Comments from Danny Baldwin

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Feb 2, 2010 at 10:24 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 9:22 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 9:20 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 8:04 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 9:05 pm

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

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Dec 16, 2009 at 6:51 am

The Dome has been outfitted with a second 2k projector to increase brightness for 3D. It’ll probably still look dim, though…

Here’s a bit of a promotional video, posted to ArcLight’s Facebook, on the update: View link

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov 18, 2009 at 1:10 am

The Village ran 3D with several films (most recently “The Final Destination”) and the screen sizes aren’t that different.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov 18, 2009 at 12:43 am

Here’s something unexpected: Herzog’s “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” will open this Friday at the Chinese. While I doubt it will do very well there, it’s good to see the Chinese finally playing a supposedly GREAT movie again.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Regency Village Theatre on Nov 18, 2009 at 12:40 am

When “2012” goes to the Crest and “New Moon” goes to the AVCO, you know Mann has given up on their Westwood houses.

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Danny Baldwin commented about South Bay Drive-In on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Anyone know how to get the coming week’s features for the South Bay before Thursday night when they go up online and to the phone-line? The current system is a drag.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Sep 14, 2009 at 9:34 pm

For the Grove to not play all thee of those films would be a stretch… something tells me the site’s “Coming Soon” is a uniform image feed from the Rave server, given it looks just like the one on the Rave site. We’ll see in a matter of weeks, though.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Sep 14, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Looking at the “Coming Attractions” on the website is interesting. If the graphic is right, they will be getting “Surrogates”, “Fame”, and “The Invention of Lying” on their respective release dates, meaning this could transform into a first-run site.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Sep 4, 2009 at 10:15 pm

… and now, four hours later, the “Rave Motion Pictures” brand and all the DLP subheadings on MovieTickets.com are gone. Would be interested to hear from anybody who goes today if anything has changed.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Sep 4, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Showtimes are now live on MovieTickets.com.

SIX of the auditoriums are equipped with digital projection as of today. There are no REAL D capable units as of now.

Will be interesting to see if they plan on making a full conversion.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Sep 4, 2009 at 2:55 am

By the way, with that type of fare, they are definitely not all-digital like true RMPs. “Whatever Works” and “Cold Souls” were not offered to exhibitors in DLP. And given there was no mention of “3D” by “Up”, I’d say it’s all still the same.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Sep 4, 2009 at 2:46 am

They are indeed opening TOMORROW, 9/4, with the following features:

Cold Souls
The Proposal
Adam
Whatever Works
Paper Heart
The Hurt Locker
Shorts
Post Grad
The Goods
Ponyo
The Ugly Truth
Bandslam
The Collector
The Orphan
Public Enemies
Transformers 2
Up

Prices are: Matinee, senior, military, children- $7, student- $8, evening- $9.50

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Sep 4, 2009 at 1:53 am

The neon green and orange, while entirely possible, would be downright hilarious. To try to modernize a property that’s so distinctly 80s…

Then again, much as I like a second-run programming alternative, I’d take the Burbank 8 for 80s vibes over this ‘plex any day, so they can butcher it all they want so long as the film presentation is good.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Sep 4, 2009 at 1:51 am

I could buy that they’re reupholstering the seats (or even installing new ones), but I don’t believe they’d install DLP in all the auditoriums. That’s a multi-million dollar investment in a property with no future. Then again, the place is now on MovieTickets.com WITH the Rave Motion Pictures header, which would imply a shift in the plan. So hey, maybe it will be DLP. Actually, second-run is about the only time I’d really champion DLP.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 29, 2009 at 2:22 am

Woop — you beat me to it.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 29, 2009 at 2:22 am

The phone line now states they need “extra time preparing” and will be open NEXT Friday with showtimes available on Wednesday. Shows how much the Rave rep I talked to knew.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm

I contacted Rave again and they assured me the theater would re-open tomorrow. But no showtimes on any major website, on the phone line, or in the publications I’ve seen. If this is any indication of how it will be run, then Houston, this place is doomed for more failure.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 23, 2009 at 1:36 am

As stated above, Rave said there would be no significant programming changes.

As for ticket prices, we’ll have to wait ‘til Tuesday.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Regency Village Theatre on Aug 20, 2009 at 2:01 am

If you’re going at night, the Bronxton city lots (right across from the Regent) are actually pretty fair. While it’s pricey if you go over the free 2 hours before 6 p.m., after that, it’s a $3 flat fee. Yes, this is a buck more than the Hollywood & Highland or ArcLight complexes, but you can also stay for more than four hours. Not to mention, the Village is $1.25 cheaper than the Chinese and and $.50-$3 cheaper than the Dome, so it’s really a moot point when you consider the total.

The challenges come when A) it’s daytime and you wanna stay over 2 hours or B) the city lots are full (which happens quite often during peak times). As others have said, these SHOULD NOT be hard to solve, even though they criminally haven’t been corrected.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Crest Theatre on Aug 20, 2009 at 1:52 am

They’re all Oscar qualifying shorts. You’ll see all the theaters booked to the brim with qualifiers at this time of year. Crest probably was paid a pretty penny to show them.

JULIE & JULIA clearly did well — I saw shows with over 20 people pre-buying online, unheard of for them. It moves over to the Avco on Friday.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 10, 2009 at 11:11 pm

I have a hard time believing that they’d want to build in the general vicinity of the BevCenter, what with the Grove and Century City siphoning off business.

And Regency would NEVER want a 13-screen discount house. That’s a semi-insane concept in the first place.