Comments from Danny Baldwin

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Danny Baldwin commented about Crest Theatre on Apr 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I cannot believe this is happening but… It’s re-opening again! Miracles do happen.

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Danny Baldwin commented about AMC Burbank 16 on Apr 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

I, too, found the light level impressive, especially compared to the standard today, although I don’t think it’s going to change anyone’s mind on 3-D. If I were set on seeing a movie in 3-D, I would definitely go to (and pay extra for) a laser theater. But laser wouldn’t make me want to see something in 3-D that I was planning on otherwise seeing in 2-D.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Mar 23, 2013 at 7:19 pm

“East of Eden” and “Splendor in the Grass” are 35mm, the rest digital.

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Danny Baldwin commented about AMC Burbank 16 on Mar 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I’m going to check it out on the second weekend. Will report back if no one else has by that time.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Yeah, if it was Real D it could not possibly be 90 feet. The format doesn’t allow for a screen that big at the moment.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Dec 31, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Isn’t the maximum screen size for the Real D XL about 75'?

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Dec 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I believe they’re RealD and that’s why the screen size is now smaller than it was in past times.

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Danny Baldwin commented about La Jolla Village Cinemas on Dec 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm

No, AMC is actually upgrading to turn into a luxury theater—basically a Dine-In without the dining part—which I think will allow them to double-book with ArcLight. The question is why Landmark is getting a first-run blockbuster product in this case and not AMC, which has historically always gotten it.

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Danny Baldwin commented about La Jolla Village Cinemas on Dec 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

There’s a somewhat interesting booking phenomenon going on in La Jolla right now… Since the opening of the new ArcLight, both AMC and Landmark have been robbed for content. ArcLight is getting pretty much everything, as one might have guessed. But on December 14, Landmark, which has not played a big blockbuster in well over a decade, will be getting “The Hobbit” alongside the ArcLight. This is somewhat bizarre because, pre-ArcLight, AMC definitely would have been the one to get that film.

For those with knowledge of how booking works: Is it possible that WB was not satisfied with the amount of seats ArcLight could provide for “The Hobbit” (their auditoriums are rather small, only 3 exceed 200 seats), but ArcLight didn’t want AMC to get the film as they are a more direct competitor, so WB agreed to run the simultaneous engagement at the Landmark? This is the weirdest booking I have ever seen a local Landmark get.

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Danny Baldwin commented about AMC Dine-In Theatres Marina 6 on Dec 3, 2012 at 12:41 am

The AMC website lists ticket prices as much cheaper than the LA Times article above — $10 matinee, $12.50 evening.

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Danny Baldwin commented about UA Horton Plaza on Nov 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Name has officially been changed to “UA Horton Plaza 8” on Fandango. So they must have kept the first new auditorium down the left hall.

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Danny Baldwin commented about AMC La Jolla 12 on Nov 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm

AMC has now announced that the site will be converted to recliner seating in the Spring, but not a full Fork & Screen. One wonders if this will allow the theater to be classified as a “luxury theater,” thereby allowing AMC to book the same films that the new ArcLight La Jolla does. (ArcLight is, as expected, getting all the profitable stuff, leaving AMC the leftovers.)

When I asked AMC via Twitter if the addition of recliners would entail installing stadium risers, they responded that there would be “some.” There will have to be some level of remodel, I’m sure, because as it is, the recliners wouldn’t even fit through the doors of 8 of the auditoriums.

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Danny Baldwin commented about New Port Theatre on Nov 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

Reopened now as a luxury cinema: http://portnewport.com/calendar/

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Danny Baldwin commented about UA Horton Plaza on Oct 25, 2012 at 11:30 pm

They are now only running 8 (not 7) auditoriums (this has been the case for the past week and is the case for the next week). I would have thought the “new” addition was shut down, if not for the extra auditorium.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Tustin Marketplace 6 on Oct 22, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Seems like a great property for Regency to pick up, though it’ll probably become retail given the popularity of the mall.

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Danny Baldwin commented about iPic Westwood on Sep 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Brad— I don’t imagine double-booking will be a problem. The iPic less than a mile from the ArcLight Pasadena plays basically all the same stuff.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Sep 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Yes, early reports were correct — there was one installed in #3.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Sep 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm

For the Midnight screening specifically, yes… but sell-outs for this type of LA/NY exclusive are not at all rare. See: MOONRISE KINGDOM’s first week at the ArcLight. P-T-A has built a following that is close to Wes Anderson’s in terms of devotion. THERE WILL BE BLOOD sold out the two biggest auditoriums inside consistently for a week (albeit during the holidays).

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Danny Baldwin commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm

I confirmed with a few people who saw the movie that the 70mm prints are matted to 1.85 as well.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Aug 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm

It IS showing in the Dome in 70mm. Tickets are already onsale.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Aug 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm

They were wrong about the Village engagement and now, with the Dome pre-selling in 70mm, I think they’re wrong about auditorium #3.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Sundance Cinemas Sunset 5 on Aug 24, 2012 at 1:09 am

That’s closer to Sunset 5 bookings than I would have guessed. Several of those are/will be available on simultaneous VOD.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Regency Village Theatre on Jul 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I had figured the Dome would be a shoe-in for this. It’s great because The Village could actually have several sell-outs in a row, which rarely happens these days.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Jul 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Maybe they’re not allowed to run the new print on a platter? They don’t have changeover 70MM in there now.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Aero Theatre on Jun 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Has been equipped with a 4K NEC projector with 3-D capability. Will run DCPs of the traditional classic fare all July…

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