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terrywade commented about Century San Francisco Centre 9 on Jun 18, 2024 at 7:50 am

Will be so great when they re open with a new operator. They have two of the best large curved screens in California. The new mall owners also need to give them some advertising room both on Market ST and the street behind Mission ST. One of the problems before is that no one knew that a cinema was on the top floor of the mall. I wonder if the new theatre lease guys will be the former Century owners the Syufy family under Westwind Theatres like they moved into the long closed former Regal 9 Santa Cruz. SF needs more downtown movie theatres as there is only one complex now. All the visiting tourists will visit the new re opened cinemas If they can find It with some sort of name and marquee on what is playing inside on the outside of the mall building.

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terrywade commented about St. James Theatre on Jun 13, 2024 at 8:49 am

I wonder if the 70mm screen here at the ST James was flat or curved. After Mike Todd died the company was not so picky on having a curved screen for movies shot in 70mm Todd-AO. Many just advertised IN TODD-AO but It was not the way Mike wanted them to be shown when he was alive.

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terrywade commented about Morton Grove Drive-In on Jun 13, 2024 at 8:42 am

Depends on the outdoor screen coating used. I remember seeing many classic 3D films as a kid at a big outdoor drive in and things did pop off the screen in our car and had depth. The outdoor 3D sync projectors needed allot of projection light and a good dark screen lot area for the best 3D effect. No stereo sound at the drive in but a company did make 3 channel Eprad stereo speakers that very few outdoor theatres used.

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terrywade commented about Winner Drive-In on Jun 2, 2024 at 4:35 am

Thanks Rainbow for the image. Looks like the Winner DI had a huge curved Cinemascope screen.

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terrywade commented about Gem Theatre on May 30, 2024 at 8:06 am

Great ad Dallas they need to bring a live stage show back like this again at some of the large downtown movie theatres for Oct 2024.

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terrywade commented about Sun-Ray Cinema on May 22, 2024 at 7:07 am

Thanks Rives for the Cinerama ad. This theatre also showed Todd-AO. I wonder if they just used the Cinerama curved screen. It was not that big To bad there are no photos of the curved screen with curtains from this time period.

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terrywade commented about Skyview Drive-In on May 14, 2024 at 10:02 pm

Former Encina DI. The whole place is still in place today except the large Cinemascope screen was taken down when the next door hospital bought the Skyview and are just using for parking. A waste as the candy counter, projection booth and box office are ready to open again. The hospital could still use the lot for parking during the day and run movies at least on the weekends. Just put up a big scope screen again. Don’t show first run movies but old classics.

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terrywade commented about Starview Drive-In on May 14, 2024 at 9:55 pm

Great DI located in the Santa Cruz CA mountains. Torn down in the mid 1950’s. I don’t think they ever put in a wide Cinemascope screen. Located near the Burl Theatre in Boulder Creek. That building is still in town but is a pizza place now with a second floor added. I remember as a small kid seeing ‘Scared Stiff’ with Jerry & Dean at the Skyview. Across from the golf course with a few homes built on the DI lot now. Thanks Rainbow for the calendar. I had collected many of these movie theatre listing and my dad tossed them all out one day when I was on vacation. A sad day for my collection.

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terrywade commented about United Artists Theatre 45 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL - 1976 on May 2, 2024 at 7:43 am

Thanks (film) great photo. I was lucky to hear Sensurround on a few films the best was ‘Earthquake’ at the Fox West Coast Chinese Hollywood Theatre. I am sure the UA in Chicago sounded great. These Cervin Vega base speakers really shook the theatres some had structural damage.

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terrywade commented about Century 24 on Apr 20, 2024 at 7:26 am

Thanks Riv for all these classic San Jose area ads. The Syufy family got money hungry and split many of their Cinerama curved screen dome theatres down the middle to make two cinemas under the same dome. The screens were not that large or curved plus the curtains were never used again. You could hear the sound from the theatre next door and mostly the seats were facing the wrong way. At least they did not do this to the flagship dome Century 21 that still sits empty today.

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terrywade commented about Sky-Vue Drive-In on Apr 13, 2024 at 12:01 am

Thanks MK always nice to see how they added a Cinemascope extension to the square flat screen on the sides probably around 1954?

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terrywade commented about Discount Cinema 150 on Apr 12, 2024 at 11:53 pm

Thanks Riv such a great D-150 curved screen with curtains. UA needed the money and the place sat empty then torn down. At least the Cinerama Theatre under a new name has been re opened a few block away.

