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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?

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markinthedark commented about Utah Theater Cancels 'Brokeback Mountain' on Jan 10, 2006 at 1:36 pm

Never thought this site would get so political!

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markinthedark commented about Utah Theater Cancels 'Brokeback Mountain' on Jan 9, 2006 at 9:51 pm

Here is another shining example of how the “righteous” will discriminate against a love story if it doesn’t conform to their codes of decency, yet allow allow gratuitous violence and mayhem to be shown without a problem. Is violence and killing more acceptable in today’s society? Megaplex Theatres seems to think so. They pull “Brokeback Mountain” from their theatre (clearly not a “business decision” evidenced by it’s stellar per-screen average around the country INCLUDING Salt Lake City) and yet have no problem showing “Hostel” which, according to the MPAA, features: “Brutal Scenes of Torture and Violence, Strong Sexual Content, Language and Drug Use”. What would you rather show your kids? If Jesus stepped up to the Box Office, which film would he rather see? It is not just this theatre. The MPAA has clearly been more lenient toward violence than sexual content for years. We can watch human beings be mowed down in bloody mayhem in an R-Rated (or even PG13-rated film) and yet “Henry and June” received an NC17 rating. Looking at the state of the world today, isn’t it better that the public be allowed to see a love story (albeit different and unconventional) rather than a grisly film whose sole purpose is to show carnage for a thrill? Personally, I think both should get screen time, I am just tired of the hypocrisy.

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markinthedark commented about Pacific Sherman Oaks 5 on Dec 13, 2005 at 5:08 am

It was torn down a month or two ago. Pacific did not pick those 2 screens up when they took over operations from AMC.

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markinthedark commented about AMC AVCO Center on Oct 27, 2005 at 2:23 pm

Why couldn’t they have split one of the upper theatres. Such a shame…

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markinthedark commented about Century Plaza Cinemas on Oct 17, 2005 at 2:08 pm

Sorry, I have no before photos. But here are some closing weekend pictures:
http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=2112

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markinthedark commented about Pacific Sherman Oaks 5 on Oct 17, 2005 at 2:05 pm

Some pictures at:
http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=7239

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markinthedark commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Oct 17, 2005 at 2:03 pm

Some pictures posted at:
http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=2114
Check out the screen size in relation to the exit door…

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markinthedark commented about Northgate Theatre on Oct 8, 2005 at 7:34 am

Just flew over it 2 days ago and it is still standing.

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markinthedark commented about Northgate Theatre on Oct 8, 2005 at 7:31 am

Just flew over it 2 days ago and it is still standing.

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markinthedark commented about Cecchi Gori F.A. Cinema on Oct 5, 2005 at 8:15 am

Any news on what is happening to the theatre?