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Jordan (and everyone else), if you haven’t seen the South Korean western “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” yet, I highly encourage you come see it at the Beverly Center. It starts Friday, and will be in the big house at least for the first week. I caught it at the 2008 AFI Film Festival, and it’s an incredible trip. A wonderful re-imagining of the classic Eastwood/Leone classic shot in anamorphic widescreen, and it’s going to look and sound awesome in that theatre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m still waiting to hear where Talionis keeps hearing Rave is taking over in Westwood…
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.
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? :)
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.
Not good enough. :)
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
I’ll take that bet.
What do I win?
I’m curious… from whom did you hear that Rave was seriously considering taking over the Bruin and Village?
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.
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.
The funny part is, someone has already spilled it in this thread in this thread a couple days ago, but everyone is still speculating.
Chris, I never said it was going to be Rave. I didn’t even imply it.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you, Chris. Glad you enjoyed it.
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.