screen (H Games) they only used the middle part of the screen so white screen showed at the top and bottom. I was told that this new Chinese Imax had masking that will lower when they show a scope print on the full Imax screen. This did not happen. I got a refund as the lady manger had no idea what I was talking about. How sad the place has great stereo surround sound nice curtains and now even a little blue color light on the ceiling but they did not do what they said they would do. Let me know If any of you go and see If black masking does come down for scope films. Complain about the curtain lights leaking on the screen during the previews. Maybe after I complained they will fix the problems.
Thanks Van for posting this great photo you took. Must have been nice to see a film on a giant curved screen at one of these domes.
Thanks Rob for this great photo. I was in Hollywood this past Saturday 10 AM in front of the Hollywood Theatre in the rain many years later. At least the marquee is still lighting up every night. You won’t find the nice lighted Xmas trees up on the polls these days.
Is this set for the CinemaScope® screen at the Plaza Cinerama? I think the full Cinerama screen opens more on the sides.
Will they have a few large curved screens like Arc in Hollywood?
To bad UA theatres tore these two theatres down. A lot sat on the spot for many years. The UA D-150 dome had a great curved screen with curtains as the theatre next to It did not have a curved screen but showed some 70mm for a time. At least Seattle still has the nice Cinerama Theatre with It’s giant curved screen. Thanks Steve for the showing the photo.
I am trying to get my group THS the Theatre Historical gang to do a conclave in the Dallas TX area in the next few years. The Dallas area still has some nice theatres still left. Thanks so much (Dallas Movie Theatres) for posting this great ad.
Great times 1953!!!!True 2 projector 3-D when things came way off the screen not like the cheap 1 projector digital 3D that is around today.
Can you imagine carrying up all the 35mm film cans to the projection booth every day.
It’s night club days are coming once the IMAX craze is over. It’s to costly of a space to have a bad movie play and only a few in the seats during the week days. The owners are in the night club business that’s why they leased the place. Visit now before the parties start.
Must have been some show. Lifting up the giant semi curved CinemaScope® magic mirror screen and keep the ice cold on the large stage.
To bad they didn’t open up with the whole screen being used on another digital video movie, and what about any color lights in the ceiling during the movie. Blue, Green, Red what color? How was the stereo surround sound on a mono print? I thought with all the conversion to phony 3-D they would expand the image wide to the full Imax screen size like they do on TCM. At least the Chinese has black masking on the top and sides to mask in.
Looks like they are not using the whole screen just the middle, how sad. Watch out If you get a reserved seat in the middle back section first three rows you will see handle bars on the lower part of the new screen blocking your view of the screen.
The movie district has many other theatres around Broadway that can be opened again with a little work on the outside and inside. Don’t just limit them to discos bring in some live entertainment or a comedy club or even a grindhouse movie theatre on the weekends. I hope the Globe neon will turn and spin again.
Now a pile of rubble because the money hungry Syufy Brothers wanted to develop the space and develop It thru the real estate company they own SkyWest. Thousands of people tried to save the theatre. The Syufy’s don’t care about the theatre business these days. The Domes in San Jose are about to bulldozed also.
They used the Cinerama roadshow ad and ran on a flat small screen. I wonder if The Cinerama people saw this when they played in the late 50’s at this Drive In. Did people think they were seeing Cinemiracle?
To bad they don’t light It up with color LED lights. No curtains just a blank white screen greets you. No showmanship left at this place these days.
The new TCL gang needs to bring back the neon dragons out front and let people see what is playing inside.
Thanks Gary & Jack for posting this great photo of the El Rey Theatre.
This was the Palace Theatre early on also. Everything was taken out 20 years ago and demolished. They didn’t even save the nice art deco lights.
This great former theater in Denver had one of the best CinemaScope® screens in the Fox chain of theatres plus good stereo surround. The contour curtains that opened before the movie had some class.
Did they play It in 4 CH Stereo?
Was It shown in TODD-AO 70mm????
This was the San Francisco home for CINERAMA in the 50’s and 60’s. What a nice huge curved screen that came out off the stage.