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BRADE48 commented about Renovations loom for the TCL Chinese Theatre on Feb 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

It took a while but they will end up ruining the theatre after all. They will go through all these renovations at they will still show crappy movies. Looks like the Chinese theatre is officially dead.

BRADE48 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 16, 2013 at 9:03 am

Upgrades and maintaining means nothing if the theatre is poorly booked. It will remain iconic but the lack of “A” titles makes it seem less attractive. They need to get a major chain to book it, or double book with Arclight.

BRADE48 commented about AMC Criterion 6 on Dec 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm

This is the one screen in SM that should remain open. The AMC7 and the BROADWAY 4 are awful. Maybe SM should have less screens, it is probably the boost Westwood needs.

BRADE48 commented about La Jolla Village Cinemas on Dec 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

The AMC will probably close or become a 2nd run theatre.

BRADE48 commented about AMC Dine-In Theatres Marina 6 on Dec 3, 2012 at 10:04 am

I’m never going to be convinced this is a good thing. I hate interuptions and talking during films. IMO this will never replace Arclight as far as quality in film exhibition. Common…Really? If this is the future of Cinema then I am going to quit going. AMC is killing film exhibition. They are the worst.

BRADE48 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

RE: HOBBIT: yes, it looks like in addition to the Main theatre it is in all 6 screens in the other theatre.

BRADE48 commented about NGC's Fine Arts Theatre exterior on Aug 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I wish I had the money to re-open the Fine Arts. I’d show only French films.

BRADE48 commented about Director supporting efforts to maximize number of 70mm showings of '"The Master" across the country on Aug 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Looks like the Village, Westwood is not going to happen. The article seems to indicate ArcLight instead. Too bad.

BRADE48 commented about Sundance Cinemas to open in late August on Aug 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Looks great. I cannot wait for it to re-open. I’ve missed having a theatre there.

BRADE48 commented about iPic Westwood on Aug 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I don’t know. don’t know what the other theatres are in the areas those movies are playing. I’m just guessing that “unless double booked” big blockbusters are not going to show in a 80 seat screen when there are 1,000 seats across Wilshire Blvd. But it is just spectulation on my part, who knows these days. It may not be the powerhouse it once was but I think there is still respect for the Village, studios are still buying big murals for the tower, it still hold premieres there and it may have a 70mm exclusive of The Master this fall. Maybe since iPic theatres are essentially restuarants that show movies they will get day and date with the Village.

BRADE48 commented about iPic Westwood on Aug 5, 2012 at 11:55 am

There is no chance a film like Dark Knight Rises will get a booking at the iPic over the Village. Regardless of it is sells out or not the Village has more seats and with a film like that a studio wants as many seats as possible. Also, Regency is an official theatre chain. They now have the muscle to outbid iPic because of the other screens they operate.

iPic will get smaller films, maybe indie and some foreign and move overs. They will get films first run films like The Watch and Hope Springs. Dark Knight perhaps on a move-over. In the meantime The Landmark will probably continue to get the return customers, the film lovers who want to just see a movie. iPIc will not cut into that audience.

BRADE48 commented about iPic Westwood on Aug 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

At this point I would say it is safe to assume that Westwood is a dead theatre district. It is gone the way of Beverly Hills. There is no reason to Arclight the Village, re-open the Crest or even attempt to make a success of the Avco. Westwood has had its day and I think it is time to put the final nail in the coffin. It is now kind of like a Los Feliz type of zone.

The Dinner theatre is a different subject; Yeah I know they are popular NOW, but it is a novelty and novelties always ware off. My bet is this AVCO will open nicely but will be gone 10 years from now

BRADE48 commented about Royal Theatre on Aug 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Looks like this weekend is the closing weekend. The Laemmle website only has showtimes through Sunday the 5th.

BRADE48 commented about iPic Westwood on Aug 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I think exhibitors are going the wrong direction. They are compromising presentation for profit and driving people away. I’m spoiled because I grew up with the greatest theatres in Los Angeles, All of Westwood, The Plitt Century Plaza, Picwood, The Criterion, Aero, Wilshire Santa Monica, Monica TWINS, a slew of single screens in Beverly Hills and a Blvd of theatres in Hollywood including the Pantages to see films.

We actually almost lost the Dome when the Arclight was being designed. Thankfully it did not happen, now the Arclight saved the Dome and remains an important venue for films.

AMC monster plexes, the DINNER theatres, the over-hyped 3D and IMAX IMO have destroyed the integrity of film Exhibition. There is rumor of a exclusive 70MM showing of PT Anderson’s The Master at the Village Westwood. That would be wonderful…I’ll be there.

The plans for the AVCO are really sad and desperate. There is nothing appealing to me about it and I think it will fail.

BRADE48 commented about iPic Westwood on Aug 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm

This is awful. People are rude and unruly as it is in movies these days. Can’t people stop eating long enough to watch a damn movie? Film exhibition is in the toilet. If it weren’t for Arclight Hollywood and hanging on Village I don’t think I would ever go to the movies.

BRADE48 commented about Sundance Cinemas Sunset 5 on Aug 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

About time. I’ve missed having theatres in that location.

BRADE48 commented about Regency Village Theatre on Jul 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I worked at the Village when they showed 70MM films. There was a period when we had one right after another. Good for Regency and for the Village.

BRADE48 commented about Westminster 10 on Jun 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

This theatre appears to be taken over by Regency begining June 15.

BRADE48 commented about The Landmark on May 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I did appreciate it was still film being projected. It reminded me a bit of the Sunset 5 more than Arclight.

BRADE48 commented about The Landmark on May 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Okay, so after 5 years I decided to make a visit to The Landmark yesterday. I wanted to see Polisse and this was my only theatre choice. Overall, the service was good and the theatres look nice. I’m still going to say Arclight Hollywood is a stronger venue. The Landmark’s screens are way too close to the seating; Arclight Hollywood has more space between 1st row and the screens and overall has better sightlines. For the film I saw the Landmark was sufficient. But I do not see me going there unless totally necessary.

BRADE48 commented about Mann Westwood 4 on May 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Nothing replaced the National. The Village and Bruin are well kept and still as wonderful as they have ever been. The Villag, Bruin and Landmark Regent are the only operating theatres in Westwood Village currently.

BRADE48 commented about Regency Village Theatre on May 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

The new operators do feel the history of the Village and Bruin. I’d guess they knew they are not cash cows like they once were. But they are so iconic that I think they really helped legitimize Regency theatres. I would guess they are not exactly seeing huge profits.

That is my take on it.

BRADE48 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Mar 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I’ll try to check it out. It will be insane though. Hopefully people will go to appreciate the theatre and will sit back and absorb and appreciate the films.

BRADE48 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Mar 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm

The Chinese seems to be doing worse than better since Mann sold it. They have not had a big release since last Summer with Harry Potter. The Reserved Seating is silly considering there is no reason to expect a sell out. It seems like the Chinese is just a tourist attraction and a venue for premieres and nothing else.

BRADE48 commented about Mann Festival Theater on Mar 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm

The first row of the balcony was perfect. Back when it was the UA Westwood was when the theatre was the best. It along with the Regent and Plaza where were many indie and now Cult films opened with big, big crowds. I still remember seeing Robert Altman’s 3 Women there and coming out thinking WTF??? :–) I was 14 years only and just did not get it.

This theatre and the National being gone hurt more than the loss of the Avco in my opinion. Sadly this will never see the light of day again as a movie theatre.