Yeah, I can relate to your sadness at the passing of yet another really-neat theater. The one often tugging at my heartstrings is the Hollywood Theater here in Portland, Oregon. It's still standing; and it's still a theater, but it's grown old and tired.
When I first moved here, in the summer of 1969, I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey
in the Hollywood Theater â€” in Cinerama, no less. It was a wonderful experience! The Hollywood Theater was first rate: the seats were very plush and very comfortable (they even rocked); the theater itself was in excellent condition, even though it had been built back in the 1920s; and the Cinerama screen was a marvel to behold.
Although I still consider 2001: A Space Odyssey
to be one of the finest films ever made, it will never again be seen as was intended by its creators. (Revisionist history's assertions of supposed problems with Cinerama projection are lost on me. It looked just fine! It's all a pack of blatant mendacity dreamed up by theater chains to justify chopping up theaters and to avoid hiring projectionists.) So
much of that film, two-thirds in fact, is lost due to our inability to view it in Cinerama that for all practical purposes 2001: A Space Odyssey
is lost to history â€” as is the Hollywood Theater.
The theater was eventually chopped up into small auditoriums, all the rage in worship of The Almighty Dollar. Over the past few years, some cinema buffs have made attempts to rejuvenate the place. But gone are its first-run days of glory!
[Edited by Mr. Cat on 04-13-2001 at 02:41 AM]