Comments from Danny Baldwin

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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?

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Dec 15, 2009 at 10:51 pm

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 17, 2009 at 5:10 pm

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 17, 2009 at 4:43 pm

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 17, 2009 at 4:40 pm

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 1:27 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 1:34 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 1:18 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 2:15 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 10:29 am

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 3, 2009 at 6:55 pm

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 3, 2009 at 6:46 pm

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 3, 2009 at 5:53 pm

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 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm

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 28, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Woop — you beat me to it.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 28, 2009 at 6:22 pm

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 2:20 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 22, 2009 at 5:36 pm

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 19, 2009 at 6:01 pm

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 19, 2009 at 5:52 pm

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 3:11 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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 10, 2009 at 2:58 pm

They are VERY responsive on twitter.com/ravemovies to all your concerns. Thus far, I’ve recommended that they work to lower ticket prices to $5 for second-run shows and negotiate a parking validation deal with the BevCenter.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 10, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Will they live up to this?: “our main objective is to provide the best possible customer service and experience possible within the current environment [of the Beverly Center 13].”

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm

RMP = Rave Motion Picture — AKA the all DLP, all stadium seating brand.

Follow up: “the show lineup is to be similiar to what is being run now. Any renovations are at the discretion of the Beverly Center.”

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Danny Baldwin commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 10, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I just received this response via Twitter from Rave: “we will operate the location but as The Beverly & not an RMP. Wide scale DLP isn’t planned, but 1 screen or so is possible.”

I will continue to try to find stuff out via this avenue.