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Background: Columbia Night at the Movies (originally called Embassy Night at the Movies) is a television movie package program that aired in syndication with movies from Columbia Pictures and Embassy Films Associates.

Embassy Night at the Movies

(1984-1988)

Logo: The 1982 Embassy Television logo plays, but freezes before the text can show up. Right after, the logo zooms out to reveal a filmstrip on a cloudy sky background as the filmstrip, which is at the bottom-left of the screen, then goes up to the top-right. The filmstrip also carries the words "EMBASSY", "NIGHT", "AT THE" and "MOVIES", all stacked on top of each other. All words except "AT THE" are in a bold font. As the filmstrip finishes going up, the cloudy sky turns into a black background with some light shining on the floor, which has a red grid texture on it. The filmstrip now creates a circle from left to right, and now shows a bunch of still photos of the starring actors from the movie that is about to air appears. After the announcer finishes mentioning the actors, the filmstrip switches to other stills from the movie as the movie's logo appears in the top the positions itself in the center.

FX/SFX: The filmstrip and the background change.

Music/Sounds: Either a big triumphant fanfare or the music from the next logo plays throughout the entire logo as the announcer says "Tonight, Embassy Night at the Movies presents the commercial television premiere of *movie title*. Starring *more than one or just one featuring actor*. Tonight's feature presentation of *movie title* will begin in a moment."

Availability: Seen on syndicated prints of Columbia and Embassy movies at the time, like Carnal Knowledge, An Eye for an Eye and Fright Night.

Editor's Note: A good start, to say the least.

Columbia Night at the Movies

(1988-1993?)

Logo: The opening starts with Columbia's 80s Torch Lady in front of its blue backdrop of clouds. A bright flash then emits from the torch, and gives the Torch Lady a neon blue aura, complete with neon gold Sunburst (this neon Torch Lady is set up in front of a city skyscraper on top of what appears to be the roof of a theater). We then zoom out from the Torch Lady, and there is a marquee with neon red edging lights on top, bottom and sides (the lights on the sides are pulsating), and flowing lights below the neon on top, and above the neon on bottom. As we move down from the Torch Lady, six gold stars scroll by on the marquee from right to left, and then "Columbia" (in its trademark Souvenir font) scrolls in from the right and stops in the middle of the marquee.

Below, as we move further down, "Night at the" appears on a lined whiteboard that lights up ("Night at the" appears in red on this whiteboard, also in Souvenir font). "Movies" is in neon blue-green in an unknown font, in letters that light up one-by-one. Those two parts are bracketed by two tall neon red lights on the sides, with a thin gold neon squiggly line above.

Still further down, the word "Presents" is in another unknown font, this one being neon green; pulsating arrow-shaped lights come from each side of it; it has a thick gold neon squiggly line below.

Finally, below all the lights is a moving filmstrip bracketed by a neon red line and flowing lights above, and a blue triangular neon light setup below, bracketed by more neon and flowing lights. The filmstrip has in one of its frames the name of the film in a generic font on a dark blue, and what would appear to be scenes from the feature (this could also be scenes from other films from Columbia Pictures). The filmstrip then zooms out to the top of the screen (with the name of the film on another whiteboard below).

Variant: TBA

FX/SFX: Plenty of neon and moving lights, as well as the moving filmstrip; in fact, all the motion in this opening.

Music/Sounds: An energetic rock tune that was used before on another syndie movie series, Embassy Night at the Movies, from 1983-88, but with another announcer, John Leader. His opening announcement is...:

"Tonight, Columbia Night at the Movies presents the world television premiere of [name of the film being presented, as well the stars, and a short description of plot]."

...when the filmstrip zooms out, Leader says:

"Our presentation of [name of the film] will begin in a moment."

Availability: Extinct.

Editor's Note: This is a really creative logo.

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