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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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
True, although it’s safe to say that audience disruptions are a large part of what’s keeping them away and are very much a part of the grander problem of an homogenized exhibition environment.
The difference is that now, home viewing is an alternative. As majestic as the Village’s screen is, I’d rather stay at home than put up with a bunch of un-policed texting and Internet browsing during a film. Such behavior is downright disrespectful to the medium. Ironically, your comment “theaters need to survive” supports our point. Adults have bailed on traditional moviegoing because they have to put up with audience disruptions like this; attendance among younger audiences, especially at the suburban megaplex, has never been higher percentage-wise.
While the Burbank 16 has long been my favorite generic chain megaplex in LA, I was very put off when seeing “Red” last Thursday. Apparently, they’ve decided to include bottled water in AMC’s no outside food policy—ludicrous! I was told that if I didn’t want to pay for water, I would have to pour my bottle out and fill it up at the drinking fountain. While I loved AMC’s prior policy allowing outside food, I didn’t mind the introduction of a ban given theaters increasingly rely on concessions for profitability. But WATER!? Sheesh. I’ll consider a different theater next time.
“Unless you are a projectionist or have Toscanini’s ear, almost all theaters have acceptable presentation and sound.” — dctrig, you must be the luckiest regular theatergoer alive… While the other locations you cited—Burbank and the Vista—generally have solid presentation, I would contend that there is SOME presentation problem at least 20% of the time I see 35mm film in greater Los Angeles. In other areas—I split my time between LA and San Diego—that number approaches 50%.
dctrig, are you saying that Regency is now actively allowing electronic devices on the balcony? The front row of the balcony is my favorite place to watch a movie at the Village and I’ve never spotted anybody up there using such things. (That said, the past two times, I’ve been the lone person up there.)
Caught HEREAFTER last night — the bulb was flickering pretty bad for a location with such typically pristine presentation. Hopefully they change it out before POTTER tonight.
False alarm! Showtimes through Tuesday have been added (Wednesday will have moveovers)! Looks like those of us who wanted to check the place out will have some more time.
Looks like the Atlantic Palace 10 will be put to rest this weekend. Showtimes are only posted through Sunday, which is usually the clear sign a location will close.
Any word on whether the opening has been delayed? The Regency site still says 10/28, but there are no showtimes anywhere and 10/28 is a mere day away.
I’m not so sure I’d call it “snagged,” Brad. The Chinese will be using Grauman’s + two more theaters for AFI Fest that week. They just couldn’t swing DUE DATE with SAW 3D already taking up two screens.
The Crest is now on the Carmike website and actively ticketing on Fandango.
Just saw “Life as We Know it” at 7:10 tonight and was one of four in the audience. Still the best balcony on the planet.
They installed Sony 4K, really? Terrific news. I thought Carmike only used Christie.
Regency is re-opening the theater soon as a discount house, according to their website. Wow.
To be fair, INCEPTION is rare in that it’s a three-hour long movie. If the movie is only 100 minutes and you get in and out quickly, you’ll be able to park for free before 6.
But yeah, it’s a problem. The AMPCO garage the Crest had (still has?) a validation deal with used to be open late and on weekends (for only $3 all day Sat/Sun), but it has had limited hours for two years now.
Still, Westwood parking gets a bad wrap given you can still park for only $3 on Bronxton after 5, and I’m pretty sure Regency has continued the policy of giving you a $1 discount if you show your parking ticket.
So LET ME IN bombed, grossing less than $2 million opening Friday. Not even the ArcLight sold out its 200-seat house for the prime show last night. Doesn’t speak well for the kind of business it’s doing at the Crest; hopefully Carmike is mindful of this.
But beyond that, the fact is, most of us only have time for one or two movies a week. When that’s the situation, you’re far more inclined to pick by the movie, not the venue. All the better if The Crest has something I want to see, but other than trying to avoid megaplexes, I’m not going to adhere to any hard-and-fast venue rules.
I think the attendance has more to do with a bad booking than anything else. I guarantee ALPHA AND OMEGA didn’t have more than 10 people at a weekday evening show anywhere in Greater Los Angeles. Couple that with the fact that Westwood is hardly a kid’s town. I’d expect LET ME IN to do much better.