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Closed January 28, 2007 and demolished shortly thereafter. Now a Staples. I worked there for the final two years of its operation.
Unmasked screens are the new thing at AMC when they renovate (at least for fixed-width screens). It’s an entirely unwelcome development, but at least they aren’t decommissioning the masking at existing/non-redone venues like Regal is. (Who decided this was a good idea, I have no idea.)
I’m hearing that Disney is mandating all theaters that book “The Force Awakens” play it in their biggest house for 4 weeks. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if “The Hateful Eight,” at least initially, only plays the New Beverly, the 70mm-equipped multiplex auditoriums at the ArcLight and the Landmark, and perhaps some newly-equipped AMC screens at Burbank and Century City (as AMCs seem to be where most of Boston Light & Sound projectors are going). Hoping to be proven wrong.
It depends. “Ant Man” opened just at the Chinese.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is opening at the Chinese as well.
The overall increase has been much more than 15% to 20%, I’d say, but more because they can book desirable films again and don’t have to compete for booking with the Dome. Anybody remember when “Book of Eli” played 12 weeks in the big Chinese in the late Mann days. Before TCL and especially the IMAX conversion, the Chinese in recent years just did not have the booking leverage to get more than 3-4 of the biggest blockbusters per summer.
Today’s shows of 2001 were cancelled on the spot due to a projectionist walkout in support of the ongoing wage protests. It was something!
I thought the presentation was great. I saw it on both DCP and 70mm. The movie is naturally very, very grainy. The movie is also Flat, so it doesn’t have as many of the funky illumination at the sides of the frame you get with full 2.20 in there.
Closes Sunday, November 30.
Correct. The new theater should be opening very soon because it’s already on Fandango (though no tickets on sale yet). All reporting says MovieMax will close, although I’m a little skeptical about that, because the owner (who only owns this theater) paid to upgrade to digital AFTER the new theater was announced. I spoke with him years back and he said he had considered going arthouse… wonder if that could potentially happen / what his lease terms are.
No no, as with any other IMAX screen, ‘Scope is shown “letterboxed” with no masking. I was saying 1.44:1 content is usually cropped to 1.90:1
For all IMAX presentations (i.e. not film festival), the screen is kept at 1.90:1. Masking isn’t used for ‘Scope, per IMAX standard, but does exist. IMAX releases cropped 1.90:1 versions of most 1.44:1 content (i.e. it was not pillarboxed in the games scenes in the most recent 'Hunger Games’ film, but rather shown in 1.90:1).
I was told the screen would be getting a bit bigger with laser, but don’t have any dimensions info.
They’d have to bring in the masking on the sides quite a bit for film because at full size, the screen isn’t 1.44:1, it’s 1.90:1. Is there a single IMAX anywhere that isn’t wall-to-wall width?
Will be dark for all of September, reportedly to resume a regular schedule in October. Word is that Michael Torgan will no longer be the operator. Details are hard to come by beyond that. Hats off to him for all the years; the New Bev has been a seminal part of my (and so many others') film education.
I have to wonder if this is somehow connected to the rumors that Quentin Tarantino put in a bid on the Rialto in South Pas. Although that’s total idle speculation.
No, the screen is at its largest dimensions in 1.9:1.
Yes, the movie does utilize the full screen when the games begin. However, the Chinese IMAX does not use masking for any ‘Scope IMAX feature (this is standard IMAX policy). The masking is only used for special presentations like the AFI Fest galas.
So ArcLight just put tickets onsale for GRAVITY at every location but Hollywood. However, on their Facebook page, they wrote “*Hollywood tickets for "Gravity” will be on sale soon. Make sure to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to be the first to know!"
So I guess we’re still in the dark on whether there will be co-bookings when the Chinese gets the IMAX version.
The question is: will they use the masking for regular IMAX presentations (becoming the only IMAX theater in the world to do this, to my knowledge), or just for special presentations like premieres? The “no masking” craze on all premium-branded screens, not just IMAX, makes me think they like to keep the screen maximally opened up just to prove it’s there and is huge.
Yep, 1.9 is the standard for digital IMAX. I saw The Dark Knight Rises in 1.9 projected on a 1.44 screen—similar to the scenario RobertAlex describes above.
As a $15/year member, you get a $5 gift card, a free ticket the month of your birthday, and two free tickets to ArcLight Presents shows in addition to the other stuff. That’s totally worth it to me.
Not always. It just became the name of the series. Although the biggest house at the Gaslamp, which they’re sometimes shown on, is that big (if not bigger).
Don’t all digital IMAX screens play every domestic digital IMAX release? My understanding was only the 1570 sites don’t play certain IMAX releases, when the windows are too short to justify making 1570 prints. The only time I can see the Chinese bucking that trend is if Disney refuses due to the El Capitan.
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.