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    Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    I'd like to see a new attraction at the Main Street Cinema that explores Walt Disney's life before he reached California, as well as his developing interest in filmmaking.

    The presentation should at least begin as an early 20th Century silent film and it should show some of his first work, which is excerpted in the pieces below.

    http://mfile.akamai.com/13494/rm/dol...ltinkansas1.rm
    http://mfile.akamai.com/13494/rm/dol...firstfilms1.rm
    http://mfile.akamai.com/13494/rm/dol...firstfilms2.rm
    http://mfile.akamai.com/13494/rm/dol...firstfilms3.rm
    http://mfile.akamai.com/13494/rm/dol...firstfilms4.rm

    It would also be nice if around the cinema were placed allusions to seminal parts of Disney's story such as: Gertie the Dinosaur; Charlie Chaplin; and, the silent film version of "Snow White" that was the first movie Mr. Disney ever saw. These films could be presented as if they are coming soon to the Main Street Cinema, for example. And, incidentally, the original version of the attraction was designed in much this way.

    Additionally, guests should be reminded in some way of Thomas Edison, and his relatively recent invention of the motion-picture camera. Placing a Laugh-O-Gram Films window on Main Street, U.S.A. would also make more sense than gracing Mickey's Toontown with one. (http://disney.go.com/disneyatoz/fami...dio/index.html)

    Preserving the autobiographical nature of Main Street, U.S.A., however universalized and archetypal it may be, is important for guests to be able to understand Disneyland as a whole.

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    Re: Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    I'd like to see a new attraction at the Main Street Cinema that explores Walt Disney's life before he reached California, as well as his developing interest in filmmaking.

    The presentation should at least begin as an early 20th Century silent film and it should show some of his first work, which is excerpted in the pieces below.

    http://mfile.akamai.com/13494/rm/dol...ltinkansas1.rm
    http://mfile.akamai.com/13494/rm/dol...firstfilms1.rm
    http://mfile.akamai.com/13494/rm/dol...firstfilms2.rm
    http://mfile.akamai.com/13494/rm/dol...firstfilms3.rm
    http://mfile.akamai.com/13494/rm/dol...firstfilms4.rm

    It would also be nice if around the cinema were placed allusions to seminal parts of Disney's story such as: Gertie the Dinosaur; Charlie Chaplin; and, the silent film version of "Snow White" that was the first movie Mr. Disney ever saw. These films might be presented as if they are coming soon to the Main Street Cinema. And, incidentally, the original version of the attraction was designed in much this way.

    Additionally, guests should be reminded in some way of Thomas Edison, and his relatively recent invention of the motion-picture camera. Placing a Laugh-O-Gram Films window on Main Street, U.S.A. would also make more sense than gracing Mickey's Toontown with one. ( http://disney.go.com/disneyatoz/fami...dio/index.html)

    Preserving the autobiographical nature of Main Street, U.S.A., however universalized and archetypal it may be, is important for guests to be able to understand Disneyland as a whole.
    Yes, anything is better than more plush, sweatshirts and generic merchandise you can find outside the park or the resort.

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    Re: Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    Why don't they just move the Steve Martin film to the Cinema and then put Lincoln back in the Opera House?
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    Re: Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    Why don't they just move the Steve Martin film to the Cinema and then put Lincoln back in the Opera House?

    Good Idea wow


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    Re: Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    Why don't they just move the Steve Martin film to the Cinema and then put Lincoln back in the Opera House?
    Works for me.

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    Re: Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    Keep the front, but put a dark ride behind it, with a black/white Mickey theme. Have it rise up, so cars and trucks can still do deliveries. All the way to Space Mountain.
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    Re: Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    Why don't they just move the Steve Martin film to the Cinema and then put Lincoln back in the Opera House?
    While I understand the reason many people want the Steve Martin film, he takes people out of the fiction of Disneyland. However, since the exhibit is about the "reality" of Disneyland in California, D.C.A. and the Disneyland Hotel seem like more appropriate places for any such attraction.

    I would be happy if the Steve Martin film made its way onto a special D.V.D. so guests would be able to purchase it as a memento from the 50th anniversary, if they like. But, I'm ready for Disneyland to go back to normal. The film was nice while it lasted, but it was never intended to be more than a temporary attraction.

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    Re: Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    I say leave it there. Its been there since opening day.

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    Re: Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    Quote Originally Posted by barfownz View Post
    I say leave it there. Its been there since opening day.
    That's actually not true, at least, not in the sense that the Main Street Cinema, as we know it today, was that way when Disneyland first opened.

    If anything, this reconfiguration of the cinema that would eliminate the Mickey Mouse cartoons is more in keeping with the original design intent for the attraction. And, I see such an approach as helping lead guests from Main Street, U.S.A. to the California park.

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    Re: Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    I say let's turn it into a disco! We can keep the blond in the box-office and she can collect the cover charges.

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    Re: Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    Quote Originally Posted by Neverlandtink View Post
    I say let's turn it into a disco! We can keep the blond in the box-office and she can collect the cover charges.
    Mickey can take her along with him. She's almost as bad as the Tarzan mannequins in the treehouse.

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    Re: Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    Bah, leave the Cinema alone. It gets really good counts, I never see it without at least a few people (and I'm in there pretty often), and for a lot of kids, this is the first time they've seen the early Mickey Mouse cartoons. (Hell, the first time I saw Steamboat Willie all the way through was at the Cinema.)

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    Re: Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    Mickey can take her along with him. She's almost as bad as the Tarzan mannequins in the treehouse.
    Hey, don't knock Tilly! She'll mess you up!

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    Re: Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    Quote Originally Posted by aerinpegadrak View Post
    Bah, leave the Cinema alone. It gets really good counts, I never see it without at least a few people (and I'm in there pretty often), and for a lot of kids, this is the first time they've seen the early Mickey Mouse cartoons. (Hell, the first time I saw Steamboat Willie all the way through was at the Cinema.)
    Those Mickey Mouse cartoons are all supposed to have sound. So, you aren't even seeing them as their creators intended.

    There are ample opportunities for such things as "Steamboat Willie" to find their way into D.C.A.

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    Re: Replacement for the Main Street Cinema

    PI, It's a pretty good idea... but I would definitely keep Steamboat Willie in some form
    as that's really the start and forms the break between Walts previous efforts and what
    eventually became WDC. (maybe Plane Crazy as well).

    One other issue is that although Disney again owns Oswald, I don't think it owns
    the rights to the other films taht you mention (even if a copy exists).

    Finally, the Cinema's space is small. Walt really deserves a whole area...
    something like at MK..... Edison Square anyone?

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