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As the theater was being destroyed.
This was a fall movie at the Music Hall so I wonder why they wouldn’t have released it in December so that it would have cleaned up at Christmas time.
This is a lost film isn’t it?
Bill Huelbig: Yes it was! Their musical 70MM festival was great. Don’t know if you went to any of them. Lucky you to have seen Krakatoa there but I remember that great billboard in Times Square. And the sound system was incredible. I was in the Penthouse a couple of times and that former balcony was huge. I’m not sure if it was that large during the roadshow era. They might have made it smaller (like they did the Capitol)then opened it up to its Strand size when it became a single theater.
The Warner Cinerama orchestra had been what it was for years with just the balcony walled off turned into the Penthouse. The Rivoli had moments where it recalled its roadshow glory when it showed the 70MM GWTW and 2001 in the ‘70s. (GWTW had its original 70MM roadshow run there in ‘67-'68.)
I think if I had known these theaters as they originally stood I would have been disappointed as well by their widescreen transformations. A poster said after he saw Oklahoma in Todd AO at the Rivoli he was angry at the altering of the theater and never went in it again. I totally understand that but what I would have given to see all those Todd AO films there.
People who were born at the turn of the 20th Century or shortly after and lived in NY City and lived into their 80s saw these theaters being built, filling up, then being multiplexed(if that)and then torn down. If you were 19 when you saw the Capitol open you were 68 when you saw it being torn down. If you were 27 when the Roxy was built you saw it torn down when you were 60.
That’s when I saw it at the drive in with my family. I wanted us to go see Hawaii but my father was like no.
Great ad but I think it might be August?
DavidZornig’s Easter photo made me think of Clifton Webb.
When I first was in Atlantic City Odd Couple was at the Apollo while it was playing at Radio City in NY. When I went again in ‘71 Shaft was playing. AC had already changed enormously in those few years. It was if at the end of the 60s the middle class suddenly stopped going there.
Saluting somebody’s 80th birthday.
Gee Bill Huelbig and I posted at exactly the same time. I removed my post to edit it which is why it’s a minute later.
Well anyway he was in the Capitol and I wasn’t so I’ll be eternally jealous.
Surprised people haven’t been posting on the Brother’s Grimm bluray release which was March 29 when people have been discussing the possibility of it never being restored for years the MGM vault flood having done too much damage to the original negative.
Watched it a couple of nights ago in the Smilebox version purposely not watching any of the documentary on the restoration efforts because I wanted to see the film fresh. Don’t know where it had it’s official world premiere only could see it was previewed in Denver and at the Capitol it was a ‘Gala’ premiere.
Anyway get it. It is remarkable. I’m just sad it will never be seen in Cinerama again.
Also I wish they had interviewed Barbara Eden, Claire Bloom and Russ Tamblyn for this release.
WSS had its world premiere in NY’s Rivoli theater then had its Hollywood premiere at Grauman’s. When did it get to this theater? Even in LA I would think Grauman’s would have it exclusively first run.
If you are right that last paragraph needs to be rewritten because it makes it sound like the theater is in danger of being torn down.
I read somewhere else they’re working on tearing it down and if you read the last paragraph here it doesn’t talk about the surrounding area it’s talking about the theater specifically. Also it seems landmark status means little today.
So it’s in the works to tear the place down for residential use.
I’m just hearing about it and now I see it’s in the overview. Was never in it though walked in the forecourt. Now I never will.
How many seats did the Capitol have before Cinerama? Was this necessary for a continuous run film?
The latest this could be would be early summer ‘66. MFL is at the Criterion and ended its run there about this time. Can anybody make out what’s at Loew’s State?
Didn’t Krakatoa open continuous run at the Warner Cinerama in NY and roadshow in LA?
And then you had the films that opened at two theaters in one city and one was road show and the other continuous run.
Yes that’s the billboard I was talking about.
As a boy I saw this billboard as well as TMMITFM. And what you can’t make out was that they were 3D. As parts were raised as in the ships in HI and in Magnificent Men the planes were not only raised but planes were bouncing up and down and there were spinning propellers and legs. At least that’s what I remember. Was I dreaming?
Also the bluray has been released twice. First by Twilight Time and very recently by Sandpiper. Both are in mono so I assume the original negative along with the 4 channel soundtrack no longer exist. I wonder if anybody checked with Walter Mirisch the producer of the film who is still alive or his family about this. A two cd soundtrack was issued. The first was music directly from the soundtrack in mono. The second was from the lp in stereo.
Oh no mOOse111 is back asking the same most inane questions over and over again. Everytime he is responded to he asks what does anything have to do with anything.
‘What does this movie have to do with this this theater just because it played here for 41 weeks?’
Please just stop it and take your nonsense elsewhere.
Somebody once posted a straight on wonderful color photo of the Hawaii billboard but then unfortunately it was taken down. Or for some reason I’m overlooking it.
Promises! From politicians!
And in the stage show is Robert Merrill who went on to be one of America’s great baritones. At least I think it’s THAT Robert Merrill.
If you look up Bosley Crowther’s NYT’s review of South Pacific at the Criterion he says the screen is curved. Was it installed for this one film and then taken down when Old Man and the Sea moved in? I assume anybody who could explain this has gone to their reward.
It is so strange that the artwork for the stage production of Fiddler in ‘67 uses the exact same artwork for the film which came out 4 years later. This should be impossible as the artwork is clearly based on the movie cast which hadn’t even been chosen yet. Anybody have an idea why this is? Look at the marquee of this theater with Fiddler then look at the ad for the McClurg where it had its Chicago film engagement which as you can see from previous comments confused me.