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Work is beginning on the ACT renovation of the Strand.
It will be divided into three theatres actually.. From today (8/5/13) SF Chronicle..
“The architectural rendering shows 15 rows of seating, steeply raked, on the main floor and another five rows on the balcony, with boxes to the side. As opposed to 1,025 seats at the main stage, known informally as the Geary and formally as the American Conservatory Theater, the Strand will seat 285. Upstairs will be an ultra-experimental "black box” third stage seating 120"
It’s scheduled to re-open in January of 2015.
Link with details including photos is here, if someone wishes to link up, that would be great, and easier for the other members..
Thank you for the confirmation mhvbear, I appreciate it .
August 2013’s calendar is up now. Some great choices, something for everyone, what stands out is at the end of the month a 70mm screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”
Thanks Scott, great set of photos.
The Facebook page has alot of photos of the renovations, well last time that I looked the box office and one the auditoriums was ripped apart.
This will be one of the three NYC venues to “premiere” the San Francisco set Woody Allen movie “Blue Jasmine”.
Is this a usual venue for Allen’s movies in NYC? I don’t recall it being here before.
I concur with Chuck. I’ve always had great email exchanges with AMC on various complex issues and had them dealt with to my satisfaction.
Oh and please watch the double posts as well. I’m pretty sure you can go back and delete the extra one.
Attended this morning (7/6/13) the first of the summer series of Marx Brothers classics- today was “Animal Crackers”. It was a very nice turnout. Glad to see parents bringing children to attend ( which was the point of the 11am screening)
Was in theatre 1- its a very long and narrow theatre. Very dark and unable to really get photos. Even with the pre-show ads from merchants in the region.
I had to go back and read some of the earlier comments on this theater. I had a deja vu feeling when I walked in, reading the esteemed Mr Haas comments about Budco, that explained why I was having Orleans flashbacks.
Reading about injuries someone said that they had, that explains the bizarre marks on my right arm and left knee that I noticed when showering on Saturday post movie (my shower wasn’t due to the visit to the BMFI itself, just the overall adventure in the middle of a July heatwave)
I chuckled at the puppet show pre-show about keeping cellphones off, talking down- etc. However even with the work that the folks at the BMFI put into this- someone again thinks they are in their own world, not only with the phone out, but I think taking video off the screen. Umm, the Marx Brothers movies are on DVD.
Also some parent/guardian thought it was a good idea for their child to wear “light up shoes” to a movie theater.
Now, the presentation and sound were good. I was so happy seeing the Marx Brothers on the big screen again. Will I make the trip back there again? Going to have to be for something very special though.
I salute the volunteers, wish Mrs. Goodfriend nothing but success and applaud them for bringing back the films that they do. However, it’s just not for me and that’s a shame.
Well due to timing for seeing the 3D version of “Despicable Me 2” saw me heading back to this venue again. It was 9:30 am and I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw.
The staff was quite welcoming this time. Even though minor confusion about the 3D glasses, but I just attributed that to it being roughly 30 mins before show time. I’m sure they sorted it out as the rest of the patrons came in.
People were well behaved as best I could see. I headed down to the front of the theatre half way through. Not because of problems, but because I wanted a better vantage point to enjoy the 3D.
There seemed to be a slight issue at the beginning with the AMC logo , but I let management know and it was cleared up right away. We got the info about putting the 3D glasses on and the “please be considerate” screen was kept up for a bit.
Will I go back? Not really sure. It might have been the morning after a holiday.
But since I took the time to bitch so much last time, I wanted to come back and say that job well done this time out.
Kudos to the staff of Neshaminy 24. Quite a plethora of Philadelphia region residents chose to celebrate the birth of our country with either Johnny Depp, Kevin Hart, Gru and his minions or many of the other choices.
They were lined up deep down the Neshaminy Mall and crowds on either sides of the gated entry ways. This was the early morning shows.
The cashiers kept it moving, a second concession stand opened to handle the crowds. Well done, hopefully they’re able to keep it together for the night and weekend shows. I think that they will. Well done!
it is- so where is the link providing that information?
please post it in the future.
