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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.
I only like going to see films during the day. But I can see where people do not like going to Westwood to see films. It is such an ordeal. I’ll support the Village and Bruin and will deal with it.
Just returned from 1:30 Super 8 showing at the Village. Westwood was crazy, sooooo many people there for UCLA graduation. There were probably about 30 people for first matinee. Sadly 30 years ago this type of film would have probably had about 500. The presentation was still top notch and Regency is keeping the theatre beautiful. It is really an ordeal going to Westwood; parking still sucks. It actually costs me more going there than Arclight Hollywood. Next time I will take a bus. It remains my favorite theatre and I will continue to patronize it, but Westwood is really, really sad.
Good News. Hopefully I will be noticed that Chinese and Arclight can co-exist and both have success. The truth of the matter seems like Mann (Cineamerica) really did not give a damn.
I think a restoration is in order. Too bad a studio doesn’t take it over ala El Capitan and revive to a single screen with premiere engagements. It closed also because the Chinese and Chinese twins, and then recently opened GCC Galaxy were more popular. Funny, the Galaxy is gone, the Chinese now 6 will probably close and Hollywood Blvd will ALMOST be void of film exhibition.
What was the Beverly Hills theatre on Wilshire Blvd Pacific operated during the 1970’s? I used to go to it when my Mom worked at Robinson’s Beverly Hills. They had first run showings and often played films the same time as Westwood.
It does make me sad. I grew up seeing films at Mann theatres, my first job was at the Village. AMC did not exist anywhere nearby until the late 1980’s.
It is sad going to the Mann site these days. They have the Chinese dragon emblem with thier logo, they have a friends us link for Facebook, and they are down to 4 complexes. Honestly, how much longer will they last?
A film like Inception needs to be seen at the Dome, Village or Chinese. There is something special still about seeing a large scale film on a large screen.
I will see Super 8 here either this Saturday or the following. Regency has done a fantastic job operating the theatre. They probably are not making a killing with it, but I appreciate them showing the love and care it deserves. Overall Regency must be doing well, the keep acquiring leases and are even doing renovations of theatres. The Village and Bruin are strictly prestige leases and like I said, they are showing the love for them.
I wish I had been taking pictures of the National over the years before it closed. It had one of the best marquees of any theatre. If you took Gayley into the village from Wilshire the National greeted you. The marquee was so large that any graphics really stood out. The pictures on Cinematour with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days really illustrates how stunning the National was. I still get sad when I drive in Westwood. It is a theatre we will never experience again.
Personally, I have never had a reason to patronize the Landmark 12 since I live minutes away from Arclight Hollywood. To me it is trying to be a Westside variation of Arclight. One day I had to wait around in the area and almost bought a ticket. The movie I wanted to see was in the lounge screen with sofas which I’d rather not sit in, so I passed. To see something like Inception there is silly to me when you have the Village up the street. But people do not care which is why the big palaces are dying slowly.
Most of Regency’s chain is made up of previous Mann theatres. I bet they will take over Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village also.
I remember going to the Pan Pacific Auditorium as a child for events like Ringling Bros Circus, Auto Shows, Sportman’s Show etc. The movie theatre I did not go to until before it closed. They showed 2nd run double features at a cheap, cheap price.