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Also, I didn’t think about the booth problem. It very well could be small.
I hear the Music Box will screen it again in 70mm in January. And that’s okay, but the screen is so small that it really doesn’t do 70mm justice. Do they even have a proper cinemascope screen?
You are right CSWalczak. But a city like Chicago, could benefit from running 70mm revival screening. The projector at the Music Box, more often than not, just sits there. Or a theater like the Seattle Cinerama, which screens new releases in 4k. But they’ve kept their 70mm and of course, Cinerama projectors.
The Alamo Ritz in Austin, a digital theater, installed a 70mm projector not just for “The Master”, but for revival screenings of 70mm. Several of which started a few weeks ago, and will continue with “Cleopatra” and “Playtime”, after the run of “The Master” is over.
Iain Softley, director of “K-PAX” and “Wings of the Dove”, plans to shoot his next movie called “Ivanhoe”, in 65mm. So even with theaters becoming all digital, it doesn’t end with “The Master”.
When you read stuff like this, it makes the Chicago situation even more disheartening, seeing that we’re supposed to be the third largest city in the nation. But like you said, things are made from a business standpoint, and this brings me to my declaration…
When my chain finally gets off the ground, this will never be a problem again. Digital projection? Of course. 70mm revival screenings? I’ll be ready. director shoots in 70mm and selected prints will be made for major cities? I’ll be ready.
Oh and Tim, I gotta share this with you.
Below is what I wrote to Landmark
[quote]Dear management of Landmark Theatres,
This is in regards to “The Master”, opening at the Century Centre on September 21st. As you may know, Chicago isn’t getting a 70mm print because the only theater here that can run 70mm (the Music Box), couldn’t book it due to scheduling issues. So now we have to settle for 35mm or digital prints here.
But I’ve read a rumor that states that a DP70 will be installed at the Landmark 12 in Los Angeles. I got that from here: http://www.in70mm.com/library/rumour/index.htm
So my question to you, if this info is true, is why that theater? Why are you not installing a DP70 projector in the Century Centre’s auditorium #7? Why install a projector in the West LA location when the Cinerama Dome 15-20 minutes away will be playing it in 70mm?
A demand for a Chicago 70mm engagement is very, very high. When the Music Box had a one-time only presentation in that format two weeks ago, tickets sold out within minutes, which is the reason why I missed out.
Now maybe the Landmark 12 rumor isn’t true, but if it is, please install a 70mm projector for the Century Centre. Chicago is supposed to be the second city, yet we can’t see the movie the way PT Anderson intended. It is unfair.
Please consider us Chicagoians.[/quote]
[quote]As you might know… studios are stopping producing films in 35mm – actually they are stopping production in film .. they are all going to produce in digital.. so all theatres will need to install digital projectors within the next 18 months in order to get 99% of the films that will be available. Landmark is not installing anything but digital projectors.
Landmark – Los Angeles
Well, an all-digital theater was inevitable, but it’s a shame that Landmark didn’t consider that Chicago wouldn’t be getting a first run 70mm print of “The Master”. Traveling to Seattle or LA to see it remains out of the question for me, unless it rains money from the sky. So, I’ll settle for the digital print for now.
There’s always January at the Music Box, and April at Ebertfest.
I hope someone comes in and takes lots of interior photos of 1-6, and especially 7-8 before they come down.
With Carson’s closing in January, and two (so far) of the old theaters coming down, it appears that big things are abound for River Oaks.
Damn. Anyone know what will go in its place?
Starting Monday, auditoriums 5 & 6 (both hold 112), will go dark, with them reopening the next day. Wednesday, auditoriums 5 & 6 will go dark again, along with 4, and the largest, 7.
What am I not privy to? It couldn’t be just for a digital conversion, seeing that neither River East nor 600 North, or any other theater that I can think of, closed screens for digital projection. River East in particular, converted stealthy. When they went all-digital last year on 7/22, I didn’t know until the previews came on.
