200 Colonial Park Plaza,
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Previously operated by: Trans-Lux Movies Corp.
Architects: Drew Eberson
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The Trans-Lux Theatre was one of but a few theatres that was built from the ground up specifically for Cinerama. It was located in the Colonial Park Plaza Shopping Center seating 1,000. The luxury theatre was equipped to present films in 70mm, 35mm and the new at the time D-150 process. The Trans-Lux Theatre was opened on September 21, 1966 with Omar Sharif in “Doctor Zhivago”.
The theatre was done in a contemporary design, with landscaped exterior gardens, the façade featured a large amount of glass.
The lobby had walls of red and bronze textured vinyl, contrasted with terrazzo floors of beige and white. Past the antique white box office through another set of doors was the lobby where a vast expanse of custom designed black and gold carpeting starts and leads into the auditorium.
The auditorium walls were lined with flowing gold shadowed striped draperies. The 1,000 seats were the self rising style which were the latest available at the time. The seating sightline was engineered to permit excellent vision. The carpeting extended to the stage and practically touched the curved screen.
The projection and sound system utilized a Victoria projector which was a multi purpose 70mm and 35mm unit. It was coupled with six channel high fidelity stereo sound. Thirteen loudspeakers surrounded the backstage and auditorium area. The Cinerama screen measured 70ft by 35ft on the curve.
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