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JoelWeide commented about Five Star Cinema Glendale on Jun 18, 2010 at 4:24 am

I once worked for the Mann chain and enjoy keeping up on what happened to their theatres. I am just adding the link.

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JoelWeide on Jun 18, 2010 at 4:22 am

“For some reason it seems once Lewis got out of the theatre business a lot of this theatres,to me, seem to go strickly X- rated.” (That would be an interesting study sometime to see if you are right.)

The theatres in Columbia Missouri, Topeka and Salina Kansas were all taken over by another chain and did quite well. The one in Wichita, Kansas eventually closed and was converted to retail.

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JoelWeide commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Jun 9, 2010 at 6:34 am

I wish to complement Jeff Arellano on the excellent photography of the Beverly Center 13 that has been uploaded onto Cinema Tour. There are approximately 225 images on the site and I think that this a very polite reminder to all of us that we Do need to document theatres through the medium of photography. There is a calling here fellow cinema fans that we need to make a concentrated effort to document all aspects of a theatre, the booth included for preservation sake. We cannot control corporate Americas decisions to keep theatres open, however we can photograph them and utilizing sites such as this one and Cinema Tour preserve their existence! WIth showmanship a dying art and computer designed megaplexes insulting our intelligence we need to take the time and ask permission and then go to work. Again hats off to Jeff Arellano!

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JoelWeide commented about Consolidated Theaters launching Titan XC big screen experiences on Jun 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Amen brother! Amen!!!

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JoelWeide commented about Seattle Cinerama on Jun 2, 2010 at 5:56 am

It also may be that the system is completely automated and not programed correctly. I have seen this same senario happen in other theatres. The concept of projection is vastly becoming left with a few of us and with todays automated projection booths no one to pass the craft on to. In a venue like the Cinerama you would think that the nature of the theatre would demand that projection be done correctly. Sadly, apparently not!

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JoelWeide commented about AMC to sell nine cinemas to Regal to complete Kerasotes acquisition on May 30, 2010 at 3:42 am

I noted on AMC’s web site that the Chinese at Arapahoe Crossing is simply listed as the AMC Arapahoe Crossing. There was no mention of the uniqueness of the design of this particular theatre.
Sad! (What was I expecting!?)

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JoelWeide commented about Happy 30th, "Empire" on May 25, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Congratulations to Michael for another great post! I covet your research skills.

When ‘Empire" open at the Mall Cinema in Wichita, Kansas. Dickinson Theatres whom had just purchased the Kansas/Missouri Mann Theatres, upgraded the 'Mall’ to 70mm. The Mall Cinema was a single screen theatre that seated around 750 with a large screen, it was originally built by National General. Mann had added Dolby for ‘Star Wars’ so Dickinson added the 70 capability. The first showing of ‘Empire’ went well, however when it second showing hit the screen there was no sound. A second 70 print was brought in and again the same thing happened, sound for the first showing not the second. It was ultimately discovered that what was causing the magnetic sound track to be erased was that as the film was rewinding on the newly installed platter it would pass a small motor that ran the take-up deck and the magnetic field from the motor was earsing the film.

The film companies usually opened the major releases in the Glenwood 1 auditoriam in Kansas City, however AMC’s Midland showed ‘Empire.“ It was told to me by a Dickinson executive that with the cash outlay DIckinson used to buy the Kansas/Missouri Mann Theatres and if 'Empire’ for some reason did not do well, add in the financial commitment to 20th Fox, the potential was there to lose the company.

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JoelWeide commented about Former Red Bridge Theater in Kansas City, MO gets makeover, new name on May 6, 2010 at 3:52 am

Did they move the Glenwood marquee with them? The marquee was the original from the namesake Glenwood Theatre that was just down the street from the Metcalf shopping center. The original Glenwood was built by DIckinson as a single auditoriam and had a 90 foot wide screen, later 3 more auditoriams were added, Dickinson eventually sold the Glenwood and eventually it was closed. The Fine Arts group moved everything to the Metcalf South Shopping Center which had a single screen theatre that was built by National General and later twinned by Mann. The original Glenwood had rocker seating and two of the auditoriams were 70mm equipped. The Fine Arts group moved the original Glenwood marquee to the Metcalf location. Sincerely hope they moved it again, would hate to see it torn down as well.

