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markinthedark commented about Rialto Theatre on Nov 2, 2006 at 6:26 pm

Its too bad there are not any proper double-bill revival houses left in the Los Angeles area, with the notable exception of the New Beverly (where the presentation was a bit lacking a few years ago, but have sice upgraded to Dolby Stereo!) I was recently in Melbourne, Australia, and visited the Astor Theatre, a spectacular revival house combining old art-deco movie palace glamour, revival house programming, a large screen, and top-noch presentation (Dolby Digital, DTS Digital, and several 70mm engaements a month). This is the theatre I wish the Rialto could be (although the Rialto could never have a screen the size of the Astor’s). I think in the U.S. home video and DVD has killed off such theatres, even in cities such as LA. It’s too bad. There is nothing like seeing a classic on the big screen. I got some good pics of the Astor and plan to post them on Cinematour at some point. Until then you can see it at:

/theaters/1288/
and
http://www.cinematour.com/tour/au/150.html
and
http://www.astor-theatre.com/ (check out the calendar!)
If you are ever in Melbourne…

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on Jul 31, 2006 at 6:52 am

Saw a matinee of Superman Returns as a “farewell” to the theatre this weekend and found out that Mann has signed an additiona 6 month lease! That would get it through the holidays.

I got deeply nostalgic watching the traditional Superman opening credits in the National glorious 1970’s decor auditorium. Even the smell of the place reminded me seeing the original Superman as a kid at the Tacoma Mall Twin in 1978.

The National’s presentation was excellent as usual.

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markinthedark commented about National Theatre on Jul 1, 2006 at 5:26 pm

I love the above idea! Lots of 70mm engagements.

Question is: If Mann can’t make the National work, what could Regent do better?

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markinthedark commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on May 24, 2006 at 9:53 am

What irks me is that Mann added this pit to their roster, but is getting rid of the National, one of the best theatres in LA. If I were King, Pacific would take over the National and give it the Arclight treatment just like they did the dome.

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markinthedark commented about Curtain May Fall on Mann National on May 24, 2006 at 9:49 am

Last week the National shared Poseidon with the Bruin. Right now it is sharing The Da Vinci Code with the Festival. Next week’s schedule shows the National holding DaVinci, The Bruin getting The DaVince moved up from the Festival, which gets a Poseidon downgrade.

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markinthedark commented about Rialto Theatre on May 21, 2006 at 7:11 pm

The Rialto has gone with Summer Blockbuster programming with the opening of “The Da Vinci Code” this last Friday. Perhaps it is the only way it can survive with so many Laemmle screens in the area showing art house fare. The Landmark ad announced “New Digital Sound System”. I guess this means that Landmark intends to keep the theatre going…

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markinthedark commented about Long Island Theater To Bring Back 70mm on Apr 7, 2006 at 5:35 am

Perhaps someone with resources could do it with The National in Westwood when/if Mann gives up its lease. Where is Paul Allen when you need him (restored the Cinerama in Seattle).

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markinthedark commented about Long Island Theater To Bring Back 70mm on Apr 6, 2006 at 12:15 pm

Although we get our fair share of 70mm revivals here in Los Angles at the Cinematheque’s Egyptian and Aero theatres and the Arclight Cinemas among others, my dream would be to have a screen devoted to 70mm presentations. With the overscreening of many booking zones, it seems like an aging multiplex could do well to devote a screen for fans of 70mm in LA. Would probably do a heck of a letter better business than a second run movie at first run prices with 5 people in the audience. Do you know how well a 70mm revival of Raiders or Star Trek II would do in this town?

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markinthedark commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Feb 10, 2006 at 7:00 am

Anyone know what changes or upgrades have been done by Mann if any. It reopened very quickly…

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markinthedark commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Feb 7, 2006 at 12:45 pm

Photos posted here:

http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=2114

Taken a few months prior to closing. I counted a whopping 67 seats in that small auditorium.

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markinthedark commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Jan 28, 2006 at 6:10 pm

Interesting. Anyone know what happened to the 14th Screen? Perhaps a wall was broken through because the largest house had well over 200 as well as the 2nd largest (the 2 screens on the 9th floor, both with balconies).

