A solid opening-day gross of $42,036 on 10 screens was rung up May 3 by Paramount’s 50th anni reissue of RKO’s 1941 Orson Welles classic “Citzen Kane,” rereleased in conjunction with Turner Entertainment. That figure included $13,879 from a gala screening at Boston’s Wang Center, where the film bowed before moving to Cambridge’s Brattle Theater.
The pic also is playing in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Chicago, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Houston.
Par held a celeb and media cocktailer and screening at the studio May 1, with guests gathering on Par’s Stage 32, the former RKO Stage 10, where the Great Hall of Xanadu scenes were shot.
Some of the statues used in the film were on view, as well as an original Rosebud sled.
“Kane” cast and crew members attending were Joseph Cotten (with wife Patricia Medina, who appeared in Welles’ “Mr. Arkadin”), Ruth Warrick, William Alland, editor Robert Wise, Richard Wilson, Commander Bud Swan (who as Buddy Swan played the young Charles Foster Kane) and Linwood G. Dunn.
Others there included Welles’ youngest daughter, Beatrice; Charlton Heston; Oja Kodar, Welles’ longtime companion and leading lady in later years; Gary Graver, Welles’ lenser for the last 15 years of his career; Patrick Terrail, Wefles’ favorite restaurateur; and RKO/Pavilion head Ted Hartley with wife Dina Merrill.
Par motion picture group prez Barry London emceed and Warrick reminisced about the film.
Ted Turner told the crowd that he had abandoned his plans to colorize “Kane” (the crowd applauded that), adding with evident tongue-in-cheek humor, “I still think it should have been made in color.”
He added, “If they had known how good it was going to turn out to be, they would have made it in color.”