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  1. Hello, Dean...glad you're enjoying the site. Sadly, my records only go up to the end of 1971. So, I can't give you the exact dates you require. I do however still have my ticket stub for "The Towering Inferno", which I saw in it's original run at the Warner, West End (London) on March 1st, 1975. So, I guess it would have been not too long after that when it reached our ABC. "The Black Panther" was released in 1977.......so, it may have been at the Classic that year, or possibly 1978? One day, I may extend my database to cover (at least) the rest of the 1970's. Watch this space.
  2. "Fantastic, those ticket stubs bring back happy memories.Funny you should mention the railings on the Odeon steps. I was only thinking about this the other day that they advertised film boards on them when a Road Show was playing.Spooky or what. Yes, why didn't we go down with our cameras!" Crazy eh? I guess we didn't stop to think about nostalgia back then and thought that things like that would always be there. How wrong we were ! Luckily, i've never been one for throwing things away. So, I still have a lot of original stuff, as well as all the posters,stills,press books, programmes,etc i've aquired over the years. Oh well !......as I said earlier, just wait until i've finished that time machine. (Which also played at the Odeon - w/c Nov. 20th, 1960 !) .
  3. I wish I had ABC Man...... or photos of the Odeon's facade for any of the Epic Road Shows that played there. Why didn't we go down there and take photos at the time ????? Just wait while i've finished my time machine ! I remember that they usually went to town with the advertising materials. Those railings that run around the bay at the top of the steps there were always boarded over with the relevant artwork,etc......and there were sometimes other items on top of the canopy. I also remember that, when the Odeon had its first Road Show - "Oklahoma!" ( January, 1957), they had a real "Surrey with the Fringe On Top" standing in the bay. Likewise, when they showed "The Bridge on the River Kwaii" ( March, 1958), they had an accurate model of the bridge in the foyer. There is a brief clip of film in one of those "Remember Sheffield" videos that are around that shows the facade during the run of "South Pacific", and it was festooned with flags and leis,etc. Love to see more of stuff like that. So, i'll repeat the request..............."Does anyone out there have any such photos?" I do still have the ticket stubs from three of our many visits to "The Sound of Music" during it's record run at the Odeon, and here they are..............
  4. Yes, we did. She was a really nice lady, and still had that lovely smile. She was over here for the opening of the stage version of "42nd Street", at the Theatre Royal - Drury Lane, in London. She was guest of honour at the opening night and received a huge ovation.
  5. No, it wasn't "Swanee" in the scene you're thinking of Dave - it was "Farewell My Bluebell"...........and it was the scene where the young Jolson (still Asa Yoelson) is up in the gallery (planted by Steve Martin) when his voice suddenly breaks in mid song. That's when he comes up with the whistling gimmick. Scotty Beckett was the young Asa, and his voice belonged to Rudy Wissler. A memorable scene. I still have the ticket stubs from that 1970, 70mm re-issue at the Gaumont......
  6. Yes....I enjoyed it then, but, it all looks rather dated now - despite it's oppulent art direction....and Babs, of course !
  7. "Battle of Britain" ran at the Classic the week of 12th September, 1971. Was that when you saw it Dave ?
  8. Maybe Dave ?..... "The Intelligence Men" was on at the Odeon the week of 18th April, 1965. I'm surprised it wasn't held over for a second week. Showing with it was "Be My Guest".......Boarding house shenannigans with David Hemmings and Steve Marriott (Yes!...that Steve Marriott!). Or, you could have gone to the ABC, where Elvis was going "Girl Happy". (Not his finest hour!). Oh!.....and "The Crimson Pirate" and "Young at Heart" were on at the Classic that week too I think i'll stick with "Mary Poppins" ! lol
  9. I was just asking my Mum what she remembered about the Heeley Colli - she was a manageress for Blaskeys for many years. She remembers that Nathan Blaskey ( brother of the wallpaper Blaskeys) was the owner, and Peter and Peggy were two of his children. Apparently, the old man actually died in his office at the Colliseum. She was speaking to Peggy a few years ago and asked her what happened to all the advertising material (posters, stills,etc) that they had accumulated over the years, and she said that it had all been binned when they closed. As an avid collector of such material, that really hurts! When you think about it, most of the local cinemas must have junked all their stuff too, as they closed down. That's an awful lot of valuable collector's items - "Gone With the Wind" ! We must have visited the Colli on many occasions (as we did most of the locals), but, the only film that I can definitely remember seeing there was a re-issue of "Ivanhoe". This must have been around April/ May, 1960. I remember that, when Richard the Lionheart comes riding in at the end, everyone cheered. Funny, the things you remember !
