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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Jun 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm

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?

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on May 31, 2010 at 7:12 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Apr 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Regency Village Theatre on Mar 30, 2010 at 10:47 pm

We’ll have to wait and see what kind of bookings they can get.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Regency Bruin Theatre on Mar 29, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Regency will be the new operator of the Village and the Bruin, according to their website, www.regencymovies.com

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Danny Baldwin commented about Regency Village Theatre on Mar 29, 2010 at 7:14 pm

OH MY GOD. It’s REGENCY! It’s REGENCY! http://regencymovies.com/

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Danny Baldwin commented about Historic Lido Theatre to screen "Clash of the Titans" in 3D! on Mar 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about iPIC Westwood on Mar 26, 2010 at 6:15 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about AMC Loews Broadway 4 on Mar 23, 2010 at 10:52 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Mar 19, 2010 at 2:26 pm

You win the opportunity to tell us the real reason, then!

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Mar 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Mar 10, 2010 at 12:07 am

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Mar 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Regency Village Theatre on Mar 3, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Also— Screenvision doesn’t require a full-scale DLP projector. Many locations use basic, home-grade projection equipment for those.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Regency Village Theatre on Mar 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Regency Village Theatre on Mar 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Pretty much every mainstream movie is offered digitally nowadays… Every new theater built by AMC, Regal, RAVE, etc is all digital.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Mann Festival Theater on Feb 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Regency Village Theatre on Feb 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Regency Village Theatre on Feb 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I’d be very surprised by Laemmle given they’d be RE-ENTERING the Westwood market… although they do seem like a fit…

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Danny Baldwin commented about Regency Village Theatre on Feb 20, 2010 at 10:30 am

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Fairfax Cinemas on Feb 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Feb 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Feb 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Feb 5, 2010 at 9:49 am

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Feb 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm

ArcLight is getting “From Paris With Love”.