Comments from Edward Havens

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Edward Havens commented about Columnist sees recent TCM classic film festival as a model to emulate on Apr 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I wonder how much from every $500 pass TCM paid Mr. Zeitchik to pimp this idea, especially during a down economy? The only person I know who went was able to go thanks to a press pass. The rest of us normal folk couldn’t afford to get in.

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Edward Havens commented about Critic thinks movie intermissions should be revived on Apr 24, 2010 at 9:17 am

The recent Bollywood movies 3 Idiots and My Name Is Khan (the latter released by Fox Searchlight) had intermissions built-in. Those used to Bollywood movies enjoyed the quick break, while those unaccustomed to Bollywood movies just thought the film was over, and I had to make sure I had someone posted near the main exits when the film was getting out, to let those patrons know there was still another hour and a half of the movie to go.

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Edward Havens commented about AMC Pine Square 16 on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:15 am

Even when I did live in downtown Long Beach in the mid 1990s, at Ocean and Lime, I’d drive to AMC Marina Pacifica or UA Marketplace to see a film instead of going to the Pine Square. A bleh theatre if there ever was one.

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Edward Havens commented about Regency Village Theatre on Apr 9, 2010 at 8:20 am

Salvation is the act of saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc. The Village and the Bruin were never under the threat of harm, risk, loss, destruction or anything else. They were never going to close permanently after March 31st. There were a number of exhibitors who were negotiating to pick up the pair of theatres for their own circuit, if the right deal could be made. Regency was the one who signed the lease, and that’s all there is to it. There was never an eminent threat of the two theatres closing and being torn down, and thus, no salvation. This was not a situation like the National.

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Edward Havens commented about Regency Village Theatre on Apr 8, 2010 at 9:58 am

Celebrate the salvaging of the Village and Bruin? Give me a break!

The Village and Bruin theatres were never in any danger. A number of companies were in talks with the owners to take over the buildings once Mann announced they weren’t renewing their lease.

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Edward Havens commented about Regency Village Theatre on Mar 30, 2010 at 1:27 am

Sorry, Chris, but this comes as a complete surprise to me. As I’ve said before, I am not an insider, but I do have access to an insider, and the last I heard, Mann was going month-to-month once the main lease expired.

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Edward Havens commented about Regency Village Theatre on Mar 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Chris, bet every dollar you have that if there was ever a chance in the last ten years anyone could have built a Bruin adjunct cinema, it would have happened ten years ago. There are very specific reasons why it hasn’t happened yet, and why it’s not going to happen for many years. Parking is just one issue. Traffic is just one issue. Residents are just one issue. Film clearances are just one issue. And there are many others that I just cannot discuss here… not that I am some insider. I just happen to know certain things from being near the process.

Westwood could easily be resurrected. But it’s going to take a lot of concessions from many different people with dissimilar interests to make it happen.

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Edward Havens commented about Regency Village Theatre on Mar 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I’m still waiting to hear where Talionis keeps hearing Rave is taking over in Westwood…

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Edward Havens commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Mar 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Yes, the Beverly Center opened in July 1982 with 14 screens. The theatre had so much success in its early years, the decision was made a couple years after opening to convert two smaller theatres into one, and then gut the two largest houses in order to build two even larger auditoriums on the roof of the building, which brings us to the current 13.

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Edward Havens commented about "Exhibiting Change" Lecture at National Heritage Museum on Mar 22, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I got to attend all but one of Ross’s NATO lectures, and I urge everyone who has the chance to attend to do so.

Oh, and… uhm… Roxy? :)

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Edward Havens commented about Mann Rossmoor Theatre on Mar 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm

In 1988, this became the Rossmoor Super Saver 7 Cinemas, with ticket prices always a buck or two, until it was torn down in 2002.

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Edward Havens commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Mar 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Not good enough. :)

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Edward Havens commented about Regency Village Theatre on Mar 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Stay tuned for what, Talionis? Rave is not taking over the Village and/or the Bruin, and I would really like to know where people keep hearing this rumor. If you can’t say on these boards, email me. ehavens at ravemotionpictures

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Edward Havens commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Mar 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I’ll take that bet.

What do I win?

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Edward Havens commented about Regency Bruin Theatre on Mar 15, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I’m curious… from whom did you hear that Rave was seriously considering taking over the Bruin and Village?

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Edward Havens commented about Redondo Beach Cinema 3 on Mar 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Another one bites the dust. The theatre has been removed from Regency’s web site, and the theatre’s recording confirms the closing.

I remember going here a number of times when my mom lived in Redondo Beach. I know for certain I saw Pete’s Dragon and The Empire Strikes Back here.

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Edward Havens commented about Regency Village Theatre on Mar 4, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Not Regency. Not Rave. Not Arclight/Pacific. And it’s not Regal, or AMC, or Landmark, or Cinemark, or Laemmle, or Muvico, or Krikorian, or Carmike, or Harkins, or Wehrenberg, or Gold Class, or UltraStar, or Marcus, or Kerasotes either.

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Edward Havens commented about Regency Village Theatre on Mar 4, 2010 at 3:23 pm

The funny part is, someone has already spilled it in this thread in this thread a couple days ago, but everyone is still speculating.

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Edward Havens commented about Regency Village Theatre on Mar 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Chris, I never said it was going to be Rave. I didn’t even imply it.

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Edward Havens commented about Regency Village Theatre on Mar 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I can’t wait for April 1st. People are going to see who is operating the theatre on April 2nd and wonder “It’s this some kind of April Fools joke?” To which it will not be. But that’s all I can say at the moment.

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Edward Havens commented about UA Long Beach Marketplace 6 on Feb 27, 2010 at 10:15 am

Oh, what fond memories I have of the Marketplace 6. All throughout junior high, my friends and I had a weekly ritual of biking over to the Marketplace, filling our jackets with sodas and candy from the Food and Drug store on the other end of the shopping center, buying a ticket for one movie and then sneaking in to one or two other movies before going home. Being able to see movies in the #1 house was always a treat.

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Edward Havens commented about AMC Marina Pacifica 12 on Feb 27, 2010 at 10:10 am

Actually, the space now occupied by the “newer” half of the complex was other shops and, for a wonderful time from the late 1970s to mid 1980s, an arcade. The Marie Callender’s was farther down at one of the ends of the shopping center, and is currently a Kamal Palace Cuisine of India restaurant.

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Edward Havens commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Feb 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Thank you, Chris. Glad you enjoyed it.

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Edward Havens commented about Fairfax Cinemas on Feb 19, 2010 at 2:07 am

It may be time to stick a fork in it. A call to the theatre’s recording line comes up with a “this number has been disconnected or is no longer in service” automated message.

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Edward Havens commented about Regency Village Theatre on Feb 8, 2010 at 8:57 am

A theatre will have posters in the lobby up to the day it closes, and the status of posters in the lobby should never be used as an indicator of how long a theatre might still stay open.

Also, for Brad… Mann did not keep the National open once their lease expired. The people who operate the old Mann Culver Plaza took over the National on that month to month lease between May and October 2007, when it closed for good.