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The best movie theater I have ever visited is? 04 Oct 2005 21:47 #28942

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Malco Cinema Paradiso in Memphis. Superb sound, great seats and an elegant design. Everything about the theater bespoke of quality and comfort. The complete package of excellent design work with all the quality of Kinoton, QSC, Dolby, and Klipsch. Your Thoughts?
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Re: The best movie theater I have ever visited is? 06 Oct 2005 12:44 #28943

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Any of the 70MM Cooper theaters, lovely in the old days great 70mm pictures and sound. The orginal Coopers were well run, with polite, friendly and well trained staff. Of course that all changed when a chain I use to work for bought them out in the mid 70's. Oh well.

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Re: The best movie theater I have ever visited is? 07 Oct 2005 22:36 #28944

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The Zigfield in NY. A classic theatre which still stick to tradition. One screen of what things used to be in Ole Hollywood!
Still has world premieres and the feel of old Hollywood!
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Re: The best movie theater I have ever visited is? 15 Oct 2005 00:28 #28945

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From what I have heard over here in Australia for service and quality any of the Balaban & Katz theatres. I have heard their palaces were amazing, the stage shows were equally as good, the free child minding was very good idea back then, they even employed nurses incase the child was sick, the red uniforms with white gloves on young good looking students, how the many ushers helped many old people to their seats, the afternoon tea shows for women with children, the smokers rooms for people who smoked, the ushers talked to each other by telephone so every usher knew where there were spare seats, the exterior of the building was built to be architectually appealing with neon and marquee signs. The locations were good on the outskirts of the cities with plenty of good transport. They also invented air conditioning in cinemas of which they copied from meat store rooms.
Everything was designed to make a common man feel as if he was entering Buckingham Palace and they concentrated on making everybody feel as if they were a King or Queen with opulent stage shows and settings.
The Uptown theatre had 5000 seats for one cinema which is close to in size to the Marion Theatre in Australia with 30 something screens. Hard to imagine better standards today.

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Re: The best movie theater I have ever visited is? 15 Oct 2005 11:02 #28946

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There are a few houses that stand out for me. The Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, CA, The Village in Westwood, CA during the 1990's, The Picwood Theatre West Los Angeles, CA from 1980 to late 1982. And the old Plitt Century Plaza Twin before Cineplex damaged the house.
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Re: The best movie theater I have ever visited is? 15 Oct 2005 14:22 #28947

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There were sooooooooo many at one time!... Chicago, Oriental, McVickers, State Lake in Chicago... Carthay Circle, Chinese,
Egyptian in LA... Circle and Fox in Indy... As a young kid I remember seeing a (then) young Frank Sinatra with the Benny Goodman orchestra, and the Andrews Sisters with Les Brown live at the Chicago... Those WERE the movies' golden age!...
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Re: The best movie theater I have ever visited is? 17 Oct 2005 10:36 #28948

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The now gone GCC Northpark in Dallas (enjoyed a 70mm print of "Titanic" there).

Rochester's best was the Loew's Pittsford #3, which hosted most of the big 70mm releases of the 1980's and early 1990's.

I agree with the LA Century City Plitt (when it still was only two screens) being high on most lists. That's where I first watched "Apocalypse Now" in 70mm. Also the 70mm restoration of "My Fair Lady".

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Re: The best movie theater I have ever visited is? 19 Oct 2005 11:20 #28949

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The Roxy Theatre in Glendale, California. Long runway type covered entry with much of the original gold leaf inside. Red curtains everywhere with a terrific balcony. That was the way in was back in the 70"s, don't know if it changed much since then.
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Re: The best movie theater I have ever visited is? 20 Oct 2005 10:18 #28950

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Poppajoe, your thinking of the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. The nearby Roxy Theatre does not have that type of enter way. The Roxy is like a middle of the block version of the Bruin Theatre in Westwood, CA.

The Alex Theatre has a large neon beacon tower above the marquee. I worked the theatre many times when was under the Mann Theatres operations.
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Re: The best movie theater I have ever visited is? 20 Oct 2005 10:19 #28951

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sorry hit the wrong button <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Avco:
<B>Poppajoe, your thinking of the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. The nearby Roxy Theatre does not have that type of entreway. The Roxy is like a middle of the block version of the Bruin Theatre in Westwood, CA.

The Alex Theatre has a large neon beacon tower above the marquee. I worked the theatre many times when was under the Mann Theatres operations.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>



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Re: The best movie theater I have ever visited is? 24 Oct 2005 08:55 #28952

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Your right of course Avco, I only attended that theatre a few times and at the time, early 60's, there were a lot of theatres on that strip. But the Alex is the one I was thinking of.
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