The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby batjacdon on Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:04 am

October 24, 1960 was not the only premier of The Alamo....50 years ago today it premiered right here in Tulsa. Went by the Brook Theatre today...still looks the same on the outside...inside it's now a restaurant, but that's OK, the sign still brightly shines.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby alamobill on Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:10 am

Don, it also premiered fifty years ago today (11-9-60) down the Turner Turnpike from Tulsa at the State Theater in Oklahoma City. I didn't make the premiere but did make the general release in 1961 at the Lakeside Theater. Sadly, neither theater is here today.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby NefariousNed on Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:38 pm

The following are from the Japanese premiere book for THE ALAMO.

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

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(Continued from previous page.)
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby NefariousNed on Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:43 pm

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Back cover of Japanese premiere booklet for THE ALAMO.

If anyone would like to see the Japanese premiere booklet for the 1967 re-release, let me know.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby whiterabbitt83 on Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:30 pm

on the back cover of the premire book it says to order more send one dollar to a address in hollywood california
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby RLC-GTT on Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:50 am

whiterabbitt83 wrote:on the back cover of the premire book it says to order more send one dollar to a address in hollywood california

Probably:
Sovereign Publication
1022 Palm Avenue
Hollywood 46, California

That was from my memory. It's Batjac's office at that time.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby Fargo Fenwyck on Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:47 pm

I do believe that all of the souvenier books at that time sold for a dollar. They were hard bound and nicely done. Then they went to soft covers for the same price. I have several but how I missed the Alamo I can only surmont that my grandfather had taken us out to dinner and then to the Valentine Theatre. Pretty expensive evening back then.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby alamocentral on Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:29 am

Dear Friends, Ned, I notice that you have some very nice roadshow/premiere items! I also have several of the preview cards from Denver. I also have a similar roadshow ticket booking form, but from The Palace, Chicago. You mentioned being put off by the cost of a Yugoslav program. I have similar ones from Germany and Austria. Have you ever seen the VIP invitation for the premiere week festivities. It's about 18x24, and in its original envelope. In addition to the gold premiere ticket from San Antonio; I have the red one for Los Angeles; and the blue one from London. You can never have too much...
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby NefariousNed on Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:36 am

alamocentral wrote:Dear Friends, Ned, I notice that you have some very nice roadshow/premiere items! I also have several of the preview cards from Denver. I also have a similar roadshow ticket booking form, but from The Palace, Chicago. You mentioned being put off by the cost of a Yugoslav program. I have similar ones from Germany and Austria. Have you ever seen the VIP invitation for the premiere week festivities. It's about 18x24, and in its original envelope. In addition to the gold premiere ticket from San Antonio; I have the red one for Los Angeles; and the blue one from London. You can never have too much...
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No, I do not have most of that stuff you mention. As for the Yugoslav program, my brother and sister-in-law got it for me for Christmas
last year! The Japanese programs were well put together. Wish I could read what they say.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby alamocentral on Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:09 am

Dear Ned,
I have both of the Yugoslav posters, which read "Alamo I" and "Alamo II"...which I assume means they ran the film in two parts. In re the Japanese programs, I have the first one; the reissue (which says 70mm); and the sonoprogram (which includes 45rpm records). There are three different for Great Britain; two for America; etc. I also have a Dutch and a Swedish...which are hard to read as well. The one from Iceland says Todd-AO, but I am surprised at the presence of 70mm equipment there.

The Norelco 70mm projectors installed at the Woodlawn, had two speeds. This is because the first two Todd-AO films (Oklahoma and Around the World in 80 Days) were projected at 30 fps, rather than 24 fps for all the other 70mm films. Some of the premiere engagements had posters with their theatre name printed thereon (and not just the window cards), and info about how to order tickets.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby alamocentral on Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:05 pm

Dear Friends, In case any of the forum members are from Milwaukee, or saw the film originally in Milwaukee...I have the box office reports, concession reports, booking slip, and United Artists engagement billing for the Franklin Theatre of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They ran the film for a week starting June 14, 1961. It didn't do very well, as they only paid United Artists $128.78. It was run on a double bill with "Ole Rex". This is the only original engagement billing for the film, that I have ever seen. The Franklin was an older theatre, which still priced its tickets according to where you sat. The highest priced tickets were 50 cents (loge). The second highest price was 35 cents (balcony). The cheapest seats were 20 cents (auditorium). The theatre paid United Artists 35% of its box office take...less an allowance for Ole Rex (which was a flat rate). This is a far cry from the $50.00 tickets for the premiere engagements.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby Rick on Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:14 pm

Today, Ashley sent two shots of the film's premiere in San Juan.

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby NefariousNed on Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:13 am

From a 35 MM 10 second teaser ad for THE ALAMO (1960). Note the Todd A-O reference.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby michaelalamo on Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:17 pm

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This is a picture of the Pantheon Theater in Tokyo, Japan in July 1961 when they showed "THE ALAMO". The sign is 75 ft. high. I would love to see the whole front...and in color.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby Fargo Fenwyck on Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:02 am

Wow! That's some advertisment. Wonder where it's at at present? One of you guys got it in your basement? It's only 75 ft........
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby NefariousNed on Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:07 am

What was this party all about?

