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Agreed Flix70. Reserved seats in the Dome are the best thing ever. I have 2 specific locations I like to sit and reserved seating insures I have the seats I want without having to wait (sometimes hours) to get them. When we went to Grauman’s for the final Harry Potter (and this was before they moved to reserved seating there) we arrived around 9:30 for the midnight show and were already down Hollywood Blvd and around Orange. When we were finally let in, there was row after row of great seats covered with long Harry Potter scarves because 2 or 3 people were staking claim to nearly entire rows for friends that hadn’t arrived yet. My friend and I (who, again, both arrived 2+ hours early were relegated to the back corner, second from last row. I’ve NEVER, in the 100+ times I’ve been to the Arclight, had a bad seat there. Not once. To me, that’s why reserved seating is so great.
I’m on their email list and heard NOTHING about a screening of Roger Rabbit. That really depresses me because I would have liked to be there. I just went back through all of my email “mailers” and not a single mention of Rollback Thursday or Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
But the problem is that it doesn’t really live on… at least not in the way that it was know and loved for. I saw Empire Strikes Back here in the early summer of 1980 and it shaped my life. Not just the movie but this particular theater and the experience it housed. It created my love of movies and the movie-going experience, influenced me to work in the theater business and, now, the movie business, and is one of the single strongest memories I have from my childhood. So from the sounds of it, they’re pretty much gutting the place to turn 4 screens to 6, add a kitchen, and generally create glorified living rooms (with screens that I’m sure will be about as cinematic as most living rooms). Then again, AMC pretty much killed any magic the AVCO had when they butchered the premiere screen downstairs. All I know is that the iPic version of the AVCO will be about as impressive and transformative a theater as that dirt lot that sits where the National used to be.
Wow!! 480 seats spread across 6 screens! And sorry, I don’t want servers summoned into the theater at the push of a button. People talking during movies is bad enough, now we have to get ready for people ordering food and drinks during the show? The biggest problem with theaters today is that people act like they are in their living rooms. Now a chain is going out of its way to totally recreate that environment. I guarantee you that when it comes to picking a theater, iPic a different one.
Monday evening Ben Hur added in the Dome for all those that couldn’t get away on Mother’s Day.
Actually, tickets are available now.
FINALLY!!! I was wondering how long it would take Arclight to remember they had the Cinerama Dome (which is actually equipped to show great classic films rather than simply being a 3D surcharge machine, which it’s terrible at). After all of the recent Arclight Presents sell outs maybe they’re getting wise again. Too bad it took them beyond Raiders and The Exorcist to realize it. I will definitely be there in full force.
“Only 400?” For a movie that just made $150M in 3 days, over 400 for the late show on opening night sadly indicates most people have abandoned this theater. I remember going to the 10:30pm opening night show of Daredevil at the Village 9 years ago and it was nearly sold out (and that movie only made $45m opening weekend). The Village SHOULD HAVE been sold out. Just a few years ago it would have been.
If I’m not mistaken, it was fall of 1993 that the main house was twinned to create a totally useless 4-plex.
They should have a least tried to grab up Phantom Menace in 2D. If Arclight has no interest in offering to their customers, the Chinese should be allowed to have it. I am surprised that the studios are letting Arclight dump so much product on The Chinese so quickly. Man on a Ledge goes to the Chinese after only 2 weeks and it looks like Universal is releasing Arclight of their engagement of Big Miracle after only 1 week. I wonder if The Chinese is eager and happy to take these films off Arclight’s hands and that’s why Arclight’s able to move them out so fast. Seems incredibly sad to see the once great and mighty Chinese picking through Arclight’s trash just to get a nibble of something.
The Royal is like watching a movie projected in a hallway.
I just don’t understand why, if you’re going to spend that kind of money on renovating that theater, you wouldn’t at least consider restoring the original screen downstairs (something that might actually appeal to film fans). I doubt, however, that the new operator even has any knowledge of what the Avco used to be. They’re moving in to basically do what drove people away in the first place; twinning what’s left and carving it up even more. I can’t imagine wanting to see anything in a theater with only 150 seats, and that’s the BIG auditorium. I agree with what Greg Laemmle said in that article with regard to the companies involved being more interested in being restaurateurs and bartenders than film exhibitors. Sorry, but the Avco ended up in about the worst hands it could have. I had initially held out hope that we may get someone in there who really remembered how important this theater was historically in Los Angeles and what it really could have been again, but instead we got another slash and burn “entrepreneur” to make this theater even less desirable than it has been for nearly 20 years.
Countdown to bankruptcy/re-closure in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…
Was at the Arclight tonight to see M:I 4 and noticed a sizeable improvement in the digital projection in the Dome. I asked around after the show and my suspicions were confirmed… The Dome actually recently installed a newer 4k projector to replace the older NEC 2k they’ve been using for a few years. While it didn’t solve the geometric and cross wash issues the Dome has always had, it seemed noticeably brighter and much more detailed without all the chromatic aberration that frequently accompanied the older NECs. I was impressed. I doubt it will address the issues of 3D in the Dome, but I was pleasantly surprised at how great the 2D image from this new projector looked on that big screen.
