Comments from Danny Baldwin

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Danny Baldwin commented about iPic Westwood on Aug 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm

It would be damn near impossible to continue to operate the place at that lease-price. If they average 4,000 patrons a week (an educated guess, which is high if anything), they likely don’t even take in $1.2m in revenue between concessions and their share of the ticket sales.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 27, 2011 at 10:34 am

That’s just more of a hassle if their product remains lackluster because nothing ever sells out.

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Danny Baldwin commented about UltraStar Cinemas executive sets stage before movie starts on Aug 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm

This is all extremely funny to me. “[Rubio] said he looks at everything to improve the experience, from bringing a traditionally outdoors box-office inside to adding flavors to popcorn, a concession staple.” Maybe they should try getting the aspect ratio correct and fixing the broken speakers before they tackle that stuff…

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Danny Baldwin commented about Hillcrest Cinemas on Aug 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Good photos, including interiors, here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.210304029027250.52460.146796025378051

MagicLantern, I’m a little late, but I can get seat counts from them because I go to press screenings there regularly. It’s around 300 #1, 200 for #2-4, and 100 for #5.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Ken Cinema on Aug 19, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Lots of photos, including a few interiors, here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.119571068065336.12520.117370998285343&type=1

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Danny Baldwin commented about Flower Hill Cinema on Aug 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Yep, completely leveled for the new Whole Foods. I took some photos on the final night last month. I’ll try to upload them here soon, but here they are on CinemaTour: http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/1964.html

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 16, 2011 at 9:15 am

Also, the Chinese is not a single-screen. It has moveover capacity. If what I am saying is wrong in the current exhibition climate, explain the Crest. In fact, I believe the LA Times wrote about the leverage issue in an article about the Crest deal. I enjoyed Mr. Dakota’s anecdotes above, but he clearly has no regard for those who are interested in the current state of the market.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm

William, that’s not exactly true. If it always went to the highest bidder, the (extremely wealthy) independent owners could place the high bid on whatever they wanted. The reason big chains often get desirable product is because they have leverage (refusing to book the studios' more undesirable product on their large # of screens if they don’t get the desirable product). This is why Carmike is all of a sudden able to get good bookings at the Crest while Robert Bucksbaum wasn’t.

Many people do care about the ArcLight/Chinese booking situation and, if you don’t, the comments are easily ignorable. It’s relevant, on-topic, and nowhere on Cinema Treasures do I see a mission statement supporting your limited view of what this site should be.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas - Del Mar on Aug 13, 2011 at 12:17 am

Should be listed as open, but Cinépolis' take on the theater is a failure: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/big-screen/2011/aug/12/danny-baldwin-rates-the-cinepolis-experience/

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinepolis travels North on Aug 13, 2011 at 12:16 am

The North American concept has nothing to do with Spanish-language films, denny906. It’s a luxury concept ala iPic/Gold Class…

Only problem is the execution is terrible. I reviewed the place for the San Diego Reader, and it’s a customer-service and presentation failure: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/big-screen/2011/aug/12/danny-baldwin-rates-the-cinepolis-experience/

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Danny Baldwin commented about Galaxy Glendale Marketplace on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Why are you posting this incorrect information about both Glendale theaters, ajtarantex? This and the 10 are both still open, with new movies.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Five Star Cinema Glendale on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Not true… They have times up for today with new movies… http://www.movietickets.com/house_detail.asp?house_id=1404

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Danny Baldwin commented about SIFF Cinema Uptown on Aug 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm

SIFF has acquired the lease for the next five years and will re-open the place as an arthouse on Oct 21: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/movies/2015841004_siff07.html?prmid=head_more

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas - Del Mar on Jul 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Supposedly opens Friday, but the PR moron Cinépolis hired is making it seem REALLY bleak already… First, their job posting on Craigslist looking for employees was littered with misspellings and poor punctuation; I’m sure serious candidates gave a second thought to applying. Second, they got the opening day wrong (said Wednesday instead of Friday) on Facebook/Twitter and still haven’t put up a website, general information (including prices), showtimes… And to top it all off, what is the woman posting on the Facebook? “‎"LIKE” this if you have seen Burlesque?“ with a YouTube link to the trailer… SERIOUSLY?

For a supposed luxury concept that used online reserved ticketing as a selling-point in previous press releases, this ain’t lookin' great, but I’m holding out hope. I know this is their first U.S. location so some initial problems are to be expected, but if you’re looking to bill yourself as luxury, you have to act that way. Kinda hoping this is all intentional to draw light opening crowds so they can have some time to practice the food service… there was supposedly a trial run on Sunday, but no word on how it went…

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Danny Baldwin commented about Five Star Cinema Glendale on Jul 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Yeah, the Village in Coronado has been open for several weeks now. Their website isn’t reliable.

Now officially listed as “The Exchange 8” on MovieTickets.com: http://www.movietickets.com/house_detail.asp?house_id=1404

R.I.P. to The Twin. Glad to have caught a final show in there last Thursday. Snuck a few quick pictures, which I’ll load up shortly.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Five Star Cinema Glendale on Jul 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Vintage.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Five Star Cinema Glendale on Jul 5, 2011 at 11:48 pm

A couple more notes: 1) As of now (and continuing through this coming week) they are only using eight auditoriums, presumably meaning they are not using the twin… I wonder if that’s permanent… downsizing would be logical, but it’s also a little weird because 9 & 10 are much newer houses; 2) It is clear now that they will be allowed (at least for certain movies) to double-book with the other two Glendales, as always (all three get “Zookeeper” this Friday).

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Danny Baldwin commented about Five Star Cinema Glendale on Jul 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Showtimes for the 10 now available on the phone line. It lives on.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Five Star Cinema Glendale on Jul 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm

According to a Twitter friend who did a cruise-by, the 10 is open for business with new movies, even though they have NO Internet presence and the phone recording is still the old Mann one. Weird.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Five Star Cinema Glendale on Jun 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

And Mark, I would think they’d have no choice but to continue to book mainstream fare with the high screen-count and Vintage’s general booking style, but you would think Mann would have continued to get new movies through this week in that case, as they did with every Regency-takeover venue.

Now here’s an idea nobody talks about: what if they kept the Twin side only and ran indies? That’d be interesting.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Five Star Cinema Glendale on Jun 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I put an e-mail in to Lance Alspaugh, as there is no information online about the takeover. Could it just be month-to-month until a nightclub deal is approved by the city? Hope not.

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Danny Baldwin commented about MoviePass Offers Unlimited Movies for $50 (Updated) on Jun 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm

AMC has now said they never authorized participation.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Five Star Cinema Glendale on Jun 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Amazing news! I am told Vintage Cinemas (who run the Vista and Los Feliz) are saving the theater for now!

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jun 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm

It’s a no-brainer: the Vista.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jun 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

AVATAR 3D got great reviews from Dome viewers… wonder if something has changed since then. I never thought it was a good place to put 3D. Then again, I heard a lot of complaints about the presentation SUPER 8 there, too, so perhaps there is just something up in the booth.