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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..
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.
Standard 35MM projection? Digital sound? THX?
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.
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.
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.
Hainesway can you give us the link to the other photos?
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.
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.
Michael, how do you find access to all these newspapers around the country?
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?
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.
…and easy parking and no crowds…
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?
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.
Chris, how was the crowd?
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.
The seat count (when a cinema) is probably inaccurate. It was more like 1000+.
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.
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.
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.
Edward, which auditorium at the Beverly Center did they put the DTS in? The “big” one upstairs?
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.