Lovely shots by an unidentified photographer. I wonder why no one’s standing in line for Exorcist II.
UPDATE: David Augustyn, who works in Times Square, sent in the shot below from about the same angle and same time of day, taken on April 15, 2016. The more things change… Thanks, David!
(First two images via Tumblr)
Above: The Exorcist opens at the Paramount Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1974. “Proof of age required”! The Paramount opened in 1964 and closed in 1990. According to Cinema Treasures, “no trace remains” except for this lone photograph.
Below: The Exorcist opens at the National Theatre in Westwood, California. The film received a limited release on December 26, 1973, and the National was one of the 26 participating theaters. The landmark was demolished in 2008, displaced by luxury apartments.
You can see more Exorcist marquees here, as well as video footage of audience reactions at the National and elsewhere.
The Capri Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina, December, 1979. Sleeping Beauty (1959) was re-released theatrically in 1970, 1979, 1986, and 1995.
(Image via Retro Charlotte)
Above: The lobby of an unnamed theater, probably the Avco Westwood. That helmet is part of the “Astro Explorer Play Set” seen here (worn by the kid in the catalog).
Below: Moviegoers line up at the Alabama Theatre in Houston, Texas, on May 21, 1980. Many engagements of the first run of Empire were shown in 70mm, as opposed to the more standard 35mm. There were minor changes in the two versions.
(Images via Pinterest and The Houston Chronicle)
Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior in the U.S.) remains, and will always remain, one of the most sophisticated, most uncompromising, most meaningful, most convincing, most thrilling action movies ever made. Every time I watch it—at least once a year—I’m awed by how perfectly it holds up.
(Images via madmaxmovies.com)
Published June 25, 2015
Jaws , Movie Theaters/Marquees
Now that is a packed theater!
(Photo via Ramona Depares)
Published March 25, 2015
Don’t laugh. In 1979 this was a valid double feature for the kids. Getting a ride home might be a problem, though.
The Walker Theater in Brooklyn, New York closed in 1988.
Another DotD marquee here.
(Photo via Cinema Treasures)
The queue outside the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver for the first screening of Star Wars on June 24, 1977. (Photo: Glenn Baglo/Vancouver Sun)
Some seriously wide-bottomed pants were present at the event.
(Via the Ottawa Citizen)
Published February 11, 2015
No waiting, pardner.
Poulsbo, Washington’s Almo Theatre closed in 1987. One screen, one aisle, millions of memories.
(Photo and info via Cinema Treasures)
Josh Becker and Sam Raimi
Sam Raimi and Ethan Coen
Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell
Book of the Dead (later retitled The Evil Dead) premiered on October 15th, 1981, at Detroit’s Redford Theater. Turnout was excellent, and Raimi started touring the movie. Eventually he met Irvin Shapiro, who had distributed George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Shapiro convinced Raimi to change the title to The Evil Dead and got the film into Cannes in 1982, where Stephen King saw it, loved it, and gave it a rave review. The rest is history.
Josh Becker did sound and lighting, Rob Tapert was producer, and Ethan Coen, believe it or not, flew down from New York with the final edit on the day of the premiere. His brother Joel had assisted with the editing. Blood Simple, the movie that got the Coen brothers their start, was inspired by the indie ethos and look of The Evil Dead and premiered three years later in 1984.
(Photos via Home Theater Forum and Book of the Dead)