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Jaymole
04-30-12, 01:13 PM
I may be the only one, but I love looking for the names of movies on theater marquess in films I am watching. Sometimes I have to pause and zoom in on the marquee in order to read the titles...it instantly sets the movie to a very specific time period.

I just watched a guilty pleasure (don't laugh) The Crater lake Monster, and as a car was going down the avenue I paused and was able to read on the theater marquee Strike Force with Peter Fonda and Telly Savalas and Aloha Bobby and Rose. It reminded me how much I love looking for real theater marquees in films.

Was wondering if anyone else looks for this and what movies you remember seeing on theater marquees in different films.

Mondo Kane
04-30-12, 01:42 PM
All..The..Damn..Time.

I especially love freaking out on the stuff that plays on (Vintage) 42nd Street.

A few years ago, I remember (While on Ricco The Mean Machine's IMDB page) that it had an alternate title called "Cauldron of Death". I thought, "Yeah, right. No way would an Italian gangster movie be re-named that."
Sure enough, On The Exterminator, the lead character is approaching a theater with a familiar title playing. :lol:
http://img2.imageshack.us/img2/6765/30s128.jpg
So sometimes, there's visual proof to back odd cases up.

It's also common to spot a star/director's film-within-a-film on a marquee (ala Dirty Harry/Play Misty for Me) and just this month, thanks to the exploitation challenge, I noticed on Jean Rollin's Lips of Blood that the lead character walks by a theater with Nude Vampire playing (Also a Rollin film)

riotinmyskull
04-30-12, 01:56 PM
i read them every time i see one...here's one that comes to mind:

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrszkzA81R1qzzh6g.jpg

Mabuse
04-30-12, 02:27 PM
One famous/weird example is in Annie Hall. When Woody goes to LA he sees a marquee for House of Evil and Demonic Possesion. It's up on the marque like this:

House of Evil
Demonic Possesion

Out here in LA a lot of old theaters have become churches and for years I thought Woody was making a joke that in LA the theaters have become churches of devil worship. Then I found out that those are actual titles of two actual movies that were showing at the time they filmed.

Anyone seen either film?

Ash Ketchum
04-30-12, 02:48 PM
James Glickenhaus (THE EXTERMINATOR) was great for this. Here are some screen grabs from the 42nd Street scenes in SHAKEDOWN (1988), starting with this homage to himself:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7225/7086880141_d990eb9963.jpg

I love how Charles Bronson didn't even need his first name on the marquee:
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5468/7086878581_cc81153978.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5349/7086924677_ed0f6e4711.jpg

But, yeah, I love when this happens, esp. in old movies. I recently watched THE GLASS WALL (1953), a story of a "DP" (Displaced Person) who stowed away on a ship to New York and escaped into Manhattan, and it has several scenes of Times Square and 42nd Street theater marquees. I haven't taken any screen grabs yet, so I don't have pix to share, but I'm proud to say I've seen all the films visible on those marquees. Kubrick's KILLER'S KISS has a late scene in Times Square that has some marquees visible.

THE LAST ACTION HERO tricked up 42nd Street with some fake marquees, but they're not seen to great advantage in the finished film:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/6817012316_e746db4588.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7060/6963106677_5784385bc0.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7057/6963195237_46c38aa31f.jpg

Numanoid
04-30-12, 03:18 PM
One famous/weird example is in Annie Hall. When Woody goes to LA he sees a marquee for House of Evil and Demonic Possesion.And let's not forget Halloween III and Q on a marquee in Broadway Danny Rose.


http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-f-fx0Nq6moE/TwYkmhm8RuI/AAAAAAAADqA/meHu_xu4fzY/s640/title00_101625160.jpg

Mondo Kane
04-30-12, 05:50 PM
(Not a marquee shown, but a banner. And as you can see, one hell of a banner!)
Cool to know that rare/controversial movies oten got the deluxe treatment when released:
http://i46.tinypic.com/291j24h.jpg
(From Wham! Bam! Thank You Spaceman)

MrSmearkase
04-30-12, 06:32 PM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__mokxbTmuJM/SG6CAny9mkI/AAAAAAAAB0Y/Fg9a2fk9Cz8/s400/kentucky1.jpg

Mabuse
04-30-12, 06:40 PM
In the video for Pet Shop Boys song West End Girls you can see the marquee for a theater in London playing Fletch. Odd.

riotinmyskull
04-30-12, 06:44 PM
i always thought this one was odd considering it would've been an easy way for tarantino to name drop a film or two...

