General Cinema 70's Coming Attactions tag?

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  1. Mike_G

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    Hi all,

    I'm trying to find a VHS/Laserdisc/DVD that has the old 70's General Cinema Coming Attractions and/or Feature Presentation tag. The one with the spinning wheels of the projector with the funky lounge music behind it. Does this exist anywhere? I show trailers before the movie at my house and I'd love to have this as the intro. Thanks.

    Mike
     
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    I have one of these on 35mm; I have a ton of great stuff on film that I'd like to get transferred to video but I've heard the only places that will do that for you charge a ridiculous amount of money for it, around $100 per minute!

    The Drive-In Discs from Elite Entertainment have some good generic intermission trailers, and I found a once-common trailer with a reel flying in space saying "Prevues Of Coming Attractions" on, of all things, a porn movie tape from Caballero Home Video!
     
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    Ohmygosh....you just gave me a HUGE 70s flashback now. Now I'm hearing that GC theme song in my head (the one that played along with the animation you mentioned).
    [​IMG]
     
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    The General Cinema website used to play that music when you opened it up, which, like Mark, also gave me a major 70's flashback. But last time I checked, the music was gone. It's too bad. Maybe you can e-mail someone in the company from the website about the possibility of either the music going back on the site, or a way to download it. I'd also love to have the "spinning reels" coming attractions/feature presentation on video, too.
     
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    Must... make... the... music... stop... playing... in... my... head!!! [​IMG]
     
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    I worked for General Cinema for eight years....had a great time. Unfortunately, General Cinema as we knew it is no more. It is now owned by AMC theatres and goes by that name.
     
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    ScottR,
    I had forgotten that AMC Theatres recently bought General Cinema out. Guess that means those of us who want that retro "funky lounge music" are screwed...[​IMG]
     
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    I have that trailer on 35mm as well, and I have no way of transferring it. I have a 35mm projector, but no light source so I'm kinda stuck right now. I read on Usenet that it's on Something Weird Coming Attractions vol. 2 but the web site is so unmanageable that I gave up looking for it (eg: their "search" engine only works in CAPS).

    MAYBE someone can make one in Flash??????? How hard could it be? A now-defunct web site had a .wav of the music so I'm sure it's floating around the net somewhere.

    GC is now owned by AMC, so the chances of finding a real "GC" employee that can dig this up is probably zero.

    Mike
     
  9. MaxY

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    just makes me think....

    Lets All go out to the Snack bar

    Lets All go out to the snack bar.

    With the dancing junk food.

    I would love to have a DVD of older pre-movie screeners like the GC opening and the Snack Bar song, maybe some no smoking ones. It could be great fun intergrating them into a presentation.

    Max
     
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    Max,

    The "Drive In Discs" DVDs have those.

    Mike
     
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    Mike...you the MAN!!!! Where did you find it? (Not that it matters; I'm just glad to hear it again!) And what "Drive-In Discs" are you referring to?
    Thanks for making my night. For 28 seconds I was 12 years old again! [​IMG]
     
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    I did a search on deja.com for anything related to the trailer. I found a reference to a file called "gcc.wav". A google search found it, but the link was dead. I backtracked the main URL, and dug from the top down. Bingo!
    The Drive-In Disc DVD is a DVD of 2 bad movies, but the "Special Features" have the intermission clips. I got mine from DVD Empire. The URL is here
    Mike
     
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    Wasn't a more modern rendition of this theme shown in General Cinema in the past few years played by an animated candy band?

    All these theater promos just run together these days with bad CG effects, blade runner looking environments and silly songs. I loved the old General Cinema promo's simplicity.

    A few years ago I was in Cinemark when they had their ridiculous promo with the singing cats and after it was completed a guy anonymously screams out in the darkened theater "that makes me want to kill myself". The entire audience started laughing hysterically. he must've summed up what everyone was thinking. That promo mascot is gone fortunately. Made me cringe, even though Im a cat lover.
     
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  16. MaxY

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    Mike,
    Thanks, I might even pick up that drive in disc just to get them.
    It would be great if somebody could put a bunch of these things on to one disc.
    It would be so much better if the TV told everyone to shut up durring the movie politely then me have hell, Hey Shut The F' UP" durring a movie.
    I also would not mind some reminding people to use the trash cans too. [​IMG]
    Max
     

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