Friday, May 26, 2017

1954 ads for the Rialto, Louisville's million dollar movie palace

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            The Bernard Herrman score is great.  That's about it.     March 3, 1954
                                                                    March 10, 1954
Jane's bust in 3D!  That's all, brother! And they meant it, too.  After this, there would be no more 3D at the Rialto.    March 17, 1954
They really did just film the stage play -- in CinemaScope. The same treatment was given Top Banana, starring Phil Silvers.  March 31, 1954
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                                    It was shot in 3D but it turned up flat here.    May 19, 1954
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 Joan and Mercedes continued their on-screen feud after the cameras were turned off.  Joan is drawn to appear at least six feet tall.   June 2, 1954
This was the first live action movie I remember seeing, but it wasn't here, it was at a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida drive-in on a double bill with Song of the South in 1956. In the movie, a woman dropped her purse off a railing and I suggested it was at the bottom of the screen.  To my 3 year old brain, that made sense.                                                                       June 9. 1954
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 Despite the title, it was filmed in Alberta, but then Oklahoma! was filmed in Arizona.  July 29, 1954
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According to CinemaScope guidelines on the Wide Screen Museum website, the owners of a theater had the choice of buying the highly reflective Miracle Mirror or Magniglow Astrolite screens. You can see which one the owners of the Rialto chose.   August 19, 1954
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When Debbie was in Singin' in the Rain, she was 20 but seemed to be about 25.  In Susan Slept Here, she was 22 but played 17.    September 23, 1954
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This re-issue was probably cropped from 1:37 to the new standard of 1:85 to make it seem bigger and wider.    October 7, 1954
The only reason to watch this movie is to see the three Ford concept cars: the Ford X-100, the Mercury XM-800 and the Lincoln XL-500.      October 14, 1954
This was the only time in 1954 the Rialto stage was used for a stage event, and apparently a private one.   As for The Adventures of Hajji Baba, 1954 was still a time when the middle east was considered by most westerners to be romantic and exotic. Something tells me Nat King Cole didn't get many requests to sing the theme song.   October 21, 1954
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I always thought this stop motion puppet movie was probably shot in somewhere like Czechoslovakia.  It certainly seems very European, perhaps because it's an opera, but in fact in was shot in Manhattan.  Anna Russell was a unique performer.  Here she plays the witch, which is the best part by far to have in Hansel and Gretel, but she's probably best known today for her comedic distillation of Wagner's Ring Cycle down to just 30 minutes. When she hit one particularly absurd plot point, she quipped, "I'm not making this up!" You can watch it here. It will definitely make you laugh.  Operas for children, however, even with puppets, are always a hard, hard sell.  December 16, 1954
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Ethel missed out on the MGM screen version of  Annie Get Your Gun, but her sensational rendition of the show's big hit and this movie's title number makes Betty Hutton's version pale by comparison. Donald O'Connor being Marilyn's love interest is a bit of a stretch. December 30, 1954

All articles and advertisements appeared in The Courier-Journal in 1954.

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