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 Posted:   Aug 28, 2013 - 10:47 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Never been to a theater with a balcony.
That song makes me laugh because I always heard about how people go to the movies to just make out with someone. It just makes zero sense to me. Why waste your money on a movie if you don't care to watch it. I guess that explains why stupid movies become date movies.



Sometimes kids have nowhere else to go. That's probably not as much of a problem nowadays as it used to be.

 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 12:05 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Growing up in Gloucester we had the Regal Cinema in King's Square...balcony front-and-centre was, as others have said, right opposite the centre of the screen, so it was a must for me (especially remember watching Star Trek IV there)...always sat there if I could...now sadly long gone..it's a pub now, however the bright lot decided to keep the balcony and, although it is closed off to the public, it is filled with models etc from films...a nice tribute to the place it once was...

 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 1:00 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Never been to a theater with a balcony.

That song makes me laugh because I always heard about how people go to the movies to just make out with someone. It just makes zero sense to me. Why waste your money on a movie if you don't care to watch it. I guess that explains why stupid movies become date movies.


It probably only cost about 1 cent to go to the cinema when that song was made. Also: comfortable conditions, darkened surroundings. Others probably doing the same thing, keeping themselves to themselves (or at least to their dates). Sounds good to me.

Actually, my first cinema snog was only a few years ago. I wish I'd done it much earlier.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 1:55 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I thought this was some new phenomenon about people who spent their lives viewing apartments for sale to check out the view from the balcony!

Similar memories to TG, Cinemascope, Graham and Dogplant.

Most of the cinemas when I was a kid were Odeons with an upstairs circle and, as the guys have said, it was more money. Sat there for big films with mum for trips in school holidays up to London, like A Bridge too far and similar WW2 blockbusters.

Most of those cinemas, as dogplant said, had their downstairs stalls converted into 2 small cinemas after that so we had Odeons 1-2-3 s and ABCs. The annoying thing was that they werent totally soundproofed so you used to get explosions and loud music filter through in the big circle while you were watching your movie. Heaven help if yours was a quiet drama and downstairs was Midway or something.

The advantage of those 3 screening cinemas was that once the film had started and the usherette had wandered back to reception you could leave your seat wander along the corridor to the next screening. As a teenager, the times I paid for an A or AA film (age 14 and above) and then nipped along to see an X (18). Having seen Sleeper on TV I went along to see Annie Hall, expecting more of the same slapstick. After the first ten minutes I was bored out of my mind - so popped along to see the second half of Emmanuelle. I was only kid in my school to have seen it!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

The last film I saw from a balcony was TITUS in early 2000, at the ABC on Haymarket in London. Lovely old cinema. It seems to be one of those soulless Cineworld multiplexes now.

Growing up in Sheffield, none of the cinemas I remember going to had balconies. The best was the old Gaumont on Barker's Pool right in the middle of town, where I had my first cinematic experience: Return of the Jedi in 1983.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2013 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Loved sitting in the balcony. Local movie theatre, the Sewickley Theatre, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, had a small balcony.

However, it was only for "adults," i.e. those over 12, as I recall.

At that theatre, back in the 50's, children paid 20c (!) and "adults" paid 35c. (Can you believe how long ago that was!)

Later, prices went up, though I'm not sure what they were.

The balcony was slanted a little more, with less heads in front blocking the view.

As a kid, I could accompany my older brother up there, but not go alone. I can remember seeing SILK STOCKINGS with him one afternoon.

Later, it was kind of a thrill to be able to walk up those Art-Deco-carpeted stairs to join the other adults for the picture. I sat up there many times, to see many, many films.

The fancier movie palaces in nearby Pittsburgh had huge balconies, and some of them, though no longer showing movies, are now venues for concerts and theatre shows.

(Interestingly, though the outer design of the theatre was more Colonial in presentation, it did have a few interior Deco details, such as a marvelous mural on one of the walls, depicting a woman in a flowing gown, sitting on a cloud, holding film reels. I used to refer to her as "The Goddess of the Film Cans." I understand the building still stands, though it closed as a theatre long ago, and is currently some kind of market area, with different dealers.)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2013 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

Lee Tracy was a balcony viewer.....

Actually if he'd just stuck to viewing he might have kept his job at MGM.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2013 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

I attended Capitolfest in Rome, New York, for the first time this summer. It's held in an old vintage movie theater dating back to the silent era. I think the balcony was larger than the main floor and extended way up to the projection booth. One of the advantages of sitting in the balcony during the silent films was that I could look down on the organists performing the musical accompaniment and watch what they were doing and the movie at the same time.

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2013 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

BTW, did anyone ever sit directly under the balcony, but a few rows out? I would worry about popcorn, candy and drinks raining down on me!

 
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