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Looking up the hallway in the 1985 expansion. Auditorium #6 is on right just past the pictures. 5, 4, 3 are further down in the original 1980 building.
Went there with my youngest today to catch Penguins of Madagascar and the friendly employee told me that they had reached an agreement with the property owner and will be upgrading soon with “new seats and digital projection”. Digital conversion starts in the next couple weeks. Did not get any clarification if the new seats would be the recliners.
I am happy the Factoria will have new life but sad about the loss of 35mm and that the theater will lose some SRO-ness.
If AMC is investing in upgrading the theater I wonder if they will finally take down the confusing Cineplex Odeon signage outside. Aside from the box-office there is nothing that says AMC on the exterior of the theater. Last time I went a confused patron walked up to the box office and asked where the AMC Loews theater was located, not knowing he had already found it.
The Cinerama plays day and date with AMC and Regal multiplexes less than a mile away and also the 21+ Big Picture screening room a few blocks away. The next Hunger Games will play one at one of the multiplexes on several screens and likely and the Big Picture as well. So the seat reduction is not too big a deal. I have rarely seen it sell out. The added legroom will probably increase ticket sales even with a reduced seat count (as it has for AMC). Adding beer and wine will also certainly add revenue and ticket sales as well.
I only wish it had opened in time to play Interstellar in 5/70. Hopefully they will get a print for one of their 70mm festivals (if they kept the equipment!!!)
Thanks Danny – so is everything presented in 1.90:1 and cropped? The only Digital IMAX presentation I have seen (at an AMC) was Thor: The Dark World. It seemed letterboxed on the screen but not to full 2.35.
I am curious if a 2.35 film would appear roughly the same size on the Chinese IMAX screen as it was on the old Chinese screen.
I am curious if anyone knows the info on image sizes for:
Current Chinese IMAX:
– when playing a film released 1.85:1
– when playing a film released 2.35:1
Is there any masking for unused screen?
What are the dimensions of the screen for full Digital IMAX?
Will any of this change when the go laser?
PRE-IMAX conversion:– what was the screen size for 1.85:1– what was the screen size for 2.35:1
Have not been able to make it yet to the Chinese post IMAX remodel.
70mm IMAX or 70mm 5-perf?
Still running 35mm. Word is they have a plan to create a 1st run 4-Plex out of it, but no financing in place for the upgrades and equipment.
I hope they don’t attempt to LieMax the place.
Hopefully somebody can update this theatre into a successful neighborhood theatre like The Majestic Bay in Ballard. West Seattle is one of the few under screened areas of Seattle.
I noticed the Factoria has showtimes on June 27th for the next Transformers movie. Did Paramount change their “no more 35mm” policy or did AMC install some digital projectors?
Who wants to take a picture and post the Friday LA Times Arclight/Pacific ad featuring the Chinese Theaters? Would love to see how they feature them compared to the other theaters.
Any ArcLight will spell the end for the AMC 7 and Broadway 4…unless they can play day and date for those who don’t want to pay ArcLight prices.
Also troublesome for the Laemmle. Look what the presence of the ArcLight did to the once popular Sunset 5 in it’s final Laemmle years.
Seems odd because there is an Arclight (direct competition) just around the corner from the Chinese. Why would they attempt to book desired films at the Chinese when they weigh preference on the Arclight/Cinerama Dome?
Thanks. Up in Seattle now and I miss the LA Times Theatre ads on Fridays.
RobertAlex or Chris: Can one of you snap a photo and post the a current Pacific Theaters listing in the LA Times with The Chinese Theatres listed? Would love to see it.
So essentially does this mean Pacific/Arclight books and manages the place and splits the profits (if any) with the owners?
I wish Landmark had had the some reaction to community support when they shut the NuWilshire in Santa Monica, Rialto in Pasadena, Egyptian in Seattle, etc. It seems that rather than having a chain of cozy art house theaters as they want to be another Arclight with venues like The Landmark in West LA.
Anyone know when AMC’s lease is up?
I have never seen anything Veronica Mars or Tyler Perry so I have no bias for or against them. Just going by basic numbers and trends. There was once a conservative film critic on the radio who railed against a film that I can’t remember but it obviously was against his principles and he hammered on the film as a “bomb” that “didn’t crack the top 10”. It was a limited art house release and it was disingenuous of him – he knew better – so I called him out on it. Ever since then I try to defend the relativity of “success”.
raysson – what you are not noticing is that Veronica Mars was a limited release at only 291 theaters but had a per screen average of $6233 which was higher than almost everything in the top 10 including 300. With its $2 million take opening weekend against a $6 million budget and factoring in VOD, DVD and other revenue streams this film will make a tidy profit. A film does not need to open in the mega-millions to be considered a success.
Single Moms Club was indeed in the top ten, opening at #5.
Does Arclight program the 6-plex as well?
Just took my daughter to see Frozen here in glorious 35mm. Excellent presentation on screen #5 (part of the original triplex). Note: they have Anchorman 2 but not Wolf of Wall St. or the new Paranormal film thus confirming Paramount has stopped 35mm releases. I really hope AMC does something to keep this place open. Not only for the theatre geek history but that it has plenty of parking & less crowds making it a great alternative to going through the pain of taking your kids to a movie in downtown Seattle and Bellevue.
“When the screen is expanded does that mean to the right and left like a proper 2.35 side masked screen in a normal theater?” – Sorry I meant once the lazers are unleashed.
When the screen is expanded does that mean to the right and left like a proper 2.35 side masked screen in a normal theater?
If so, what would that mean for “full IMAX” sequence in a narrower aspect ratio?
Or is the screen getting bigger and keeping the same dimensions?
I finally experienced LIEMAX at the AMC Century 15 and was shocked how small it was. Aside from booming sound the letterboxed image was no bigger than a usual mid-sized multiplex screen.
Escape Plan starts the Friday at both the Chinese 6 and the Arclight. Looks like the shared bookings will go beyond IMAX titles.
Chinese 6 now has showtimes for Gravity as well. I wonder if this will be the new booking pattern: Chinese complex plays IMAX titles, Arclight rejects and move-overs. Arclight plays anything they want. Will be interesting to see what happens with the next Disney IMAX title.