I fail to see how this and the rest of your trip along Hollywood Blvd today is really “contributing something to the conversation” and “staying on topic”
yeah, I fail to understand what that even is supposed to mean.
As the phones have gotten smarter, the public has gotten dumber. I attended a movie recently, woman arrived late with 2 bratty children in tow. Takes out the phone, starts looking at Facebook mid movie. I coughed to get attention and got a nasty glare in my way.
Gave it a few minutes, continued. I went and got a manager and she actually engaged him in a loud debate about the situation. Oh they left early.
Then the small child who began playing a Nintendo DS during a crucial scene of “Man of Steel” while the parent sat by idly.
This was at early morning shows. I don’t even want to think what it’s like in the evening.
People have become insufferable. No clue of how to act in public and terrifying enough, it’s getting worse.
Well now this theatre can be marked as “RENOVATING”. Photos from the remodel have been promised on their Facebook page for the duration.
Here’s hoping that they re-open on time for November 8th (or at least by the 13th), if so I’ll try to get some photos to post up here.
From the theatre’s Facebook page…
“Have you heard the news? We are about to experience extensive renovations to our Embarcadero Center Cinema and will be temporarily closed starting this Fri, June 28 until November. When we reopen, guests will experience new changes including newly remodeled concessions and box office areas, and the addition of a wine and beer bar! Be sure to come out and see a film from now until Thurs, June 27.”
Landmark notes that the expected re-opening date in early November.
The Uptown seems to be closer to re-opening. Renovations continuing and during Black Music Month, the venue will be open for a day of “hard hat tours”
The full story on KYW Newsradio’s site
PLEASE ADD VENUE’s Website to theatre listing
Not a problem, his email address seems to be there- I’d have just contacted him directly in case he isn’t a regular visitor here.
The blog Mission Mission posted up a photo of someone with a tattoo of the marquee of this theatre.
Now that is one photo for this page!
Another weekend at the AMC Woodhaven.
Saturday 6/15, I attended “This is the End”, a digital presentation with quite a sparse, but well behaved crowd. I was entertained, laughed at some parts of it, couldn’t get a song out of my head. If you see it you’ll understand.
Sunday 6/16 was quite a large crowd for a Sunday morning showing of “Man of Steel” on film. Once again the ones whom don’t get out much show it in not being able to separate themselves from their precious “smart"phones for 2 ¾ hours.
People actually brought infants to this screening. Unreal. One young girl in front of me actually brought out and began to play on an Nintendo DS during the movie. Thankfully the management and crew here at the Woodhaven are awesome and took care of it and apologized for the actions of others.
It was run on film- however, I really think this movie was more suited for a digital, perhaps IMAX experience.
climbs on soapbox
Folks, “Man of Steel” is not a movie for small children. With promos, snipes, trailers, commercials and the movie itself, expect to spend close to three hours there. It is an intense violent movie.
Actually now this venue is known as the Tilton 8 & IMAX. The IMAX opened back in May with Iron Man 3. According to the AC Press article on the venue, it’s boasting an 85-foot IMAX screen and Series 2 IMAX Digital Projection in a 400-leather seat theater.
Four additional auditoriums are scheduled to open May 17, and the remaining three by June 7, company President Bruce Frank said.
So by this posting (6/12/13) you’d think it would be all open. However the website for this is only showing IMAX screen times.
Frank said the new IMAX theater will charge $17 for adults and $15 for children. There is no additional charge for IMAX in 3-D, he said.
While everyone is scampering off this weekend to see “Man of Steel” in IMAX, IMAX 3D or 3D- I shall be taking the opportunity to enjoy what is supposed to be a tremendous movie shown on film. I am enjoying this for as long as I possibly can.
exactly Ed, thanks. I saw the footage in a Marx Brothers documentary wish I could have been there. But “settled” for seeing Duck Soup and Night at the Opera at my beloved Castro Theatre