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markinthedark commented about Rialto Theater on May 30, 2009 at 10:38 am

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.

markinthedark commented about iPic Westwood on May 30, 2009 at 10:26 am

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…

markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 24, 2009 at 8:47 am

“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.

markinthedark commented about Eight Screen Multiplex Available in Renton on May 22, 2009 at 1:07 pm

A bit…saw this coming.

markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 22, 2009 at 10:14 am

I think Mann and Arclight should sort out some agreement – Films that open at the Chinese don’t play the Dome but can be at Arclight screens, films that Open at the Dome can’t play Chinese but can play Chinese 6. Win-win for the Studios – great exposure for a film to be on Hollywood Blvd. at the Graumann’s Chinese and Chinese 6 which will overflow with tourists on foot who might not make it to the Arclight. Great for the locals and industry people who would rather go to the Arclight and not deal with tourists.

That and I think Mann should install a few more D-Box seats in different auditoriums including the Grauman’s, that way as a film winds down they can still offer D-Box in a smaller auditorium.

markinthedark commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on May 19, 2009 at 10:28 am

A first: Arclight AND Chinese both booking Terminator Salvation.

markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 19, 2009 at 10:26 am

Mann should install some D-Box seats in the Grauman’s itself. If that’s what it takes to keep getting bookings. I wonder if this is the beginning of the Chinese Theatres and Arclight sharing the same booking just like Mann and Pacific do in Glendale, Mann and Muvico do in Thousand Oaks, AMC and Cinemark in Longbeach, and AMC and Regal in Irvine. Book everything everywhere and let the public decide. I am sure there are some who would rather not pay the Arclight premium for reserved seating, or even deal with reserved seating.

markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Mar 14, 2009 at 9:25 am

Street Fighter is on its 3rd week at the Chinese when most any other theatre has dumped it. Will it do a 4th? Really, if they cannot get good bookings they should show a classic (2001? Lawrence of Arabia?) or plan a week long festival (Classic SciFi? Star Trek I-VI) in the interim to make good use of the theatre that might actually bring in an audience.

markinthedark commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Mar 10, 2009 at 7:38 am

Kram, thanks for helping put another nail in the coffin of one of the last great single screeners. Your comment runs counter to the spirit of this website. The Arclight is great and all, but there are many other great reasons to visit the Village and I would encourage everyone who hasn’t been there to do so.

markinthedark commented about Beverly Center 13 Cinemas on Feb 24, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Which auditorium? I gather the big one upstairs?

Side note: The last few times I attended the theatre near the end of Loews Cineplex run and throughout Mann’s management no film I have seen there seems to have been in surround at all. They just seemed to be turned off.

As much as I try to avoid this theatre sometimes it is the only place to see a film that has played out elsewhere. One must go in with low expectations and enjoy it for the train wreck as it is, especially if you see a scope picture in one of the small houses with a screen the size of TV when properly masked.

markinthedark commented about National Theatre on Feb 3, 2009 at 8:36 am


markinthedark commented about Narrows Plaza cinema closing, Galaxy 6 moving into location on Jan 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Not sure why Galaxy doesn’t operate both and keep a monopoly on that end of town. Its only a sum of 14 screens. Then again, the Galaxy 6 is a bit closer to the Regal Lakewood Stadium 15.

markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 20, 2009 at 11:54 am

Meant “since Christmas”. This does not include premieres, just regular bookings for the general public. These days the Chinese and Chinese 6 has been losing most releases to the Arclight Hollywood. The mix of films at the Chinese & Chinese 6 has been 2 or 3 less desirable first run features and the rest of the screens showing stuff that has been moved over from the Arclight after it has played out. What I am saying is that since Christmas the Chinese Theatres have (happily) only had first run bookings of their own, rather than move-overs from another theatre.

Don’t know if the pattern will continue or if it is merely a result of a lot of product during the holidays. (See conversation above about the lousy year the Chinese and Chinese 6 have had).

markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 19, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Through Christmas, the Chinese and Chinese 6 have had only 1st run bookings. Its been a while!

markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Dec 7, 2008 at 10:02 pm

I really wish someone would take it over if Mann has no booking leverage any longer. Its getting really sad.

markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov 24, 2008 at 11:54 am

Seems like the Arclight these days is grabbing all, holding it for at least 2 weeks since that is when most of the income for a film happens and then getting rid of them quicker than usual

markinthedark commented about Fireweed 7 slashes price of movie tickets to $3 on Nov 23, 2008 at 8:50 pm

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.

markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov 23, 2008 at 8:10 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?

markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov 20, 2008 at 11:20 am

Chinese 6 is already stadium..

markinthedark commented about Upscale theater opens in Redmond on Nov 6, 2008 at 3:21 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.

markinthedark commented about World's smallest cinema on Oct 30, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Standard 35MM projection? Digital sound? THX?

markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Oct 5, 2008 at 11:00 pm

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.

markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Sep 26, 2008 at 2:16 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.

markinthedark commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Sep 26, 2008 at 10:55 am

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.

markinthedark commented about Regency Bruin Theatre on Sep 24, 2008 at 10:21 am

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