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terrywade commented about Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on Apr 7, 2024 at 6:56 pm

Thanks Ken I like the multi color lights in the ceiling. Another example of what you won’t find in any inside auditorium theatre these days in the USA. They have boring bright white lights.

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terrywade commented about March 2024 on Apr 7, 2024 at 8:13 am

Too bad someone did not safe the color neon. It’s smash and grab now. Thanks BT for the closed up destruction sad image.

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terrywade commented about Landmark Chez Artiste on Apr 6, 2024 at 4:50 pm

Now mention of STEREO sound on Fantasia. I wonder If they played in stereo or Mono? Disney and the theatre owner needed to put what type of sound this film print had.

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terrywade commented about Fairfax Boxoffice Area on Apr 2, 2024 at 8:26 pm

How often as a kid I waited on Saturday mornings in front of this box office for the Fairfax Theatre to open. They would turn on the side florescent tube lights in the poster cases just before the lady entered the ticket booth with her change for the day. The coins came down a machine with a bowl at the end and the Globe tickets came out of a metal flat dispenser. The main doors would open with a real ticket taker. You could smell the hot dogs and popcorn aroma when the deco glass doors opened. Those were the days long gone. Today they would probably get robbed in the first hour after opening.

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terrywade commented about Palace Theatre 20-30 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC - Previously The Metro on Apr 2, 2024 at 8:09 pm

MOGAMBO just missed 3D Cinemascope and Stereo 4 Track Mag Surround Sound coming out in 1953. Thanks Film for the nice ad.

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terrywade commented about Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park on Apr 1, 2024 at 7:24 am

Too bad Drafthouse Cinemas is for sale. They built too many small screen theatres and expensive food and drinks. Got rid of the union projectionists. We will miss the pre show entertainment and 35mm/70mm films shown in select markets. The bank people that took It over want their cash now. At least they were different then AMC, Regal & Cinemark Theatres. Lets see if Landmark Theatres makes a bid to buy the Drafthouse chain. They can get into the food and drink movie business.

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terrywade commented about Capri Theatre 1913 Elm Street, Dallas, TX - 1953 3D Presentation. on Mar 26, 2024 at 7:32 am

Thanks FILM for the ad. Inferno was the first 3D film I ever watched by 2Oth Century Fox and had great surround stereophonic sound. Saw at the United California Fruitvale Theatre in Oakland CA long torn down. We have a restored Blu Ray 3D copy now in stereo for our 3D TV. The best is the snake coming off the screen and the surround sound used with the rock echoes. The cheap one projector converted 3D movies they make now are worthless. A few distance shots and nothing coming out at you.

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terrywade commented about New Fillmore Theatre 1329 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 3D Presentation on Mar 20, 2024 at 4:36 pm

Greg & Film*** We saw many years ago a 70mm film print of ‘House Of Wax’ in stereophonic surround sound and dual 3D at the Fox Grauman’s Chinese Hollywood Theatre. Both left and right images were on the same single 70mm film frame I think It was the great StereoVision system.

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terrywade commented about Oppenheimer in analog IMAX 70 MM 16 perf at Chinese theatre on Mar 20, 2024 at 8:22 am

Just like the Cinerama projection booth days many prime seats lost in the center. Hope they put drapes or dark paint on the wood siding. The surround sound will get screwed up If you buy a seat near the new projection booth on the side back. Many center back prime rows won’t be so hot anymore. The Chinese Theatre Hollywood \will not use the old 70mm film IMAX system much It may be a portable take out thing?

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terrywade commented about IMAX 70 MM 16 perf Oppenheimer at Chinese theatre on Mar 20, 2024 at 3:13 am

I wonder If they covered up the cheap plywood with curtains. The sound of the projector must have leaked? Almost just like the old Cinerama center booth days. Many of those projection booths were made of cement blocks. Thanks Kino

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terrywade commented about Hayworth Theatre 2509 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA - 1990 - Previously known as Vagabond Theatre on Mar 19, 2024 at 8:07 am

Thanks Film for the ad. Hope they release soon in Blu Ray 3D. The Bubble had some of the best off the screen 3D of any movie.

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terrywade commented about Astor Theatre on Mar 14, 2024 at 8:10 am

Thanks Grind this great classic Astor Theatre NYC ad. In this day and age the Oscar people would probably go after the Astor people for not using the copyright AMPAS logo on the Oscar statue. They can be very sticky when you use their logo. With the new LA Academy museum/theatre now open they sell a ton of movie junk on line and in their store. Some does not have any copyright info.

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terrywade commented about Oppenheimer presented in IMAX 70 MM film 16 perf on Mar 13, 2024 at 9:20 pm

Thanks KINO one of the only Imax Theatres with curtains.