Saturday, May 25, 2013

Happy Star Wars Day!

36 years ago today many kids my age's lives changed forever when Star Wars opened.  It was delayed a day in Kansas City due to a benefit screening on opening night but the wonderful Glenwood Theatre in Overland Park was one of the 32 theaters that got the movie on opening day.  It also was one of the theaters who got Return Of The Jedi on opening day six years later.  I can't believe it's been 30 years since it opened in fabulous 70mm.
I was in Denver at the time seeing my dad.  I remember school getting out earlier than normal that year for some reason and was able to see Jedi at the wonderful Cooper Theatre.  It was similar to the Glenwood but if I remember right, the screen was even bigger.
Anyway, I spent a lot of time that summer at the Blue Ridge East watching the last part of my favorite movie trilogy of all time.  I even made it out to the Glenwood once.  It was a great summer and although I was a little disappointed at the time, Jedi was a fine ending to the one and only (in my opinion) Star Wars Trilogy.  For more Jedi memories, check out the always great Neato Coolville.   The ads are from the 5/25/77 and 5-25-83 Kansas City Star.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Saturday Night Fever 1977

I recently picked up Saturday Night Fever on Blu-ray and it reminded me of how much I really dig this 70's classic.  I remember wanting to see it the summer after it came out after seeing John Travolta in Grease but my parents wouldn't let me because it was rated R.  Paramount re-released it a year or so later in a PG version which my dad took me to see.  I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be but I really dug the dance scenes.  I finally got to see the original version later and it's earned its place as a true snapshot of 1970's New York and the disco scene.  Travolta's great in it and as I mentioned before, the dancing is fantastic.  The soundtrack is also a must have if you like 70's disco.  This ad is from the 12/14/77 Kansas City Star.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rocky 1977

After watching the Oscars a couple of days ago, I started thinking of all the movies that won Best Picture and my rankings of them. Although Lawrence Of Arabia and The Godfather are my favorite movies that have won Best Picture, Rocky holds a special place in my heart. It was the first Best Picture winner that I remembered. It came out at the end of 1976 and the won the award that year. There was some controversy that it won over great movies like All The President's Men and Network but I think it definitely deserved the award. It's a timeless classic that, in my opinion, no sports movie will ever top. I wish I had seen it in a theater but I did see all the other Rocky's on the big screen. This ad is from the 2/4/77 Kansas City Star.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Mid-America Cinema Listings December, 1979

33 years ago, KC moviegoers had quite a selection of cinematic entertainment. Everything from Star Trek The Motion Picture and The Black Hole to 10 and Roller Boogie were on the Mid America Cinema screens the week of Christmas. There were also classics like Apocalypse Now, 1941, and The Prize Fighter to choose from. I'm sure these movie houses of the past were quite busy that week. This ad is from the 12/21/79 Kansas City Star.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Exorcist 1974

One of the great horror classics of all time. From the 2/8/74 Kansas City Star.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

1941 (1979)

I've always been a fan of Steven Spielberg's 1970's output. What often gets lost in the discussion is his attempt at a big budget World War II comedy. Although it bombed at the box office, I really like 1941. I dig the manic energy and craziness. Plus it has Slim Pickens in it so what's not to like about that? This ad is from the 12/21/79 Kansas City Star.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Lawrence Is Coming (To Blu-ray)

Words can't describe how excited I am to see Lawrence Of Arabia on Blu-ray later this year. David Lean's masterpiece is going to look brand new in high definition. But I bet it won't be a cool as seeing it on its initial release in a downtown movie palace. This ad is from the 3/1/63 Kansas City Star.