The Cinema 150

by David C. Bohn | created - 30 Apr 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

In chronological order, movies I saw at the Cinema 150 Theater, in Little Rock, Arkansas. The unique domed movie theater was a landmark in Little Rock, for nearly 40 years. It had a 70-foot 120-degree curved screen, and seated 740 people in semi-round tiers. I saw many good movies there, and have some very fond memories of them, and the theater, itself. It was closed in 2003, and demolished in 2015. A very sad day for Little Rockians of my generation.

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1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.3
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86 Metascore

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 481,254 | Gross: $56.95M

This is the first movie I remember seeing at the C-150, back in 1968. I thought, then, and still, to this day, think it was a truly great movie.

2. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 180,599 | Gross: $74.70M

Saw it when it was re-released for it's 10-year anniversary, in 1969. The chariot race, on that huge, curved screen was absolutely awesome!

3. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

G | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

7.5
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In 1941, as Japan prepares to open its war against the USA with a pre-emptive strike on Pearl Harbor, a series of American mistakes threatens to inadvertently aggravate its effectiveness.

Directors: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda | Stars: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 27,139 | Gross: $29.55M

I was 15, and my brother was 9, in 1970, when we saw this accurate account of the Pearl Harbor attack.

4. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

GP | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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59 Metascore

A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood

Votes: 80,401 | Gross: $43.82M

Saw what was to become my favorite James Bond movie, at The Cinema, on the day after Christmas, in 1971

5. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.

Directors: Ronald Neame, Irwin Allen | Stars: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

Votes: 35,172 | Gross: $84.56M

With the combined talents of 5 Academy Award winners, this one is my favorite disaster movie of all, and it was terrific, at The Cinema.

6. What's Up, Doc? (1972)

G | 94 min | Comedy

7.8
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The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars

Votes: 15,713

Saw this one with my first real girlfriend, on a double date with my cousin and his girlfriend.

7. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Roy Jenson, Gary Combs

Votes: 5,849

This was the movie showing at 'The Cinema' (As we called it) when my first wife and I met, back in 1973.

8. The Towering Inferno (1974)

PG | 165 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway

Votes: 32,828 | Gross: $116.00M

Irwin Allen's All-Star disaster flick.

9. The Longest Yard (1974)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad

Votes: 14,131

One of the best football movies ever made.

10. The Turning Point (1977)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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When her daughter joins a ballet company, a former dancer is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 3,530 | Gross: $33.60M

Multiple Oscar-nominated movie about ballet. Saw this one during the 'arty' phase of my movie-going career.

11. A Bridge Too Far (1977)

PG | 175 min | Drama, History, War

7.4
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Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

Votes: 43,678 | Gross: $50.80M

Not all that great, but it was fun to see all those different stars together in one movie.

12. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.7
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90 Metascore

After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 154,311 | Gross: $132.09M

Spielberg's masterpiece. Best SciFi movie ever made!

13. Capricorn One (1977)

PG | 123 min | Action, Thriller

6.8
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A N.A.S.A. Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston

Votes: 17,167

Peter Hyams' exciting story about a faked mission to Mars, and it's attempted cover-up.

14. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

3.9
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Small town band hits it big, but they must battle a nefarious plot in the music industry.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Peter Frampton, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb

Votes: 5,253 | Gross: $12.90M

Another musical I could've done without seeing. See my list of 'The Worst Movies I've Ever Seen'.

15. Up in Smoke (1978)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Music

7.0
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57 Metascore

Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.

Directors: Lou Adler, Tommy Chong | Stars: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Strother Martin, Edie Adams

Votes: 31,119 | Gross: $44.36M

Cheech and Chong's hilarious movie debut.

16. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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86 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 137,405 | Gross: $134.22M

Saw it twice, on that huge screen.

17. All That Jazz (1979)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.8
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Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking

Votes: 21,590 | Gross: $37.82M

Not even sure, now, why I went to see this one at all. I'm not that crazy about musicals.

18. The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)

PG | 113 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

4.3
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American based Federation World Airlines has just acquired a Concorde jet, which will make its inaugural commercial flight from Washington D.C. to Paris and then to Moscow as a goodwill ... See full summary »

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Alain Delon, Susan Blakely, Robert Wagner, George Kennedy

Votes: 4,505 | Gross: $13.00M

Another one on my list of 'The Worst Movies I've Ever Seen'. But, I saw it at 'The Cinema'.

19. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

8.5
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83 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 642,448 | Gross: $78.90M

Another awesome SciFi flick. Saw this one twice at The Cinema.

20. 1941 (1979)

PG | 118 min | Action, Comedy, War

5.9
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34 Metascore

Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams, Nancy Allen

Votes: 27,140 | Gross: $31.76M

Thought this one was great, when I first saw it at The Cinema, in December of 1979. But, my opinion of it has changed, vastly, since then.

21. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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81 Metascore

After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 942,071 | Gross: $290.48M

The 2nd to be made, but the 5th in the series. Saw it at The Cinema in the summer of 1980.

22. Atlantic City (1980)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs, and danger.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli

Votes: 12,319

Good movie with the great Burt Lancaster.

23. Nine to Five (1980)

PG | 109 min | Comedy

6.7
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58 Metascore

Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him.

Director: Colin Higgins | Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 22,111 | Gross: $103.29M

Dynamite combination of Fonda, Tomlin, and Parton.

24. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

8.5
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85 Metascore

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 732,209 | Gross: $248.16M

Saw this one 4 times, with 3 different women.

25. Reds (1981)

PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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76 Metascore

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski

Votes: 17,811 | Gross: $40.38M

Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and the Academy Award-winning performance of Maureen Stapleton.

26. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

PG | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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71 Metascore

With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 98,379 | Gross: $78.91M

The 2nd best of the Star Trek movie series.

27. Tootsie (1982)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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87 Metascore

Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 83,682 | Gross: $177.20M

Dustin Hoffman's Oscar-nominated performance.

28. WarGames (1983)

PG | 114 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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77 Metascore

A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 77,382 | Gross: $79.57M

Good movie, made even better on that big, curved screen.

29. The Right Stuff (1983)

PG | 193 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.9
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The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Votes: 48,691 | Gross: $21.50M

Phil Kaufman's magnificent story of the beginnings of our space program.

30. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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57 Metascore

After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri

Votes: 366,903 | Gross: $179.87M

Got there late, and had to sit in the very front row. But, it was still great.

31. Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

8.1
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92 Metascore

A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

Votes: 321,109 | Gross: $138.53M

Best movie about the Vietnam war, ever made. Oscar-winner for Best Picture, that year.

32. Fatal Attraction (1987)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

6.9
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67 Metascore

A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer, Ellen Latzen

Votes: 61,119 | Gross: $156.65M

The Adrian Lyne thriller with Michael Douglas and Glenn Close.

33. Bat*21 (1988)

R | 105 min | Drama, War

6.4
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During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues.

Director: Peter Markle | Stars: Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed, David Marshall Grant

Votes: 6,711 | Gross: $3.97M

Exciting and true Vietnam story, starring Gene Hackman and Danny Glover.

34. The Dead Pool (1988)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.3
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46 Metascore

Dirty Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target.

Director: Buddy Van Horn | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Liam Neeson, Patricia Clarkson, Evan C. Kim

Votes: 33,655 | Gross: $37.90M

Clint Eastwood as Inspector Harry Callahan in the 5th and last 'Dirty Harry' outing.