Disneyland - Main Street Cinema

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Disneyland - Main Street Cinema
« on: October 29, 2018, 05:01 PM »
Main Street Cinema



Only at Disneyland CA, will you find the Main Street Cinema in its original form. Entering this stylish Victorian brick building, you will be transported back to the golden age of cinema, where you can view vintage animated shorts on six different screens. A second version operated at WDW's Magic Kingdom until it was transformed into a gift shop in 1998.



The headliner is the original 1928 Steamboat Willie, which introduced the world to Mickey Mouse.



When the cinema first opened in 1955, it showed a variety of silent movies and vintage news reels. It wasn't until the 1980s that the cinema stopped showing live action films and only showed Disney shorts, including Steamboat Willie.



Small posters from each film hangs in the entry way to the theater.

The current line up of films...
 *Steamboat Willie , 1928
 *Plane Crazy , 1928
 *The Moose Hunt , 1931
 *Traffic Troubles , 1931
 *The Dognapper , 1934
 *Mickey’s Polo Team , 1936



Guests are greeted by Tilly, the ticket seller.



According to her name tag, Tilly is from Marcelaine, Missouri, Walt Disney's boyhood home.



A door at the left of the cinema leads to Disneyland Casting Agency. (Well, not really.)



The wood-paneled interior is round shaped, where the audience stands in the center, surrounded by six projection screens that all play simultaneously.



A raised platform in the center gives kids (and short people) a better view.



Steps leading up to the platform are illuminated with lights shaped like Mickey Mouse. I'm not sure if these qualify as "Hidden Mickeys" as they are pretty easy to spot. (I plan on doing a feature on all the Hidden Mickeys in the Disneyland Resort in the near future.)



Steamboat Willie, released in 1928, marks the birth of Mickey Mouse.



One of the most entertaining of the six shorts is "Mickey's Polo Team." It features a wild game of polo between the "Mickey Mousers" - Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, and the Big Bad Wolf, vs the "Movie Stars" - Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harpo Marx, and Charlie Chaplin. Cameos include Shirley Temple, Charles Laughton, W.C. Fields, Clark Gable, and many more. The video below features the film in its entirety.





« Last Edit: October 29, 2018, 10:04 PM by shyguy »
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Re: Disneyland - Main Street Cinema
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2018, 09:02 PM »
Great cartoon. Thanks for the video. I actually chuckled out loud when 'Oliver Hardy' got stuck with the pin. Cute how they made the horses (and donkey) reflect their riders. I recognized most of the celebs, but not all. I saw Harold Lloyd in the stands along with the others that you mentioned. I wonder why they didn't show the cartoon in its original Technicolor? Probably because everyone would be standing around watching Mickey's Polo Team in glorious color while ignoring all the B&W shorts. :whistling:

I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that Disneyland was showing cartoons in the Main Street Cinema as early as the mid 1970s. We were there in '76 and I remember standing in the dimly lit cinema, surrounded by all the screens, watching Steamboat Willie in its entirety. I don't remember the raised platform, though. We went to WDW the next year ('77) and now I tend to merge the memories of the two parks after all these years. The reason I don't think it was in Florida is because we were pressed for time (only 2 days) so I don't think we spent any time at all on WDW Main Street. :confused:

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Re: Disneyland - Main Street Cinema
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2018, 10:03 PM »
I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that Disneyland was showing cartoons in the Main Street Cinema as early as the mid 1970s. We were there in '76 and I remember standing in the dimly lit cinema, surrounded by all the screens, watching Steamboat Willie in its entirety.
Well, according to my sources, they exclusively showed Disney shorts starting in the 80s, discontinuing any live action shorts. They may well have indeed been showing Steamboat Willie much earlier. And come to think of it, I'm pretty sure I saw Steamboat Willie playing there before the 80s as well. So I've gone and changed that caption. ;)
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2018, 10:34 PM »
Okay, now that you mention it, I vaguely, maybe, sorta, kinda remember the other screens being live action comedy shorts. Maybe. But of course, my eye was drawn to the cartoon (Steamboat Willie) so I don't really know for sure.

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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2018, 10:00 AM »
WDW has the Art of Disney in this space. I think Disneyland wins with this one because I would love to watch classic cartoons in a Disney park all day! Awesome report!

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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2018, 12:15 PM »
WDW has the Art of Disney in this space. I think Disneyland wins with this one because I would love to watch classic cartoons in a Disney park all day! Awesome report!
I was about to make this same exact comment and point.

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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2018, 01:10 PM »
I was about to make this same exact comment and point.
Great minds think alike!  :mouse:

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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2018, 12:16 PM »
Here's a few more photos...



The other three movie posters hanging in the entry way.



Steamboat Willie



The Casting Agency newspaper on display features ads for positions at Disneyland. (Be sure to enlarge so you can read these priceless advertisements.)
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2018, 03:49 PM »
I've never heard of this before (The Casting Agency newspaper). Is this (or was this) a regular publication or a one-off kinda thing? They all reference Disney attractions or movies of course, and some of the 'ads' are definitely tongue-in-cheek. But some appear to be legit, like the ad for Plains Indians.

I like the 'Alice' ad: "Singing, dancing and shrinking abilities a plus." I think I could play the doorknob. :P
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2018, 04:46 PM »
I've never heard of this before (The Casting Agency newspaper). Is this (or was this) a regular publication or a one-off kinda thing?
It's a fictitious newspaper, created as window dressing for the cinema.
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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2018, 06:50 PM »
Did you take those bottom 2 photos?  Those are perfect for using as in-game billboard inserts :D   [things someone who plays PC too much would say]

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« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2018, 10:10 AM »
Did you take those bottom 2 photos?  Those are perfect for using as in-game billboard inserts :D   [things someone who plays PC too much would say]
All photos are taken by me unless otherwise specified.
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