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markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov 23, 2008 at 10:10 pm

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?

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markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov 20, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Chinese 6 is already stadium..

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markinthedark commented about Upscale theater opens in Redmond on Nov 6, 2008 at 5:21 pm

The theatre was originally a Cineplex Odeon build in the mid ‘90’s. Remember, the $32 ticket appears to be JUST the ticket. They have the new Bond film coming. Why any studio would want to book their film here over the nearby Bella Botega 11 and have hundreds of seats available is beyond me. Makes the Arclight seem like a bargain. For $32 at the Arclight, you can have lunch and a drink at their cafe AND a movie ticket.

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markinthedark commented about World's smallest cinema on Oct 30, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Standard 35MM projection? Digital sound? THX?

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markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Oct 6, 2008 at 1:00 am

IN the Sunday LA times it appears that the Chinese and Chinese 6 get the new Ridley Scott film next Friday with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, so I guess there is some life left.

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markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Sep 26, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Thanks GrauMann. Would love to see the pictures of the Chinese Twin when you get them up. I went there only once before it was demolished, but have wanted to see it again out of curiosity. Please make an announcement when you get them up.

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markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Sep 26, 2008 at 12:55 pm

It seems to have been a dreadful summer there.

Are they deliberately letting it go or can they simply not compete for bookings, even with the most recognizable theatre on the planet?

I do not know the mechanations of the booking process or how last-moment changes can happen, but I have noticed at least 2 films lately, “Lakeview Terrace” and “Nights in Rodanthe” were not listed on the early week pre-sale page for Arclight Hollywood (but WERE for Arclight Sherman Oaks) then suddenly on Friday they are playing at the Arclight Hollywood. Is it possible that the Arclight can look at the performance of its slate over a weekend, make some last minute changes, and pull films slated for the Chinese/Chinese 6? This seems to be whats happening.

Mann seems to be heavily renting the Chinese 6 for press screenings and film festivals.

I sad as it sounds, I still wish some other chain would buy Mann (even AMC!!) just so the Chinese could get some films that people actually want to see.

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markinthedark commented about Regency Bruin Theatre on Sep 24, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Hainesway can you give us the link to the other photos?

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markinthedark commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Sep 8, 2008 at 1:49 pm

My last film in the Dome was “Rambo”. The CG expoding disembowelments looked great on the giant curved screen! I saw “Diving Bell & the Butterfly” on the same day. Probably the only person on earth who can say that.

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markinthedark commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Sep 8, 2008 at 2:10 am

I attended the last engagement of HTWWW and there was none of the audio issues. I noticed in the Arclight ad in the LA Times that Tropic Thunder showed in the dome after HTWWW in digital. I think they should have had HTWWW be the only film in the dome that day, do a run through in the morning, work out the kinks, and then play it later in the afternoon or evening for an audience. Its not every day you get to run 3-strip Cinerama and perhaps they should have been more prepared.

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markinthedark commented about Happy 30th, Star Wars! on Aug 31, 2008 at 12:53 am

Michael, how do you find access to all these newspapers around the country?

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markinthedark commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Aug 20, 2008 at 12:05 pm

However, wouldn’t a Warner Pacific showing be an industry screening closed to the public, thus making the Cinerama Dome showing the proper West Coast premiere for the public?

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markinthedark commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Aug 18, 2008 at 12:18 pm

bkress, whenever I go to the Dome I try to sit at the front of the loge as the main floor is a little too close for me. This was perfect for HTWWW when I saw it.

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markinthedark commented about Pacific Sherman Oaks 5 on Jul 17, 2008 at 3:56 pm

…and easy parking and no crowds…

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markinthedark commented about King Cat Theater on Jul 1, 2008 at 5:56 pm

Just wish they would change the name back to “The King”. Wasn’t it changed to King Cat by operators who made it a Jazz club for a while?

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markinthedark commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Jun 26, 2008 at 10:26 am

Recently saw Indy 4 at the Seattle Cinerama. The flatter screen with a milder curve was still huge and impressive. Even seemed larger than the pre-remodel screen when I used to see 70mm there. I have not seen 3-Strip at the Seattle Cinerama , only the Dome. I am also sure what the screen they use for 70mm in Seattle. The masking seemed opened all the way to the ceiling, so with more height available I am guessing slightly less width for 2.2:1.

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markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 23, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Chris, how was the crowd?

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markinthedark commented about Guild 45th Theatre on Jun 21, 2008 at 12:22 am

The programmers at Landmark have hit a new low: The Love Guru starts there today. Why not put it at the Metro??? Considering the history of these 2 theaters and the great films that have played there, it is an insult.

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markinthedark commented about King Cat Theater on Jun 21, 2008 at 12:18 am

The seat count (when a cinema) is probably inaccurate. It was more like 1000+.

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markinthedark commented about King Cat revitalized on Jun 21, 2008 at 12:17 am

I wish they would give this theatre back its original name: “The King”. My 2 times at the king were quite diverse: 1987 for my 17th birthday my parents took me to see “Lethal Weapon” there (when it was operated by GCC). Later, after college, I was privileged to see Jeff Buckley play there before his untimely death.

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markinthedark commented about Big Screen Revival Series at Culver Plaza Theatres on Jun 17, 2008 at 12:48 pm

I hope I don’t scare anyone from this series. I think any theatre that has the guts to put on a series of classics should receive support. Especially an independent 2nd run house that programs a nice variety of films (Hollywood, Independent and Foreign) like the Culver Plaza does. I just hope theatre management saw my comments so they can make a good effort to have quality control with presentation. I do not know if they ever received or read my email.

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markinthedark commented about Big Screen Revival Series at Culver Plaza Theatres on Jun 17, 2008 at 11:52 am

Hope their projectionist is on the ball. Last time I was there I saw 3:10 to Yuma in an auditorium that was staggering shows with another film. 3:10 was a 2.35 Scope film and the other film must have been 1.85 flat. When 3:10 started they had the wrong lens in the projector so and the picture was squished. This went on for a few minutes until I made a comment to an employee. They then put in the scope lens but left the 1:85 plate installed so the picture was a narrow strip with the top and bottom cut off. Then they put in the right plate but lens and squished again! This went back and forth for a bit for 10 minutes until they got it right, followed by another couple minutes to get the screen masking right. I almost walked out but really wanted to see Yuma on the big screen and this was the last place it was playing. I emailed the management at the address on their website but never got a response. So, again, I hope the projectionist is on the ball when handling these films of various ages, aspect ratios etc.

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markinthedark commented about Happy 15th anniversary, "Jurassic Park" and DTS!!! on Jun 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Edward, which auditorium at the Beverly Center did they put the DTS in? The “big” one upstairs?

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markinthedark commented about Happy 15th anniversary, "Jurassic Park" and DTS!!! on Jun 13, 2008 at 3:07 pm

My guess for the Trivia question is “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story”. It was one of the first films I saw in Dolby Digital. After Jurassic and DTS Universal went exclusively with “DTS Digital” and “DTS Stereo” for a time.

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markinthedark commented about Happy 15th anniversary, "Jurassic Park" and DTS!!! on Jun 13, 2008 at 1:03 pm

I saw it at the ACT III Crossroads 8 in Bellevue, WA in the big THX house (those were the great pre-stadium days!). Sound was fantastic. Cineplex Odeon would later put DTS in at least one of the auditoriums of most of their Seattle/Tacoma area theatres, but the results were less than fantastic. ACT III would later several all-THX/Dolby Digital theatres in the area that blew the Cineplex theatres out of the water. (All pre-stadium for the most part).

Are their any new builds that actually install DTS Digital these days?