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Really one of my favorite places to see a movie in LA. The perfect neighborhood theatre. I would choose it over the Arclight any day (plus for the price of one movie ticket at the Arclight you can get a ticket, soda and popcorn and more legroom at the Vista!).
Moviefone still lists the theatre? Its been closed for a while…
Agreed. I only saw the Century Plaza as a Cineplex Odeon quad, but the National will always be my favorite LA theatre for presentation.
But Terminator moved to Mann’s Festival. Star Trek moved to AMC’s Avco. Probably Mann would have preferred to keep Star Trek had they not been most likely obligated to hold Dance Flick over for a second week at the Festival.
Star Trek sure had a quick run here and then moved to the Avco.
I saw that engagement of Dune in 70mm (all seats $2.00!). Was very impressive.
When it was last a cinema prior to the restoration it had a slightly curved scope screen in front of the proscenium. It extended i believe to just about where the purple lights are on either side of the stage in the recent interior photo 2 posts up. The Rialto once played “Empire Strikes Back” in 70mm either as 2nd run or a rerelease around 1981 or so. Not sure of any other past 70mm engagements, although the larger Temple Theatre up the hill had many.
Anyone know the seat count for the various auditoriums? They all seem about equal size, although the lower THX “twins” are actually smaller than the big one upstairs…
“went to the saturday 8:00PM show of Terminator Salvation in Graumans. It was barely half full. Maybe the Laker NBA Finals game going on at the same time diluted the audience, or maybe people were going to the D-Box show instead, or maybe more people were going to Arclight.”
I would say half full in a 1200 seat auditorium is pretty good, considering it was on 2 more screens at the Chinese 6 and 3 more at Arclight, not to mention several more theatres with in a 5 mile radius. I don’t think D-Box would suck too many patrons away form Graumans as there are only a handful of those seats installed at the Chinese 6.
A bit…saw this coming.
I think Mann and Arclight should sort out some agreement – Films that open at the Chinese don’t play the Dome but can be at Arclight screens, films that Open at the Dome can’t play Chinese but can play Chinese 6. Win-win for the Studios – great exposure for a film to be on Hollywood Blvd. at the Graumann’s Chinese and Chinese 6 which will overflow with tourists on foot who might not make it to the Arclight. Great for the locals and industry people who would rather go to the Arclight and not deal with tourists.
That and I think Mann should install a few more D-Box seats in different auditoriums including the Grauman’s, that way as a film winds down they can still offer D-Box in a smaller auditorium.
A first: Arclight AND Chinese both booking Terminator Salvation.
Mann should install some D-Box seats in the Grauman’s itself. If that’s what it takes to keep getting bookings. I wonder if this is the beginning of the Chinese Theatres and Arclight sharing the same booking just like Mann and Pacific do in Glendale, Mann and Muvico do in Thousand Oaks, AMC and Cinemark in Longbeach, and AMC and Regal in Irvine. Book everything everywhere and let the public decide. I am sure there are some who would rather not pay the Arclight premium for reserved seating, or even deal with reserved seating.
Street Fighter is on its 3rd week at the Chinese when most any other theatre has dumped it. Will it do a 4th? Really, if they cannot get good bookings they should show a classic (2001? Lawrence of Arabia?) or plan a week long festival (Classic SciFi? Star Trek I-VI) in the interim to make good use of the theatre that might actually bring in an audience.
Kram, thanks for helping put another nail in the coffin of one of the last great single screeners. Your comment runs counter to the spirit of this website. The Arclight is great and all, but there are many other great reasons to visit the Village and I would encourage everyone who hasn’t been there to do so.
Which auditorium? I gather the big one upstairs?
Side note: The last few times I attended the theatre near the end of Loews Cineplex run and throughout Mann’s management no film I have seen there seems to have been in surround at all. They just seemed to be turned off.
As much as I try to avoid this theatre sometimes it is the only place to see a film that has played out elsewhere. One must go in with low expectations and enjoy it for the train wreck as it is, especially if you see a scope picture in one of the small houses with a screen the size of TV when properly masked.
Not sure why Galaxy doesn’t operate both and keep a monopoly on that end of town. Its only a sum of 14 screens. Then again, the Galaxy 6 is a bit closer to the Regal Lakewood Stadium 15.
Meant “since Christmas”. This does not include premieres, just regular bookings for the general public. These days the Chinese and Chinese 6 has been losing most releases to the Arclight Hollywood. The mix of films at the Chinese & Chinese 6 has been 2 or 3 less desirable first run features and the rest of the screens showing stuff that has been moved over from the Arclight after it has played out. What I am saying is that since Christmas the Chinese Theatres have (happily) only had first run bookings of their own, rather than move-overs from another theatre.
Don’t know if the pattern will continue or if it is merely a result of a lot of product during the holidays. (See conversation above about the lousy year the Chinese and Chinese 6 have had).
Through Christmas, the Chinese and Chinese 6 have had only 1st run bookings. Its been a while!
I really wish someone would take it over if Mann has no booking leverage any longer. Its getting really sad.
Seems like the Arclight these days is grabbing all, holding it for at least 2 weeks since that is when most of the income for a film happens and then getting rid of them quicker than usual
Regal turned the East Valley 13 in Renton, WA into a 2nd run house when they opened the nearby The Landing 14. $3 all seats. 11 out of 13 screens are operating, though, because ceiling collapse in the 2 largest houses (according to Cinematour discussion). Regal also has the building up for sale, so they probably letting it limp along until they can off load it rather than keep it vacant.
Looks like the Chinese isn’t going to get much for the long Thanksgiving weekend. All films opening Wednesday are going to the Arclight (even Transporter 3!!) The Chinese will probably have to keep “Roll Models”, which will be on its 3rd weekend by then. 4 of the 6 screens of the Chinese 6 are showing move-overs from the Arclight. Seems like bloodbath continues. Hard to believe just 2 years it was booking event films like “Casino Royale”. The Arclight has been open for several years now, so I wonder why it is this year the the Chinese has seen such a precipitous drop in good bookings? Is it Mann’s fault? Would another operator like AMC or Regal be able to do any better?
Chinese 6 is already stadium..