posted January 16, 2007 06:58 PM
Just to get this topic back on track I also like this one because of all the memories of seeing so many great movies in 70mm there growing up. If only someone had pix of the auditoriums.
posted January 16, 2007 10:57 PM
This may not be my favorite photo, but it helps to remind me what can happen when someone has the passion (and a hell of a lot of money) to save Seattle's most-loved theater from the wrecking ball:
I do love the fact that this photo shows just how big this screen is with the employee walking in front of it. There's very little masking at the bottom and top, so it is almost floor-to-ceiling. For true three-strip Cinerama (the 90 foot deeply-curved louvered screen is behind the one in the photo), the screen is truly floor to ceiling (no masking at all, top and bottom, and only a thin strip on the sides).
Conversely, the following photo reminds me of what could have happened the the Cinerama:
The Southcenter was closed in 2001 and razed shortly thereafter for another chain restaurant. This photo shows the 1200 seat theater nearly sold out for a showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark (in 70MM of course!) back in the happier SRO Theater days.
Both were operated by Cineplex/Odeon when they were originally closed.
posted January 16, 2007 11:36 PM
Dan, I saw "Raiders" for the first time at the Southcenter in 70mm when I was 11 years old in 1981. (I could be in that photo!) I saw it 4 more times at the Rialto in Tacoma as a double feature with "Airplane!" for $1 per ticket. My love of this film is is one of the reasons why I persued a career in the film industry. The photo also illustrates big event presentation that is lacking in the modern theatres of today...
My mother was at the very last show at the Southcenter on its last open day for "Moulin Rouge" in DTS Digital. She sent me her ticket stub. I will scan it and send it in to Cinematour when I get a chance...
From: Torrance, CA
Registered: May 2003
posted January 17, 2007 09:07 AM
quote:The Southcenter was closed in 2001 and razed shortly thereafter for another chain restaurant. This photo shows the 1200 seat theater nearly sold out for a showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark (in 70MM of course!) back in the happier SRO Theater days.
Now THAT picture really made me drool! Too bad Cineplex Odeon didn't get the idea that they could build a muliplex AROUND that theatre. Thank God Pacific/Arclight was that smart!
quote: And this one:Red Rock 11 always makes me homesick when i see it.
My wife worked at this theatre during her teenage/college days in the 1990's.