Thursday, January 26, 2012

What's Playing at the Drive-Ins? (1957)

From the Schenectady Gazette, May 27, 1957. Showing at the Carman, Guilderland: Funny Face and Ten Tall Men. At the Mohawk, Colonie: Funny Face and Flight to Hong Kong. And back in Guilderland, at the Turnpike: Giant and The Amazon Trader.

Monday, January 16, 2012

'The Three Musketeers' in Albany (1973)

The Three Musketeers is a 1973 film based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It was directed by Richard Lester and written by George MacDonald Fraser (famous for his Flashman series of historical comic novels). It was originally proposed in the 1960s as a vehicle for The Beatles, whom Lester had directed in two other films. It was intended to run for three hours, but later it was split into two, the second part becoming 1974's The Four Musketeers. In 1989, the cast and crew returned to film The Return of the Musketeers, loosely based on Dumas' Twenty Years After.

The film adheres closely to the novel, but it also injects a fair amount of humour. It was shot by David Watkins, with an eye for period detail. The fight scenes were choreographed by master swordsman William Hobbs and turn the swashbuckling movies of the Forties and Fifties on their collective ear; these are more like brawls, with the combatants using knees, fists, furniture and even wet laundry as often as they do their swords. The humor also can swing to the bawdy, with some double entendres and a bit of silliness that takes full advantage of Raquel Welch's (as Constance Bonacieux) charms, for instance.
[via Wikipedia]

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Albany's Filmrow in 1947

In this article, from the February 15, 1947 edition of Boxoffice Magazine, we take a glimpse back in time. At the time it was written the Albany film exchanges served a geographic area of 35,000 miles and over 200 theaters.
"Film exchanges" were, in the words of film historian Max Alvarez, "agencies engaging in the practice of renting or trading motion pictures" and in the early part of the 20th century, they served as "full-service stores for theater owner/managers."[1] Motion-picture studios owned exchanges and used them to screen their films for potential exhibitors in a local market. Once videocassettes came into use in the 1970s, it was no longer necessary to screen a film in a screening room, and film exchanges fell out of use. [From the article "Paramount Film Exchange (Pittsburgh)" on]

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Construction to begin on Hellman's Cinema Center.

What would eventually become the Colonie Center 1 & 2, started life as a 1,000 seat, single-screen theater in 1968.

Colonie Center 1&2 (1969-1988)
Hellman's 1969-1974
United Artists 1974-1988
Twinned in 1978(?)
What's There Now?
Flickr Photo Set

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year and a little Mohawk Mall Cinema!

Happy New Year everyone! I want to apologize for the BIG gap in posting to Project Movie House. David and I have each had a very busy year and PMH kind of got the short end of the stick!

David went and won himself a couple of Telly awards, got engaged and then landed a gig at one of the biggest trailer houses in L.A. - Go David!

I worked a couple of TV shows that shot episodes locally and then helped launch Live Lobster Group, a media production company in the Boston/New England region. And we're in pre-production on a "arson-for-hire" documentary.

So, over the holiday weekend I was feeling nostalgic, David & Rebecca flew in from L.A., and I got to thinking of Project Movie House and what we ought to be working on. And then I remembered (before the big hiatus) that I was going to post some Mohawk Mall Cinemas pics I had found online. I did make contact with the owner of some of these photos and asked if I could use them and if she was interested in being interviewed for the project, and she said yes!

Of course by now she thinks I've forgotten all about her and the photos, so I need to re-connect with her and make my apologies. And now, without further ado, here are the Mohawk Mall Cinema pics and their sources...

From I remember when there was a Mohawk Mall. & Katherine Detrick


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