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40 years ago this past thursday Star Wars had its premiere at this theater when it was a single screen venue and played there for two weeks before being moved to the hollywood cinerama due to Sorcerer playing there. That movie didn’t fare as well as Star Wars, and when Star Wars returned to the Chinese during the first weekend of August, there was a lavish ceremony featuring R2D2 and C3PO putting handprints on the cement. By then, Star Wars was playing in around 1,000 theatres, a huge improvement from 32-40 theatres during Memorial Day weekend of 1977 when Fox deemed that movie a B-picture while The Other Side Of Midnight was supposed to be their big hit. Same thing happened with Poltergiest becoming the A picture while ET was the B five years after the movie came out.
I don’t know…ask amc’s facebook page?
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/arts/television/jimmy-fallon-tonight-show-interview-trump.html?_r=0 check out the picture as Fallon is sitting on top of the marquee.
Had this theater remained open it would’ve been a Cineplex Odeon, then a Loews Cineplex, and finally an AMC.
I wonder what the chinese will do for its 100th?
how about reserved seating?
According to Dolby’s facebook page, they said that crew members are hard at work on the screen. I wonder if it will open in time for Alien or maybe other Dolby Cinema movies soon.
It looks like a classy theater
How does it fare against other driveins?
Another lost treasure in San Diego.
Was it the first ever theater in San Diego?
When did dolby stereo get installed?
Why didn’t this theater show ET and Titanic during their runs? Those movies torched Star Wars as the top blockbusters of the 20th century!!!
Since Landmark is owned by 2929, they often show movies by Magnolia, Magnet, and 2929.
When this theater opened was it the largest in San Diego?
Any chance this will get a Dolby cinema?
Digiplex also now owns the Sparta theater since AMC bought carmike in nj.
dcubs, did aliens and alien 3 play here? I know future alien movies have played in this theatre’s successor.
Dolby Cinema information can be found at https://www.dolby.com/us/en/platforms/dolby-cinema.html. AMC has it as an exclusive for its larger theaters, while their competition have Regal RPX, Cinemark XD, as well as Big D which AMC acquired from Carmike. Worldwide, there a few chains that have it according to the website. The dolby auditorium is a retrofitted screen with projection that is crisper and natural and brighter than a normal screen, reserved rumbling recliners, and Dolby Atmos surround sound. Upon entering the theater, a video wall featuring the upcoming movie awaits moviegoers on their way to the theater. Before the movie, a soundcheck trailer is shown informing the audience about the process. Much like THX, a person checks all the equipment and seating before each show to make sure that the presentation is top notch. My local AMC in Rockaway is getting it soon.
I went to see Guardians in 2d in one of the auditoriums that had a 3d dispenser for the glasses. The preshow was in the wrong aspect ratio but the feature was in the correct aspect ratio. As for the movie it was awesome and the visuals and audio were good. This movie will have legs. I went by theater #9 and they’re hard at work on the Dolby Cinema. There’s a sign that says coming soon dolby cinema at amc.
I learned about this theater by watching the documentary Out of Print on amazon prime. It’s pretty good.
Conan also played here nearly 35 years ago; it was the last major original blockbuster to be mixed in mono.
One can take 4 up to 17 up to upstate NY and go to warwick for a true drive-in….