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Jeff, I’m not really trying to be rude, but you said all new movies are nothing but “crap” and the moviegoing experience is so bad you prefer not to attend and there’s no movies for adults.
If others followed your example, there would be no movies theaters left open for daily movies including many historic movie theaters that are still open!
Bill at least recognizes “3 or 4 really good movies per year”
If you don’t enjoy new movies, that’s your problem, and on that point, the best I can say is what the King of Spain said recently to a South American leader “Shut up!”
Just to cite the movies that were indeed VERY worthwhile in the last few months, earlier this year I enjoyed “Ratatouille” at the Ziegfeld, and elsewhere, I saw the remake of “3:10 to Yuma” Though a documentary, “The Rape of Europa” which played the Paris, was great!These movies were just fine for us grown-ups and I didn’t experience any intolerable problems of cell phone/text messaging abuse or coughing, talking, or blocked views, to cite your whines above. I would, though, be happy if movie theaters could employ a system to shut down the cell phones. As to price, movies are reasonably priced. Concessions are too high.
photo of Auditorium facing Proscenium Arch, September 2007:
I’m not Board, but when I receive messages they all have at their end, an option to opt out for that theater. That option always works for me.
Today’s email also announces that Coming Soon will be a 70mm print of Lawrence of Arabia. Blade Runner, the Final Cut is also coming. Currently playing is American Gangster.
oh, never mind, there’s more photo sets.
I must be missing something at the Flickr gallery because I don’t see many photos of what the theater looks like now. I see photos of a few people, a curtain, a platter system, etc.
Last Saturday afternoon, I saw “American Gangster"
There was no preshow, no slides, no trailers (often up to 10 at AMC theaters). The movie was the first presentation on the screen! I thought starting with the movie itself was elegant. The Pearl also employed the usual perfect film projection and surround sound. American Gangster is a very good movie. I didn’t realize until the closing wording that it is a true story (which I confirmed online). After all the credits, there’s another scene.
Hold your angst, we were jesting.
Well, if Roadshow reports that all the chairs are gone, then I guess so!
Thanks for the clarification, but since there’s a private screening, it doesn’t sound likely that the interior is being stripped away (yet).
“The interior hasn’t been touched….”
Roadshow, on November 1, you wrote here
“The demolition may be temporarily halted, but the owners have already begun to strip away the interior of the theatre."
Why did you make that assertion?
Yes, Ron, and no longer listed as Clearview’s. I will send in those corrections.
Why does reopening the theater rate a yawn?
is there an Internet company site to Odeon cinemas in the US? In the US, Cineplex Odeon merged into Loews, and then the combined company merged into AMC. Many existing theaters are now AMC Loews, and new theaters are AMC, but no Odeon.
Somewhere online says “Blade Runner, the Final Cut” is a 2 week engagement.
There’s no movie listed online at AMC website for this Wednesday.
Perhaps the premiere of “Lions for Lambs” or “No Country for Old Men”?
Where is this “fact” from?
My copy of this Marquee (2nd Q 2007)arrived in today’s mail.
I’m guessing the lease doesn’t say “If, I, the landlord, wish to sell the property, the lease is over” just as it doesn’t say “I, the tenant, have the right to transfer the lease to any other tenant without asking permission of the landlord”
In other words, Landmark was equally happy to walk away.
By the way, thanks for all the appreciation you have for this Art Deco gem & for photographing it.
Ok, but a lease means the tenant had a right to stay for 4 years. A tenant who wants to stay because it is making money doesn’t think “oh, better go, landlord doesn’t want me anymore” or “I will make the landlord happy & leave” Right?
The theater page may not be accurate, but somebody stated that Landmark’s lease had a few more years to run. IF that’s the case, then it sounds like a mutual decision with Landmark happy to depart.
Well, then, you will appreciate that on October 6, 1983, the World Premiere in 70mm of “Never Say Never Again” took place at the National.
There’s no mystery there, Roadshow, click on my name. I am a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy as well as the Theatre Historical Society of America, and a frequent contributor to these pages. I’ve been to almost every historic theater in Los Angeles.
Some of you actually did made snide comments at the insider who said months ago that the theater was going to be demolished. Then, some of you focussed on what classic films could be shown at midnight to the oh so few people who attended. The handwriting was on the wall months ago…but…
Doesn’t actually matter- the National wasn’t going to continue for movies. That’s not what I wish- Mark is right, it is a prefectly designed auditorium.
We all want historic theaters to survive. I agree that the National is worthwhile to consider for historic designation. If it got it though, expecting movies to resume is truly a longshot. Look at the Villa in Salt Lake City, selling rugs.
Of course, if you have a meal & drink movie exhibitor willing to make a serious bid to buy or lease, that would be interesting.
Nothing has changed in the last few years!
Regardless of what you may have heard from whoever, once designated, buildings stay protected.
Also, when a major chain departs operating a moviehouse & an indie takes over, and has a manager barely out of school, and arthouse films that can’t fill 10% of the house start to appear….and people who know make it clear that the theater is going to be demolished….why sit around believing the theater has been saved?
Well, now the wool is pulled from eyes, and the interior is being gutted? Is that correct?
Even if the exterior of the National got designated, the interior would be a retail store or restaurant or something. Does that please people?
Here’s what is realistic:
Save the South Pasadena Rialto for entertainment.
Save the exterior (and maybe cinema use) of the NuWilshire.
Save the Village & Bruin, for which you have 3 or fewer years to do.
the National for films is done.
Roadshow, let me repeat, one more time: landmark protection in LA is permanent, NOT only for one year.
The Carthay Circle, if demolished around 1970, might have been a bit early for any city to designate as historic a movie palace. Few American movie palaces were “saved” and reused for other uses before then. No LA movie palace (including the RKO Hillstreet and Metropolitan/Paramount downtown) seems missed as much as the Carthay Circle.