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If this theatre were ever restored I would have mixed emotions because I love the 60’s/70’s era widescreen redo of the main floor auditorium.
The Arclight has no showtimes for Avatar 3-D at the Hollywood location on Dec. 18th, only the Sherman Oaks location. This normally means that the Chinese complex would be getting it. I do know that Fox hosted a screening of Avatar footage for Exhibs recently at the Chinese to promote the 3-D format. Does this mean the Chinese will be getting the film when it is released?
Called their number and they say “we need more time to get the theatre ready, call back Wednesday.” I can only imagine.
Well, the big day is here. Did it open?
I still think Pacific should acquire the Chinese (and the rest of Mann’s properties. Then they could book films at the Arclight and Chinese (perhaps even the same film if demand calls for it).
Landmark books mostly Disney fare at the Regent, sneaking in the occasional arthouse film if the Disney has nothing to provide. Crest does to some arthouse but seems to get mostly scraps (although lately they had The Hurt Locker and now Julie and Julia which is doing well. Both theatres seem to have had a reduced number of showtimes often only doing a 9-10 show on weekends and having the first matinee in the 1:30 – 2:30 range.
looks like some words are missing. Also what is an RMP?
Would be sad to lose the Fairfax.
Wonder who the new operator will be. It should go truly discount. Last time I was there Mann had the price mid-range (for Los Angeles) at $9.75.
I felt that a major operator (say Pacific) should have taken over the theatre, gutted it, and rebuilt. Pacific could have played the same films there as the Grove, offering people an option.
Personally I wish Mann would sell its remaining operations and leases to Pacific. Mann does seem to be slowly shutting down.
Big bummer. Not quite the loss that the National was but another but another symbolic step in the wrong direction.
LA times reports Mann will not renew leases on Westwood’s Village and Bruin:
correct. really there should be 2 separate listings: 1 for Grauman’s Chinese and the other for Chinese 6
Nice photos. You should send them to Cinematour
At least the Chinese has booked something to see. Subpar bookings lately as most film go to the Arclight
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.