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Go to Article A Yankee in a Texas Drive-in  A Short Story
             A young projectionist and his buddy pay their dues in a dusty Texas town's Drive-in.
Originally published in The American Reporter and in  www.Drive-Ins.com
Go to Article About CinemaScope  Vol. 2 No. 11
        An interesting primer on the history of the wide screen process that is the father of today's wide screen systems.  Also, a side bar on that most famous of logo themes of all time, the 2oth Century Fox Fanfare with CinemaScope Extension, composed by Alfred Newman.
Of Shorts and Commercials  Vol. 2 No. 12
         What happens when greedy exhibitors not only sell the seat you are sitting in to you, but sell it to advertisers as well, in the way of annoying, crass screen commercials before the film.    
What a Wonderful Lithograph  Vol. 2. No. 13
         No one would consider looking at a Xerox copy of a Monet painting as anywhere near the kind of experience one would have seeing the real thing.  But watching a movie on TV is just about as insane.
Pass on the Magic  Vol. 2 No. 16
           As a youngster we were all at one time or another enthralled by a film.  There are sons and daughters, nephews and nieces, and grandchildren who need to be taken to the great classic movies -- in a Theatre, not on a TV set --  so we can pass on that same cinema magic.
Wide Screen Scope On TV?   Vol. 3. No. 3
            What terrible thing happens when a movie image that is twice as wide as it is high is forced into the television screen ratio that is half that width?  Well, it's not pretty.  Here the editor rants long and hard so you make no mistake about what you're not seeing on the small TV screen.
My Summer Vacation at the Drive-In  Vol. 3 No. 6
             Our director talks about that mystical of all movie experiences, the Drive-In Theatre and recounts an evening under the stars while vacationing in the wilds of Michigan this summer.
Fantasia: 50th Anniversary is Something to Celebrate  Vol. 3 No. 10
             Still perhaps the crowning achievement of Walt Disney that was never equaled.  This essay leaves no doubt that the editor thinks it is as important to animation as CITIZEN KANE is to film noir.
New High Definition CinemaScope 55 Lenses Acquired  Vol. 4 No. 1
              Lenses created for a process that was used in only two features films are installed to produce demonstrably clearer, sharper CinemaScope/Panavision images on the giant screen.
About Cartoon Violence  Vol. 4 No. 2
             About cartoon violence.
Short Subjects: I've Never Heard of Any of Them  Vol. 4 No. 5
              The dirty little secret about how cinema chains refuse to exhibit all those wonderful shorts that win Academy Awards every year but that no one has ever heard of, or worse, seen.
And You'll Never Ever Grow Old  Vol. 4 No. 7
             An essay on the way animated features weave their way into childhood memories and help to curb our cynicism and allow us to open up, at least for a time, to imagination.
Let the Movie Customer Beware   Vol. 4 No. 13
              We are incensed when we find the gas station has been fixing the pumps or when we've been sold defective merchandise that a manufacturer knew was faulty.  Some exhibitors are showing films in mono sound that were produced in full stereo with surround; or they don't replace the xenon lamps until the picture is dark and lifeless, long after the bulb has reached its rated life -- things we need to know about a theatre before we plunk down $10 to see a movie.
Go to Article The Fire Of The Images  Vol. 5 No. 1
        The flammability of celluloid as a symbol of  the spark, the excitement that movies can make in our mind's eye.   An editorial written in conjunction with our engagement of CINEMA PARADISO.  Movie Review also included.
Go to Article Naw, Me Scared? Vol. 5 No. 2
        Screening a film like THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS can be a fright for the audience, but does anyone ever consider what happens to the mind and soul of the poor projectionist isolated and alone up in the shadowy projection booth?  An editorial written in conjunction with the hair-raising THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.  Movie Review also included.
In Short There's Simply Not, A More Congenial Spot  Vol. 5 No. 3
       This essay laments the passing of a unique cinema experience: the Movie Palace as well as the Spectacular Hollywood Musical.  Also an explanation of the "RoadShow" engagement.  An editorial written in conjunction with our engagement of CAMELOT.  Film credits included.

Note from the Director:

From Brooklyn Center Cinema's inception, we have been sharing our enthusiasm for cinema with our patrons by way of the Brooklyn Center Cinema's News and Notes Movie Newsletter.  It was started as a very informal way to let patrons know how important retrospective cinema was and how seeing movies, our uniquely American art-form, the way the film-makers intended rather than on a 19 inch TV set was important in fully appreciating  the artists' work.  The response to our efforts was overwhelming.  Patrons were very vocal when on occasion we would run out of copies; their enthusiasm keep us motivated to continue the newsletter for every film engagement.  Listed are just a few of the editorials that appeared over the years. 

The short story A Yankee at a Texas Drive-In was first published in the eMagazine The American Reporter; it was also published by the website www.Drive-Ins.com.


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