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markinthedark commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Jan 27, 2006 at 5:33 am

Probably just a misprint…

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markinthedark commented about AMC - Loews Merger to Close Soon on Jan 23, 2006 at 10:41 am

In LA AMC got rid of most of its GCC acquisitions pretty quickly:
Glendale Cinemas
Sherman Oaks 1 & 2
Sherman Oaks 3-7
Hollywood Galaxy
Beverly Connection
They kept the Avco in Westwood and Redondo Beach Galleria

In Seattle Area they closed Everett Mall 1-3, and 4-10
They kept the Renton Village, Cinerama, and Pacific Place 11
Ironically, they closed their only last remaining AMC build in the Seattle area, Seatac North 6, soon after acquiring GCC, thus making all the theatres listed in the AMC ads in Seattle papers as ex-GCC.

This makes me wonder what AMC really gained out of acquiring GCC?

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markinthedark commented about Aurora Cinema I-II-III on Jan 19, 2006 at 6:08 pm

I think the theatre has been razed.

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markinthedark commented about Utah Theater Cancels 'Brokeback Mountain' on Jan 19, 2006 at 11:25 am

on IMDB today: “ ‘Brokeback’ Reaches Top of the Mountain

http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2006-01-19/

To sum it up: it was the #1 film not only per screen but in receipts on Tuesday after the Golden Globes.

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markinthedark commented about AMC - Loews Merger to Close Soon on Jan 19, 2006 at 5:57 am

I agree with Paul. Any Loews Cineplex that I have been to on the west coast could seem to only benefit under AMC management. AMC has some first-rate locations with recent builds. I am not a big fan of their older theaters, but even those are well maintained. I have never seen a plastic bag over a broken seat at an AMC theater…

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markinthedark commented about Tower Theatre on Jan 18, 2006 at 9:05 pm

Visited The Tower this evening during a prep for a film shoot. The theatre is very narrow indeed. I wonder if any 2.35:1 scope films ever played there, because the area where the screen would have been is narrow as well. Does anyone have any idea what the presentation was like after the theatre was remodeled in the ‘60’s?

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markinthedark commented about AMC - Loews Merger to Close Soon on Jan 18, 2006 at 8:22 pm

Check out the screen size at the Beverly Center in relation to the exit door here:

http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=2114

The are bigger home screening rooms….

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markinthedark commented about Rialto Theatre on Jan 18, 2006 at 4:14 pm

Does anyone know the fate of the Rialto? Lately it seems it has been playing an odd mix of films that are veering away from Landmark’s usual art fare (King Kong, Syriana, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Is this in response to the city of South Pasadena wanting more mainstream fare at the theatre? Also, how is the Rialto holding up to over-saturation of screens in Pasadena, including both mainstream and art cinemas?

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markinthedark commented about AMC - Loews Merger to Close Soon on Jan 18, 2006 at 2:00 pm

The Fine Arts and the Beverly Connection, right? Too bad the Beverly Connection was shuttered instead of the Beverly Center.

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markinthedark commented about Regent Theatre on Jan 18, 2006 at 1:49 pm

Landmark is a specialty chain that shows mostly independent and foreign films, yet lately they seem to have running a lot of mainstream Disney/Touchstone fare at the Regent. The Westside Pavillion, which Landmark operates a couple of miles away, still books independent and foreign films on its four screens. It is too bad they can’t book some of these at the Regent. The Westside Pavillion is small with small screens (especially for scope pictures!). The Regent has been wonderfully remodeled with all the motifs of an art house (old foreign fim posters, flyers for festivals, etc.) yet is showing Disney’s latest underdog basketball movie… What Gives? I used to like going to this theatre!

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markinthedark commented about AMC - Loews Merger to Close Soon on Jan 18, 2006 at 1:36 pm

Interesting comment above about AMC not playing indies and foreign films. What will become of the Uptown triplex in Seattle that Loews has been running as an art house? Here’s hoping Landmark takes over operations…

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markinthedark commented about AMC - Loews Merger to Close Soon on Jan 18, 2006 at 10:13 am

Does anyone think AMC will stamp their badge on the Beverly Center 13?

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markinthedark commented about AMC - Loews Merger to Close Soon on Jan 18, 2006 at 8:42 am

Very interesting. Anyone know the complete different assotment of brand builds that will now be under AMC? Here are the ones I know from living on the west coast:
AMC
General Cinema
SRO (Sterling Recreation Organization)
Cineplex Odeon
Magic Johnson
Loews Cineplex

feel free to keep adding…

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markinthedark commented about AMC - Loews Merger to Close Soon on Jan 17, 2006 at 5:56 am

Anyone know who might take over the Meridian 16 in Seattle that Loews must divest?