Comments from Tim O'Neill

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Tim O'Neill commented about Nickelodeon on Apr 16, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Kenneth Kwilinski; Do you know if this theatre projects the silent films in 16mm or digital projection? I went to this theatre in 1976 and I’m quite certain it was 16mm back then. I have a feeling it’s digital today. Do you know how silent movies are projected in this little theatre?

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Tim O'Neill commented about Music Box Theatre on Feb 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Main auditorium: 2 Century JJs (35mm/70mm). NEC digital projector. 16mm Eastman projector. Small auditorium (Theatre 2): Barco digital projector. Two 35mm projectors recently installed. I don’t know what kind; I will try to find that out and post info later.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Fine Arts Theater on Jan 14, 2014 at 12:20 am

Bravo!!! One thing I noticed; you mention the small theatre was renamed the Fine Arts in 1908 and then you mention that the small theatre was renamed the Fine Arts in 1912. Is this an error in naming of the smaller theater?

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Tim O'Neill commented about Fine Arts Theater on Jan 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm

We’re not not “bitching” about bad writing; we’re mentioning the fact that the description has way too many historical inaccuracies. For an excellent piece of writing on the history of the Fine Arts Theatres, and other Downtown Chicago movie houses, pick up a copy of “Downtown Chicago’s Historic Movie Theatres”, by Konrad Schiecke. I couldn’t have written it better myself.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Wilson Avenue Theater on Jan 10, 2014 at 7:47 am

storefrontcinema: Let me know where I can send my resume.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Bogie's Last Film. on Dec 5, 2013 at 3:15 am

KNOCK ON ANY DOOR is abosolutely NOT Humphrey Bogart’s last movie. This photo was taken in 1949. Bogie’s last movie was THE HARDER THEY FALL (1956).

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Tim O'Neill commented about Cinema Theater on Nov 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I was THEEEE last usher to work there in 1981. The last movie was ATLANTIC CITY. The very last shot was a building being torn down. That’s exactly what happened a couple of days later.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Bryn Mawr Theatre on Nov 10, 2013 at 3:08 am

The Adelphi did not close in the 1980s. It closed around 2002 and got torn down in 2006.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Art Theatre on Nov 4, 2013 at 1:24 am

Yes; the Art has digital.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Village Art Theatre on Oct 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm

David; I “blue”-highlight the link. Copy it. Go to my e-mail. Press “Compose”. Paste link to my e-mail in the area in which I type up a letter. Send pasted link to myself. Click on link.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Fine Arts Theater on Oct 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

I worked at the M&R Fine Arts Theatre 30 years ago. I wish somebody would re-open these 2 historic late 19th Century theatres.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Fine Arts Theater on Oct 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Broan; I’m glad you got it right. The author of this page has so much info incorrect.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Willow Creek Theatre on Oct 13, 2013 at 10:58 pm

The M&R Willow Creek Theatres was indeed open much later than 1980. I saw TENDER MERCIES there in 1983.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Alex Theater on Oct 8, 2013 at 2:25 am

I think there might be a little confusion here. I really don’t believe gays ventured up to the West Side to spend the night at this legendary schlock house. I once heard from an old veteran theatre owner that the Parkway Theatre, at Clark and Diversey, was a gathering spot for gays. The Parkway was a schlock house for many years up unil 1979 when Landmark Theatres took it over and began a revival program there. I believe that would be more credible since there’s a higher gay prescence around the Parkway Theatre area. I think JAYJay got these two schlock houses mixed up, but I could be wrong.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Film Forum on Aug 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Nick; they usually indicate on their website wheter a film will be shown in 35mm or DCP digital.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Webster Place Theaters on Jul 18, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Okay; I went to the microfilm room at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago earlier today and it is confirmed: the M&R Webster Place Theatres opened on Wednesday, July 20, 1988. It opened with DIE HARD, MIDNIGHT RUN and BAMBI; each movie showing on 2 screens. On Friday, July 22, the theatre opened 3 other movies including CADDYSHACK II, BIG TOP PEE WEE and THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: THE METAL YEARS. This Saturday, July 20, will be the 25th Anniversary of the opening of this theatre complex. 3 more screens were added in 1998.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre on Jun 4, 2013 at 3:18 am

Today (June 4) marks the 35th Anniversary of the fire that broke out in the lobby area of the balcony. So ironic that a fire would break out nearly 75 years after the Iroquois Theatre disaster happened at the same location.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Woods Theater on Apr 26, 2013 at 11:12 pm

http://youtu.be/DzdnTOgi2-4

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Tim O'Neill commented about Loop Theater on Apr 1, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Today, April 2, is the 35th Anniversary of the Loop Theatre putting on its last picture show.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Bryn Mawr Theatre on Feb 27, 2013 at 12:45 am

warnergrad; I’ve been there a few times. An okay experience. Nothing really ornate. No balcony. Projection was half-way decent. Mono sound. It sort of looked like the Adelphi Theatre in Rogers Park. It’s now some type of warehouse.

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Tim O'Neill commented about McVickers Theater on Feb 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

http://youtu.be/EKM-lYVTz2U

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Tim O'Neill commented about Normal Theatre on Feb 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Trolleyguy; what is the 36 Broadway/Devon trolley car doing at 119th Street on the South Side?

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Tim O'Neill commented about Normal Theatre, Chicago on Feb 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I’m confused. The 36 Broadway streetcar near 119th Street on the South Side????

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Tim O'Neill commented about Century Theatre; they had it all. on Jan 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm

The photo was taken in January, 1957.

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Tim O'Neill commented about McVickers Theater on Nov 5, 2012 at 11:16 am

The first McVicker’s opened 155 years ago today.