Comments from bufffilmbuff

Showing 1 - 25 of 83 comments

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Granby Theater on Sep 16, 2022 at 8:17 pm

It was renamed the Lee in the mid-sixties.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about 1930s image of the marquee of the Capitol Theatre. on Oct 24, 2021 at 4:40 am

Actually I KNOW WHERE I AM GOING was released in 1945, so not 1930’s.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Fox Theatre on May 4, 2021 at 4:11 am

I am confused here. The description says the theater closed in 1963. MOLLY BROWN did not open until 1964. Could the dates be wrong?

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Washington Square Cinema on Feb 7, 2021 at 6:05 am

Off by a decade. THE THREE MUSKETEERS opened in 1974.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 3, 2020 at 3:27 am

But what was “Super SpectraSound”?

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Regent Theatre 191 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 – 1956 "The King & I " in CinemaScope 55 on May 27, 2020 at 4:19 am

Aside from a couple of press showings neither film shot in Cinemascope 55 played in anything but 35mm reduction prints. Some engagements had 6 track sound which was synchronized from a separate sound element. The Cinemascope 55 projector much like the VistaVision projector where the film traveled horizontally never caught on as they were not compatible with any other format. This is where the 70mm projectors had an advantage, they were easily converted to 35mm. Highly recommended is the American Widescreen Museum, a truly amazing site which has details on all the widescreen formats, their history, and how they were promoted. It is pretty much the last word on the subject. http://www.widescreenmuseum.com

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Pantages Theater on May 22, 2020 at 4:18 am

Bill Huelbig’s is correct about the preview of DOCTOR DOOLITTLE as mentioned in THE STUDIO. Fox had done a similar preview for SOUND OF MUSIC at this theater and regarded it as good luck to preview there. Obviously DOCTOR DOOLITTLE was no SOUND OF MUSIC. But did it also roadshow at the Pantages?

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about 1949 photo courtesy Keva Wolfe. on May 4, 2020 at 4:00 am

SOME LIKE IT HOT was released in 1959. You may want to adjust the caption on the photo.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Crestview Cinemas on Feb 12, 2020 at 3:56 am

So was this a D-150 equipped theater? That would make sense for a variety of reasons. And I would also assume they showed OKLAHOMA! in its 70mm/30fps version. Anyone know?

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Balboa Theatre on Oct 29, 2019 at 1:52 am

Curious about the SOUND OF MUSIC run? Was this in 35mm and if so was the sound four track mag? I know as the release wound down Fox often still required stereo sound in order to show the film. Anyone have any idea?

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Mid `50s photo courtesy Frank J. Minnella‎. on Oct 16, 2019 at 3:34 am

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were a hit group of the 1960’s, so this is probably from the 1960s not the 1950s.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Rheem Theatre on Nov 20, 2018 at 3:34 am

Based on the picture showing VENOM and FIRST MAN on the marquee, is it safe to assume this theater has reopened?

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Hoyts Drummoyne on Oct 13, 2018 at 4:26 am

Wow…. I have never seen Cinemascope 55 so prominently promoted.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Lenox Theatre on Mar 24, 2018 at 4:23 am

Very curious about the posting of the FANTASIA in FANTASOUND posters here…. I was unaware of any 1951 reissue and none with Fantasound after the initial release. Could this possibly be 1941? Later releases in the 50’s used these tracks to create a four track magnetic track, but that was later than 1951.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about State Theatre on Feb 10, 2018 at 5:05 am

I don’t this is the State theater in Richmond.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Wakefield Theatre on Jan 29, 2018 at 4:25 am

Wow—-I grew up in Wakefield and remember the theater being closed. I never saw a movie there. The Peebles Department store next door expanded into the theater space later on and then in the late sixties the whole department store burned down. This is the first time I have ever seen a picture of this theater.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre on Dec 31, 2017 at 12:31 am

Just saw THE SHAPE OF WATER and part of the movie was shot here. Remarkable.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Westhampton Theater on Mar 30, 2016 at 3:37 pm

Sad to see this theater close as it is the last first run theater in town that is not an ugly multiplex. I have a long history with the Westhampton going back to November of 1967 when I first visited there to see GONE WITH THE WIND. I have certainly spent many hours over the last five decades there as movies and exhibition styles have changed.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Westhampton Theater on Feb 8, 2016 at 6:12 pm

The most recent news I heard is that this theater will close in May. Has anyone heard any updates?

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Capitol Theater on Sep 22, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Great theater which always showed the best films. Among those I saw there first run were: 101 DALMATIANS, HARD DAY’S NIGHT, THE STERILE CUCKOO, MANHATTAN, SLEUTH, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (in four track stereo!), BARRY LYNDON, LAST TANGO IN PARIS, LAST PICTURE SHOW, PLAY IT AGAIN SAM, CARRIE…. and so many more. It was a class venue.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Broad Street Cinema I & II on Sep 22, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Thanks for fixing the location. It was right next to the Baskin Robbins shop.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Westover Theatre on Sep 22, 2015 at 6:27 pm

I saw CABARET here during its brief run… I think with reserved seats. In ‘68 saw BONNIE AND CLYDE there with my father. Even when it became a 2nd run venue the projection (on a fairly large curved screen) and sound were always good.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Broad Street Cinema I & II on Sep 22, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Info for the address here is incorrect. The theater was past Willow Lawn, across the street from what is now a shopping center featuring a Target and a Barnes and Noble…NOT in the Fan. It was not the prettiest of theaters… very much in the slick modern 70’s style with lots of plastic and shiny surfaces. The downstairs theater did have an impressively large and slightly curved screen. Upstairs was tiny but did offer the Richmond premieres of many art films including DAY FOR NIGHT, LAW OF DESIRE, HESTER STREET, and even a showing of BIRTH OF A NATION.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Westhampton Theater on Jun 18, 2014 at 5:04 am

Rumor has it that the Westhampton will close at the end of this summer and be demolished. Can anyone confirm this?

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 17, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Thanks Ed. The lowered projection ports is what made me think it was the Rivoli. I guess this was not that uncommon in the 50’s as various widescreen processes caused changes in the theater layouts. I will say that SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS probably gives us one of the best looks at what parts of NYC looked like in the fifties.