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This theater is closing tonight. Does anyone know if it is permanent? I’ll be in LA this weekend and I was hoping to go there.
I have worked in theaters with curved screens and with steep projection angles without such problems. It’s all in filing the aperature plate to compensate.
No, Loew’s never operated the State. I used to work there until it closed in 1981, and it was operated by Neighborhood Theatres, Inc.
I’m wondering if that is the theater that later became Barney’s, and was later operated as the Remmie around 1965. It seems to be the same location.
Go to the Richmond Public Library and ask for the movie theatre file. It is full of pictures and has a great picture of the Bellvue auditorium and stage curtains.
There are several in the Los Angeles area: The Vista, Regent, Village, Bruin, and Gardena. The Cinerama Dome is still intact, although a large cinema complex has been built onto it.
It is not deeply curved, just the normal curve that CinemaScope screens were originally delivered with.
I visited the Nuart on Sunday, and I thought it was a very nice place to see a movie. They have a curtain and a curved screen, which I like in a theater. I think they could flood their curtain with more light to make it stand out, but at least they have one and use it.
Whay a coincidence. I was also there for “The Warriors”, and was surprised at the quality of the print for such an old movie. I had no idea it was from 1979 until I read the copyright date on the end credits. I live in Virginia, but in my travels I seek out single screen theaters to visit. I guess I live in the past, but I enjoy experiencing movies the way I remember from my youth.
I visited this theater last night and was disappointed to see that there was no curtain. There was also no side masking to close in for flat pictures. And there was a mark across the whole screen about a foot up from the bottom. A good point, however, is that the projection was excellent. It was focused the minute it hit the screen. As a retired projectionist, I am always critical of the projection. But the projectionist at the Bay gets an A+ from me.
I just visited this theatre to see “The Great Victor Herbert.” The organ concert before the movie and during the silent comedy was outstanding. I was disappointed that the movie was a DVD, and the quality was poor. There was no contrast in the picture. Blacks were light gray. And the sound and picture were out of sync. I was hoping for a 35mm print, but it didn’t happen. At the end, the letters DVD appeared on the screen.
I just visited the Palace yesterday to see Carnage". I was disappointed to see they just had eight patrons in the audience. I enjoyed my visit. I noticed they still have two projectors and make changeovers. Projection was very good, except there was no side masking to close in for a flat picture. Even the scope picture has a lot of screen left over on both sides. Movable masking legs would make a big difference. I like the fact that they still have a curtain, and they use it.
I just wonder how a drive-in could operate in Alaska. In winter, it is too cold to go to a drive-in, and in summer, with so many hours of daylight, I imagine they had to start very late. I worked at drive-ins in Richmond, Virginia, and in the summer it was nine o'clock or later before we could start. And most of our drive-ins closed up in the winter.
I love this theatre. It has a huge curved screen and perfect projection. Many independent films are shown here. I make it a point to eat and see a movie here every time I get to Anchorage.
I worked there occasionally as a projectionist when it was a single-screener. The Simplex X-Ls and Peerless Hi-Candescent carbon arc lamps put out a beautiful picture, both flat and scope. I still drive by it occasionally, and it is sad to see it with the screens missing.
Does that mean it’s reopened?
I’ve only been there three times, and each time I was in Cinema 4 upstairs. Do the other auditoriums look the same? Cinema 4 is pretty big for a multiplex auditorium.
I was there today to see “Hugo”. Although I prefer the single screen theatres in Westwood, it is still sad to see this place close.
Thanks for the information, William. Cineplex Odeon bought most of our union theatres in Richmond, Virginia, and we had a great contract with them. They even gave us a nice bonus when they sold the theatres. When Regal took over, we got a two-year contract, then they refused to negotiate another contract. We took them to court and won a big settlement, but we didn’t return to work. That was the end of Local 370. I’m sorry to hear that the Westwood theatres no longer have projectionists, as I always enjoyed going to them because of their high-quality presentations. The Regent is the only Westwood theatre where the presentation was below par on my visits.
I hope it is only a temporary closing. I make an effort see a movie at the Crest or other single-screen houses whenever I visit Los Angeles. When I was there in August, it looked perfect in every way. I don’t see where it needs any renovations, unless it is for something that isn’t visible, such as the roof, or the plumbing.
I am a retired union projectionist, and on my travels around the country I seek out single-screen theaters. I visited the Gardena a few years ago and liked it very much, except for the fact that they didn’t have a CinemaScope screen. Everything was shown in 1.85:1, which resulted in the edges being cut off on a scope picture.
In the 1958 movie “The Colossus of New York”, there is a street view and the Crotona Theatre can clearly be seen. It is near the beginning of the movie. It was still operating as a theater at the time.
I saw “One Day” at the Regent at the 4:35 matinee, and it drew a pretty good crowd. I noticed that the past two times I have been to the Regent, the picture was a little out of focus? Don’t they have a projectionist, or do they share him with the Village and Bruin? I was a union projectionist in Virginia for 30 years, and I checked my focus constantly and fine-tuned it when necessary. Apparently, they just turn it on and walk away from it. If I report it, the employee looks in at the picture and says it looks okay to them.
I was there on Sunday for the 1:30 showing of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, which drew a very big crowd for a matinee. The theater is beautiful and the projection was perfect. I like the fact that they have screen curtains. Last time I went there, about ten years ago, they didn’t. The only minus is that the curtains look too modern for that theatre. A shiny gold curtain flooded with red lights would look better with the classic decor. By the way, I live in Virginia, and whenever I travel I make it a point to visit single screen theaters. On this trip west, I visited the Vista, the Crest, and the Regent.
I was there last week, and it is still a beautiful theater. The red screen curtains still say Majestic Crest, and they still use a Carmike policy trailer. I saw “Fright Night” on its opening day, and there were only 5 patrons at the 1:00 show. Sad.