Comments from Edward Havens

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Edward Havens commented about Mann Festival Theater on May 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

It’s just sitting there. Topa Management still has it and the neighboring buildings waiting for someone to lease the space.

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Edward Havens commented about Angelika Film Center on Apr 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Sorry, Zoetmb, but there is proof that’s what the base wants. It’s called “grosses.”

Also, your base assessment that “attendance is down” is as wrong-headed as most of your other judgements. 2013 attendance might have been down 1.4% versus 2012 attendance, but it was also up 4.7% over 2011 and flat against 2010. And movie attendance in the first four months of 2014 is up 7% over the first four months of 2013. Sure, it’s down from recent highs in 2002 and 2003, but what was happening in the world in 2002 and 2003 that might want people to escape from reality for a few hours more often than before, or since, that isn’t happening now? We’re not talking about Netflix or VOD here.

And the Angelika still does pretty damn good, business-wise, without an IMAX-like presentation, or stadium seating, or dine-in options. The only think that differentiates the Angelika from the Sunshine or the Film Forum or any other arthouse theatre is its vibe. The Angelika doesn’t FEEL like any other theatre in Manhattan, even if it shares a similar spirit to the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

As for the other theatres that recently closed, ask yourself this: there are only a few reasons why a theatre closes. One, because the owners of the building decided not to renew the lease. Two, because the operators of the theatre decided it was no longer financially viable to operate a cinema in that location. Which one do you think was the case in respect to the Jackson Triplex, the 59th St. Cinema or the Brandon Twin? Or the 64th & Second? Or my old neighborhood theatre, the East 85th?

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Edward Havens commented about Angelika Film Center on Apr 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm

After reading these long screeds, I must paraphrase Ygriette from Game of Thrones:

You know nothing, Zoetmb.

Or, more specifically, your suppositions seem to be based on trains of thought about the exhibition business that were extinct thirty years ago. Having been in the exhibition business for nearly thirty years now, I see your points and laugh at how off-base they are from the realities I deal with on a daily basis.

Case in point: if all the chains are playing exactly the same movies anyway and the studios only really care about the big junky popcorn movies that can make a ton of money opening weekend, like the upcoming Godzilla, it’s because that is what their customer base wants. If theatres are rushing to add dine-in options and bars and comfy leather recliner chairs, it’s because that is what their customer base wants.

And for the record, one of the companies you mention has seen their per-screen attendance rise over the past couple years while having a net loss of screens and locations by making the in theatre experience the best possible, instead of propping up their numbers with spalshy acquisitions.

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Edward Havens commented about AMC Criterion 6 on Feb 14, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Ted Mann passed away in 2001.

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Edward Havens commented about Century 24 on Jan 29, 2014 at 4:41 am

Not just closed, but demolished as of January 21st.

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Edward Havens commented about El Capitan Theatre on Nov 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

The Cap has a good sized screen, but if the ONLY thing I cared about was screen size, there are other theatres to go to. I don’t go to The Cap just for the screen size. I go to The Cap for the entire package.

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Edward Havens commented about IMAX upgrades explained on Oct 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Nothing commercially available at the moment can top IMAX film. But then, if IMAX didn’t move towards digital years ago, there would be no more IMAX of any kind. Ironic the much-derided digital system is what has kept 15/70 alive as long as it has been, wouldn’t you agree? Or are shades of grey too much for the the black and white viewpoints of the IMAX digital haters?

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Edward Havens commented about Is the second screen coming? on Oct 2, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Yes, let us go back to the old days of film. Uneven frame rates due to hand cranked cameras. Variable aspect ratios from 1.19:1 to 1.37:1. No sound synchronization. No color. Movie theatres converted from storefronts with no ventilation and hard wooden chairs. No popcorn. No soda. No candy.

Oh, wait… you mean things have changed in theatrical exhibition over the past 125 years?

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Edward Havens commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 30, 2013 at 3:25 am

Guess it doesn’t matter Dolby doesn’t make speakers. :|

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Edward Havens commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 27, 2013 at 11:14 pm

1.90:1 IMAX digital presentations of 1.85:1 or 2.39:1 shot movies would either be cropped to fit the screen or letterboxed. 1.90:1 IMAX digital presentations of 1.43:1 IMAX 15/70 shot movies or 1.33:1 Academy Ratio shot movies, such as the upcoming Wizard of Oz presentation, would either be cropped to fit the screen or windowboxed.

