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I’m so glad to have lived in NYC for a number of years and to have seen many a film at this fine theater. It remains in 2005 the premier screen in all of Manhattan, the rest of the big-screened movie houses all now gone and/or converted to retail spaces. The Ziegfeld has superb 70mm, digital sound and projection capabilities. I’ve seen such titles as “Brainstorm”, “Roger Rabbit”, “Yentl”, “The Wall”, “The Rose”, “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Fantasia”, “Pennies from Heaven”, “Victor/Victoria”, “Grease 2” and many others at this spectacular house. Long may it live!
The Cinerama Dome is one of the last remaining venues on Earth that can properly exhibit both three-strip Cinerama as well as 70mm Super Cinerama. As such, it should be revered. It also happens to be the most spectacular place in the 21st century to see a movie. It brings back memories of all the roadshow houses of yester-years that are gone, gone, gone. I have been fortunate enough to see “El Cid” in 70mm, “This is Cinerama” and “How the West Was Won” in three-strip, and “Mad, Mad World” in 70mm Ultra Panavision at this venue. Once in a lifetime experiences in our age of mini-screen multiplexes. The presentation this past Christmas of “The Phantom of the Opera” was a stunning thing to see and hear at this theater, even if it was 35mm anamorphic and DTS Digital, it still played like gangbusters. Fabulous theater like nothing else around. Not even the Ziegfeld in New York, a superb late-era 70mm roadshow house, can compare with the sweep of the Dome…
I attended Boston University’s School for the Arts in the 1970s and worked many times on the stage of this beautiful old theater. Our graduation even took place here. I had no idea it was one a movie theater!
I went to Boston University in the 1970s and saw many, many first-run films at this theater. It had great screens and terrific stereo sound, especially for “Grease” and “A Star is Born”. The theater showed the reserved performance engagement in 70mm of “Apocalypse Now” and I still have the program the usher handed me for the extra dollar the ticket cost! Great theaters for films in those days – “Superman”, “The Wiz”, “New York, New York”, “The Shining”, many happy hours spent at the 57s!
The main thetaer here was great, the others were not as spacious or viewer-friendly. I saw the reserved seat engagement of “Funny Lady” here and remember that it actually had an intermission after “How Lucky Can You Get?”. I don’t know of any other engagements of this film that were roadshown. Great fun memory!
I saw many films here when I was in college at Boston University in the 1970s. The main auditorium was great, but the smaller ones were awfully narrow. I’ll never forget seeing a midnight show of “Can’t Stop the Music” in 1979 and watching half the audience walk out and the other half laugh themselves silly (I was part of the latter group). Fun memories.
I attended Boston University in the mid-1970s, and my firends and I attended many first-run screenings in this great theater. We stood in line through two showings of “Star Wars” to be amongst the first in Boston to see it in 70mm, threw popcorn into the air (accidentally) during “Alien”, and marveled to “West Side Story” in 70mm stereo on the huge Charles screen. Wonderful place to see films in Boston in those days. Many good memories.
When I was in high school in North Hills in the 1970s, my friends and I often drove “into the city” to see movies here. What a gorgeous, huge palace this place was, with a massive curved screen and an immense interior. I remember how incredibly loud the soundtrack was for “Jesus Christ Superstar” and how, on New Year’s Day in 1974 I stood in the freezing cold to see “The Exorcist”, during the screening a lady stood up in front of me and fainted into the aisle! I’ll never forget that. I returned to see “The Way We Were” when I was in college in Boston, but then I never went back to Pittsburgh. What a wonderful theater the Warner was!
I attended high school in North Hills in the early ‘70s and worked at the McDonalds that was right behind this theater on McKinght Road. I spent many happy hours in this big movie theater. I remember seeing the re-releases of “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins” here, as well as the Pittsburgh engagement of the awful musical version of “Lost Horizon”. This theater was a terrific place to see films and I’m sorry to hear that it’s gone.
When I was much younger – in the 1960s and 1970s – I would visit my grandparents in Kansas City and we would attend roadshows here. What a spectacular theater for seeing those event movies. I’ll never forget the huge curved screen and the beautiful draperies opening just as the overture ended and the house lights dimmed. I saw 70mm reserved seat engagements of “Gone with the Wind”, “Star!”, “Oliver!”, and “Hello, Dolly!” here. Later, when I was in college, I would drive my grandma to Overland Park to see “The Great Gatsby” and “Mame”. Even the second theater was beautiful, but not as spectacular as the first house. What a shame such theaters are gone. I have so many great memories of these houses!
I used to attend roadshows here with my grandmother when I was a child in the 1960s. Incredibly ornate, massively huge movie palace was totally overwhelming to me as a child. I saw “The Sound of Music”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Funny Girl”, “On A Clear Day” and “Fiddler on the Roof” here. We always sat in the center orchestra and I was awestruck at the size of the screen. Many happy memories of seeing great films in an unparalleled setting. I’m so happy to know that it still exists. I haven’t been back to Kansas City in decades, but I spent many joyful hours in the past at this gorgeous theater.
Very 1960s design, beautiful interior. I loved this house from the moment I entered it in 1970 to see the 70mm roadshow of “Goodbye Mr. Chips”. What a shame it’s gone…
In the 1960s, I visited my grandparents every summer in Kansas City. My grandmother took me to the Capri in 1965 for my first roadshow movie – “My Fair Lady”. I’ll never forget it as long as I live. The huge screen, the stereo sound, the gorgeous lobby decorated with flowered parasols, the hardcover souvenir program. What a beautiful theater and a treasured memory.
I saw “Hello, Dolly!” in Todd-AO here in 1970. It was a great experience. Vast screen, beautiful, huge house. Great memory.
In the late 1960s, early 1970s I saw many roadshows in this beautiful theater. The screen was vast, covered by draperies that wrapped across the entire front of the house. The carpeting was totally wall-to-wall and the presentations were truly deluxe. I have happy memories of seeing “Star!”, “Ice Station Zebra”, “Krakatoa”, “Paint Your Wagon”, “Tora! Tora! Tora!” and “Ryan’s Daughter” in this venue. Gorgeous theater, the kind that doesn’t exist anymore in abundance. What a waste that it’s gone!