Well, Cinépolis doesn’t really strike me as “A really high-end movie theater” and “a really great movie theater and a reason to come back.”
And while I won’t hold my breath for a restoration of the big screen, there wouldn’t be a better time than now and there wouldn’t be a better way to make an impression for a new theater occupying the space.
This stood out…
Property manager Hope Hunter said the owners plan to bring in a new theater chain next year. ”A really high-end movie theater will be taking its place,” Hunter said. “We’re going to provide Westwood with a really great movie theater and a reason to come back.”
How awesome would it be if the new chain decided to restore the Avco’s original big screen? Has to be easier than splitting it was.
Pretty much packed for Raiders of the Lost Ark tonight. Fairly impressive considering the rain today.
Interestingly, Arclight is no longer listing Twilight: Breaking Dawn 1 as playing in Hollywood (they had it up for sale for a few days and now it’s no longer there the last day or two). Could be a temporary glitch or…
While I certainly wouldn’t see any Twilight at Grauman’s (or Arclight for that matter) it would be good to see this play at The Chinese if only to sell a lot of tickets for them.
Grauman’s is now reserved seating. Kind of excited by that, although it means the end of an era for long lines on Hollywood Blvd (although you could argue that Mann’s running the theater into the ground the past several years killed long lines on the Blvd).
Interestingly… The Chinese 6 (under the new owners) has implemented reserved seating for all auditoriums. I wonder if that means that Grauman’s could be next. Would be a great thing for seeing movies there (assuming that there are good one booked).
Wow, so now Arclight is withholding 2D showtimes in favor of forcing more 3D. Conan is opening this weekend and is getting 5 Dome showtimes in 3D, but they’re only offering 3 2D showtimes (at 1, 7, and midnight) on the weekends and only 2 (TWO) 2D shows during the week. Arclight Pasadena gets 6 3D showtimes of Fright Night everyday and 0 (zero, ZERO) 2D showtimes.
As people have, more and more, started choosing 2D showtimes over mediocre and overpriced 3D options Arclight has answered back… “If you won’t choose the overpriced, mediocre presentation on your own, we’ll just remove any other options.” Bravo Arclight. Do you actually care AT ALL about your customers anymore or is it just about how many extra dollars you can squeeze out per seat now?
I actually said that same thing a long time ago. Mann built a great 80s/90s complex, except they built it in 2001. 6 adjacent theaters wasn’t enough in the current exhibition climate and only a few months later Arclight added 14 screens to the nearby Dome. Arclight’s booking power over The Chinese actually often has less to do with ‘chain vs non-chain’ and about how many seats/weeks Arclight can offer studios that The Chinese just doesn’t have the capacity for. The Chinese doesn’t have the move-over space/power to one-up Arclight a lot of time. For example, Arclight Sherman Oaks is now currently showing Harry Potter 7.2 on one screen with less than 100 seats per showtime. The Chinese, by comparison, still has it on 3 of the 6 adjacent screens (2 of them still 3D) and well over 100 seats per show. That’s more than likely what they had to offer Warner to book HP 7.2 back in mid-July.
I said it before and I’ll say it again… the day they opened Sherman Oaks they pushed aside what had made the Hollywood location so great and became more focused on creating a “chain” rather than maintaining a respectable brand. They took something that was unique and worth the additional surcharge and dumbed it down to go into the neighborhood multiplex business. Just take a look at their Facebook page and you’ll see they’re so busy creating dumb polls, doing trivia, and giving away T-shirts that they don’t have time to actually attend to someone with a grievance or see that their presentations are up to the standards that they, themselves, originally employed.
There used to be nothing to complain about when you saw an Arclight show and now they’re almost as bad as going to an AMC or Regal theater with texting audiences or poor projection or sound. I complained about the awful Transformers shows back in June and after ignoring my complaints on several occasions, I told them I wouldn’t be back for at least the rest of the summer to see anything else there and I held my ground. I’ve not been back there since June. It’s nothing they’ll feel, but I’m not going to reward someone who blatantly screws over paying customers (word was that they didn’t fix the Dome projectors showing Transformers 3 for AT LEAST a week). Arclight used to be something special, now it’s more or less the same as any other chain and that’s sad.
With all due respect… this isn’t YOUR Facebook. The discussion here doesn’t need to fit the requirements of what YOU think should and shouldn’t be discussed. While you feel the purpose of Cinema Treasures is for paying recognition and remembrances of theaters, some of us don’t feel like simply posting eulogies (which is what you posted and are advocating). We had to do so far too often for our liking.
The Chinese and the Arclight exist within their own ecosystem (The El Capitan exists outside of this because of their Disney exclusivity), so what one does affects the other. That’s why people often discuss what’s happening where. And, by the way… the people making those comments are generally people still patronizing the Chinese helping to keep its door open. This site shouldn’t be devoted only to memories of theaters we’ve lost or are losing, but also to the day to day success and struggles of them as well. And I KNOW Cinema Treasures would agree with me.
Makes sense. Just odd that they don’t have it listed yet. I just hope the Chinese doesn’t end up with Conan 3D.