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silver commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 21, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Hi RussM, Just curious: in your comment you commented that the 3-strip setup in Seattle was more original than the Arclight Dome. Could you elaborate on that, please? How so?

Also, I didn’t realize 3-strip showings were likely at an end in Hollywood. If so, very sad.

One of my fondest memories was several years ago at a very sparsely attended afternoon 3-strip Arclight Dome screening (just 2 or 3 dozen people). The man in charge invited any interested folks after the film to go up to the project booth to visit it and see the equipment and film and get a mini-tour! Sigh…

silver commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 21, 2017 at 6:40 pm

Has anyone seen the new souvenir book that TCLchinesetheatres has begun selling on their website (for $10 plus shipping)? I assume they also pitch it to all the tourists doing the tour. “TCL Chinese Theatre History of the Iconic Hollywood Landmark Souvenir Book.” A photographic look at the theatre’s 90 year history.

I wonder if the book is worth it. Or if it’s just mostly photos of the handprints and the old movie star doing the handprints

silver commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jul 7, 2017 at 7:31 pm

re Dunkirk in the Dome: will the 70mm version actually be using the full screen?

Nolan shot 75% of Dunkirk using IMAX (including handheld cameras for the 1st time). So if IMAX film (1.43) is his preferred aspect ratio here, I wonder what the 70mm formats aspect ratios will be and how much of the picture will Nolan crop?

Per Wikipedia there are 3 release formats: IMAX, 70mm & 35mm.

silver commented about AMC Dine-In Sunset 5 on Apr 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm

With AMC replacing Sundance:

  1. Is it still age 21+ to see a movie? This was Sundance’s most asinine policy, I assume it was in order to promote their booze sales. (Tho considering their booze prices I’m sure they made more profits selling the overpriced liquor than whatever movie ticket sales they gave up.)

  2. And is bargain Tuesdays gone? IMHO that was one of the only good things about the Sundance Sunset 5. (That, & also filmmakers & actors often appearing opening weekends to promote their new films).

silver commented about Regent Theatre on Feb 22, 2017 at 9:10 pm

Learned something from that lamag article link above: I had no idea Laemmle created the place out of warehouse space back in the 60’s. (Always thought of it as a Mann).

And that’s quite a long list of Westwood Village closures the Regent will get added to: Crest, Festival, Plaza, National, Mann 4, and UA Westwood…

silver commented about Egyptian Theatre on Oct 7, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Flix70, Fantastic news re 70mm 2001.
Of course Sunday’s 2001 screening sold out weeks ago with actors Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood scheduled to be there in person talking about the film afterwards.

I’ll certainly catch one of the December 70mm screenings.
The Aero in Santa Monica is an OK theater, but The Egyptian is a wonderful venue.

silver commented about New Beverly Cinema on Aug 8, 2016 at 5:58 pm

question on name. Is rivest266’s August 8, 2016 post correct on when it became the “New Beverly”? My understanding was that it was Sherman Torgan, who took over the shuttered adult theater and began repertory programming in 1978, renamed it the “New Beverly Cinema” from the previous Beverly Cinema.

silver commented about New Beverly Cinema on Aug 8, 2016 at 5:42 pm

to Joe Vogel:
How was it twinned from 59-63? Was “Riviera & Capri” in the cinema’s current space (which is really difficult for me to envision)? Or was a 2nd screen in an adjacent building? Or something else? Thx.

silver commented about Ahrya Fine Arts Cinema on Mar 20, 2016 at 5:08 pm

If the 70mm capability is accurate, I wonder if The Weinstein Co. ever considered using this place for the roadshow Hateful Eight…

silver commented about Aero Theatre on Mar 11, 2016 at 8:30 pm

This American Cinematheque tweet has a photo from 1942, just 2 years after the Aero was built. Remarkably little has changed to the theatre’s exterior. Talk about a #tbt! Aero Theatre founder Donald Douglas & State Guard members in 1942 đź“·: Santa Monica History Museum

silver commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Dec 16, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Hold on—–

Who removed the posting regarding Arclight’s new 3D laser system?? And why??

Yesterday evening there was a quite long comment that IIRC was basically reprinting a long detailed Arclight press release about a new 3D laser projector being installed for the upcoming Star Wars The Force Awakens (supposedly 2 or 3 times brighter).

It was late so I only skimmed it, and was going to read it in full today. But now that comment is completely gone… Why?

silver commented about Ahrya Fine Arts Cinema on Sep 10, 2015 at 9:50 pm

Laemmle’s Facebook page just posted about their Fine Arts take over.

It also links to the official Laemmle blog post with more details, and from which I’ll reprint the 1st two paragraphs below:

Laemmle Theatres is proud to announce we have taken over the management and operation of the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills. The theatre has been closed for five years. At the time of its closure it was used exclusively as a private screening venue. Laemmle will book the theatre with first run films screening daily for the general public. Laemmle will also use the Ahrya Fine Arts to host regular series like our Culture Vulture program, festivals and special event screenings.

According to, the Fine Arts first opened in April 1937 as the Wilshire Regina, with seating for 800. It has been well maintained over the years and is – and under Laemmle’s stewardship will remain – a single-screen theater, though now with slightly more than 400 seats. (Movie patrons’ expectations of things like leg room have understandably risen over the decades.) We last operated the venue from 1985 to 1993, mostly screening foreign films.

silver commented about Rialto Theatre on Mar 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Is Landmark Theatres still involved at this theater anymore?
A comment above said that Landmark’s long term lease runs to 2024. Did the new owner let them out of it, or are they still on the hook?

silver commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Nov 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Now I definitely want to see Interstellar in the Dome while it’s still playing there (for just 3 more days).

