Comments from Danny Baldwin

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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”.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Feb 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I’d say COP OUT is very likely given it’s WB. Whether they’ll get WOLFMAN or PERCY JACKSON in the meantime is anyone’s guess. Like HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, VALENTINE’S DAY appears to be getting the ArcLight treatment even though it’s WB.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Academy Cinemas on Feb 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm

While the Fairfax is temporarily closed, the Academy will be running Regency’s midnight shows on Saturdays this month. Go check out “Stargate”, “Jurassic Park”, “The Karate Kid”, and “Adventures in Babysitting”. No word yet on whether the Academy’s cheaper pricing will apply.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Fairfax Cinemas on Feb 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Looks like the Fairfax will be closed until at least 2/25. All the previously-booked Midnight shows up to that point have been moved to the Academy in Pasadena. While that’s a shame on its face, it might be a good thing that Regency is feeling out the market for Midnights in Pasadena. With the Rialto no longer operating, the area hasn’t had this type of show in the last few years. And if the Fairfax does indeed end up closing, then it would be nice to not have to lose ANOTHER theater showing older films on 35mm in Los Angeles.

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Danny Baldwin commented about La Paloma Theatre on Jan 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm

While it’s nice that La Paloma remains one of only two single-screeners still operating in San Diego, every time I go to see a movie here it’s always discouraging to see how poor the presentation is. You’ll rarely ever see a film here without multiple scratches, and there’ll usually be at least one other problem. For instance, when I saw “Where the Wild Things Are” last weekend, the center channel speaker buzzed loudly, completely distorting the dialogue, for the entire time Projector 1 was running. Thankfully, when the film changed over to Projector 2, the problem ended, but that was after 45 minutes and multiple audience complaints.

And for first-run prices ($7 matinee / $9 evening) to see second-run films with grindhouse-quality projection? Psssh. The only reason to continue patronizing the place is because we keep history alive by doing so. Then again, none of this is news. I’ve been seeing movies here for seven years and only during special screenings and first-run surf films is the presentation ever acceptable.

They seem to be doing well now compared to past times. “The Hangover” was a major hit this summer here, even warranting a midnight show on the 4th of July. And “Rocky” continues to draw every week. So why can’t they invest some more time and money in the booth?

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Dec 27, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Didn’t AVATAR have its premiere at the Chinese in 3D?