The optimist in me wants to believe that Landmark management knew that Chicago was out of luck showing a first-run 70mm engagement of “The Master”, so they decided to install a DP70 in auditorium 7. Seeing that this is exactly what they did for their west LA location, why not Chicago?
With “The Master” getting 70mm prints, and Chicago not being one of them (to my knowledge), this theater is all the more missed.
Does anyone know what the construction crews doing to the space?
Does this mean that the 1.85: 1 frame will be within 70mm’s 2.20: 1 frame with black spaces on the sides?
Anyway, I am happy for moviegoers in LA, NY, Austin, Boston, Silver Spring etc… Too bad not a single theater here in Chicago were willing to install a projector. Unless my good fortunes change within the next few weeks, I’ll be seeing it in 4k at River East, or 35mm at theLandmark Century.
As you know, advance tickets are on sale for “The Master” in 70mm. A source said that a DP70 will be installed in ArcLight’s auditorium #3.
That said, does anyone know the seating capacity of #3? And how large is the screen?
Exclusive 70mm engagement of “The Master” confirmed: Link
70mm engagement of “The Master” confirmed
“Westfield is not at liberty to mention the potential operator.”
C'mon, you know it’s AMC. One, Kerasotes at one point had planned a 14 screen theater at the mall (which would’ve replaced the Showplace 8 & Rivertree nearby). Nothing came of it, and then they were purchased by AMC.
Two, who the heck else builds a 12 screen theater with just 1600 seats? You tell me 12 screens, and I say 2500 seats, tops. This way you have a large premiere auditorium with 400-500 seats, and the rest in the 150-250 range.
I swear, this whole making auditoriums (premiere auditoriums at that) look just as small as your living room is going to be the death of these chains.
Yes, this is the same theater. I figured that a movie like this would at least get a few (5 or 6) 70mm prints when you consider the scope of the movie, and the fact that it was written/directed by a man who has the creative freedom to do whatever he wants.
I know if we Chicagoians can’t get a 70mm print, I might have to save up for plane/hotel fare come October.
I was just going to post the link to this photo, but I see someone got to it.
Oh how I wish I could go back there. Any one of the 21 screens at River East just doesn’t give me the same thrill or sense of anticipation as McClurg’s auditorium #1. The only theaters that comes close to me, are the Navy pier IMAX, or the Orland Park UltraScreen.
Hey! The man with the glasses is William Friedkin! That is cool, the director paying to see his own movie with over 1,100 other people.
Another thing, knowing that “The Exorcist” was 122 minutes long, how are they showing the movie at 10:35pm & 12:30am? The 10:35 would be over at 12:37 without any previews.
Officially all-digital as of 7/22.
The movie you’re thinking of is The Official Story (1985). It opened in America in November of that year.
Great movie. I saw it on cable a few years ago.
If only I had the money. Those purple curtains are still fresh in my head.
Is there any pictures or specs of theater #1? I would love to see it again.
Damn. If the place wasn’t half ripped apart, Picture Show Entertainment could really do wonders here.
Come to think of it, are there any nearby abandoned department stores that could be turned into 2nd run houses?
...several auditoriums with 65-foot and 80-foot screens.
Take note AMC & Regal!
Don’t quote me on this yet, but “The Right Stuff” may have been shown here in 70mm.
Before “Cocoon”, “Return of the Jedi” was probably their first 70mm presentation. It may even be their most memorable.
I wish their was pictures of the theater around. My guess is that the entrance was similar to Chicago Ridge, another Essaness theater that opened a year earlier.
Or do IMAX re-releases of stuff like “Logan’s Run”, “Pink Floyd: The Wall”, “Jaws”, “RoboCop”, etc… This way, you introduce modern audiences to the stories without a pointless remake.
I’m all for an “Avatar” re-release, but I wish they had more than 8 minutes of footage.
Yes it is still closed. The owners of the building don’t know what to do with it…
But I do.