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I saw the tour on Saturday at the Egyptian Hollywood. Many of the original Egyptian artifacts still remain, but the theatre has been reconfigured to show state of the art sound and picture on the new giant screen. Operated and owned by the American Cinematheque, they program films in every format 70mm, 35mm, DCP, etc. A great place to see new and classic films.
Re: The projection booth, how about that fancy masking on the window? Two pieces of paper taped to the booth window. Isn’t the masking supposed to be in the film gate? I guess that it works, so why not.
A restaurant is planned for the vacant space on the ground floor.
Next door to the Mayfair was the Dundas Theatre. I used to go there when I was a kid for weekend matinees. I remember that it had wooden floors.
I went to the open house held last night (Nov. 28) to the Gold Class Cinemas in Pasadena, CA. When you enter the theatre lounge area there is a bar and lounge that would rival any first class restaurant. All done up very elegantly. I would be very pleased bringing a friend to this. The theatres themselves do have VERY wide comfortable lounge recliner seats. The foot rest is operated by a electric push button on the side of the seat, and the seat and back can tilt back almost horizontality. I am tall guy and the seats were most comfortable. There is a small side table for food and drink with a button to summon your waiter when ordering at seat service. Now for the best part – there is plenty of room in each theatre. The seats are widely spaced apart in groups and it’s unlikely that anyone will be bothering you as they pass by. There are 6 screens and each theatre has a nice big wide screen with 35mm projection. Most theatres have lounge chairs of only 40 seats. It’s like watching a movie in a billionaire’s private theatre. Very confortable and spacious. Yes there is a premium for this but well worth it. I will be a customer for sure.
Jack F. Murphy
Studio City, CA