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The LA Times article said the now standard dual Christie digital IMAX projector would be installed when it re-opens, then the theater would be the first to get laser next year.
I wonder: When a Disney title is offered in IMAX, will it play both the El Cap and the Chinese now, or just one or the other?
I actually think the IMAX brand is one of the only things that will draw current audiences to the Chinese, even though it’s vastly inferior to the theater as it is now.
I think they’re arguing it’s “LieMax” because it will be digital projection and a 1.90:1 screen rather than 1.44:1, not because of the size.
I cannot believe this is happening but… It’s re-opening again! Miracles do happen.
I, too, found the light level impressive, especially compared to the standard today, although I don’t think it’s going to change anyone’s mind on 3-D. If I were set on seeing a movie in 3-D, I would definitely go to (and pay extra for) a laser theater. But laser wouldn’t make me want to see something in 3-D that I was planning on otherwise seeing in 2-D.
“East of Eden” and “Splendor in the Grass” are 35mm, the rest digital.
I’m going to check it out on the second weekend. Will report back if no one else has by that time.
Yeah, if it was Real D it could not possibly be 90 feet. The format doesn’t allow for a screen that big at the moment.
Isn’t the maximum screen size for the Real D XL about 75'?
I believe they’re RealD and that’s why the screen size is now smaller than it was in past times.
No, AMC is actually upgrading to turn into a luxury theater—basically a Dine-In without the dining part—which I think will allow them to double-book with ArcLight. The question is why Landmark is getting a first-run blockbuster product in this case and not AMC, which has historically always gotten it.
There’s a somewhat interesting booking phenomenon going on in La Jolla right now… Since the opening of the new ArcLight, both AMC and Landmark have been robbed for content. ArcLight is getting pretty much everything, as one might have guessed. But on December 14, Landmark, which has not played a big blockbuster in well over a decade, will be getting “The Hobbit” alongside the ArcLight. This is somewhat bizarre because, pre-ArcLight, AMC definitely would have been the one to get that film.
For those with knowledge of how booking works: Is it possible that WB was not satisfied with the amount of seats ArcLight could provide for “The Hobbit” (their auditoriums are rather small, only 3 exceed 200 seats), but ArcLight didn’t want AMC to get the film as they are a more direct competitor, so WB agreed to run the simultaneous engagement at the Landmark? This is the weirdest booking I have ever seen a local Landmark get.
The AMC website lists ticket prices as much cheaper than the LA Times article above — $10 matinee, $12.50 evening.
Name has officially been changed to “UA Horton Plaza 8” on Fandango. So they must have kept the first new auditorium down the left hall.
AMC has now announced that the site will be converted to recliner seating in the Spring, but not a full Fork & Screen. One wonders if this will allow the theater to be classified as a “luxury theater,” thereby allowing AMC to book the same films that the new ArcLight La Jolla does. (ArcLight is, as expected, getting all the profitable stuff, leaving AMC the leftovers.)
When I asked AMC via Twitter if the addition of recliners would entail installing stadium risers, they responded that there would be “some.” There will have to be some level of remodel, I’m sure, because as it is, the recliners wouldn’t even fit through the doors of 8 of the auditoriums.
Reopened now as a luxury cinema: http://portnewport.com/calendar/
They are now only running 8 (not 7) auditoriums (this has been the case for the past week and is the case for the next week). I would have thought the “new” addition was shut down, if not for the extra auditorium.
Seems like a great property for Regency to pick up, though it’ll probably become retail given the popularity of the mall.
Brad— I don’t imagine double-booking will be a problem. The iPic less than a mile from the ArcLight Pasadena plays basically all the same stuff.
Really? I checked out the balcony one time I went, and it seems like if it’s a ‘Scope picture, you’re sitting way on top of the image (since it’s top-masked).
The Premiere Cinema on the whole is nice; the rest of the complex is only slightly better than your average Regal.
Yes, early reports were correct — there was one installed in #3.
For the Midnight screening specifically, yes… but sell-outs for this type of LA/NY exclusive are not at all rare. See: MOONRISE KINGDOM’s first week at the ArcLight. P-T-A has built a following that is close to Wes Anderson’s in terms of devotion. THERE WILL BE BLOOD sold out the two biggest auditoriums inside consistently for a week (albeit during the holidays).
I confirmed with a few people who saw the movie that the 70mm prints are matted to 1.85 as well.
It IS showing in the Dome in 70mm. Tickets are already onsale.
They were wrong about the Village engagement and now, with the Dome pre-selling in 70mm, I think they’re wrong about auditorium #3.