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It is not reopened. THE LION KING was simply the last movie that they played. And at $4.5m, there is very little chance it will ever be open as a movie theater again.
Be glad they’re getting a new film.
However, it should be noted they have allowed people to go up to the balcony before/between shows. You just can’t sit up there, as of now.
Yeah, it could never break even with that lease-price. The one upside is maybe with so few Westwood theaters left, they will be able to do better. The Regent, for instance, is getting MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4 next week.
Plenty of rich Del Mar kids go to Cinépolis' $19.50 concept in San Diego. I assume that means the same for Newport.
Of all the Newport theaters, I’ve only been in Big Newport #1, which is great, of course. (Every time I find a chance to see something at the Lido, it’s Scope and I don’t want to watch a cropped image.) Can’t say I’m especially excited to try the Island now that it’s renovated.
This first weekend, Regal is not double-booking any movies at both the Big Newport and the Island. What was the protocol before the remodel?
I ask because, for instance, this means that SHERLOCK HOLMES 2 will not play the Big Newport. This instills in me the fear that more big event films might not get booked in the main BN auditorium.
If you remember the articles early this year (around April, IIRC), they said it would be turned into retail as part of a general revamping of the mall. Don’t know if the game-plan has changed since then.
The reason I don’t think it is an error is because the site showed through the 27th up until yesterday. They clearly went in and changed it.
Wow! That’s a new update — it was through Sunday up until today. My guess is they’re just sticking around until Thursday… a reliable source told me it was closing this week to make way for condos.
Culver Plaza, too. It’s a bad week for older multiplexes in Los Angeles.
As written above, Vintage is new the operator of the original 8 screens, with the twin closed. Showtimes are available on MovieFone the soonest of all the sites.
Janss went to Regency.
I hear the Culver Plaza is closing on Nov 27.
Do ALL the auditoriums have a fixed aspect ratio of about 2:1? Went here for the first time Friday… The digital projection allowed them to pillarbox 1.85 on the screen, with slivers of empty space on either side. I’m assuming that Scope shows still get cropped, as they have Sony 4k, meaning they couldn’t easily alter the image height for a letterbox effect.
It’s a lot like other late 80s/early 90s Edwards sites with the fixed aspect ratios, that distinct type of seat that rocks back and forth, and a strangely modern interior given the auditoriums themselves… Most reminded me of the Del Mar Highlands 8.
Full press release, which also includes news on Laemmle’s NoHo and Glendale (had they announced the latter before now?) projects: http://moviecitynews.com/2011/11/laemmle-theatres-announce-opening-of-new-seven-screen-complex-in-north-hollywood-closure-of-sunset-5-after-almost-20-years-of-operation/
Hearing that it will close at the end of the month and turn into a Sundance cinema.
Only about 50 people there for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN/LOVE AT FIRST BITE last night, which is sad — downtown could use something like this regularly. Hopefully it grows and can continue past December.
In the Village itself, yes, but the Crest long had a deal with the AMPCO Garage next to the library for $2 validation. That garage stopped operating at extended hours 2-3 years ago, meaning it only became an afternoons-only option.
LA Times article talks about Cinépolis in talks to run a Westwood location. Wonder if that means they’ll renovate (and further split) AVCO, which seems the likeliest. I found their Del Mar location to be disastrous (http://bit.ly/p2oST0), but I guess it’s better than the theater turning into condos.
Here’s the full LA Times piece: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-cinepolis-20111025,0,6531690.story
We all knew it was closing this year; you were two months off, bud. ;)
I went tonight, and it was indeed the last day of Mann operation (presumably all operation). It was the most scratched print I’ve ever seen — as if all the projectionists left a few weeks early — but it was still nice to see the place out. Hard to believe that it was probably the last time I’ll see the Mann Feature Presentation snipe…
Looks to be closing tonight.
Ah yeah, totally blanked. Was thinking WB.
Looks like they may be getting REAL STEAL (no showtimes for ArcLight yet, despite all three other locations on sale)… that would be a big booking for them.
They have booked almost exclusively Disney product during Carmike’s year. It’s just an impossible location now. Westwood is no longer a prime destination, on weekends you either have to $4 pay to park or get lucky finding a meter, and competition from the nearby megaplexes is heavy… Same reasons the other Westwood locations have fallen by the wayside over the past decade. Crazy to think that we will soon only have three and, if Landmark doesn’t re-up on the Regent, two, operating theaters left in the Village.
If it was definitely temporary, they wouldn’t be dropping Carmike and not specifying a completion date.