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Danny Baldwin commented about Galaxy Glendale Marketplace on Nov 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Janss went to Regency.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Culver Plaza Theatres on Nov 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I hear the Culver Plaza is closing on Nov 27.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Tustin Marketplace 6 on Nov 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Sundance Cinemas Sunset 5 on Nov 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm

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/

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Danny Baldwin commented about Sundance Cinemas Sunset 5 on Nov 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Hearing that it will close at the end of the month and turn into a Sundance cinema.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Million Dollar Theatre on Oct 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Crest Theatre on Oct 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about iPic Westwood on Oct 25, 2011 at 11:12 am

LA Times article talks about CinĂ©polis 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

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Danny Baldwin commented about Galaxy Glendale Marketplace on Oct 7, 2011 at 12:20 am

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…

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Danny Baldwin commented about Galaxy Glendale Marketplace on Oct 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Looks to be closing tonight.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Sep 29, 2011 at 9:02 am

Ah yeah, totally blanked. Was thinking WB.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Sep 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Crest Theatre on Sep 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Crest Theatre on Sep 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm

If it was definitely temporary, they wouldn’t be dropping Carmike and not specifying a completion date.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Crest Theatre on Sep 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

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

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Danny Baldwin commented about Galaxy Glendale Marketplace on Sep 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Million Dollar Theatre on Sep 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Full list is here — http://www.milliondollartheater.com/Archive_on_Broadway_CAL.pdf

I think I just wet my pants.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Sep 21, 2011 at 9:37 am

Like anything will ever be so full to need a reserved seat… Unless they improve bookings…

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Danny Baldwin commented about ArcLight expands to SD on Sep 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Crest Theatre on Sep 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I read a Facebook rumor (and only that, mind you) that the Crest will close once again in October.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Galaxy Glendale Marketplace on Sep 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm

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?

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm

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?

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm

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.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm

ArcLight Hollywood now 100% digital, with only four auditoriums equipped for 35mm. Another reason to not pay the premium.

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Danny Baldwin commented about AMC Palm Promenade 24 on Aug 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm

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.