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Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Not necessarily grand historic theaters, but smaller ones as well. I have a feeling there were a lot of these in the 70's, I'm thinking of Taxi Driver (not the porno theater). Are there many still in NY for example? I know there are a ton of multiplexes there so maybe not.

I'd like to think DC has them, but there really aren't any small theaters here. Well except West End, which runs digital and each screen is about as big as a home theater.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

The Logan Theater in Chicago still plays 35mm, it's one of the oldest theaters in the city. They played The Master 70 mm too. It's a beautiful theater that recently was remodeled due to age.

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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Nice, I will have to pay that a visit at some point. I also understand that a few L.A. theaters do so as well, such as the New Beverly. I forgot to mention the AFI Silver in my first post, they still have 35 mm (and also had The Master in 70 mm).
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Originally Posted by bluetoast View Post
Not necessarily grand historic theaters, but smaller ones as well. I have a feeling there were a lot of these in the 70's, I'm thinking of Taxi Driver (not the porno theater). Are there many still in NY for example? I know there are a ton of multiplexes there so maybe not.

I'd like to think DC has them, but there really aren't any small theaters here. Well except West End, which runs digital and each screen is about as big as a home theater.
There are a handful of single screen theaters left in NYC and I'm assuming they all have 35mm capability (the Ziegfeld still has 70mm). The ones I know of:
The Ziegfeld (54 St.)
The Paris (58 St.)
Big Cinemas Manhattan (59 St.)

There used to be one on 72nd Street and 3rd Ave. that I thought was still open, but it's not included in the Movie Clock in today's New York Post. This might mean it's now closed.

There are some upstate, in Westchester and counties north of there, but I can't tell you which ones. I have a friend upstate who sees films in these theaters occasionally.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Originally Posted by bluetoast View Post
Not necessarily grand historic theaters, but smaller ones as well. I have a feeling there were a lot of these in the 70's, I'm thinking of Taxi Driver (not the porno theater). Are there many still in NY for example? I know there are a ton of multiplexes there so maybe not.

I'd like to think DC has them, but there really aren't any small theaters here. Well except West End, which runs digital and each screen is about as big as a home theater.
The Arthouse theaters are moving from 35MM to Digital.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Yeah, E Street and West End are digital in D.C. Although E Street can still do 35 mm and will be showing Miyazaki stuff. Even the local Drafthouse switched to digital and charged to show a fucking Blu-ray of Dr. Strangelove. Absolutely ridiculous.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Why the fuck would anyone want to see 35mm anymore? After I walk out of a 35mm showing, I get CAPP Code flashing before my eyes for the next three days.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Here in Kansas City when the alamo drafthouse took over the Mainstreet theater, they brought in a 35 mm projector. Its mostly used for specialty programming I think.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

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Why the fuck would anyone want to see 35mm anymore? After I walk out of a 35mm showing, I get CAPP Code flashing before my eyes for the next three days.
You might want to see an optometrist about that.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

You guys are so lucky. I very rarely get to see anything more than six months old in theaters, and when it does play, it conflicts with my work schedule. The concept of revival houses sounds so cool to me. I love DVD, but it doesn't give the communal experience of going to the cinema or the sense of film culture. On the other hand, I suppose it goes both ways. I recently got catch a screening of It's A Wonderful Life, and I loved that in spite of the fact that the movie is still almost 70 years old, it still work like magic, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. On the flip side, I was able to get the rare opportunity to catch Craven's original A Nightmare On Elm Street on this big screen. I was so excited, hoping that it's be a cult film audience, but the attendance was largely a local film class (apparently funded by New Line, and with a cool introduction from the film professor), and the audience almost ruined the whole experience for me, laughing at anything slightly dated of any bit of bad acting, they were so irritating. Kids today....
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

35mm. I don't understand. How many pixels is that?
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Never been to a theatre that didn't have 35mm.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

35mm is dead, Jim.

Our local drive-in theater will be making the conversion from 35mm to DLP before April.

Our local second-run theater has already converted one screen from 35mm to DLP with Dolby Digital 3D. The other screens inside the building should be converted sooner rather than later.

Once those two undergo their digital transition, there will no longer be a 35mm projector in Vegas. The only film-based projector that'll exist is the IMAX 15/70 projector at the Palms.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

The Charles in Downtown baltimore still shows 35mm. also the AFI silver in Silver Spring shows 35 mm revivals. Its to a point where if its digital, they'll explicitly state so on their website
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Yeah, I try to go to the Silver often. They can handle the most formats in the country from what I read. 8/16/35/70 mm, VHS/Beta, etc.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Originally Posted by bluetoast View Post
Yeah, I try to go to the Silver often. They can handle the most formats in the country from what I read. 8/16/35/70 mm, VHS/Beta, etc.
they were one of the theaters to get The Master in 70mm
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Yup, I saw it there.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel View Post
35mm is dead, Jim.
Sadly, it looks like it is, yes. I'd kill to see Lawrence of Arabia or Ran in 70mm, or to see many a classic in 35mm. In an idealized world, digital and film would exist side-by-side, but of course we don't live in an idealized world, do we?

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The Charles in Downtown baltimore still shows 35mm. also the AFI silver in Silver Spring shows 35 mm revivals. Its to a point where if its digital, they'll explicitly state so on their website
Someone needs to invent a transporter like on Star Trek so I can go to all of these places!
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

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Someone needs to invent a transporter like on Star Trek so I can go to all of these places!
The AFI is showing Death Rides a Horse in 35 mm tonight (rare print apparently) with a film professor talking about it after. And a ton of Howard Hawkes flicks Feb-April. Gone With the Wind on Sunday too!

Here is the AFI Silver's main theater:

Spoiler:
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

the National Gallery of Art (here in DC) does every film format (including DCP digital) but NOT 70mm.

The Avalon Theater is also fighting an uphill battle to keep it's 35mm projectors to the bitter end.

The Angelika Mosaic also has one auditorium equipped with a 35mm projector for whenever the opportunity presents itself.

in regards to the AFI Silver - the screens can present digital encoded formats, but not actual DCP's (which I find very odd) - from what I've been told, that will change at the end of this year.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

It can't imagine there's much of anyplace that shows 70mm anymore, sadly.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Originally Posted by hanshotfirst113 View Post
It can't imagine there's much of anyplace that shows 70mm anymore, sadly.
it's rare, but with 'The Master' and the rumored plan to film and release Iain Softtley's version of 'Ivanhoe' in 70mm the format is not completely dead.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

We have a handful in L.A.
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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Like I said, I appear to be miles from culture . It's good to know there are still any around though, for however long they'll stay.

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Re: Do big cities still have "older" theaters that run 35 mm?

Originally Posted by bluetoast View Post
The AFI is showing Death Rides a Horse in 35 mm tonight (rare print apparently) with a film professor talking about it after. And a ton of Howard Hawkes flicks Feb-April. Gone With the Wind on Sunday too!

Here is the AFI Silver's main theater:

Spoiler:
I went to the showing last night, the print is missing small chunks and is in rough shape. Didn't bother me at all, still had a blast.

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