  10. Here are a few more ads and flyers for movies showing in Sheffield. They may stir a few memories for you. I'm having difficulty down-sizing scanned images to show as thumbnails on this site, so I have posted larger images. Some of the detail has been lost on some of them, but I think you can still read them. Here goes: Mary flew into the Sheffield Gaumont on April 18th, 1965 and stayed for four weeks (until the wind changed!). In this photo, you can see the huge queue to get in. You don't see those today! The poster on the right tells us that Eric & Ernie were on at the Odeon, in their first film - "The Intelligence Men".
  11. An interesting story, and another example of Jolson's huge ego. He always had to be "on". Ruby Keeler was Jolson's third wife - a fact not mentioned in "The Jolson Story" - and was married to him for eleven years. When they married in 1928, she was 18 - and he was 42......something else overlooked in the movie! I guess, just like in the movie, Ruby had had enough of coming second to his career, and moved on to a second, very happy marriage and four children. She didn't want to know when Columbia approached her about the movie, and wouldn't even let them use her name. That's why Evelyn Keyes' character is called Julie Benson in the movie. Up until a few years before her death, she had always refused to even watch the movie. Friends finally got her to sit down and watch it on video, and she actually enjoyed it. We met her towards the end of her life, and she was charming and very friendly, signing several items for us. A nice lady, and a real trouper. By the way, when "The Jolson Story" was muted to him, even though he was 50 years old at that time, he immediately wanted to play himself (of course!), but finally saw sense. Larry Parks did an excellent job lip-synching him, but Jolson did finally get his way and appeared in one sequence in the movie. In the "Swanee" number, there is a long shot of the stage.....and the guy up there is not Parks, but Jolson himself. You just couldn't keep him off!
  12. He was a great entertainer, a great Star, and a great ego! He even has the biggest and flashiest tomb in the cemetery.....Amazing! :
  13. You would have thought so, wouldn't you? But, the second movie was never as good as the first one, and , I guess that , by 1969/70, tastes and audiences were changing quickly, and the audience for "Jolson Sings Again" just wasn't there. I still like them both though!
  14. On the whole - yes. Although, in the case of "The Ten Commandments", in the scene where the giant obelisk is raised, in the 70mm blow-up, the top of the obelisk gets sliced off. Ouch!!
  15. Well, I guess you could say that 20th Century Fox did rather have a monopoly on Wide Screen movies. After the huge success of CinemaScope in the early 50's, it was onwards and upwards......to Todd-AO. This process had been pioneered by Mike Todd in order to produce a single lens version of the gigantic ("You are in the Picture") Cinerama. The first two movies were "Oklahoma!" in 1955, and "Around the World in 80 Days" in 1956. Neither of these two films were seen in that process here until the late 1960's. Cinema managers didn't want to go to the expense of re-equiping their theatres all over again, so soon after installing CinemaScope. The UK's (and Sheffield's) first Todd-AO movie was "South Pacific", released by Fox in 1958 with the tagline "The perfect / greatest show in Todd-AO". After this, Fox plumped for the Todd-AO process for most of their Epic films of the 1960's. Such as: "Can-Can", "Cleopatra", "The Sound of Music", "Those Magnificent Men....", Star!", "Hello,Dolly!", "Doctor Doolitlle", etc. "Cleo" had it's London Premiere on July 31st, 1963, and arrived in Sheffield for a ten week run at the Sheffield Odeon in Feb, 1964.....here is an announcement:
  16. Actually, the original image was " top and tailed ". When you show a square picture through an elongated (letterbox) rectangle, obviously, the top and bottom of the picture has to go. Some tops of heads were missing, but on the whole, it was a successful experiment. A huge hit, all over again, and a big enough success for MGM to start rummaging through it's old hits and blowing them up to 70mm too. Such as: "7 Brides for 7 Brothers", "The Great Caruso" and "Quo Vadis". .....none of which made it back to Sheffield in that format ! Other studios tried it too. Most notably, Paramount with "The Ten Commandments" and Columbia with "The Jolson Story" .....which did show in 70mm at the Gaumont 1 from Oct 26th to Nov 8th, 1969. Incidently, the artwork for "Gone With the Wind" that you mentioned (and the one that we still see today) was not the original 1939 artwork. This was painted by Howard Terpning for the 1968 re-issue, and was based on the 1961 artwork, when the film was re-issued during the centenary year of the American Civil War ( returning to the Sheffield Hippodrome in Feb, 1962). This would also be the final film to be shown at the Hippodrome, when it closed in March, 1963. The 1961 artwork: The 1968 artwork: Some of the original, 1939 artwork: Whichever way you show it, it's still a great film !
