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Such a great curved screen theatre. First they had CinemaScope® in the early 1950’s then 70mm TODD-AO after that a D-150 curved screen all with curtains, then UA took It out for some reason and now no curved screen is in as the place was torn down. Only one single screen left in all of NYC the ‘Paris Theatre’ rented by the computer TV guys at Netflik. How times have changed, thanks Vindanpar for the back side photo of the UA Rivoli NYC a D-150 Theatre as they had on a neon sign up on the right top side of the marquee. They even kept the D-150 lighted sign up for many months when they had no more D-150 screen. I complained to the manager and got my money back about false advertising. UA got so money hungry in the late 1970’s and tried to sell some of their best theatres or do some of the worst twin jobs in the USA. At least when they ran the NYC Rivoli Theatre It was a first class roadshow cinema and they did not try to twin the place.
The companies that do the AMC theatre light install have no clue about light leakage on the screen. They always seem to put white overhead lights above the screen and they reflex on the screen for the pre show presentation. I guess they just don’t care. Same with the red or green exit signs,they glow onto the screen also. I tell the managers just to get up on the ceiling and unscrew the first two rows of bulbs. Some will do this that care about presentation. Call AMC and complain about the stray lights, the more that complain maybe they will wake up.
And to think AMC charges extra to see all the leaked stray light on the IMAX screen before the main feature starts. Do the advertisers that pay to run a commercial care?
Thanks David I wonder If any of these Atlantic City boardwalk theatres had 70mm?
Thanks David for this classic photo and just one of a few true CINEMASCOPE® films Disney used in the 1950’s and the Martin Strand Theatre people got it wrong on the marquee. I wonder If anyone even noticed? Maybe they ran out of M’s?
Thanks Howard glad to see the Paris Theatre is open again. Great idea having two films going.
Great lighting, you always send some of the best Europe movie theatre photos Kino. If only some of the lame boring movie circuits in the USA will take notice of what is going on outside of the USA as far as decor and lighting goes!
Thanks for the Cinerama® photo. Strange I don’t see the bulky big stereo surround speakers most Cinerama® Theatres had on the side walls. I wonder If the Plaza had them hidden behind curtains?
This IMAX screen has curtains that work!!! Most IMAX Theatre screens have no masking or curtains.
Thanks Swamp for this nice Xmas photo. Looks like the projection guys were on the left then you had the ushers, the owners, boxoffice plus candy girls and the owners wives. I am trying to find the janitor but he may have been working inside? Thanks again.
May be a little bigger or taller then their XD screen but not a good screen to watch a scope wide movie as Century/Cinemark puts in NO Masking or curtains. You will just see the middle of a big semi square screen lit up like a wide blind with white screen at the top and bottom when they run a wide screen scope film. The only way this new IMAX screen will look semi ok is with a regular flat 1.85 movie and then the whole screen is up and going.Lets hope they run 3D sometimes. They have no neon IMAX signs outside the building and they don’t advertise IMAX so many people have no idea they even put It in! The only reason Century put this IMAX in was to beat out the new REGAL 11 Theatre SF Stonestown nearby as they are do to open in a few months with their own huge curved screen called REGAL RPX. Thanks F4 for the photo.
Wow Kino can anyone see the fountain so low? lets put one of these on each side of a AMC or Regal Theatre and add gold fish plus blue lights. People will have something to look at besides the boring repeat ads on a washed out screen. Thanks for the nice photo.
Thanks for the ad, strange they have no mention of STEREOPHONIC SOUND!
Lets get AMC Theatres to put this back in today!!!Thanks Kino
A sad case, just a few blocks from the Fox West Coast Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and It never made It as a movie theatre. People did not to walk up a few blocks more to see a movie. The tourists never went past Graumans Theatre. The old Galaxy Theatre building had some great neon plus THX 70mm and still stands today but no longer a cinema. It has been a gym, museum any many other businesses. The theatre was opened in Nov 1991 by General Cinema and closed as a movie theatre in 2003. Fox West Coast Theatres, Pacific Theatre along with Loews ran all the cinemas in the area and did not like a outside circuit coming into their territory. Still today in 2019 the Hollywood CA area is very under screened especially for art type movies. With all the tourists that visit Hollywood not one old cinema plays older films much except the Egyptian soon to be owned my Netflik. Time for some smart showmanship person to buy and re open the long closed Pacific Hollywood Warner Cinerama and show movies from the 1940’s up to the 1960’s now on DCP with cartoons, previews,newsreels, intermission trailers and reg trailers between movies plus have stage curtains that work. Just like the old days and I think the visitors old and young will come to watch something different. Thanks Riv for this classic ad.
Cineworld/Regal/UA still won’t learn anything, they put the new VIP wall lights next to the screen in bright white lite and guess what they reflect on the sides of the screen. This will probably happen on their new build going on now in San Francisco at the Cineworld/Regal Stonestown 12. We can hardly wait come this coming June 2020 to watch all the extra light on the preview/pre show screen. Thanks Zapp for the nice color photo.
Just like so many Regal Theatres they don’t bother installing color dim lights, everything is just bright white lights. Look how they shine on the screen and to think companies pay to advertise on Regal movie screens and the image is ruined! Many other USA movie circuits are just as bad. Everything with a black look or tone is a light gray washed out. Do the lighting people know what is going on? In Europe they seem to care more about auditorium presentation when It comes to color lights and screen leaking.
Thanks Lou for the nice old ad. We need to bring this guy and his stage act back from the dead and have this show go on the Castro Theatre stage in SF next Oct 31 but at a increase in admissions! He can also appear at the New Mission Theatre the following night. The stay at home computer crowd probably never has seen a live stage show like this, they may even get frightened.
Thanks Mike, did they use any curtains to open and close?
Thanks David now site of a Burger place.
Thanks Kino for the nice photo. You won’t find this in the USA at AMC,Regal or Cinemark just bland walls with boring white lights. American cinema circuits have no class or showmanship these days.
ST thanks for this nice ad. Twentieth Century Fox’s ‘Carousel’ may have been filmed in CinemaScope 55® like ‘The King & I’ but very few cinemas showed It in true CinemaScope 55® wide film, most just on 35mm scope with 4 track mag stereo sound. Same with VistaVision® very few theatres had the special Paramount side ways VistaVision® projectors.
Just like the old days the former Fox West Coast Warfield Theatre on Market St in downtown San Francisco still gets a line up crowd way before the former cinema opens for a live show. The seats are gone from the former lower level (standing room only) but the seats are still in place up stairs in the balcony seating area. Not the best place in the world to be standing day or night. Bring pocket change for all the street people on Market St.
A Super Cinerama® title. They don’t say a word here about Cinerama® on this poster for the 35mm run in mono sound. Thanks Kino for this long lost Cinerama® poster art one sheet.
The only way you can see the semi full curve on the bottom is when they project a flat 1.85 full screen image on this Dolby Cinema® screen. When a scope movie is projected It just shows in the middle not on any curve. Almost the same size as the other screens in this complex and you have to pay more to see It here in auditorium #9.