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JoelWeide commented about Regency Bruin Theatre on Mar 31, 2010 at 5:27 am

Regency also operates the Tamarac Square Cinema in Denver. This was originally a Mann house and one that Mann actually built.

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JoelWeide commented about Regency Village Theatre on Mar 31, 2010 at 5:26 am

Regency also operates the Tamarac Square Cinema in Denver which was originally a Mann house.
The Tamarac was one that Mann actually built.

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JoelWeide commented about Fox White Lakes Theaters on Jan 3, 2010 at 4:06 am

This theatre was originally built by National General Theatres and then operated by Mann when they assumed NGC. With the Dickinson buyout of Mann by Glen Dickinson Jr. it then was operated by Dickinson who later added two auditoriams to the building for a total of 4. This theatre was at the main entrance of the White Lakes Mall and was a free standing building.

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JoelWeide commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 7, 2009 at 3:51 am

The once mighty Mann chain just keeps getting smaller and smaller. They haven’t built a theatre in years although some have been upgraded. I would imagine it is a sign of the times but it is sad to watch it gradually die off!

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JoelWeide commented about Regent Theatre on Jun 4, 2009 at 2:29 am

Compare the photos from the first post (ken mc) and the post by Chuck1231. This is not the Regent this theatre the Fox House. From the pictures in the first post by ken mc, you will notice that the Regent is located at the end of the block, while the Fox is across the street and in the middle of the block.
Also the Winfield Cinema sign is identical to the Fox sign and the marquee panels at some point were changed out and replaced with plastic ‘Winfield Cinema 1 &2."

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JoelWeide commented about AMC Lawton 12 on Apr 26, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Re-new link.

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JoelWeide commented about Cooper Theatre on Apr 26, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Re-new link.

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JoelWeide commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Apr 25, 2009 at 6:20 am

Re-new link.

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JoelWeide commented about AMC Springfield 11 with IMAX on Apr 11, 2009 at 5:01 am

Re-new link. Thanks.

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JoelWeide commented about Dream Theater on Apr 7, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Renew Link.

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JoelWeide commented about RealD Projectors Debut at Six Dickinson's on Friday on Feb 28, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Any word on when the Northrock in Wichita, Kansas will be this type of installation?

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JoelWeide commented about Shawnee 18 on Feb 28, 2009 at 9:21 pm

This was one of four theatres in the Kansas City area to be constructed with the ‘glen’ name. Named after the company’s founder Glen Wood Dickinson. They replaced the flagship Glenwood Theatre in Overland Park.

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JoelWeide commented about Little Rock Chenal 9 IMAX on Feb 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm

This is Dickinson’s second IMAX construction, and the companies first venture into Arkansas. The company also acquired the Lakewood 8, shortly after this theater opened.

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JoelWeide commented about Gateway 12 + IMAX Theatre on Feb 28, 2009 at 9:18 pm

This theatre was DIckinson’s first IMAX theatre, one of five that are scheduled to be constructed.

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JoelWeide commented about Overland Park 16 on Feb 28, 2009 at 9:17 pm

This theatre, I believe, was John Hartley’s first theatre construction after he assumed control of the Dickinson Circuit.

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JoelWeide commented about National Theatre on Feb 2, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Could we please find something else to discuss! There are more important issues to debate related to preservation and film than the tit for tat that is on display here!

Sorry, but this is just a little ‘much!"

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JoelWeide commented about Dickinson Theatres inks deal to go digital on Nov 10, 2008 at 3:19 am

It’s fairly obvious that the theatres aren’t cared for very well. When I walk into the Central Mall 10 in Salina, Kansas, I can tell buy the various designs when Kent Dickinson ran the company, when Wood Dickinson ran the company, and the renovations John Hartley has made. They don’t blend together well at all.