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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.
The projection in the latter years was truly some of the worst in San Diego (though, when they went digital, they were able to “letterbox” Scope pictures on the fixed 1.85 screens—before everything was cropped). But, along with the second-run La Paloma, it was one of the only places in North County to see independent and foreign film (which ran alongside Hollywood fare). Now, Landmark’s La Jolla Village Cinemas is the farthest North one can watch hot-ticket platform releases.
Now operated by Cinépolis as a luxury cinema. Still six screens.
Can now officially be marked as closed. I just found my pictures of the twin on the final day of their operation (which was final day of Mann operation, June of 2011).
Clearly, there is quite a bit of interest because it has nearly sold out the Dome. The 35mm show in one of the standard auditoriums has barely sold 50 seats by comparison.
It is! Though, that rendering makes it look like this location was like most every ‘80s/early '90s Edwards 'plex — meaning it probably had crummy fixed aspect ratio screens.
A 2K digital presentation compare to 70mm for a movie natively shot in Todd AO? That’s funny. But the usual digital presentations in there look good – I’m sure it will be passable.
No word on the titles yet, but…
HOLLYWOOD, (KABC) – Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is planning to offer 25-cent admission on select days in honor of the theater’s 85th birthday.
On Mondays, starting April 2, admission to the theater will only cost a quarter. That’s the same as it was on opening day in 1927.
On those Mondays, Grauman’s will show classic films which premiered there over the past eight decades. Locals and visitors alike should come and celebrate!
Especially considering that there were 900+ watching it at any given time at the Landmark and AMC Century City.
Yes, it did have a balcony. Not very big, but first row balcony was very good seating.
Does anyone have any information on the Ken pre-1947 remodel? Did it actually show movies before then?
We had a church in one auditorium when I worked at the AMC La Jolla 12… in fact, they effectively used three auditoriums, because the neighboring two had to be kept vacant during services because the singing/music were easily heard through the walls.
Goes all digital on Friday.
That’s a sign that it should be around for awhile longer, I think… which pleases me to no end, because I’m a sucker for ‘80s mall plexes.
Yeah, they’re open and doing well. Vintage just doesn’t update their website.
You’re right, Mark… and it’s always amazing how they’re able to fit a LieMax ratio screen into a space that once housed a side-masked Scope screen.
I’m speculating, but it appears as though it may have closed again tonight. The final showtime set was at 5:45 and there are no times listed for tomorrow and beyond.
It would make sense for Vintage to call it quits, especially with the Marketplace now re-opened.
The facilities aren’t as bad nowadays, save for the graffiti on the seats and general griminess. They have surround sound and (I’m pretty sure) movable masking. But the audiences are just as bad as Chris explained.