Comments from Danny Baldwin

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Reading Cinemas allowed patrons to use Pacific passes for the locations they took over for nearly a YEAR.

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Danny Baldwin commented about UltraStar closes three southern California operations on May 28, 2011 at 5:12 am

This is somewhat misleading — La Costa and Del Mar are being remodeled / turned into luxury concepts by Cinépolis.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 25, 2011 at 5:14 am

They are getting X-MEN instead.

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Danny Baldwin commented about La Paloma Theatre on May 13, 2011 at 5:53 am

Yep, that is indeed the story.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas - Del Mar on May 13, 2011 at 3:16 am

NC Times story confirms UltraStar has bailed on the remodel and handed it off to an unnamed chain (which my sources say is Cinépolis)… just like they recently did with the La Costa 6. Seems doubtful it will reopen for summer when you drive by, and considering that the exhib has decided to remain anonymous for now.

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Danny Baldwin commented about AMC La Jolla 12 on May 11, 2011 at 3:13 am

Rumored to be undergoing a remodel at yet-to-be-determined date, according to the Cinema Society, which has changed venues as a result. Fork and Screen, maybe? Eliminating all or part of the Theater 10-12 corridor for a kitchen would work, although the back of the concession stand is pretty big already. They applied for a liquor license several months back.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on May 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm

How is it different than IMAX 3D in terms of “overkill”?

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas - La Costa on May 6, 2011 at 4:06 am

Yep, confirmed it will be a 21+ food/drink concept: http://bit.ly/kWvOU7 Will be interesting to see what they do.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas - La Costa on May 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I think I’ve got it now… As many of you know, Cinépolis has a luxury concept in Mexico… It would make sense, given the upscale mall, that they would do a similar U.S. version a la Gold Class with $25 tickets and alcohol service.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Apr 30, 2011 at 1:30 am

Did you read another article, or is this further speculation? Even though the deal closes in three weeks, the likelihood that they would just shut it down right away is close to nothing, IMO.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Apr 29, 2011 at 1:52 am

I think that’s being WAY cynical. A lot of people would have a lot to say about eliminating what is perhaps the most iconic symbol of Hollywood after to the sign…

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Danny Baldwin commented about Regency Village Theater on Apr 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Mark, what I meant was move it on a permanent basis. It would make more sense to be in the Village, given I’m sure there are 3D premieres they’d want there.

The Village used to have a digital projector with REAL D in the Mann days. Last movie to be seen that way, IIRC, was “The Final Destination.”

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Danny Baldwin commented about Regency Village Theater on Apr 28, 2011 at 4:30 am

It is listed as Harry Potter 3D… wonder if that means they’ll be installing a new digital projector in the Village, or maybe moving the Bruin’s.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas - La Costa on Apr 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I am now being told that Cinépolis will be the new exhibitor… in what would appear their first U.S. location!?!? Will it be a Spanish subbed/dubbed site? While there are plenty of Spanish-speakers in the area, the mall is such an upscale / elderly Caucasian type of place that that would be weird. But it might just work.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas - La Costa on Apr 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I have just been informed that UltraStar has given the location up (YES!!!). A new, unidentified company plans to come in and remodel. No details on the timeline. Who will it be? With pushes for a new theater in the former Home Depot Expo lot not five miles away, one wonders if the La Costa 6 will become an indie theater or perhaps a discount house under a Starplex-like operator.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Five Star Cinema Glendale on Mar 28, 2011 at 12:20 am

Last day is June 30, according to this article. It may become a night-club. View link

A shame — one of the better older multiplexes, the bulk of them THX certified.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm

The Chinese is getting FOUR new movies this weekend! Too bad they are THE RITE, THE MECHANIC, FROM PRADA TO NADA, and IP MAN II, but these should at least get SOME attendance (especially THE RITE in Grauman’s).

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Danny Baldwin commented about Village Theatre on Jan 6, 2011 at 1:25 am

This has several pictures of the completely rundown theater inside before renovations: View link

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Danny Baldwin commented about Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas - Del Mar on Jan 2, 2011 at 8:21 am

I have e-mailed UltraStar’s feedback address, VP Damon Rubio directly, and sent their central office a certified letter about problems of their locations. No response, ever, and the list of simple things they could fix is lengthy. For instance, the La Costa 6’s masking automation in every auditorium is supposedly broken, and the staff has no plans on fixing it, so Flat movies have empty space on the sides. Screen 4 at Flower Hill has a sizable tear and Screen 1 prints are always scratched at the same place. The list goes on. They don’t care in the least—really a terrible operator.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Music Hall Theatre on Dec 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I had hoped the one good thing that would come out of the Beverly Center 13 and the Fairfax closing would be the Music Hall doing better second-run business. Guess not.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Music Hall Theatre on Dec 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm

The Beverly Hills Patch reports the Music Hall will likely close in early 2011 if Laemmle isn’t provided cheaper lease terms, even though their current lease is under market value. Doesn’t look good: View link

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Danny Baldwin commented about Edwards Atlantic Palace 10 on Dec 10, 2010 at 1:15 am

“Buried” is playing this week at the Atlantic Palace after raking up several critics' awards this past… a good option to catch up with a flick that demands the theatrical experience, at $3 no less. Compared to the often unattractive lineup of third-run product they’ve had lately, this is a refreshing booking. I’ll be going, for sure.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Dec 10, 2010 at 1:08 am

If the full vertical height was used, the film could not be any wider, so as to maintain the film’s correct aspect ratio — it’s simple geometry… 78.7% of the available width would have been used.

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Danny Baldwin commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Dec 10, 2010 at 12:39 am

So you are saying the full vertical height of the screen was not used? In that case, I would assume the movie was projected from some sort of LCD projector off of a DVD or Blu-Ray, and that format would be the fault of the program’s organizers, not the ArcLight.

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Danny Baldwin commented about Highland Theatre on Nov 25, 2010 at 5:11 am

The main house (#2) is pretty big—definitely in the 300 seat realm—but the other two are very small. All have fixed aspect ratios, so yes, it’s a place for Flat movies only really. The price pretty much reflects what you get.