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vindanpar commented about Roxy Theatre on Sep 17, 2018 at 6:53 pm

Was The Robe CinemaScope screen wide enough to stretch beyond the sides of the proscenium or was it the same screen to be used for the CinemaScope films that played along with a stage show and had to be raised into the flies above?

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 17, 2018 at 2:14 am

Amazingly Makas was still the Hall’s pianist in the 70s at which point the 50s might as well have been the Jurassic era. It certainly was to me.

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 16, 2018 at 1:54 am

So obviously a big miss with its paper mache sets, very miscast leading lady and cut songs. And right on the heels of the huge unexpected success of Seven Brides which looked even worse but had an ideal cast, much better choreography, a tight book and a sensational director coming into his own. As the big summer film the Hall knew Seven Brides was the winner.

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vindanpar commented about Rivoli Theatre on Sep 13, 2018 at 12:52 am

I never saw a non 70mm film either genuine or blow up at the Rivoli. When showing a Panavision 35mm print like Jaws did they fill the curved Todd AO screen with the image or was it projected with borders making the screen smaller?

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vindanpar commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Sep 12, 2018 at 10:19 pm

If there ever was a Music Hall film Magnificent Ambersons was it. But like Kane Radio City passed because of Rockefeller ties to Hearst?

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vindanpar commented about Dominion Theatre on Sep 9, 2018 at 9:13 pm

The above picture seems like the early 70s when the film was re-released yet the artwork is the original.

In New York the re-release used new artwork. So what year was the picture taken?

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vindanpar commented about Criterion Theatre on Sep 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm

One of the Criterion’s last roadshow bombs. Funny Girl had ended its successful run early in the year. I assume Columbia did not want Funny Girl competing with Oliver as a Christmas general release in ‘69.

First run in Times Square at the time continuous perfs was $3.00.

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vindanpar commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 7, 2018 at 11:54 pm

Warren G. Harris has an impressive list of books on Amazon. Seems to be a major Hollywood golden age historian.

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vindanpar commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 6, 2018 at 2:36 am

Was the Hawaii billboard picture taken down?

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vindanpar commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 3, 2018 at 1:11 am

That’s pretty good considering it pretty much died as a roadshow in NY.

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vindanpar commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 1, 2018 at 8:16 pm

It made it to September reserved seats? How long did it last at the Warner in NY?

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 30, 2018 at 11:28 pm

A silly terrific comedy and I was sorry to read in a bluray.com review the bluray is not up to snuff for this brightly colored mid 60s technicolor movie. It must have been eyepopping on the Music Hall screen.

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vindanpar commented about Somerset Theatre on Aug 29, 2018 at 5:10 pm

Allora perche la pubblicita' e' in inglese?(tranne ‘parlato in italiano’)

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vindanpar commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 29, 2018 at 1:31 am

If you look at the two links the one in in 2006 the entire roadshow print was restored:

‘FotoKem Restores “South Pacific”
“Bigfoot” Scanner Restores 65mm Classic to Better Than Original Condition with 14 Minutes of Lost Footage’

But at the second link the AFI print was 157 minutes.

The current Bluray and TCM showing completely ignore the restoration as if it never happened. So did it? And if so why is that not acknowledged? What happened to it?

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vindanpar commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 28, 2018 at 10:57 pm

I should also say that as a record collector from way back the current young people who run companies sometimes have no idea what they are doing(not always.) They ruin older recordings with compression or brightening or they do not find the best sources for a reissue.

Not having been around way back when their sense of what things should sound like or how to go about finding the best sources is severely compromised.

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vindanpar commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 28, 2018 at 10:48 pm

If they restored the master why is it in SD?

And what did HowardBHaas see at AFI?

And why was the individual saying that the colors were worse than usual at the TCM showing?

Sound is 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio or 4.0 Dolby Surround.-Does this equate to the 6 track original?

‘All 70mm/35mm prints are archived, including audio tracks and separation negatives. Release on home video is at the discretion of the copyright holders.’

What about what Cinema70 wrote?

Nothing is adding up.

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vindanpar commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 28, 2018 at 9:13 pm

I’m not annoyed at you Cinema70 but I’m pretty annoyed that a great opportunity was thrown away and I would have known nothing if I hadn’t happened upon it on a theater chat site.

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vindanpar commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 28, 2018 at 9:07 pm

‘All 70mm/35mm prints are archived, including audio tracks and separation negatives. Release on home video is at the discretion of the copyright holders.’

Big deal. What difference does it make if the copyright owners have no interest in properly restoring the 70m version and making it available to the public? This bluray and the TCM showing were clearly deceptive. It’s really the anniversary of the general release which would be what year? Nice packaging for a shoddy product. And the reviewer of the bluray.com review should be ashamed of himself for not pointing this out.

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 28, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Is this a part documentary/part fiction full length film that played with a stage show?

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vindanpar commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 28, 2018 at 7:41 am

I just perused the bluray.com review. Yes the high definition is the general release version so I would assume it comes from a 35mm print. It does not mention coming from the Todd AO print. The roadshow is a supplement in SD with the additional sequences in noticeably poorer quality.

I don’t know what happened to the print you saw. Or the print I saw. But all the executives at Fox should be flayed. They sure did not give it the attention it deserved. I should have read the review more clearly the first time. I would have never gotten the blu ray. There seems to be no reason for this but cost cutting.

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vindanpar commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 28, 2018 at 12:23 am

I found this out on a theater chat site. Somebody asked if anybody went(I myself was not even aware of it.)

They asked what was shown: general release or roadshow? Somebody who went responded the blu ray of the general release version. So it could have been a 2k or 4k scan. This wasn’t specified. They said the colors looked even worse on the screen. That should not have been the case with a properly scanned print.

I have the blu ray which I haven’t even opened yet. I’ve just assumed it was a 4k restoration of the Todd AO roadshow original. I’ll be pretty annoyed if it’s not. I saw it in'78 in Todd AO at the Warner Cinerama and though the print was somewhat worn it was tremendous.

And that sound! Good lord it had you pinned to the back of the theater. I mean that in a positive way not a headache inducing let the entire multiplex hear modern way.

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 27, 2018 at 7:07 pm

Could you write out the ticket prices? Thank you.

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 27, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Of which he signed away all his film and video rights not getting a penny of the film’s profits or any royalties from the sitcom or its syndication profits.

Probably one of the worst deals in show business ever. Along with Margaret Mitchell getting a flat 50k for GWTW.

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vindanpar commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 27, 2018 at 6:16 pm

Did anyone know there was just a TCM theatrical showing of South Pacific?

It was a showing of the blu ray of the general release not roadshow version. What in the world was the point of that? Does the Todd AO original release no longer exist or can no longer be restored? Shades of Hawaii as concerns the roadshow cut.

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vindanpar commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 25, 2018 at 6:01 am

CC Cinema Treasures would not be nearly as good without you here.

But you are at times a curmudgeon. Sometimes we all meet on one page and then go off on tangents which might interest some if not all of us. Discussing the best possible way of seeing a roadshow print in 2018 of Hawaii on a page devoted to the theater where it had its world premiere seems especially apropos.

Unless somebody decides to rebuild the theater and show a roadshow print its blu ray is the best we can do. It seems the contributors who attended these theaters when they were single theaters are fewer and fewer.