1.43:1 IMAX 15/70 presentations of 1.85:1 or 2.39:1 shot movies would either be cropped to fit the screen or letterboxed. 1.43:1 IMAX 15/70 presentations of 1.33:1 Academy Ratio shot movies, such as the upcoming Wizard of Oz presentation, would either be cropped to fit the screen or windowboxed.

It’ll be the same argument no matter which way you go. But of course, had IMAX not decided to go digital years ago, we likely wouldn’t be having this discussion today, since they were on the fast track to going under before the rebranding.

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Edward Havens commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

Chris, to be fair, IMAX didn’t “step away” from 15/70. The company was going broke, and the only way to keep the brand going was to get updated and adapt into something different than what we’re used to. Had they not made the move, IMAX would be gone now.

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Edward Havens commented about IFC Center on Jul 25, 2013 at 10:18 am

Seating is 480 total.
1: 210
2: 114
3: 61
4: 60
5: 35

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Edward Havens commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jul 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Danny, our theatre, which has a IMAX digital installation, did not play “After Earth” in IMAX. We kept our print of “Star Trek Into Darkness” until “Man of Steel.”

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Edward Havens commented about Keeping It Cool on Jul 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Poorly written article which uses a long-closed building as an example and a cover photo featuring a building that hasn’t looked like that in seven years? No thank you.

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Edward Havens commented about CineArts 5 at Pleasant Hill on May 8, 2013 at 11:16 am

Mark it as demolished, please. Happening right now. :(

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Edward Havens commented about CineArts 5 at Pleasant Hill on Apr 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

Good sized crowd for its final show last night. Time to mark this one as closed, and time to add the Century 16 across the freeway to CT.

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Edward Havens commented about Carmike Thousand Oaks 14 on Apr 15, 2013 at 7:07 am

Originally was supposed to be Mann’s replacement for the Janss Marketplace 9 and Mann 5 at the Oaks, but the plans were soon sold off after nearly a million dollars invested in the project when they decided not to pursue it after all.

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Edward Havens commented about Castro Theatre's endangered "Mighty Wurlitzer" on Apr 8, 2013 at 9:26 am

That’s great that you’re very confident, but your response doesn’t answer my questions.

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Edward Havens commented about Castro Theatre's endangered "Mighty Wurlitzer" on Apr 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Sorry, but what happens if they do not raise the necessary first step funds in time? Do I get my donation back?

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Edward Havens commented about Film buffs try to save Pleasant Hill's 'dome' movie theater on Mar 22, 2013 at 8:28 am

For the record, the Dome has not been demolished yet. I just drove by it not twenty minutes ago.

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Edward Havens commented about Theater Historian David Naylor Passes Away on Mar 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Add me to the list of people whose purchase of American Picture Palaces began a life-long love of movie palaces. Thank you, Mr. Naylor.

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Edward Havens commented about Nuart Theatre on Feb 25, 2013 at 12:16 am

The Nuart got new seats a few years back, and it was decided to give more space between rows at that time. Seat count, confirmed by management at that time, is now exactly 300.

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Edward Havens commented about Renovations loom for the TCL Chinese Theatre on Feb 16, 2013 at 10:37 am

Let me get this logic of yours straight, ArtDirector… we should allow more alterations to the most famous movie theatre in the world solely because past generations may not have cared about history and preservation as much the current generation?

The proscenium arch needed to be changed back in the 1950s because the movies themselves were changing to a wider screen format. Stadium seating is not a format change, and the slope of the floor in the main Grauman’s auditorium is sufficient enough where the main reason to have stadium seating in any auditorium is moot.

Stadium seating at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre will not make the building a desirable place to see a movie again. Booking the best films at the theatre and cleaning out the scum that has invaded the area just outside the theatre will.

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Edward Havens commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

Al, I think the “exclusivity” Raysson was referring to was that most theatres playing Les Miz do not have reserved seating nor have a print complete with full overture, intermission or exit music. But then, one has to wonder where all these extra goodies are placed in the film, if Mr. Hooper had any say in the creation and execution of said special print, and why Clearview doesn’t even advertise such a thing on their own website or why I cannot find anything about this special print anywhere on the world wide web.

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Edward Havens commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Dec 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Current seating for all theatres is 3,864. The IMAX house is still 15/70 film. Saw Zero Dark Thirty in the Loews house last Thursday. Still a treat to sit in a real balcony.