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If the Arclight website is correct then the Chinese is in for a lousy summer, year, what have you. Aside from the Strangers which starts tomorrow at the Chinese and WALL-E, which will most certainly be at the El Capitan, the next wide release coming up that is not listed on the Arclight Hollywood’s coming soon page is New Line’s Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D on July 11th!!
Brad’s letter can be found here:
Hey Brad, is there any way you can link to the letter for those of us not in LA? (or give us the text)?
Having trouble with it Michael. Do we have to join your group to view the photos?
As has every Indiana Jones flick. Since Warner Bros. (Batman) and Paramount (Indiana Jones) jointly own Mann theatres, does their ownership have any affect that Mann has on bookings? It seems like it used to be that Mann would get all the decent Warner and Paramount bookings in Hollywood and Westwood. But even in Westwood, Iron Man ended up at the AMC Avco!!
Just FYI good discussion starting up on Grauman’s Chinese page RE how Arclight has started to get all the good bookings lately:
Last comment from me:
It wasn’t like that for the first couple years that the Arclight was open, but these days the Arclight is THE place in LA to see a film. Whenever I go you see celebrities and industry people who would really rather not deal with all the tourists on Hollywood Boulevard. My feeling is studios really want their films at the Arclight for the prestige factor. Its sad because the Chinese puts on a good show. A few years ago the Chinese and even Chinese 6 were getting films like Lord of the Rings: FOTR, Black Hawk Down, Star Wars Ep 1 and 2 and Insomnia. All of those would certainly play at the Arclight if released today.
Yikes, thats still 3 weeks off. I bet they were hoping Speed Racer had done better. Hope Mr. Shymalan is back in form after that stinker “Lady in the Water”.
The Arclight tells you which film is playing in the Dome in their LA Times ad and on their website (Dome showtimes are in bold).
Anyone have any idea what the Chinese is going to get to replace the dud “Speed Racer” since the Arclight seems to get most of the good bookings these days?
Not sure. They took out the parking lot west of the building.
Is DLP equipment (and any other digital projection) “fixed” with a specific auditorium at a theatre or can it be moved around among auditoriums as demand for a title decreases?
I hear the Vine will be showing it exclusively in projected analog RCA Spectravision. They put a rush on getting the discs made now. Casings for the discs have been purchased out of the bargain bin Amoeba. They will have to remove the old “Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Extended Edition” discs first. An old curved RCA projection TV screen has been removed from the now closed Shakey’s Pizza on Hollywood Blvd. and is being installed at the Vine. Steven Spielberg and Janusz Kamiski are working furiously on a 4:3 pan & scan version for the venue. OK I’ll stop now…
Something tells me someone was misinformed.
Certainly if Mann still had a few more screens in Westwood, Paramount’s Iron Man would be at the Village or National.
Mister Topps, where exactly on IMDB did you read that the Chinese and the Arclight would get Indy 4 at the same time?
That ain’t recent!
BLADE RUNNER also played later in its run at Mann’s Chinese 6 complex for a week or so in “Digital Projection”. Any ideas what they have there?
If I’m in LA in May I’ll be at the Village to watch me some good old fashioned film. If I am in Seattle, hopefully Indy at the Cinerama. If they do strike a 70mm print, I will be at that theatre…Just wish I could have seen it at The National.
is it something about Indy 4?
I know that Janusz Kaminski (DP for Indy 4) likes film over digital. I think that he and Spielberg will continue using film as long as they can.
I guess that fact that Mann Theatres being owned by WB and Paramount has little to do with booking Paramount movies at the Chinese.
Think this film will spin off into son-of-indy films?
Why not 70MM six-track magnetic?
Is the Chinese (and extra screens at Chinese 6) really a no-brainer? Arclight has been getting most good booking lately, including Paramount. Chinese gets the occasional decent booking with extra screens added at the Chinese 6. The rest of the Chinese 6 seems to get a lot of schlocky bookings and 2nd runs. The place is very well run, though. I’ve been there twice in the past couple months.
Westwood: AMC Avco has been getting some Paramount product, but usually not the grade A bookings (they got Drillbit Taylor eg.) Could they make a bid for Indy?
“No time for love Dr. Jones! We got company!”.