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With the 40th anniversary of “Grease” over the weekend, I was reminded by an old newspaper ad that this is where I saw the film as a seven-year-old opening weekend back in 1978. According to the ad, the film showed on two of the three screens, probably for the rest of the summer, if not the year.
AMC has now removed the marquee and replaced it with a huge red AMC logo. Films and showtimes are now printed on a piece of paper taped to the box office. This appears to be a growing trend in the industry as most people use their phones now to see what’s playing. Kind of sad, especially when it happens to your childhood theater.
In anticipation of “Blade Runner 2049” opening Thu., Oct 5, Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner: The Final Cut 4K Restoration” will get an exclusive one-week engagement @ Seattle Cinerama beginning Fri., Sept. 29. Three to four shows daily through Wed., Oct. 4. Lobby display cases will feature original BR costumes and a cyberpunk event will kick off opening night. More info @ https://www.cinerama.com/Movie.aspx?fc=5106000440&day=19976
In anticipation of “Blade Runner 2049” opening @ the Dome Thu., Oct. 5, Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” will get a one-shot Dome screening Wed., Oct 4 @ 7PM. Tickets going fast.
There are no films currently being shown at this theater. Visit the Movie Experience website, click on the Fremont icon and you get nothing, just blank space. Seriously, has anyone seen a movie here since last October? Do tell.
Steven Spielberg’s 1977 classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” returns to the Dome for a week-long 40th-anniversary run starting Friday, Sept. 1. Four shows daily starting at 1PM. Presentation is 4K DCP.
I caught “Close Encounters” at the Dome back in 1998 when it was part of a classics festival (something the Dome hosted quite regularly back then) and it was incredible. Believe me, you haven’t experienced this film until you’ve seen it at the Dome. Pure cinematic bliss.
Seattle Cinerama’s annual 70mm Film Festival takes place August 24-Sept 6. For films, dates and showtimes visit https://www.cinerama.com/News/July-2017/Announcing-70mm-Film-Festival.aspx
Walked by today and was surprised to see titles like “Dunkirk” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” listed on the marquee. Matinees are actually $4.99 ($7.99 for 3D) until 4PM, then $6.99 until close ($9.99 for 3D). Still better prices than any other first-run venue in the area.
Seems rather odd, though, that AMC would pit the little five-screen Woodbridge against its nearby Tustin/District multiplex for fist-run choices. Screen size aside, why would your average patron pay $12.69 for a matinee of “Dunkirk” when they could pay $4.99 just a couple of miles down the street.
LB76: On Twitter there’s a cool feed called @OldMovieAds that showcases old movie newspaper ads mainly from the LA/OC area and the Plitt City Center is featured quite regularly in the theater listings. There was a Star Wars one last week.
Fans of classic cinema will be excited to learn that this Saturday’s 45th-anniversary “Godfather” reunion panel at Radio City Music Hall will stream live on the Tribeca Film Festival’s Facebook page starting at 8:10 PM EST.
The landmark reunion will be moderated by Taylor Hackford and feature director Francis Ford Coppola along with stars Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire. Fans attending the event will be treated to a screening of both “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II” beforehand.
Talk about an offer you can’t refuse.
“Citizen Kane” returns to the Egyptian Sunday, May 7 @ 7:30 PM. Part of a Welles double bill with “F For Fake.”
Seeing Raiders @ the Cinedome was pretty memorable for me, too. My parents had divorced a few years earlier and my dad took me to see it that first Sunday of release. We rarely saw movies together (my mom and I generally went Saturdays) so it was kind of cool seeing a big action flick sitting next my old man.
Just a wonderful, enveloping cinematic experience from start to finish. I remember lifting my feet off the dark ground during the Well of the Souls sequence because I was freaked by all the snakes.
Easily one of my best memories of spending time with my dad.
The 40th anniversary of Star Wars got me thinking about this theater once again as I’m pretty sure it was here where I saw the film as a six-year-old opening weekend back in May of ‘77.