  17. "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi ...... You are my only hope."
  18. From what i've seen and read about 3-D TV Dave, you do have to wear glasses to see it. Take a look at this link and you can read all about it. And - already, there are complaints about having to wear the glasses - just like in 1953 ! http://www.t3.com/ne...-screens?=43421
  19. Me too Dave, those were real Stars, with real talent. Sadly, we shall never see their like again. They wouldn't know where to start today! Oh! - yes indeed , "Silk Stockings" was most definitely in Technicolor. And, if you buy the DVD (Region 1 ,from Amazon), you can still see it all in "Glorious Technicolor, Breathtaking CinemaScope and S-t-e-r-e-o-p-h-o-n-i-c S-o-u-n-d" !
  20. I think the biggest problem for 3-D at home Dave is going to be the cost of the equipment needed to view it. I mean - who is going to fork out another several hundred pounds for a new, 3-D ready TV, when the HD sets they have now are not very old ? It's a lot of money for a five minute novelty "toy". I can't see it happening, unless they can adapt the TV's we already have. We shall see ........
  21. That's the one Dave. The movie version of Cole Porter's "Silk Stockings" was released by M.G.M. in 1957, and starred Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse and Janis Paige. Fred and Janis sang (and danced) the "Stereophonic Sound" number - and very well too ! Although, as was the norm in those days, some of the more "racy" lyrics were re-written. The film played at the very same Hippodrome in question, from October 14th to 19th, 1957....... in CinemaScope, but (ironically), probably not in Stereophonic Sound ! It still holds up very well too, so, don't miss it next time it's on TV.
  22. That's right..... Andre de Toth was blind in one eye, and wore an eye patch. Originally from Hungary, he directed many westerns during his Hollywood career. "House of Wax" was the most famous, and successful film he ever made. Whilst that movie did have Stereophonic Sound in it's London run at the Warner Theatre, there is no mention of it in the Hippodrome's press advertising in Sheffield. Nor is there any mention of stereo for it's later CinemaScope movies' runs. I remember the Stereo was terriffic at the Palace, Union Street, and a great novelty back then. I can't remember when the Hippodrome installed Stereophonic Sound, if ever! Can anyone else? It wasn't the most comfortable of cinemas, nor did it's shape lend itself to Wide Screen presentations. The Hippodrome's listing in The Star - Sept. 7th, 1954
  23. Just to clear up a few points: "Ol' Man River" was indeed written for the original Broadway version of "Showboat". Based on Edna Ferber's novel of the same name, it opened on Dec 27th, 1927, and the song was sung by Jules Bledsoe (as Joe), who also sang it in the 1929 part-talkie screen version. Laura La Plante and Joeseph Schildkraut played Magnolia and Gaylord. Paul Robeson sang it in the 1936 screen version of the show, reprising the role that he had played in the original 1928 London version, and 1932 Broadway revival of the show. Irene Dunne and Allan Jones played Magnolia and Gaylord. In the 1951 M.G.M film version, William Warfield sang "Ol' Man River", with Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel as Magnolia and Gaylord. Joe E. Brown played the part of Capt. Andy, owner of the Showboat.
  24. I don't know Dave....I havn't seen it yet. I suppose it would be just like watching a 3-D movie. Your TV has the same, flat screen? I shall have to try and catch up with a football match in 3-D, if I can be bothered to trail out to find a pub that's showing it! Have you seen IMAX yet ? That works surprisingly well, and the glasses aren't uncomfortable to wear. From the photos i've seen in the press, the glasses for the TV 3-D experiments look to be the same. If you havn't seen it yet, The National Media Museum in Bradford have regular IMAX showings (Currently showing "Avatar"), and it's well worth a visit. They are also one of only three cinemas in the World that are still equipped to show the gigantic Wide-Screen process from the 1950's - CINERAMA. They have the authentic, 3 panel set up, and their own print of the first Cinerama film - "This is Cinerama" (the one with the roller coaster ride). They usually show this on the first Saturday afternoon of every month and you can find details on the attached link: http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/ They also have their own Cinerama print of "How the West Was Won", which they show a couple of times a year. If you havn't been yet, it's a great day out.
  25. Not at the moment....but, i'll look it up, next time i'm having a session at the library.
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