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Flix70 commented about Egyptian Theatre on Apr 27, 2017 at 4:54 pm

“Citizen Kane” returns to the Egyptian Sunday, May 7 @ 7:30 PM. Part of a Welles double bill with “F For Fake.”

Flix70 commented about Cinedome Theatres on Apr 24, 2017 at 6:06 pm

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.

Flix70 commented about City Center Theatres on Apr 18, 2017 at 7:10 pm

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.

Flix70 commented about Regency Charter Center Theaters on Mar 27, 2017 at 7:05 pm

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.

Flix70 commented about South Coast Village Cinemas on Mar 23, 2017 at 3:56 pm

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.

Flix70 commented about Egyptian Theatre on Feb 6, 2017 at 5:12 pm

Peter Weller & screenwriter Ed Neumeier on hand for a 30th-anniversary screening of “Robocop” Thursday, Feb. 9 @ the Egyptian. Tickets still available.

Flix70 commented about Aero Theatre on Jan 4, 2017 at 6:21 pm

Indiana Jones double bill at the Aero Saturday, Jan 21: “Raiders” & “Last Crusade.” Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Flix70 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Dec 8, 2016 at 4:37 pm

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.

Flix70 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Dec 6, 2016 at 4:16 pm

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.

Flix70 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Dec 5, 2016 at 5:21 pm

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.

Flix70 commented about Egyptian Theatre on Dec 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm

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!

Flix70 commented about Egyptian Theatre on Nov 16, 2016 at 5:26 pm

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.

Flix70 commented about Fremont Theatre on Oct 26, 2016 at 9:56 pm

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.

Flix70 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Oct 25, 2016 at 3:17 pm

Seattle Cinerama has a laser projector too, doesn’t seem to hinder their showings of 70mm films.

Flix70 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Oct 24, 2016 at 9:35 pm

“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.

Flix70 commented about Egyptian Theatre on Oct 7, 2016 at 6:04 pm

According to today’s L.A. Times, The American Cinematheque has an exclusive five-year exhibition deal with Warner Brothers for a newly struck 70mm print of Staney’s Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The deal calls for two extended runs per year, rotating between the Egyptian and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

The first screening will be this Sunday at the Egyptian as part of Beyond Fest. The next one will be an eight- day run in December, also at the Egyptian.

Flix70 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jul 8, 2016 at 7:54 pm

“Lawrence of Arabia” will get a one-shot screening at the Dome Sunday, August 28 @ 3PM as part of Arclight Presents…Presentation is 4K DCP. Seats are going fast.

Flix70 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jul 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Yeah, it doesn’t seem like anyone sees movies here anymore, they just gripe about experiences from 3-4 years ago.

For my money, the classic movie palaces (the Dome, Village, Chinese and Egyptian) are still the best cinematic experiences in L.A. The Landmark? AMC? Sure, if you like your theaters made from a cookie cutter.

I’ve been seeing movies at the Dome for 20 years and I’ve never had a bad experience. I can’t say I’m a fan of the other theaters on site, but as long as the Dome is standing, I’ll gladly pay for parking and fork my $17 over to Archlight.

Flix70 commented about Edwards Big Newport 6 on Jul 6, 2016 at 6:40 pm

Caught “The Legend of Tarzan” over the weekend on the RPX screen. While the movie left a lot to be desired, the presentation was great, especially the Auro 11.1 sound by Barco, the first time I can recall hearing it used on the RPX screen.

Flix70 commented about Laguna Hills Mall Cinemas on Jun 27, 2016 at 3:06 pm

This theater is officially closed now, Cinema Treasures. Please update the status.

Flix70 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jun 6, 2016 at 3:34 pm

Just in time for its 35th anniversary, Steven Spielberg’s 1981 classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is screening at the Dome Sunday, June 19 (Father’s Day) @ 4pm and Wednesday, June 22 @ 7:30. If you live in the area and can make either showing, here’s your chance to see arguably the greatest action/adventure film ever made in one of the greatest theaters ever constructed. I expect some reports on this one.

Flix70 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on May 18, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Not a post since late January. No one seeing movies here anymore?

Flix70 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jan 27, 2016 at 4:53 pm

The Dome is screening four films, yes, four, this coming weekend: Kung Fu Panda 3, Star Wars, Mad Max & The Finest Hours. Seriously? You get 1-2 shots per day to see the film you want. They’re basically programming the Dome like a TV network now. Unfortunately you can’t DVR your movie if you don’t like the time slot.

Flix70 commented about AMC Woodbridge 5 on Jan 25, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Walked by the theater this weekend. No noticeable changes other than ticket prices on the marquee are now $1.99/$2.99 instead of $2/$3. Only AMC signage visible is a little sign in the box office window.

Flix70 commented about AMC Woodbridge 5 on Jan 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm

I see this theater officially becomes an AMC venue today, all part of AMC’s $172 million acquisition of Starplex. Per Fandango, tickets are still $2. Apparently the Woodbridge has been closed all week for refurbishment. Anyone know more?