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee305/annie_hall2007/tarantino/800px-Scary_Movie4_Board-DP.jpg

GoldenJCJ
04-30-12, 07:18 PM
Just yesterday I caught Lethal Weapon on Encore and saw The Lost Boys written on a marquee in the background.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Ayd9DtmCjl0/TA2Ap6q4tFI/AAAAAAAAACU/CX9ty6Y1e-4/s1600/Screen+shot+2010-06-07+at+4.18.44+PM.png

Why So Blu?
04-30-12, 07:23 PM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__mokxbTmuJM/SG6CAny9mkI/AAAAAAAAB0Y/Fg9a2fk9Cz8/s400/kentucky1.jpg

That's in (was) in South Pasadena. They closed it down a few years ago. One of the last films that actually played there was "Daywatch" with the actual animated English subtitles that "Nightwatch" had.

BTW, "The Player" was shot there and in their parking lot.

Mondo Kane
04-30-12, 08:08 PM
i always thought this one was odd considering it would've been an easy way for tarantino to name drop a film or two...

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee305/annie_hall2007/tarantino/800px-Scary_Movie4_Board-DP.jpg

^I thought that would've been more of a Weinstein idea than QT's.

Just yesterday I caught Lethal Weapon on Encore and saw The Lost Boys written on a marquee in the background.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Ayd9DtmCjl0/TA2Ap6q4tFI/AAAAAAAAACU/CX9ty6Y1e-4/s1600/Screen+shot+2010-06-07+at+4.18.44+PM.png

I'm sure that was made up specifically for the shot since it's WB property...Especially with that tagline.

For awhile there, Big-studio movies would only show their movies for scenes that took place in video stores or near a theater.

Check out the video store scenes in Lost Boys. NOTHING but WB titles on the racks! Same with The Fisher King and all the Columbia titles in the video store that Jeff Bridges works at.

tellybox
05-01-12, 12:32 AM
Love this thread! I haven't seen some of these movies in a long time

Trout
05-01-12, 04:21 AM
Taxi Driver has a bunch.
http://images3.static-bluray.com/reviews/4034_4.jpg

SPiRAL
05-01-12, 11:10 AM
i read them every time i see one...here's one that comes to mind:

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrszkzA81R1qzzh6g.jpg

Side note, I just cut Sasha Jensen's hair last week.

islandclaws
05-01-12, 11:53 AM
Yes. I love spotting them in films. Many great examples have already been given; there's a lot out there.

Mabuse
05-01-12, 12:19 PM
Just yesterday I caught Lethal Weapon on Encore and saw The Lost Boys written on a marquee in the background.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Ayd9DtmCjl0/TA2Ap6q4tFI/AAAAAAAAACU/CX9ty6Y1e-4/s1600/Screen+shot+2010-06-07+at+4.18.44+PM.png

Is that the Wiltern? I didn't know it was ever a movie theater. Today it just has live shows.

EDIT: Checked Wikipedia. It has never been a movie theater. They simply put that up instead of having it say whatever show was really showing there the day of filming. And as Mono Kane says, they made sure it was a Warner Bros property. They were pretty strategic too. Lethal Weapon came out in March 1987 and Lost Boys followed in July 1987. So they were promoting an upcoming film. I wonder if there was a Lost Boys trailer on the head of every Lethal Weapon print.

Alan Smithee
05-01-12, 12:51 PM
Same with The Fisher King and all the Columbia titles in the video store that Jeff Bridges works at.

Have noticed that a lot in movies that have scenes in video stores- except The Fisher King also had some Vivid Video boxes as well since porn was part of the plot. Vivid got a "special thanks" in the end credits. (Should there be another thread about movies with video stores in them? That'd be kind of interesting.)

