My old friend Joseph Failla emails:
"With all the distractions you have with assignments and deadlines, you may have missed that today is the 45th anniversary of the opening of the roadshow engagement of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY at the now long gone Capitol Theatre in New York City. Beginning on April 3rd 1968 (although the film had it's world premiere the evening before in Washington D.C.) 2001 ran for a total of 24 weeks in Cinerama with reserved seating arrangements.
"It may interest you to know the theatre was located at 1645 Broadway, which should sound familiar, as it's been replaced by the Paramount Plaza, the local home of Premiere Magazine (not to mention the offices of Jerry Langford in THE KING OF COMEDY).
"I've included a few photos which should help us appreciate what the experience might have been like seeing 2001 in that wonderful setting. Note in the newspaper clipping, while 2001 was enjoying it's run at the Capitol, BELLE DE JOUR could have been seen at the Little Carnegie theatre just several blocks away. "
Here's one of the shots Mr. Failla attached:
Mere lads at the time, we were not able to make the trip into New York to see it at this house, instead we were obligated to wait until its run at Bergenfield's Palace Theater. A transformative experience, to be sure.