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As the phones have gotten smarter, the public has gotten dumber. I attended a movie recently, woman arrived late with 2 bratty children in tow. Takes out the phone, starts looking at Facebook mid movie. I coughed to get attention and got a nasty glare in my way.
Gave it a few minutes, continued. I went and got a manager and she actually engaged him in a loud debate about the situation. Oh they left early.
Then the small child who began playing a Nintendo DS during a crucial scene of “Man of Steel” while the parent sat by idly.
This was at early morning shows. I don’t even want to think what it’s like in the evening.
People have become insufferable. No clue of how to act in public and terrifying enough, it’s getting worse.
Well now this theatre can be marked as “RENOVATING”. Photos from the remodel have been promised on their Facebook page for the duration.
Here’s hoping that they re-open on time for November 8th (or at least by the 13th), if so I’ll try to get some photos to post up here.
From the theatre’s Facebook page…
“Have you heard the news? We are about to experience extensive renovations to our Embarcadero Center Cinema and will be temporarily closed starting this Fri, June 28 until November. When we reopen, guests will experience new changes including newly remodeled concessions and box office areas, and the addition of a wine and beer bar! Be sure to come out and see a film from now until Thurs, June 27.”
Landmark notes that the expected re-opening date in early November.
The Uptown seems to be closer to re-opening. Renovations continuing and during Black Music Month, the venue will be open for a day of “hard hat tours”
The full story on KYW Newsradio’s site
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Not a problem, his email address seems to be there- I’d have just contacted him directly in case he isn’t a regular visitor here.
The blog Mission Mission posted up a photo of someone with a tattoo of the marquee of this theatre.
Now that is one photo for this page!
Another weekend at the AMC Woodhaven.
Saturday 6/15, I attended “This is the End”, a digital presentation with quite a sparse, but well behaved crowd. I was entertained, laughed at some parts of it, couldn’t get a song out of my head. If you see it you’ll understand.
Sunday 6/16 was quite a large crowd for a Sunday morning showing of “Man of Steel” on film. Once again the ones whom don’t get out much show it in not being able to separate themselves from their precious “smart"phones for 2 ¾ hours.
People actually brought infants to this screening. Unreal. One young girl in front of me actually brought out and began to play on an Nintendo DS during the movie. Thankfully the management and crew here at the Woodhaven are awesome and took care of it and apologized for the actions of others.
It was run on film- however, I really think this movie was more suited for a digital, perhaps IMAX experience.
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Folks, “Man of Steel” is not a movie for small children. With promos, snipes, trailers, commercials and the movie itself, expect to spend close to three hours there. It is an intense violent movie.
Actually now this venue is known as the Tilton 8 & IMAX. The IMAX opened back in May with Iron Man 3. According to the AC Press article on the venue, it’s boasting an 85-foot IMAX screen and Series 2 IMAX Digital Projection in a 400-leather seat theater.
Four additional auditoriums are scheduled to open May 17, and the remaining three by June 7, company President Bruce Frank said.
So by this posting (6/12/13) you’d think it would be all open. However the website for this is only showing IMAX screen times.
Frank said the new IMAX theater will charge $17 for adults and $15 for children. There is no additional charge for IMAX in 3-D, he said.
While everyone is scampering off this weekend to see “Man of Steel” in IMAX, IMAX 3D or 3D- I shall be taking the opportunity to enjoy what is supposed to be a tremendous movie shown on film. I am enjoying this for as long as I possibly can.
exactly Ed, thanks. I saw the footage in a Marx Brothers documentary wish I could have been there. But “settled” for seeing Duck Soup and Night at the Opera at my beloved Castro Theatre
watching the show that aired- he also has another business in there, a gym with full size competition room. The owner said it was a storage room.
He made a point to keep the marquee as to hold the history of the building.
The narrator said that this was built in 1926, serving as movie theatre, vaudeville house and gathering place for the residents of Chinatown.
Normally I visit this venue for the IMAX experience. But sometimes a particular movie will get me here, as it doesn’t open in my region for quite some time.
This past Saturday 6/8/13 saw me visit and have a screening in the downstairs “Canal” while oddly configured, was a comfortable, big screen and well presented.
One of the things I get a kick of here is actually the commercials. Between the real estate agent, camps and I was surprised to see a spot for “Book of Mormon”
Enjoyable overall experience at this spot.
it’s a shame it is no longer there. Green Acres seemed to be the place to be!
without question, as I commented about a multiplex still using film in this day and age.
I find it hard to believe that a multiplex showing a wide release in IMAX 3D is hardly noteworthy or any of the comments on this multiplex, which is why I think the Facebook page is more the place for them.
very happy to “report” that film is still being run in this great complex. As nice as some might find digital to be and with the “death of film” being claimed to be at the end of the calendar year, I will choose seeing a movie here when I can.
good that they’ve got a facebook page, perhaps your comments are better suited for that, since that’s been the level of them. Hardly a historic/informational comment that you’ve seen a movie there.
if everyone posted up when they saw a movie at a particular theatre or had a bowel movement there in, this site would crash.
Happy that this venue is still operating, even as a live theater. I was inside and really enjoyed it, with alot of people around that time of night, as long as you pay attention to your surroundings- you should be fine- not taking your life in “chance” ( never heard that expression before- shrug)
August has Miss Diana Ross in concert here for 2 nights and then in the fall a performance of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
A much needed update required here. After some “unpleasantness” the Pink Diamonds closed.
The Power Exchange sex club (formerly from Otis Street in SOMA) now makes it’s ‘home’ here. I’d guess it has been doing so since sometime in 2010. Seems to be still going strong today, as there was a Yelp review posted up on 5/30/13.
I’ve not been there since the Campus days- partly due to it’s location and it’s newer incarnations aren’t my “thing”
well Landmark didn’t take it when they took over the Philadelphia based Ritz theaters. Might that change now?
quite a historic venue this. The GEVI lists this venue as the first to show “softcore gay porn” back in 1968.
Video tour of the Moorlyn
Thanks for that Gary.
I was able to get to Coronet a few times during my visits. One of the theatres I miss so in San Francisco.
Some thirty six years ago, “Star Wars” was playing to record crowds here.
The SF Chronicle has some great photos and older ads commerating this..
With the selling off of the Moorlyn and Strand in Ocean City and demolition of the Beach in Cape May- this remains the only seashore theatre owned by the Franks.
Reason being says Bruce Frank “That’s just because nobody’s bought it yet"
the Strand re-opens for Memorial Day weekend 2013, with 2 of its 5 showrooms having digital projection.
The other 3 showrooms will not open this summer due to damage from Sandy.
Article with new ownership being featured here
The Moorlyn is back, complete with the Art Deco marquee as featured in the video attached with this article from the Atlantic City Press.
All 4 of the Moorlyn screens will be functional for the Memorial Day weekend 2013, digital projectors and being fitted for multi-purpose use.