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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.
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/
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/
Why are you posting this incorrect information about both Glendale theaters, ajtarantex? This and the 10 are both still open, with new movies.
Not true… They have times up for today with new movies… http://www.movietickets.com/house_detail.asp?house_id=1404
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
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…
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.
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).
Showtimes for the 10 now available on the phone line. It lives on.
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.
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.
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.
AMC has now said they never authorized participation.
Amazing news! I am told Vintage Cinemas (who run the Vista and Los Feliz) are saving the theater for now!
It’s a no-brainer: the Vista.
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.
They really went all out with the murals ala the Majestic (ermm… Bigfoot) Crest. http://www.ecoronado.com/profiles/blogs/step-inside-the-finished
EDIT: Got confirmation that Thursday will be the last day, as originally announced. I have a few pictures of the original 8 side (some posted here), so I am going to go take pictures of the twin… MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS and THOR will be the two that play there, so if anyone wants to go see one of the other 8, then we can have both sides covered.
Mann just added times taking it through Thursday (before, Sunday was the last day published). Think this only a four-day stay of execution? If it were going to last longer, they would presumably be getting “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” on Wednesday, which they are not.
They are, but they will close for good at the end of July. Now that they are back to running film, all Scope shows are cropped… and there is a sizable tear in Screen 4… Flower Hill was never a nice theater, but it’s excruciating nowadays.
Yes, it’s confirmed: the Village now has midnight tickets on sale for 3D. Luckily, the Vista will be 2D.
Too bad it’ll almost certainly be in 3D at Grauman’s…