The Cinema 150by 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
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.
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
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
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
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.
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
A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.
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
A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.
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
The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.
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
In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.
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
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.
Votes: 32,828 | Gross: $116.00M
Irwin Allen's All-Star disaster flick.
9. The Longest Yard (1974)
R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
One of the best football movies ever made.
10. The Turning Point (1977)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Romance
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Votes: 154,311 | Gross: $132.09M
Spielberg's masterpiece. Best SciFi movie ever made!
13. Capricorn One (1977)
PG | 123 min | Action, Thriller
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.
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
Small town band hits it big, but they must battle a nefarious plot in the music industry.
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
Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.
Votes: 31,119 | Gross: $44.36M
Cheech and Chong's hilarious movie debut.
16. Superman (1978)
PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 137,405 | Gross: $134.22M
Saw it twice, on that huge screen.
17. All That Jazz (1979)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.
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
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 »
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
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.
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
Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.
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.
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
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
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.
Good movie with the great Burt Lancaster.
23. Nine to Five (1980)
PG | 109 min | Comedy
Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him.
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
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
Votes: 732,209 | Gross: $248.16M
Saw this one 4 times, with 3 different women.
25. Reds (1981)
PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.
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
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.
Votes: 98,379 | Gross: $78.91M
The 2nd best of the Star Trek movie series.
27. Tootsie (1982)
PG | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.
Votes: 83,682 | Gross: $177.20M
Dustin Hoffman's Oscar-nominated performance.
28. WarGames (1983)
PG | 114 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
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
The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.
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
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.
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
A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
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
A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.
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
During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues.
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
Dirty Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target.
Votes: 33,655 | Gross: $37.90M
Clint Eastwood as Inspector Harry Callahan in the 5th and last 'Dirty Harry' outing.