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DonSolosan commented about El Rey Theatre on Feb 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm

The El Rey is featured in CSI as a burlesque club, season 11, episode 12 “A Kiss Before Frying.”

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DonSolosan commented about Belasco Theatre on Jan 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm

It’s probably time to update the description, which claims that plans to convert the building to a nightclub “came to nothing.” In the past few years around $10 million has been spent renovating this building.

It’s not going to be a nightclub, but a multi-purpose venue similar to the Music Box in Hollywood. They have the large ballroom upstairs, the theater with leveled floor, dance floor, stage, bar, and in the balcony tables and seating, restaurants, a small bar, and a proposed jazz club downstairs.

I’ve been inside and they’ve done a wonderful job with the place, with many references to its rich heritage in their planning and design. Everything’s pretty much done (except the jazz club) and they’re preparing for a February opening.

The LAHTF will be presenting an All About soon, so stay tuned for details.

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DonSolosan commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I kind of doubt it. She divorced him several years ago.

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DonSolosan commented about Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Jan 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

Maybe trivial, Ray, but important nonetheless (at least to me, as a member of the LAHTF). Mistakes happen, things are misremembered, bad info is reported. It takes sharp-eyed people to weed out the mistakes and keep everything accurate. Thanks.

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DonSolosan commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

If you know something definite, you should say so. Otherwise, you’re just blowing smoke, like with that “Disney dumping the El Capitan” stuff.

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DonSolosan commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm

They do tours, but other than opening the forecourt up for free, yes, they’re lagging.

It would also be interesting to know what percentage of El Cap’s ticket sales are to tourists.

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DonSolosan commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

Interesting article on long-long footprint slabs from the Chinese…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41167127

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DonSolosan commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I suspect that’s only true for evening/weekend shows. I’ve sat in the center section for weekday performances and haven’t paid anywhere near that (and still got some pre-show entertainment).

According to a poster in another thread on another forum far, far away, Econ 101 logic is that people will always seek out the lower priced product. After all, it’s in their best interest to do so.

And yet, people are paying a premium to see shows at the El Cap. Why? Obviously people see the experience at the El Cap is being of a higher order than the experience at the local multiplex.

Now apply this logic to the Chinese, and you’re in business!

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DonSolosan commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Correction: apparently Disney had not yet found a buyer for the El Cap. That doesn’t mean they trying to dump it however, since they plan to stay in the building and keep programming the theater.

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DonSolosan commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm

“I don’t know how much the stage shows at the El Cap contribute to the gross.”

I don’t think it’s an issue of contributing to the gross, it’s about contributing to the experience. Once people perceive the added value, they’re willing to pay a premium ticket price.

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DonSolosan commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Disney is not trying to “dump” the El Cap. They sold the building yes, but have a long term lease. As others have noted, the El Capitan is the highest earning single screen theater in the country. The only reason it’s not really profitable is because Disney had to spend so much to restore it. But considering how high profile that place is, they’re quite happy with it.

Grauman’s has already been restored, so anyone turning it into a similar “event” theater would not incur all those costs. Assuming they wanted to do shows, they would have to redo the stage however.

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DonSolosan commented about Theater seats available on Jan 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

It wasn’t this post that alarmed people so much, it was posting the same info in other threads where it was unrelated to the subject matter. Thanks for understanding.

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DonSolosan commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm

What difference would that make?

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DonSolosan commented about Theater seats available on Jan 13, 2011 at 12:14 am

Thanks, CWalczak, I didn’t click on that because I thought it might be a link to their website…

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DonSolosan commented about Theater seats available on Jan 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Whose comments are not true? The issue is whether or not the OP is using Cinema Treasures as a platform to advertise his wares. I don’t mind seeing a company get promoted once in a while, but these seat guys seem to pop up over and over again. And if he’s spamming CT users with emails, then he’s really abusing the system.

John, which pages has he commented on?

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DonSolosan commented about Theater seats available on Jan 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm

If it’s true that he’s posting “across several pages,” I suggest you send a list to the Mods. They may ban him.

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DonSolosan commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Did Mann ever own the Chinese? As William says, they have a long term lease and they’ve been trying to sell the remaining years on the lease for the past three years.

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DonSolosan commented about Mayfair Theatre on Jan 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm

They’re presently digging out the space for the underground parking. The building next door, which was Angelo’s Pawn Shop, is gone. All that’s left is the facade, propped up with some girders.

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DonSolosan commented about Yale Theater on Dec 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm

After Hours Formal Wear gave way to Men’s Warehouse, and now the space is empty, looking for a new tenant.

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DonSolosan commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Dec 9, 2010 at 11:40 pm

This page covers Grauman’s and the six-plex next door, just as the Cinerama Dome page covers it and the Arclight.

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DonSolosan commented about AMC Loews Broadway 4 on Dec 8, 2010 at 11:25 am

There’s an article in today’s Santa Monica Daily Press about the attempt to close the Broadway. It starts on the front page:

http://www.smdp.com/pdf/120810.pdf

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DonSolosan commented about Variety Arts Center on Dec 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm

The last time I was in the neighborhood, the building was empty. However that was about five months ago, and something interesting could have happened in the meantime…

Note re: description at the top, it should read Times, not Tomes.

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DonSolosan commented about Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Nov 30, 2010 at 5:49 pm

LAHTF event has been postponed to new year. Will post new info as it arrives.

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DonSolosan commented about Regency Village Theatre on Nov 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I haven’t seen a laser pointer at a movie in several years.

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DonSolosan commented about Regency Village Theatre on Nov 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Not to mention your arrogance that every movie going experience, all over the country, is exactly like yours… very Trollish of you.