I always remember the theater having a kind of bunker feel to it, like it was carved out of some big piece of granite. The lobby was cavernous and pretty dark, like you were almost underground.
I can remember seeing the theatrical cut of Battlestar Galactica here and although I can’t recall any other titles, I know a spent a lot of time here in the late ‘70s and early '80s.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen was the last film I saw here in 1989. Never went back, although I do drive by the old lot from time to time as my wife works in the area. It’s an LA Fitness now.
Sad to hear of the closure. I think the first film I caught here was Eddie Murphy’s “Harlem Nights” with a bunch of buddies during Thanksgiving break in 1989.
Lived in HB from 2001 to 2004 and can remember seeing “Unbreakable,” Insomnia,“ and "Mystic River” here, to name a few.
It was always a nice, comfortable place to catch a flick. No complaints.
Noticed in my weekly email from Regency on forthcoming showtimes that the South Coast Village will be featuring reserved luxury seating with swivel tables staring in April. I can see that working in the large auditorium, not so much in the two little ones. Should be interesting.
Peter Weller & screenwriter Ed Neumeier on hand for a 30th-anniversary screening of “Robocop” Thursday, Feb. 9 @ the Egyptian. Tickets still available. http://amcinematheque.tumblr.com/post/156893272915/robocop-1987
Indiana Jones double bill at the Aero Saturday, Jan 21: “Raiders” & “Last Crusade.” Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Hey, I’d prefer to see Cinerama in three-strip projection, too, but, I’m not going to completely write off the format because they’re exhibiting it digitally.
Cinerama’s too important historically to just be swept under the rug completely (I’ve been a film journalist for over 25 years, so I know a little about it, too). These films still deserve to bee seen on the largest screen possible. Granted, three-strip projection is ideal, but we, unfortunately, have to take what we can get it this digital age, whether we like it or not.
I can tell you I’d sure prefer to see them on the Dome’s concave screen, in any format, in their “old-style seats,” instead of in my living room.
Sure, Seattle Cinerama and Aero get the significance of film over digital, they’re not a corporation like Decurion, which owns Pacific & Arclight. But as long as palaces like the Dome still stand, I’ll take whatever they exhibit for as long as I can. Because one day they’ll be gone and all we’ll be left with is our living room.
Instead of dissing the projection method, let’s be happy Cinerama is still being exhibited at all, in any format. Technology changes, we adapt and move on.
Arclight Cinemas presents Cinerama Extravaganza at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood December 6 and December 7 at 7:30 p.m. Experience the U.S. premieres of the newly restored editions of CINERAMA’S RUSSIAN ADVENTURE (1966) and THE BEST OF CINERAMA (1963) at the historic Cinerama Dome.
CINERAMA’S RUSSIAN ADVENTURE screens Tue., Dec 6, with THE BEST OF CINERAMA screening Wed., Dec. 7.
Dates for December “2001” screenings @ the Egyptian are as follows: 12/9-12/11, 12/16-12/18 & 12/26-12/27. One screening per day. All shows start @ 7:30 PM. Enjoy!
Anybody catch “Citizen Kane” at the Egyptian this past Sunday as part of AFI Fest? This is another film Warner Brothers should partner with the American Cinematheque to exhibit twice a year.
I was in SLO last week and drove by the Fremont. No movie was listed on the marquee, just forthcoming concerts and music events.
According to the Fremont’s Facebook page, the last film screened was “Birth of a Nation” Oct. 7 – 11.
I visited the Movie Experience’s website and nothing comes up when you click on the Fremont icon.
Anyone know more? I’d have to think someone would have made a post here if indeed the Fremont had been repurposed.
Seattle Cinerama has a laser projector too, doesn’t seem to hinder their showings of 70mm films.
“Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” will screen in 70mm @ Archlight beginning 11/17 (at least though opening weekend). Oddly, though, no showings are in the Dome, at least not as of this post.
Strange since Seattle Cinerama is already selling tickets to their 70mm screenings through the first week of release.