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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.
The AMC website lists ticket prices as much cheaper than the LA Times article above — $10 matinee, $12.50 evening.
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.
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.
Reopened now as a luxury cinema: http://portnewport.com/calendar/
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.
Seems like a great property for Regency to pick up, though it’ll probably become retail given the popularity of the mall.
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.
Yes, early reports were correct — there was one installed in #3.
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).
I confirmed with a few people who saw the movie that the 70mm prints are matted to 1.85 as well.
It IS showing in the Dome in 70mm. Tickets are already onsale.
They were wrong about the Village engagement and now, with the Dome pre-selling in 70mm, I think they’re wrong about auditorium #3.
That’s closer to Sunset 5 bookings than I would have guessed. Several of those are/will be available on simultaneous VOD.
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.
Maybe they’re not allowed to run the new print on a platter? They don’t have changeover 70MM in there now.
Has been equipped with a 4K NEC projector with 3-D capability. Will run DCPs of the traditional classic fare all July…
Complete lowdown here
In late July or early August, the Royal will close to be carved up into a three-screen. The marquee will be removed and replaced.
The story ain’t pretty, but this is the sad reality of current exhibition.
At least they plan to keep the screen size of the big auditorium…
Hopefully, they’ll run a few classics on 70 to commemorate the theater’s run.
It’s being put on by Playboy/Hugh Hefner, who has an affinity for film, and the website says nothing of digital (it normally reads “Digital Presentation”), so I’d say there’s a semi-good chance these are archival prints. Will need to get confirmation, though.
The big houses (5 or 6 of them) are really pretty good. The rest are crummy shoe-boxes.
That’s a question for John Sittig. I don’t see why it would, though.
The entire ArcLight Chain is now Christie Solaria… so I guess no more NEC. http://collider.com/hobbit-arclight-hollywood-cinerama-dome-digital-conversion/162066/
And what do you mean by “original design”? Even the Chinese has been remodeled.
It depends on what the latest opening date you’re willing to accept is and how you’re defining palace (do you mean built in the palace era?). From your criteria, the (Regency) Village is a good start.
Wow! Hadn’t heard of this. Thanks for the link.