Comments from Edward Havens

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Edward Havens commented about AMC Criterion 6 on Feb 14, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Ted Mann passed away in 2001.

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Edward Havens commented about Century 24 on Jan 29, 2014 at 12:41 pm

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

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Edward Havens commented about El Capitan Theater on Nov 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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 8:03 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 3, 2013 at 6:43 am

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 11:25 am

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

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Edward Havens commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 28, 2013 at 7:14 am

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 5:45 pm

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 6:18 pm

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 4, 2013 at 7:26 am

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 8:46 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 7:16 pm

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 5:58 pm

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 3:07 pm

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 5:26 pm

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 4, 2013 at 12:34 am

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 3:28 pm

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 9:28 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 8:16 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 6:37 pm

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 AMC Brentwood 14 on Jan 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Time to go ahead and change the name to AMC Brentwood 14. The switchover is happening today.

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Edward Havens commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm

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 26, 2012 at 4:43 am

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.

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Edward Havens commented about Cinemark signs deal to buy Rave Cinemas on Nov 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

It’s easy to see where the original writer made their mistake, if one is not familiar with how the company is set up.

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Edward Havens commented about Independent Cinema owner tackles tough industry questions on Reddit on Oct 4, 2012 at 7:33 am

Half his problem is that he serves Pepsi, and at ridiculously low prices.