Update: One of the few Dimension 150 Theaters left…..
PLEASANT HILL, CA — Yes, one at least remains, the Dome, undivided and intact, apart from the original screen. It’s the CineArts. I went to see Atonement this week and spoke with a manager. There is only one screen there, (he has been behind the present screen and there is no other, so likely the original is gone). There is only one projector in the dome and apparently no capacity to do 70mm, (I stayed through the credits and watched an employee carry a big reel, (platter size?) to another theater as they were showing it in two, and didn’t seem to have interlock between the two).
I specifically asked why the curtains weren’t used anymore. He said they weren’t automated, but they manually moved them depending on the screen size needed. If they were ‘motorized’, they don’t work anymore. (They did for Titanic, which played for weeks, but that was ten years ago.)
Of course, for the 4 PM show there were many folks there, proving that we will go see a great movie in a great location. But this is another movie house with a death sentence, (they still have a while on the lease). All in the Bay Area, with all the $$$$$$$ from you all know who, they make Gazillions off us, why aren’t they stepping up to save this resource?
Well, let me take my few turkeys to the food bank, George, step up and save this place.