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To be fair, INCEPTION is rare in that it’s a three-hour long movie. If the movie is only 100 minutes and you get in and out quickly, you’ll be able to park for free before 6.
But yeah, it’s a problem. The AMPCO garage the Crest had (still has?) a validation deal with used to be open late and on weekends (for only $3 all day Sat/Sun), but it has had limited hours for two years now.
Still, Westwood parking gets a bad wrap given you can still park for only $3 on Bronxton after 5, and I’m pretty sure Regency has continued the policy of giving you a $1 discount if you show your parking ticket.
So LET ME IN bombed, grossing less than $2 million opening Friday. Not even the ArcLight sold out its 200-seat house for the prime show last night. Doesn’t speak well for the kind of business it’s doing at the Crest; hopefully Carmike is mindful of this.
But beyond that, the fact is, most of us only have time for one or two movies a week. When that’s the situation, you’re far more inclined to pick by the movie, not the venue. All the better if The Crest has something I want to see, but other than trying to avoid megaplexes, I’m not going to adhere to any hard-and-fast venue rules.
I think the attendance has more to do with a bad booking than anything else. I guarantee ALPHA AND OMEGA didn’t have more than 10 people at a weekday evening show anywhere in Greater Los Angeles. Couple that with the fact that Westwood is hardly a kid’s town. I’d expect LET ME IN to do much better.
The Facebook page now indicates the Crest will be getting LET ME IN, SAW 3D, TANGLED 3D, and TRON 3D. Carmike does indeed have far more booking leverage.
Very good considering the movie has been out for six weekends and is a move-over for the Regent…
Facebook is here: http://www.facebook.com/cresttheatre?ref=ts
The 3D was installed the morning of 9/24, it seems.
The Crest’s Facebook states they’re now equipped with DLP and REAL D, and are now showing ALPHA AND OMEGA that way. It will play for one more week, meaning they should indeed either get LET ME IN or CASE 49 on Friday.
Two week contract, Brad. ALPHA AND OMEGA continues into its second week.
However, next week, provided AVCO only gets THE SOCIAL NETWORK (they can only make room for one unless they drop EASY A after only two weekends, which is unlikely), then the Crest will have its pick of LET ME IN or CASE 49 next week.
Goldstein writes they’re playing “Alpha and Omega” right now, but it’s not on any websites, including Carmike’s.
Wow. The article is here: View link
With 3D to bring in many of those releases alongside the Bruin, who else thinks the AVCO may be the next casualty in Westwood?
Anybody got any speculation on when we’ll see the takeover? The Crest website and phone line are officially out of service, no hint on who’s next. WALL STREET 2 would be a Crest kinda movie; maybe that’s what they’ll re-open with?
The most logical idea would be AMC taking it, with Avco as the move-over, but the chances of them acquiring a single screen with a poor history of profitability is about as likely as Los Angeles freezing over today.
What I’m piecing together is that the Fine Arts guy bought the theater, and someone else is leasing it from him? It is on his website, after all. Maybe it’s a special agreement where he will use it for screenings at off hours and they will use it during business hours? We’ll know on Friday, right?
If that’s true, I wonder if they’d ever consider saving the Festival.
So who do people think? Regency? Laemmle?
All it takes for the Chinese to get a new movie every week or every few weeks is some horrible August crap that ArcLight won’t touch.
I think there’s still a chance for a double-booking with WB ala TERMINATOR SALVATION. When they installed 3D at the Chinese, they must have been thinking about a big movie that would help bring a return on that investment. HARRY POTTER would be that movie. But maybe I’m overly optimistic.
NANNY MCPHEE 2 doesn’t show up on MovietTickets.com — weird.
Times are now out. They will get three new movies, pretty good for them even considering that they’re all August-dump films. LOTTERY TICKET gets Grauman’s and PIRANHA 3D will join VAMPIRES SUCK in the mall.
I think ArcLight Hollywood just hasn’t posted times yet, Brad. (THE SWITCH was pre-selling for a couple of weeks, the rest of the bunch were just added for Sherman Oaks today.) Three screens at the Chinese 6 are already taken up for the LA Latino Film Festival this weekend, and VAMPIRES SUCK is getting two screens. This means they only have one screen + Grauman’s for new content over the weekend, which probably only means one movie. My guess: PIRANHA 3D takes both.
“Eat Pray Love” would certainly appear to be doing very well there; it sold 52 Internet tickets for the prime showing tonight, which is the most I’ve ever seen. (The website isn’t very well advertised and tickets come at a $3 premium online.)
The other interesting element on that note: “…the Julia Roberts drama ‘Eat Pray Love,’ between Aug. 13 and 19.” Does this mean that Bucksbaum will be in charge for just one more week? That would seem to indicate the new operator will continue to run films, as presumably the movie comes with a two-week contract. I guess he could’ve wheeled and dealed and it could move to AVCO after just a week, but that seems doubtful. Then again, maybe the writer of the article was providing an inaccurate timeline.
Given the hints that the place has operated at a loss for a lot of Bucksbaum’s ownership, I doubt we’ll see anything so extravagant, Chris! I have actually found the seats there pretty comfortable.
Unfortunately, William’s probably dead on.
The Crest will be closed this coming week for “cleaning and renovations.” Curious if that just means the typical stuff or we’ll notice a difference. They’ll re-open on the 13th with “Eat, Pray, Love”.