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I’m not sure about how far in advance chains book; when I worked at the Village (1980-1983) we knew at Christmas time what we were getting during the Summer months.
It sounds like the new owners are into showing films. There is a slew of great films with potential during the Fall/Christmas period. I would imagine the Chinese will be well feed with good product.
Arclight had Cowboys & Aliens, Attack the Block, Crazy Stupid, The Devil’s Double, Captain America, Friends with Benefits, Another Earth as coming attractions on the showtimes board in the lobby. Plus they have the one sheet posted for Cowboys & Aliens. Unless the booking is falling through they are getting it at Arclight. Not sure what Chinese could get…maybe The Smurfs? Final Destination 5?
There is enough product for both Chinese and Arclight to do well. Mann got lazy, hopefully new owners will continue to show love. I would guess pretty much all the new bookings this Summer were set by Mann before the sale and we will not see booking changes until this Fall/Winter.
I’m not taking sides…I’m glad both theatres exist and will support both.
I was at Arclight yesterday, they are getting Cowboys & Aliens. Pretty much every big film within the next 3 weeks they are getting. But from the sound of it, the Chinese can get by with Harry Potter for the bulk of the Summer.
Honestly, I think the last time I went to the UA Marina was in 1983 with a few friends to see The Big Chill in the largest screen. It is surprising it has stayed open this long considering how terrible the theatres are. In the 70’s I thought they were bad, cannot image how they are now.
I went to Ameoba records and noticed a couple Billboards on the side of the bldg For Harry Potter at the Chinese. They were advertising Free Popcorn with admission.
Is AMC dumping the Avco? There is a For Lease sign on it.
Wow…so Vintage Cinemas have started to come out as a player in exhibition. I guess Regency cannot take over everything.
Sad that they have to warn people that a film may be too intelligent and a person may actually have to absorb and ponder it.
I have to research where I will see Harry Potter. Since the first film I have been going back and forth between the Village and Grauman’s Chinese. It looks like I will have to go to one of the Chinese 6 theatres to see it, because I refuse to see 3D. Harry Potter does not need it.
The studios just need to stop producing 3D films, It is an awful gimick that has never been good enough to last for long periods of time. Lately it is a ploy to get audiences to see lousy movies that need some kind of hook to entice people. I’m reading that films like Harry Potter, Pirates…, Green Lantern have seen declines with people favoring 2D instead. Pull the plug already!
Regency comes off very conservative so it would not surprise me.
Beautiful theatre. Too bad they had to chop it up. The Los Feliz was ruined by multiplexing.
I think the Chinese can still thrive as a Movie Theatre also. They just need to treat it special and not down grade bookings. There are plenty of big films released every year so both Chinese and Arclight can share the wealth.
X-Men seems to have brought the momentum back, and Harry Potter will continue to draw the public.
Tickets on sale now at Chinese 3D, Chinese 6 3D and 2D DBOX for Harry Potter Deathly Hollows Pt2.
I used to spend summers in Del Mar when I was a teenager. Back in 1976 I remember seeing The Bad News Bears and Paper Moon at the Flower Hill. It was a Triplex back then.
Yeah, I hate 3D. Sadly, The Village is showing it (supposedly) in 3D also. Will have to see it at the Chinese 6 I guess. They usually run a 2D print also.
Chinese probably got it because so the Dome could open Captain America a week later. I’m glad, the wealth should be spread between both theatres. At least during the Summer months.
It is confirmed that HARRY POTTER & DEATHLY HOLLOWS PT2 is showing at the Chinese and NOT Arclight. This is straight from Horse’s Mouth; or Arclight contact on Facebook. X-MEN and HARRY POTTER…not bad. Chinese has been missing tentpole films lately. Sadly, these are probably Mann bookings from before the sale.
Are the Flower Hills Cinemas in Del Mar still open?
I’m just glad is not turning into a disco. Thanks for the info William.
I’d like to visit this theatre at one point. I’ve been checking to see what Korean films they have booked.
Well, I guess it is better than having it turn into a disco. Seems like of silly having it live events with the Kodak on the same property.
So they are going to show films intertwined with live events? For example: Now they are showing X MEN, and next week for 2 night a band or performer is booked. Are they going to raise the screen and re-format everything for the act, then next day resume the film?
I was working at the Village Westwood at the time, a bunch of us got in openening night to see it at the National @ whatever showtime was within the 10:00 hour.
It was a great time in Westwood.
I still believe the Chinese and Arclight can co-exist. Mann just really gave up over the past few years. They were slow closing shop and just let the theatre coast. At one time (not long ago)they were agressive in bookings; Summer of 2005 Batman Begins, War of the Worlds, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory all opened first run there. X-Men appears to be doing quite well. Let’s hope the new owners see that and will start to care about film exhibition at the Chinese once again.