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Regency is keeping the Village booked with Warner Product. They have early Fall bookings for THE TOWN Sept 17, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT Oct 8 and Clint Eastwood’s HEREAFTER Oct 22.
Eat Pray Love is entering ist 5th week. Is the theatre now officially being run by the new owners. Is it going to remain a theatre after all?
I guess the brief flirtation with 3D at the Avco is over. Regency has booked all 3D movies for the next couple of months at the Bruin. RESIDENT EVIL this Friday, LEGENDS OF THE GUARDIANS Sept 24 and JACKASS 3D Oct 15. I also looks like the Bruin is the only theatre in Westwood capable of showing 3D.
Looks like the Chinese is getting Takers this weekend.
I old enough to remember seeing films at the Pantages. Great theatre to see movies in.
Is the AVCO closing?
Jackpot this week! :–) They may not be the best films, but at least they are new films. Let’s see…since Memorial day Grauman’s has had MacGruber, Splice, Predators, Cats & Dogs 2 and Lottery Ticket. The world’s most famous movie theatre cannot even get the top films any longer. Imagine being a tourist and wanting to see a film there and have these choices.
It looks like it is not getting better. HP7 one sheet has been hanging up at Arclight. So it looks like The Chinese is losing the one sure thing blockbuster they could still count on.
Looks like the Chinese is getting 4 NEW movies this week. PIRANAH 3D, NANNY McPHEE RETURNS, LOTTERY TICKET and VAMPIRE’S SUCK. This has to be some kind of record.
Whew! Thought Westwood was losing another one. I give Bucksbaum alot of credit and thanks for rescuing the theatre 7 years ago. Westwood village has always been my favorite theatre district and it hurts to see how it has turned out. The big empty lot where the National used to sit is still painful. On the plus side, my recent Village theatre visit to see Inception was great and I appreciate Regency’s commitment to it and the Bruin. I’ll have to go Saturday to the Crest to see Eat Pray Love and perhaps another trip to the Village to see Inception.
Last film with him as operator or last film at the Crest period?
Mann re-did thier website and wants people to be fans of Facebook. Difficult to be a fan of Mann theatres these days. But I did become of fan of Regency theatres.
The Crest has been limiting showtimes to 2 early evening showings only for Winter’s Bone. They probably figured to not show anything this week in order to cut expenses. Operating the theatre even for minimum showings still costs. I’d bet the electric bill is enough to choke a cow.
I’m surprised Mann hasn’t thought of this for the Chinese instead of playing to an empty audience.
I hope it is dying. It is a gimick and nothing more. If Hollywood would start being creative again they would not need to hide bad films under 3D. I hate it and always have.
Well, looks like the Chinese is not getting the next Harry Potter film in November. I was at Arclight and they had the HP7 one sheet posted as a Coming Attraction. Even though the bookings have been weak lately, Mann was still booking the Harry Potter films at the Chinese. They have had all 6 films up now now first run.
Mark, I do agree with you that locals pass on the Chinese sometimes because of the tourist congestion. I’ve given neighbors a nice tongue lashing out not patronizing the Chinese enough. :–)
The Chinese 6 theatres have turned into what the Galaxy was during its last couple years, a move-over house. The only new films booked into the Chinese 6 seem to be whatever is in the Main house or something like this weeks “Standing Ovation” which is a wide release that is looking for first run screens. The Chinese 6 also gets alot of kiddie films like “Alvin & Chipmunks” that Arclight passes on.
Actually Mark, I take back part of what I said. The studios may perfer Arclight over Chinese in some cases because they can provide more seats. This weekend INCEPTION sold out the DOME and 3 of the larger Arclight screens throughout the weekend. Chinese probably could not have offered that.
I do not think it is a matter of Paramount and WB wanting their films at Arclight; actually, they seem to be splitting the WB product between the 2 theatres. Mann has kept the Harry Potter franchise at the Chinese which is still huge. The jury is still out on HP7 later this year, if Mann is folding Arclight may out bit Mann for it.
Paramount seems to be releasing most of their films lately under the DreamWorks banner which always were booked at Arclight.
To me it has seemed like Mann has not cared. They pretty much book a new film to play a month in the main house, and use the 6 plex for move-overs, rentals, and film festivals. Film exhibition has not been top priority for Mann over the past couple years. If they really wanted some of these films, they could out bid Arclight. It appears they rather not. This is just my observation and I could be wrong.
I went to first show today of INCEPTION. Really liked the film and as usual the presentation was fantastic. Thank you Regency for talking over the theatre and keeping the Village a class act.
It does not say.
I found the leasing information, but they do not advertise a price. It is being listed as Theatre/Retail.
The oversaturation of nearby theatres really hurt Westwood in general. Regency knows the theatre are not what they used to be, and it seems like they are doing the premieres to supplement the income. Hopefully that will be enough to keep them operating them.
You have to wonder if they considered it at one time. The lease on the Village and Bruin are quite steep and to take on another screen that is not as popular made be too much for them. It has been a year already this month since Mann closed it. I’d wonder also if the owners would drop the lease amount in order to have it operated. Westwood is in a sad state now, owners will not get top dollar now for rents.
There is a For Lease sign, so it looks like it is still being utilized as a theatre. I noticed that the The Gardens (aka Hamlet Gardens) has closed.
Predators sounds about right for the type of films the Chinese has been getting lately. So what is the prediction on how long it will play at the Chinese? What crappy film in late August will replace it?
Laemmle Monica used to get many art house first run films day/date. Now it appears they open at Landmark 12 instead. The indies were more prominent before Landmark opened and SM had the Monica and NuWilshire as the premiere Art house theatres.