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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.
Official: It’s “closing for renovations” and dropping its relationship with Carmike, and Bigfoot declines to state whether it’s up for sale. That all sounds to me like the Crest may soon show its last movie. The closure will take place after SingAFest, which begins next weekend after “The Lion King 3D” ends its engagement. Full story at the LA Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/09/crest-theater-to-close-for-renovations.html
It’s all first run again starting this weekend. A bit of a stumper given that on the phone recording, the guy introduced the second-run shows as a new $5 promotion and “this week, we feature…” as if there was going to be a next week.
Full list is here — http://www.milliondollartheater.com/Archive_on_Broadway_CAL.pdf
I think I just wet my pants.
Like anything will ever be so full to need a reserved seat… Unless they improve bookings…
Two giant curved screens with 550 seats each would put the rest of the auditoriums at 58 seats each. Not happening. Even Hollywood, which has around double that seating capacity, maxes out at 430 for the big screens.
I read a Facebook rumor (and only that, mind you) that the Crest will close once again in October.
This Friday, they are getting Kung Fu Panda 2, Super 8, Transformers 3, and Zookeeper. Standard late-summer return engagements, or a sign that they’ll close at the end of the week?
Digital is essentially required for 3D. There are two 3D systems that allow for 35mm-based presentation—Technicolor and Panavision—but they are widely recognized as inferior and two studios (Disney and Fox) refuse to make prints for them.
Prints are already becoming somewhat scarce for lower-grossing sites, as the studios are dropping production numbers rapidly. But as one of the top grossing sites in the country, ArcLight certainly could have continued to get prints had they wanted them. But there’s clearly not enough of an upside for them.
Anybody know what type of digital projectors they just installed?
It’s not a matter of hating digital; it’s just that many of us on here find 35mm superior when that’s the native shooting format of the movie — it’s warmer, has more authentic texture, it’s more traditional, etc. Also, I like knowing how long I’ve got left when the movie is bad, and counting the reel changes allows me to do that.
My main point is that this is one more thing to put the mighty ArcLight back in line with your everyday megaplex, which has likely been all-digital for awhile now. This was, of course, an inevitable transition, but I personally had hoped they would hold out as long as possible (at least two more years).
Now, what does make me angry is that I hear they are screening some of their “ArcLight Presents” repertory programming from digital sources without indicating it on the website (“Bonnie & Clyde” being the latest example). That’s highway robbery.
ArcLight Hollywood now 100% digital, with only four auditoriums equipped for 35mm. Another reason to not pay the premium.
AMC has been running this as a 14 plex (walling off one wing) for the better part of the past year. They are looking for someone to take over the space occupied by those 10 auditoriums.
It would be damn near impossible to continue to operate the place at that lease-price. If they average 4,000 patrons a week (an educated guess, which is high if anything), they likely don’t even take in $1.2m in revenue between concessions and their share of the ticket sales.
That’s just more of a hassle if their product remains lackluster because nothing ever sells out.
This is all extremely funny to me. “[Rubio] said he looks at everything to improve the experience, from bringing a traditionally outdoors box-office inside to adding flavors to popcorn, a concession staple.” Maybe they should try getting the aspect ratio correct and fixing the broken speakers before they tackle that stuff…
Good photos, including interiors, here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.210304029027250.52460.146796025378051
MagicLantern, I’m a little late, but I can get seat counts from them because I go to press screenings there regularly. It’s around 300 #1, 200 for #2-4, and 100 for #5.
Lots of photos, including a few interiors, here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.119571068065336.12520.117370998285343&type=1
Yep, completely leveled for the new Whole Foods. I took some photos on the final night last month. I’ll try to upload them here soon, but here they are on CinemaTour: http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/1964.html
Also, the Chinese is not a single-screen. It has moveover capacity. If what I am saying is wrong in the current exhibition climate, explain the Crest. In fact, I believe the LA Times wrote about the leverage issue in an article about the Crest deal. I enjoyed Mr. Dakota’s anecdotes above, but he clearly has no regard for those who are interested in the current state of the market.
William, that’s not exactly true. If it always went to the highest bidder, the (extremely wealthy) independent owners could place the high bid on whatever they wanted. The reason big chains often get desirable product is because they have leverage (refusing to book the studios' more undesirable product on their large # of screens if they don’t get the desirable product). This is why Carmike is all of a sudden able to get good bookings at the Crest while Robert Bucksbaum wasn’t.
Many people do care about the ArcLight/Chinese booking situation and, if you don’t, the comments are easily ignorable. It’s relevant, on-topic, and nowhere on Cinema Treasures do I see a mission statement supporting your limited view of what this site should be.