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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.
Both the Chinese and the Chinese 6 now have tickets on sale for Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Now that we know Chinese IMAX and Arclight Hollywood will be playing Gravity simultaneously the question are will the Chinese 6 be showing alternate showtimes as well (no listings yet on the website) and could the Chinese share future bookings with other theaters like the El Capitan (Episode VII playing across the street from each other!!).
The Seattle Cinerama books the same films as a Regal and AMC that are only blocks away.
Thanks for the update Escott. I really hope it all works out. I am just sorry my next trip down to LA will be before it reopens.
Chris: if you are ever in Seattle, give me a shout. The Cinerama awaits you.
What about the Chinese 6? Will it be playing the same titles in standard 2D or 3D that the Chinese will be playing in IMAX? Will the Arclight or El Capitan be sharing those titles like they did the last Terminator film? Are they doing anything to upgrade the Chinese 6? Have not been there in a couple years…
Looks to be occupied and showing Indian films.
Is there a list out there of what 70mm prints survive?
Are those exit doors in the middle of the screen?
The Oak Tree opened with Top Gun in 70mm THX and Rocky IV in 70mm and 4 other films in 35mm. At least 2 of the 3 larger houses were 70mm capable.
Never a big fan of early 80’s AMC but visited it quite a bit in its busy early years as a teen. Lots of memories! 1983 was quite the screen expansion in Tacoma: SRO’s Tacoma West added 2 screens to its 3, SRO’s Tacoma South 5 opened, and AMC opened the Narrows Plaza 8. Nearby that year AMC also opened the Center Plaza 6 (renamed SeaTac 12 North) and Luxury Theatres opened the crap-tastic Puyallup 6.
Prior to 1983 the Tacoma area had only a handful of multiplexes: The SRO Tacoma Mall Twin and Tacoma West 3, the South Tacoma Village which had just expanded to 4 tiny screens and in Lakewood the GCC Villa Plaza I-II-III. Single Screeners were very common. In Tacoma: The Temple, Rialto, Roxy (Pantages), Narrows (not the AMC), Bijou (Blue Mouse). Also nearby single screeners: The Lakewood, The Parkland and Puyallup’s Liberty. Also – 3 drive-ins.
Now closed! Never a big fan of early 80’s AMC but visited it quite a bit in its busy early years as a teen. Lots of memories! 1983 was quite the screen expansion in Tacoma: SRO’s Tacoma West added 2 screens to its 3, SRO’s Tacoma South 5 opened, and AMC opened the Narrows Plaza 8. Nearby that year AMC also opened the Center Plaza 6 (renamed SeaTac 12 North) and Luxury Theatres opened the crap-tastic Puyallup 6.
Times have changed.
Here is the link for their fund-raiser:
I grew up in this neighborhood and saw many films at the Blue Mouse (was then called The Bijou). Back then it was operated by the Galaxy Theater chain (no relation to the current chain of the same name) and then independently. Hope it survives.
I peek at their website now and then and what frustrates me is that aside from Rocky Horror, they only show 1 film a week with one evening showtime at 7PM and an additional weekend matinee at 4:30PM. If I ran the place I would get more aggressive and show at least 2 (very different) films with separate admissions – 1 at 7PM the 2nd at 9:30PM with weekend matinees at 2PM and 4:30PM respectively. Might throw in a kids matinee or classic series on weekends at noon. If you want people to come to your theatre, shouldn’t you have a full schedule?