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markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov 17, 2009 at 4:52 pm

The Arclight has no showtimes for Avatar 3-D at the Hollywood location on Dec. 18th, only the Sherman Oaks location. This normally means that the Chinese complex would be getting it. I do know that Fox hosted a screening of Avatar footage for Exhibs recently at the Chinese to promote the 3-D format. Does this mean the Chinese will be getting the film when it is released?

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markinthedark commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 28, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Called their number and they say “we need more time to get the theatre ready, call back Wednesday.” I can only imagine.

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markinthedark commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Well, the big day is here. Did it open?

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markinthedark commented about Grauman's Chinese for sale on Aug 15, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I still think Pacific should acquire the Chinese (and the rest of Mann’s properties. Then they could book films at the Arclight and Chinese (perhaps even the same film if demand calls for it).

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markinthedark commented about Regency Village Theater on Aug 14, 2009 at 11:43 am

Landmark books mostly Disney fare at the Regent, sneaking in the occasional arthouse film if the Disney has nothing to provide. Crest does to some arthouse but seems to get mostly scraps (although lately they had The Hurt Locker and now Julie and Julia which is doing well. Both theatres seem to have had a reduced number of showtimes often only doing a 9-10 show on weekends and having the first matinee in the 1:30 – 2:30 range.

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markinthedark commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 10, 2009 at 2:18 pm

looks like some words are missing. Also what is an RMP?

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markinthedark commented about Fairfax Cinemas on Aug 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Would be sad to lose the Fairfax.

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markinthedark commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Aug 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Wonder who the new operator will be. It should go truly discount. Last time I was there Mann had the price mid-range (for Los Angeles) at $9.75.

I felt that a major operator (say Pacific) should have taken over the theatre, gutted it, and rebuilt. Pacific could have played the same films there as the Grove, offering people an option.

Personally I wish Mann would sell its remaining operations and leases to Pacific. Mann does seem to be slowly shutting down.

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markinthedark commented about Mann Festival closes on Aug 3, 2009 at 9:42 am

Big bummer. Not quite the loss that the National was but another but another symbolic step in the wrong direction.

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markinthedark commented about Mann Festival Theater on Aug 1, 2009 at 10:59 pm

LA times reports Mann will not renew leases on Westwood’s Village and Bruin:
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markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jul 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm

correct. really there should be 2 separate listings: 1 for Grauman’s Chinese and the other for Chinese 6

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markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jul 22, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Nice photos. You should send them to Cinematour

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markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jul 21, 2009 at 2:14 pm

At least the Chinese has booked something to see. Subpar bookings lately as most film go to the Arclight

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markinthedark commented about Vista Theatre on Jul 14, 2009 at 5:03 pm

http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2151.html

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markinthedark commented about Vista Theatre on Jul 6, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Really one of my favorite places to see a movie in LA. The perfect neighborhood theatre. I would choose it over the Arclight any day (plus for the price of one movie ticket at the Arclight you can get a ticket, soda and popcorn and more legroom at the Vista!).

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markinthedark commented about Lewis and Clark Theatre on Jul 6, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Moviefone still lists the theatre? Its been closed for a while…

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markinthedark commented about Century Plaza Cinemas on Jun 3, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Agreed. I only saw the Century Plaza as a Cineplex Odeon quad, but the National will always be my favorite LA theatre for presentation.

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markinthedark commented about Regency Village Theater on Jun 3, 2009 at 10:03 pm

But Terminator moved to Mann’s Festival. Star Trek moved to AMC’s Avco. Probably Mann would have preferred to keep Star Trek had they not been most likely obligated to hold Dance Flick over for a second week at the Festival.

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markinthedark commented about Regency Village Theater on May 30, 2009 at 10:46 am

Star Trek sure had a quick run here and then moved to the Avco.

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markinthedark commented about Temple Theatre on May 30, 2009 at 10:40 am

I saw that engagement of Dune in 70mm (all seats $2.00!). Was very impressive.

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markinthedark commented about Rialto Theater on May 30, 2009 at 10:38 am

When it was last a cinema prior to the restoration it had a slightly curved scope screen in front of the proscenium. It extended i believe to just about where the purple lights are on either side of the stage in the recent interior photo 2 posts up. The Rialto once played “Empire Strikes Back” in 70mm either as 2nd run or a rerelease around 1981 or so. Not sure of any other past 70mm engagements, although the larger Temple Theatre up the hill had many.

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markinthedark commented about AMC AVCO Center on May 30, 2009 at 10:26 am

Anyone know the seat count for the various auditoriums? They all seem about equal size, although the lower THX “twins” are actually smaller than the big one upstairs…

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markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 24, 2009 at 8:47 am

“went to the saturday 8:00PM show of Terminator Salvation in Graumans. It was barely half full. Maybe the Laker NBA Finals game going on at the same time diluted the audience, or maybe people were going to the D-Box show instead, or maybe more people were going to Arclight.”

I would say half full in a 1200 seat auditorium is pretty good, considering it was on 2 more screens at the Chinese 6 and 3 more at Arclight, not to mention several more theatres with in a 5 mile radius. I don’t think D-Box would suck too many patrons away form Graumans as there are only a handful of those seats installed at the Chinese 6.

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markinthedark commented about Eight Screen Multiplex Available in Renton on May 22, 2009 at 1:07 pm

A bit…saw this coming.

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markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 22, 2009 at 10:14 am

I think Mann and Arclight should sort out some agreement – Films that open at the Chinese don’t play the Dome but can be at Arclight screens, films that Open at the Dome can’t play Chinese but can play Chinese 6. Win-win for the Studios – great exposure for a film to be on Hollywood Blvd. at the Graumann’s Chinese and Chinese 6 which will overflow with tourists on foot who might not make it to the Arclight. Great for the locals and industry people who would rather go to the Arclight and not deal with tourists.

That and I think Mann should install a few more D-Box seats in different auditoriums including the Grauman’s, that way as a film winds down they can still offer D-Box in a smaller auditorium.