Historic Lido Theatre to screen “Clash of the Titans” in 3D!

posted by Flix70 on March 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — It appears Warner’s “Clash of the Titans” reboot will screen at the historic Regency Lido Theatre in Newport Beach, CA beginning Thursday, Apr 1 (10 pm). And in 3D, if you can believe it. Kind of an odd film for the 72-year-old Lido which specializes in art fare. But the real kicker is the 3D presentation.

Not even Regal’s flagship 1108-seat Big Newport theater down the road is equipped for 3D. One would have to think with the financial commitment a digital 3D projector requires that a shift is afoot in Lido programming. Regal appears to be taking notice. According to Fandango.com, “Clash of the Titans” isn’t scheduled to screen at the Big Newport, unheard of for a big-budget event film. Should be very interesting to see how this plays out over the summer.

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Comments (7)

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on March 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Go Lido! Very nice theatre that should get a nice uptick in attendance due to this! My only concern is that the screen in there isn’t wide enough for 2:40:1. I saw a widescreen movie there once and the images from both the left & right sides of the screen looked seriously cropped.

CTCrouch on March 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm

I wonder if this is permanent or if they utilized a temporary setup (as some theatres do for special screenings/events)?

William on March 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Chris was your trip there when Edwards ran the house or later? Because old Edwards built houses and many plexes to favor the 1.85 ratio and crop the hell off the left & right sides in scope. There wised up later.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on March 29, 2010 at 8:09 pm

@William: My last visit there was early 2007 to see “Dreamgirls” – which at the time was my 3rd time seeing it in the theatre and the cropping was annoying to me!

KingBiscuits on March 29, 2010 at 9:58 pm

3-D cropping can be distracting in a way. Most 3-D prints of Avatar were matted and some effects were reduced as a result.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on March 30, 2010 at 2:00 am

They probably won’t crop with a digital projector, instead opting for black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. This is how UltraStar has rigged their DLP on many of the old fixed-aspect ratio Edwards locations.

ceasar on March 31, 2010 at 4:38 pm

When it comes to 3d technology Wilcox theatres a small operator can’t compete. Most of the 3d projector tech is found in the Jackson Metro area. Not in a small opertor like Wilcox who can’t comepete against the chains and which robs locals of the 3d experince.

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