The Cinema 150

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)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ 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. ” - David C. Bohn
 
2.
Ben-Hur (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (212 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ 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! ” - David C. Bohn
 
3.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A dramatization of the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen. (144 mins.)
“ I was 15, and my brother was 9, in 1970, when we saw this accurate account of the Pearl Harbor attack. ” - David C. Bohn
 
4.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon. (120 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ Saw what was to become my favorite James Bond movie, at The Cinema, on the day after Christmas, in 1971 ” - David C. Bohn
 
5.
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea. (117 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
“ 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. ” - David C. Bohn
 
6.
What's Up, Doc? (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations. (94 mins.)
“ Saw this one with my first real girlfriend, on a double date with my cousin and his girlfriend. ” - David C. Bohn
 
7.
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western... (120 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ This was the movie showing at 'The Cinema' (As we called it) when my first wife and I met, back in 1973. ” - David C. Bohn
 
8.
The Towering Inferno (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (165 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
“ Irwin Allen's All-Star disaster flick. ” - David C. Bohn
 
9.
The Longest Yard (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (121 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ One of the best football movies ever made. ” - David C. Bohn
 
10.
The Turning Point (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (119 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ Multiple Oscar-nominated movie about ballet. Saw this one during the 'arty' phase of my movie-going career. ” - David C. Bohn
 
11.
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (175 mins.)
“ Not all that great, but it was fun to see all those different stars together in one movie. ” - David C. Bohn
 
12.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. (137 mins.)
“ Spielberg's masterpiece. Best SciFi movie ever made! ” - David C. Bohn
 
13.
Capricorn One (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A NASA 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... (123 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
“ Peter Hyams' exciting story about a faked mission to Mars, and it's attempted cover-up. ” - David C. Bohn
 
14.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Small town band hits it big, but they must battle a nefarious plot in the music industry. (113 mins.)
Director: Michael Schultz
“ Another musical I could've done without seeing. See my list of 'The Worst Movies I've Ever Seen'. ” - David C. Bohn
 
15.
Up in Smoke (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail. (86 mins.)
Director: Lou Adler
“ Cheech and Chong's hilarious movie debut. ” - David C. Bohn
 
16.
Superman (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (143 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ Saw it twice, on that huge screen. ” - David C. Bohn
 
17.
All That Jazz (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer. (123 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
“ Not even sure, now, why I went to see this one at all. I'm not that crazy about musicals. ” - David C. Bohn
 
18.
The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
American based Federation World Airlines has just acquired a Concorde jet, which will make its inaugural commercial flight from Washington D.C... (113 mins.)
“ Another one on my list of 'The Worst Movies I've Ever Seen'. But, I saw it at 'The Cinema'. ” - David C. Bohn
 
19.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Another awesome SciFi flick. Saw this one twice at The Cinema. ” - David C. Bohn
 
20.
1941 (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor. (118 mins.)
“ 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. ” - David C. Bohn
 
21.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ The 2nd to be made, but the 5th in the series. Saw it at The Cinema in the summer of 1980. ” - David C. Bohn
 
22.
Atlantic City (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer finds themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs, and danger. (104 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Good movie with the great Burt Lancaster. ” - David C. Bohn
 
23.
Nine to Five (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him. (109 mins.)
Director: Colin Higgins
“ Dynamite combination of Fonda, Tomlin, and Parton. ” - David C. Bohn
 
24.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ Saw this one 4 times, with 3 different women. ” - David C. Bohn
 
25.
Reds (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States. (195 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
“ Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and the Academy Award-winning performance of Maureen Stapleton. ” - David C. Bohn
 
26.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (113 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
“ The 2nd best of the Star Trek movie series. ” - David C. Bohn
 
27.
Tootsie (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap. (116 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ Dustin Hoffman's Oscar-nominated performance. ” - David C. Bohn
 
28.
WarGames (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (114 mins.)
Director: John Badham
“ Good movie, made even better on that big, curved screen. ” - David C. Bohn
 
29.
The Right Stuff (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program. (193 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ Phil Kaufman's magnificent story of the beginnings of our space program. ” - David C. Bohn
 
30.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A skirmish in Shanghai puts archaeologist Indiana Jones, his partner Short Round and singer Willie Scott crossing paths with an Indian village desperate to reclaim a rock stolen by a secret cult beneath the catacombs of an ancient palace. (118 mins.)
“ Got there late, and had to sit in the very front row. But, it was still great. ” - David C. Bohn
 
31.
Platoon (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Best movie about the Vietnam war, ever made. Oscar-winner for Best Picture, that year. ” - David C. Bohn
 
32.
Fatal Attraction (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family. (119 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ The Adrian Lyne thriller with Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. ” - David C. Bohn
 
33.
Bat*21 (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Markle
“ Exciting and true Vietnam story, starring Gene Hackman and Danny Glover. ” - David C. Bohn
 
34.
The Dead Pool (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Dirty Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target. (91 mins.)
Director: Buddy Van Horn
“ Clint Eastwood as Inspector Harry Callahan in the 5th and last 'Dirty Harry' outing. ” - David C. Bohn
 
35.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis. (127 mins.)
“ Yep. I saw all 3 'Indiana Jones' movies at The Cinema, and they were all awesome! ” - David C. Bohn