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markinthedark commented about 70mm Film Series Returns to the AFI Silver Theatre on Jun 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Is there a list out there of what 70mm prints survive?

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markinthedark commented about Eric Pilgrim Gardens on Jun 14, 2013 at 1:11 am

Are those exit doors in the middle of the screen?

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markinthedark commented about AMC Loews Oak Tree 6 on May 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

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.

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markinthedark commented about Tacoma 8-plex movie theater set to close on Feb 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm

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.

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markinthedark commented about Galaxy Narrows on Feb 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm

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.

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.

Times have changed.

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markinthedark commented about Blue Mouse Theater launches public appeal to fund acquisition of digital projection on Dec 7, 2012 at 11:43 am

Here is the link for their fund-raiser:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1355844229/help-save-the-blue-mouse-theatre

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?

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markinthedark commented about iPIC Westwood on Jul 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Operator will be iPic: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-ipic20120731,0,2155931.story

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markinthedark commented about Crest Cinema Center on Jul 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I am curious about the fate of the Crest with the impending demise of 35mm prints.

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markinthedark commented about Blue Mouse Theatre on Jul 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I am wondering about the fate of this theatre with the demise of 35mm projection.

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markinthedark commented about AMC Loews Factoria Cinemas on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

Since AMC has not converted this cinema to digital, something tells me it is not long for this world.

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markinthedark commented about Chakeres Theatres Upper Valley Mall Cinema 5 on May 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Does the main auditorium have a shadow box screen?

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markinthedark commented about iPIC Westwood on Apr 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm

No word leaked yet on new operator?

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markinthedark commented about Theater screen for sale on Mar 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Just goes to show how watered-down the IMAX brand has become: they are installing “IMAX” in an auditorium that could only handle a 38'x16' screen.

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markinthedark commented about iPIC Westwood on Jan 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

I am curious how they plan to break up the auditoriums and where they plan to put the kitchen.

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markinthedark commented about AMC Loews Factoria Cinemas on Jan 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

I always assumed it started life as a 5-plex, but a recent posting on Cinematour lists “Raiders of the Lost Ark” opening at the Factoria 3. My best guess is the 3 northeast auditoriums came first, making the original place similar, if not identical, to the Totem Lake Cinemas and the Sehome Cinemas. Then the 2 larger auditoriums (one 70mm capable) were added to the west. Judging by the interior and comparable SRO builds they were pre-1983. The 3 southeast auditoriums were added in 1985 I believe. Their interior is post-1983 SRO. For anyone who was a fan of SRO Theatres (arguably the best chain in the Northwest in the late ‘70s and early '80s) this is a well preserved example of 2, if not 3 styles of their theatres. Unfortunately Cineplex Odeon took over the SRO chain in 1986. I don’t think this place will be around much longer. AMC has not converted it to digital, which it has done to everything else in the area, including (surprisingly) the Oak Tree 6 in Seattle (SRO’s last build in 1986).

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markinthedark commented about Crest Theatre on Dec 15, 2011 at 9:23 am

I just wish somebody could take the “Bigfoot” name off the Crest. I am sure Mission Impossible will give the Regent the biggest crowds it has had in a while. Decent theatre. Should get better bookings now that it is only one of 3 screens remaining in Westwood.

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markinthedark commented about iPIC Westwood on Dec 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Long Live GCC!

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markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Dec 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I always thought they could have fit 3 more screens in the Lobby of the 6-plex.

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markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Dec 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Is the “Ballroom” the lobby?

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markinthedark commented about Crest Theatre on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:08 am

“The owners are probably trying to sell it to someone to use as retail or a resturant.”

That worked so well for the NuWilshire.

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markinthedark commented about Culver Plaza Theatres on Nov 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Their website lists showtimes beyond the 27th.

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markinthedark commented about iPIC Westwood on Nov 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Is the Culver Plaza closing?

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markinthedark commented about Sundance Cinemas Sunset 5 on Nov 4, 2011 at 6:46 am

The Arclight and Grove really killed the Sunset 5 by stealing high profile independent films. The Sunset is unfortunately located right between those 2 so cannot play films showing at either one.

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markinthedark commented about Valley 6 Drive-In on Oct 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

For Puget Sound drive in buffs there is still the Skyline Drive In in Shelton, WA…its just on the other side of Puget Sound. http://www.skylinedrive-in.com/

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markinthedark commented about iPIC Westwood on Oct 25, 2011 at 11:44 am

I would think the Avco would be their only option is Westwood if they are not building from the ground up. I wonder if they are negotiating to take over the Mann in Westlake Village.