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Re: Theatre use 18 Jun 2003 09:31 #23982

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by garymey:
<B>in earlier live theater days the curtain often contained many ads for local businesses.
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Boy does that bring back the memories. We of the Theatre Historical Society have seen many photos of those old 'AD CURTAINS' as they were called. I even recall seeing one hanging in the long closed, second floor 'Opera House' in Stoughton, Wis. They were canvas drops (sometimes cut to have a portal) that was painted by a scenics shop with ads from various businesses. Sometimes they were only a border taking the place of the Grand Drapery hung from the proscenium arch. Probably the most famous one extant is the single mural painted on the asbestos (fire curtain) of the former CROWN TH. (now the RAYMOND) of Pasadena. It shows a 1920s Hull motor car in a framed winter scenic which is then framed in extravagant draperies. They have a web site ( www.raymondtheatre.com -- slow to load, but worth it), and photos of it in present day are in the book: "Movie Palaces: Survivors of an Elegant Era" by Ave Pildas ( www.Amazon.com ) on pages 78 and 79 in color. The Society has dozens of photos of them ( www.HistoricTheatres.org )

While they would work today, there are very few scenic studios left that have artists on staff that can do such work outside of the film studios' production people. During the days of Vaudeville, evey city of any size had one or more scenic studios that churned out drops and sets for any production. I think that Tiffin Scenic Studios in Tiffin Ohio ( www.tiffinscenic.com ) is one of the last to still do such work. The various studios produced photo catalogs of their most used designs and I know that Tiffin had one some years back.

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Re: Theatre use 18 Jun 2003 15:05 #23983

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"corporate distribution??" last time I looked Sony/BV/Viacom/etc. et al are all pretty big corps! There's plenty of corporate distribution; all of the films we play for instance! I guess Warner Bros could become steel smelters or Sony Pictures becomes cell phone builders. The reality is that anyone is free to try any stupid idea that pops into their head. But luckily cooler heads usually talk us out of it.

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Re: Theatre use 18 Jun 2003 17:38 #23984

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Remember when Chris Craft owned 20th Century Fox?

The Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, Colorado had the original on display in the early years of the film festival but now it is a beautiful painting on the canvas curtain. http://www.sheridanoperahouse.com/

Don't call the phone number for Modern Talking Pictures John listed unless you want to get referred to a sex talk line. Some research got me several numbers now out of service and finally one with a voice message that I think is some version of MTP . It would appear they specialize in captioned media and religious films but I'll know more when I get a person. No website.

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Re: Theatre use 19 Jun 2003 12:43 #23985

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garymey wrote:

"Don't call the phone number for Modern Talking Pictures John listed unless you want to get referred to a sex talk line."

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