Saturday, March 10, 2007
The Tri-City Twin Drive-in, in Menands, NY, was the drive-in I went to the most as a kid. Incredibly, for years, you had a choice of two new triple-bills every week. Some of the groupings were truly bizarre and inspired. This ad is from January, 1970 (January in Upstate NY is pretty goddamn cold). One screen hosted a trio of WWII films: the epic BATTLE OF BRITAIN (1969), HANNIBAL BROOKS (1969) with Oliver Reed and Michael J. Pollard, and GUNS OF THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1969). The other screen featured the British comedy LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS (1969), THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH, the US retitling of the UK drama A TOUCH OF LOVE (1969), and the Arthur Dreifuss comedy FOR SINGLES ONLY (1968). The drive-in was torn down and a FedEx warehouse stands in its place.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Albany's Turnpike Drive-in hosted this triple bill in June, 1968. BATTLE BENEATH THE EARTH (1967) is the British sci-fi film about a Chinese invasion of the US via tunnels; BLOOD BEAST FROM OUTER SPACE is the US title for the British THE NIGHT CALLER (1965); the low-budget CASTLE OF EVIL (1966) filled out the night.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
June, 1968 double-bill at the State in Schenectady. BANDOLERO! (1968) is the Jimmy Stewart/Dean Martin/Raquel Welch western, while the US/Filipino co-production WARKILL (1968) doesn't seem to have gotten even a VHS release, though it's available on the grey market.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
The Cinema Art was Troy, NY's long-time art-theatre-turned-adult joint; sometime in the '80s it stopped showing film and became a video booth/store. It stayed that way until about a year or two ago, when the mayor decided he didn't like the place and tore down the historic marquee. It remains closed. This Distribpix double-bill is from January, 1972. BACCHANALE (1970) is from the Amero brothers, and was released on VHS by Alpha Blue and other grey market dealers. TURNED ON GIRL (1970) has yet to show up on VHS or DVD.