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Speaking of older multiplexes in LA closing, I heard a rumor on Twitter that the Magic Johnson in Crenshaw is closing in a couple weeks. Anybody got word on that?
Was it intentional or a coincidence that the last show ever will be HOT TUB TIME MACHINE? I can think of no more fitting way for the theater to go out than to go back to the 80s where it began. Hope it gets shifted to Theater #1?
Even considering how maligned this place came to be, it’s hard to imagine LA moviegoing without it.
I never experienced it in its glory days, but I still have a soft spot for it. My first day living in LA, I headed for the overhyped Grove, only to not find a place to park in time for the show. Aimlessly driving around trying to find my way back to the freeway, I stumbled upon the Bev Center and remembered there was a theater inside. Sure, it was essentially a nasty Mann-years experience—the print was scratched and there were some creepers there for the late set—but there was something special about seeing my first film as a Los Angeles resident not in one of the city’s many palaces, but a 40-something seat shoebox.
Unfortunately, we still might not know. The 3D on CLASH OF THE TITANS is being universally condemned as the worst implementation of the technology to date, with many reviewers commenting it’s so minimal you can watch it without the glasses and barely notice the blurring.
We’ll have to wait and see what kind of bookings they can get.
Regency will be the new operator of the Village and the Bruin, according to their website, www.regencymovies.com
OH MY GOD. It’s REGENCY! It’s REGENCY! http://regencymovies.com/
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.
They really do appear to be going full-speed ahead with digital conversions, even at the lesser sites. The Broadway 4 in Santa Monica also now had a digital projector. I’d assume 3D is not far behind, just takes a few more weeks to put into action.
If Fandango does not have a misprint—questionable—then AMC has equipped the place with a digital projector. Must not be doing TOO poorly if true.
You win the opportunity to tell us the real reason, then!
The whole “Clash” thing makes sense because ArcLight’s 3D screen(s) will be occupied with “How to Train Your Dragon”, which releases a week before.
I’d bet it’s the same reason most other theaters do it in mid-range auditoriums: because if you want to keep a 3D movie in Week 4 or 5, it sucks to have to use the biggest auditorium for it.
BOOK OF ELI continues this next week, as we expected. My new guess is the next film that will be booked at this theater will be the next Denzel Washington film.
Also— Screenvision doesn’t require a full-scale DLP projector. Many locations use basic, home-grade projection equipment for those.
Yes, there is digital for SHUTTER ISLAND. The Landmark down the street has one screen DP, as do all digital-only AMC/Regal locations, plus the entire Krikorian and UltraStar Chains and God knows how many more.
HOWEVER, they pay more attention to LA. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS had digital prints available to many locations, but both the Dome and the Village ran it in 35.
Pretty much every mainstream movie is offered digitally nowadays… Every new theater built by AMC, Regal, RAVE, etc is all digital.
One wonders if maybe the Festival could be picked up by whoever takes the Bruin and the Village. It’s a longshot, but one worth hoping for. I always loved the balcony here.
But Rave’s interest isn’t in single-screens, but big megaplexes… I have a really hard time believing that, too, unless it’s an undercover situation ala the Beverly Center.
I’d be very surprised by Laemmle given they’d be RE-ENTERING the Westwood market… although they do seem like a fit…
This weekend is that rare occasion when you could see movies at every Westwood theater in one day… 12:00 Shutter Island (Village), 2:30 Wolfman (AVCO), 4:50 The White Ribbon (Regent), 7:30 Crazy Heart (Crest), and 10:00 Valentine’s Day (Bruin). Why am I posting this? No real reason, other than I wish I could be there doing it right now… could be a fitting farewell to the Village and Bruin if they do end up going dark.
And AMC has a few single screens, mainly in NYC. But I’m pretty sure they were most all picked up from Loews.
Yep. All the Insomniac Cinema shows through March and beyond have been moved to Pasadena. It’s sad that it had to go (at least in terms of regular operations) this way — no one last farewell for those who wanted it.
Even the Westwood theaters have had better bookings! It’s pathetic, but I guess the logic is that tourists are the main audience for the Chinese anyway, so why do much more than is needed to please them…
So what’s next? BROOKLYN’S FINEST, one would hope. The Chinese usually doesn’t get Overture releases, but it doesn’t seem like securing this one (which skews a lot less indie and therefore less ArcLight) would be too hard.
I wonder if they’ll continue to use both projectors for 2D presentations like “Shutter Island” to provide a brighter image? That’d be great.
Yes, and unless they take in an Academy return engagement or a moveover next week, it’ll still be there. All three films are booked at ArcLight Hollywood.