RagingBull80
05-01-12, 01:10 PM
It's been a while but if I'm not mistaken, in American Gigolo there's a poster for The Warriors hanging in front of a movie theatre.

RagingBull80
05-01-12, 01:13 PM
Yep.

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/9640/videotstitle030100000.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/403/videotstitle030100000.jpg/)

trespoochies
05-01-12, 01:33 PM
i read them every time i see one...here's one that comes to mind:

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrszkzA81R1qzzh6g.jpg

The last time I went to where this marquee is, it said "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock." Been so many damn years since the Americana was around though. I loved that theater, it held about 500 and was 1 screen. They rotated different films throughout the day during the summers.


Here's what it looks like today. I'm glad they at least kept the marquee.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-laLiQdSbtWw/TtFsPVC5AjI/AAAAAAAAAeo/H6j4AWKax4s/s400/yarborough.jpg

MrSmearkase
05-01-12, 03:38 PM
RE: The Lost Boys marquee in Lethal Weapon...

Director Richard Donner was a producer on The Lost Boys, as well both being WB productions, as was mentioned.

Jason
05-01-12, 04:04 PM
Idiocracy
http://robsmovievault.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/ass_idiocracy.jpg

Mondo Kane
05-10-12, 12:41 AM
From Eyes of a Stanger (1981):
http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/9594/59s3.jpg
^How's that for a double-feature?!? :lol: (In case you can't make out the poster on the right, it's Being There)
Although that could be a 2-Screen theater...The very first movie-theater I ever went to was one of those.

From the short-film, Times Store Trick
http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/6972/deuce02.jpg
Quite odd to see prestigious stuff like Bullitt playing at The Anco. I've heard/read that The Anco soon became the most vile & dangerous theater on 42nd Street.

Charlie Goose
05-10-12, 05:59 AM
I don't have a picture but in It's a Wonderful Life, the movie theater marquee shows The Bells of St. Mary's

sauce07
05-11-12, 10:42 AM
I love when they show genuine theater marquees, but if I sniff out that it was faked (WB putting up a WB title that hasn't come out yet or fake movie titles) I get pissed. The marquee in Death Proof has been bugging me ever since it was released, it took me out of the sequence.

jeffkjoe
05-11-12, 10:54 AM
In Splash,

when Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks are walking down Madison Avenue, there's a marquee for a theater showing

Raiders of the Lost Ark. Since Splash was 1984, this was probably Raiders' re-release.

Ash Ketchum
05-11-12, 11:10 AM
In Splash,

when Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks are walking down Madison Avenue, there's a marquee for a theater showing

Raiders of the Lost Ark. Since Splash was 1984, this was probably Raiders' re-release.

I've been going to Manhattan theaters for almost 50 years. What theater was ever on Madison Avenue? The only one that was even visible from Madison was the Plaza on 58th Street, just east of Madison, and it was later known as the Fine Arts. And it was an arthouse and not the type of theater that would have shown RAIDERS. I don't have a copy of SPLASH in any format so I can't check it out for myself. Can anyone tell me the name of the theater seen in that shot?

Thanks.

SethDLH
05-11-12, 11:33 AM
In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the movie Raphael goes to watch (disguised in a hat and trench coat of course) is Critters. When he leaves the theater he says "where do they get this stuff?" I've always thought that was pretty funny.

http://chrispearce.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-i-trivia-mistakes-07.jpg

Shannon Nutt
05-11-12, 02:52 PM
Re: the Lethal Weapon marquee. It wasn't Warners that put that in there - director Richard Donner did as a way of plugging his next movie (Donner directed both films).

MrSmearkase
05-11-12, 02:59 PM
/\ Donner only produced The Lost Boys. Joel Schumacher directed it.

Numanoid
05-11-12, 03:12 PM
I don't have a picture but in It's a Wonderful Life, the movie theater marquee shows The Bells of St. Mary'sAnother studio in-joke, as Henry Travers (Clarence the angel) also starred in Bells.