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    What did the Main Street Cinema used to play?

    I know that when the Main Street Cinema opened in 1955, it did not play Mickey cartoons, does anybody know what it used to play and when they stopped playing them?
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    Re: What did the Main Street Cinema used to play?

    Originally, Main Street Cinema played a mix of silent classics from Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Mary Pickford, etc. As well as Mickey in Steamboat Willie. I think it went all-Mickey only in the 80's.

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    Re: What did the Main Street Cinema used to play?

    I think they ran a Bill Hart movie also.

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    Re: What did the Main Street Cinema used to play?

    Was it the same layout back then with multiple films showing at once?
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    Re: What did the Main Street Cinema used to play?

    Quote Originally Posted by DLandFansAZ View Post
    Was it the same layout back then with multiple films showing at once?
    Yes. Only they were real film loops instead of the video projection system they use today.

    In addition to what's already been posted, I think an Alice Laugh-O-Gram was shown, along with a bit from the The Great Train Robbery. I think. I could swear The Great Train Robbery was one of the ones shown in those early years.

    The films used to have intro title cards that mentioned briefly the particular film's historic significance.

    What's kind of funny about the selection today, is that a few of the films shown were sound films, but there's no sound! It is kinda strange to watch these sound films without sound. For example in "The Pointer"...Mickey thinks he's shot Pluto and turns to the camera and pleads for a doctor in the house or something...but you just watch his mouth moving and really have no clue what he's saying. Same with the others...you can tell they are talking, but you've no idea what they are saying as they've muted the sound! Weird and not very entertaining. If you're going to show silent films...then show actual Silent Films with title cards so the audience can follow the dialog a bit!

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    Re: What did the Main Street Cinema used to play?

    Quote Originally Posted by Opus1guy View Post
    Yes. Only they were real film loops instead of the video projection system they use today.

    I was in there one time and the video feed wasn't working on one of the films -- I believe the one that shows Plane Crazy. All you saw on the screen was "Sony something-or-other system" much like the screen you see when you first turn on a DVD player! Very good contribution to the theme! LOL

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    Re: What did the Main Street Cinema used to play?

    Quote Originally Posted by Opus1guy View Post
    What's kind of funny about the selection today, is that a few of the films shown were sound films, but there's no sound! It is kinda strange to watch these sound films without sound.
    If we just look at the setting, Main Street is suppose to be "turn of the century, 1900". Sound movies didn't come out until the late '20s...they
    were all silents then.
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    Re: What did the Main Street Cinema used to play?

    I'd like to see some of the Alice comedies played in there.

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    Re: What did the Main Street Cinema used to play?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mad Hatter View Post
    I'd like to see some of the Alice comedies played in there.
    I agree. We actually discussed something similar a few weeks ago.

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