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Great Cinema Experiences

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Here’s a picture of the inside of the Akron Civic Theatre by the way.

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#22

Very cool. Although there is a danger that I would be more entertained by my surroundings than the movie. :slight_smile:

#23

I don’t think they do films there just music and musical type stuff. I saw Zoso (a Zeppelin cover band) and a high school age production of Ragtime there. Neat venue.

#24

Which is nice but probably cheating :smile:

There are several thousand working stage theatres that could be included, they tend to be retained a lot better.

#25

Oh, I wasn’t entering it into the running. I was just showing the similarity to the theater Dave posted.

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#27

I understand fluctuating ticket prices, because that’s the norm, but not to that extent. I’ve been in that cinema once before and I’d be interested to go again for comparisons sake, but not for thirty pounds per ticket. Its not like cinema options are limited in London anyway.

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I think the first theater I went to had a lot to do with why I pursued filmmaking. I saw The Black Stallion (1979 version) and Empire Strikes Back at the Loews Theater in Jersey City. My Uncle brought us, and we sat in the balcony. Even at the age of 7 or 8, the architecture was overwhelming, contributing to the magic of cinema. I remember walking through the halls to get upstairs more than I remember the movies (of course I have seen Empire Strikes Back many times since.)

Due to this thread, I looked up the theater, and saw that it was one of 5 Wonder Theaters built by Loews in 1929, before suburbs and multiplexes took favor. I was very sad back in the mid 80s when this theater closed and fell into disrepair.

But - again - as a result of this thread, when I looked up this old theater I learned that the locals put together a petition and received over 10,000 signatures to keep the building from being demolished, and have taken on the renovations themselves since.

Here is a quote from the article I read about the place. “Throughout the years, notable names who appeared on stage were Bob Hope, Duke Ellington, the Ritz Brothers, Jackie Coogan, and Russ Columbo and His Band. One of Egan’s favorite stories to tell is about Bing Crosby’s 1934 performance. Frank Sinatra had taken the trolley from Hoboken to catch the act, and it was then that he decided he wanted to be a singer.” The article is worthy of a read, as it follows the efforts of the volunteers to save the theater, which was substantial (including them renovating each seat individually.)

It is still not fully renovated. They are unable to screen films, or put on shows, in the summer - as they cannot yet afford AC - which is listed as a 1.5 million cost.

Looking at the pics of this place, it is crazy to think of tearing one of these down to replace them with a box.

Of course, my other childhood movie screening experience was equally powerful, which was seeing Jaws 2 at the drive in at the age of 5, with all the cousins packed into the back of a station wagon, while the adults were in a separate car.

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#29

That’s an absolute beauty, I’d be happy to sit and sweat without AC to watch movies there. :smile:

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#30

The most memorable cinema experience I’ve had was twenty years ago when Star Trek: First Contact was in theaters (1996 to be exact). The theater was one of the many renovation projects for the many abandoned mills in Maine (and I assume around New England as a whole), and as these projects tend to go, ended just as abruptly as it appeared. And in hindsight, it was an early version of the style movie theater that popped up decades later, where the movie experience was combined with the dining experience (there’s a chain called Cinebistro that goes full upscale), but this one was sort of do-it-yourself, but that only added to the charm. This was well before theaters moved away from traditional seating, too, well before reclining chairs started appearing (although the first time I experienced that sort of thing was actually only a few years later, through the Tinseltown chain I experienced in Erie, PA, and then again later in Colorado Springs; the latter had standard seating, though).

Where I’m living now there’s the Tampa Theater, which I assume is going to be worth experiencing once I get around to it. Also in Colorado Springs was Kimball’s, which celebrated art movies and let you drink wine (which they sold obviously) while watching them, but otherwise the setup was about the average.

But I’ll always wish that mill theater pop-up had stuck around. At any rate, it was a great way to first experience one of my favorite movies for the first (and second) (and possibly third?) time.

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#31

Well, I can highly recommend the Jaws Blu-Ray.

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#32

This is a great article for people who love the style of (and photos of) old cinema buildings. Several of these are quite near me.

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#33

Was watching a video and paused it, as it reminded me of a ‘great cinema experience’.

Back in the ‘70’, when I was in college, a theater near downtown Los Angeles ran a sci-fi movie marathon. For a set price, one night was usually three movies, two serials and a couple of shorts or cartoons. Two sets of films per weeks, which made for weeks of full evenings. Saw maybe fifty films overall, and, at the moment, cannot remember the title of any one of them. What set me off? Hot mulled cider. It was cold in Los Angeles, a rare occurrence but, when it gets cold in the City of the Angels there is a heavy marine layer, so it is cold and wet and rather nasty. The theater was rather small, about 120 seats or so. But as well as putting on a particularly good raft of films, the concession bar was also excellent. Freshly-made sandwiches, finger foods, standard candy and really good popcorn - and hot mulled apple cider. And the intermissions were superbly timed so folks had the proper time to empty bladders and purchase hot mulled cider to refill them.

And it is a magnificent memory.

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#34

That stuff can be a great part of the movie-going experience. One of my local independent cinemas is a small venue (it actually claims to be the oldest cinema still operating in the country, having opened in 1909), and one of the best things about it is its bar. It serves good coffee, great home-made cakes and has a wide selection of bottled beers and bar snacks. It’s a real treat to eat and drink there, and a world away from the watered-down fizzy pop and overpriced popcorn of the multiplexes.

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#35

There is a tiny little cinema at Carnforth Train Station, which only shows Brief Encounter. It’s where a lot of the movie was filmed and set.
It’s a wee bit ‘home made’, but what a fabulous experience and place.

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#36

Also, the Royalty Cinema in Bowness-on-Windermere. Has a working Wurlitzer Organ.

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#37

We’ve been having some wonderful cinema experiences the last couple of years after discovering this program at Lincoln Center, where the New York Philharmonic will play live the soundtrack to certain films. Sometimes it’s a film for which music is a key plot component (Amadeus, The Red Violin), sometimes it is musical accompaniment to a silent movie (City Lights). Later this Spring, we will be attending the one that gets me most excited: Bugs Bunny At the Symphony!!

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