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby RLC-GTT on Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:27 pm

Looks like one of the many events staged all over San Antonio during the three-day World Premiere.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby RLC-GTT on Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:30 pm

Wow! I just saw the picture from Mike of the artwork on the Tokyo theater! The movie did go down on record as being the highest grossing movie in Japan's history.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby MartyB on Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:03 pm

Of interest...
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby NefariousNed on Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:52 pm

From BatjacDon Clark:

"This is, I believe, the Todd-AO , Road Show Press Book. It came out of
the Russell Birdwell files that I got back in 1980. It measures 15" X 12"X
3". When fully opened, it expands to 33". Not shown are the pictures and
rotogravures (the pictures are on the wall and the rotogravures get in the
way). I have two of these books, the other I keep the more important stuff
in,like the script, hand written letters from the cast to Birdwell and
other items like the Share Charity invitation and those sort of things."

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby RLC-GTT on Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:29 pm

Dang! Yours is in better shape than mine! When I got mine, I was told that Birdwell Org made up 1,000 of them. These were for the big newspapers and magazines. Little newspapers got the 183-page Birdwell Bible "A News Release" instead. Then there was also a tabloid-like ad folder (don't remember what they're called) that had all the different sized column ads already screened for dot-matrix printing capability, along with Birdwell Org prepared feature articles that could accompany ads in newspapers by inserting the theater name. I have one of those somewhere too, but (stupid me) I cut stuff out of it when I was a kid. :roll: Well, hell, "today" was important to me then. Not the dollar "tomorrow" might bring. :D
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby RLC-GTT on Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:41 pm

Some folks said, "That's lazy!" But me? I said, "It's a way of livin'." -- And I'm paying for it now!!!!!!! :lol:
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby AlamoMo on Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:31 pm

Man I would love to have one of them in my Alamo film collection

One can dream mind ;)

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby NefariousNed on Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:15 pm

RLC-GTT wrote:This day in Texas History: 1960 -- John Wayne's THE ALAMO had its world premiere in San Antonio at the Woodlawn Theater. John Farkis' book has the awesome details of that gigantic premiere and how San Antonio pulled out all the stops to make it so.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby NefariousNed on Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:09 am

I guess it must've worked. ;)
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby MUSTANG on Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:55 pm

Yup. That's in the book!
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby NefariousNed on Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:41 pm

Don't recall if this was discussed in John Farkis' new book, but I was just wondering, for the premiere of THE ALAMO in Japan, was the film dubbed in Japanese, or
close-captioned/subtitled in Japanese? In either case, do any prints of this film yet exist in Japan, particularly the roadshow version? I don't see any reason why
such prints would've been returned to the US after the film's run. What use would they be in the US? But, in the event the prints were returned, then what sort
of editing did they go through for the 1967 re-release? We know that the prints that went to the UK left in a reel showing the return of Juan Seguin with the Gonzales
32. Also included was the birthday party scene. Just want to know if this was looked into and the results. Thanks.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby NefariousNed on Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:34 pm

This photo is captioned, "Gene Kelly at the premiere of THE ALAMO. But is it, really? For one thing,
would Kelly have dressed so casually at a film premiere? I notice a striped awning on the left not in
keeping with a movie theater, let alone, the Woodlawn Theater. Could Kelly and the young lady merely
be standing in front of a shop named "Alamo"? And who is the young lady?
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby MUSTANG on Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:32 am

Ned, this was taken at the Los Angeles premiere which had a Western motif.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:35 am

Ha! Boy, it doesn't look a bit like Jene Kelly.

"The Alamo" (2004) had a premiere motif called "Texas Formal," which likewise gave a LOT of leeway.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby Buckshot on Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:23 am

RLC-GTT wrote:Wow! I just saw the picture from Mike of the artwork on the Tokyo theater! The movie did go down on record as being the highest grossing movie in Japan's history.


Didn't know that, thanks Rich. I have also read so many conflicting reports about how much or how little The Alamo (1960) made in the U.S. Its kind of hard to come to a real decision...
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby NefariousNed on Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:00 am

Not premiere photos, but screen caps from a Youtube movie clip of "A Night In Houston", showing that city at
Christmas Time, 1960. THE ALAMO seems to be showing in two theaters.

Here's the video, plus the screen caps.

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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:07 am

Or that is the same theater under the marquee.
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby gh1836 on Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:38 am

Speaking of the Japaneese premiere, my Japaneese friend Shoji Iwase, who Rich has met told me he remembers his Dad taking him to see the Alamo. He is from Nagoya. Any info on their premiere?
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Re: The Alamo 1960 Film Premiere

Postby NefariousNed on Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:16 am

Is this the French premiere in Paris?

And can someone please chime in on Gary's question about the premiere
in Japan?
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