Is there any consensus on the best seat location for the best balance of visual and sound? (apart from staying away from inquisitive 5-year-olds ;)

Is it perhaps the first couple of rows in the back raised section? Or perhaps closer up somewhere in the middle of the main floor?

silver commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 9, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Hi, speaking of the recent renovations, I thought I recall reading that the box office would be moving back to an earlier design in a separate structure (then occupied by a tour company). Did they do that?

One of these days I’ll get to make my first post-IMAX renovation visit…

silver commented about Cinemark 18 and XD Los Angeles on Apr 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Whose initiative was it to drop IMAX from this theater: Cinemark’s or the IMAX company?

I was at the Rave last week and there were temporary construction barriers blocking off the old IMAX entrance. So they were doing some sort of work on that auditorium.

Also, has Cinemark officially dropped “Rave” as the name? I understand that large outdoor signage may take a while to change, but the website still says Rave 18 (the “IMAX” has been removed from the name, though).

silver commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 14, 2013 at 12:55 am

IIRC, the slope of the floor was decreased in 1958 as part of the extensive modifications made to accommodate Windjammer in the Cinemiracle format (along with moving/dropping the projection booth eliminating several back rows of seats, moving the screen further back, adding more rows of seats up in front, etc).

If they increased the angle of the floor back to the way it originally was pre-1958, that would be cool.

You know how you walk down a bunch of steps to enter the auditorium? I’m speculating those steps needed to be added when the slope was decreased.

Any oldtimers here who visited Grauman’s prior to those 1958 modifications who can comment?

silver commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Neither the LA Times nor Hollywood Reporter articles linked above today mention a looming ticking time bomb.

My understanding is that to save money, Sid Grauman didn’t purchase the land but instead bought a 99-year lease on which he built his Grauman’s Chinese Theater. And currently a real estate firm CIM owns the land the theater is on (they own Hollywood & Highland next door as well). That lease should be expiring in 13 years or so, and I assume at that point the current lessee (producers Samaha & Kushner) will lose the building to CIM, since they can’t very well pick up and move a historic landmark. So I’m really encouraged that they are interested in maintaining and upgrading the old place. And I’m sure CIM doesn’t mind at all the renaming. After all, their next door Dolby Theater was called the Kodak Theater up until last year.

And as one of the the articles points out, it’s not the first renaming. It was “Mann’s Chinese” back in the 80’s and 90’s. I’d bet at some point in the future it will be “Grauman’s Chinese” again.

silver commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm

One note re The Hobbit. According to the ChineseTheatres Facebook page: “It will be showing in 48 fps in Grauman’s and 24 fps in Chinese 6 Theatres”

So if you want to check out Peter Jackson’s new 48 fps HFR 3D technology, get a ticket for the Grauman’s and not a Chinese 6 auditorium showing.

Also note for Los Angelenos who don’t feel like driving to Hollywood, the HFR version (including an IMAX HFR 3D version) is playing in several other theaters in the LA metro area besides Grauman’s.

silver commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Wow. I just looked at the ticket page on Arclight’s website.

The 1st screening of ‘The Master’ in 70mm in the Cinerama Dome this Thursday night at MIDNIGHT is SOLD OUT.

It’s kind of amazing for a non-superhero type film to be able to do that. My impression is that ‘The Master’ is more of an art house type film. And especially since it will be screening in The Dome in 70mm for the next 7 days, one of which I will be at.

silver commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Sep 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm

To dtrigubetz, just curious: I know The Godfather was sold out days in advance, but did it look like every seat was full? Or were there lots of empty/unused seats, since people may have bought up bunches of 25¢ tickets?

silver commented about El Capitan Theatre on Sep 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm

FWIW, the Roger Rabbit “Throwback Thursday” was also promoted a few times on their twitter feed over the past couple of weeks. @ElCapitanThtre Disney really needs to get their marketing act together for the El Capitan.

silver commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Aug 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm

jsittig: I saw IAMMMMW in 70MM at AMPAS’s Goldwyn Theater in 70mm about a month ago. And during the intermission break, they were playing the police radio transmissions audio over the PA system.

Are they planning on doing that at the upcoming Cinerama Dome screenings (like they did in ‘63 at the premiere at the Dome)?

silver commented about Royal Theatre on Aug 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

A @LaemmleTheatres Aug 6th tweet:

The Royal in West LA is closed for renovation. Plan to re-open in December. Info: 1944:

The first link in the tweet is to an article interviewing Greg Laemmle, and a description of the changes:

“A smaller screening room with seating for less than 50, a theater with 50-100 seats, and a larger theater with stadium seating for 175-200 will replace the existing 600-seat single screen-theater.”

And the second link is to a 1944 photo when it was called the Tivoli, with “Bathing Beauty” screening.

silver commented about AMC Dine-In Sunset 5 on Aug 1, 2012 at 9:46 pm

waynebeau23: Believe it or not the added height is for “an upstairs lounge filled with comfortable Sundance Catalog furniture”

The grand opening is 8-31. With three pre-opening charity events 8/27, 8/28 & 8/29

This is from a July 30th press release that’s currently on their web site here:

“Sundance Cinema’s remodel of the former Sunset 5 theater at Sunset and Crescent Heights Blvd is finally finished. The new decor is pure Sundance: rustic, elegant and comfortable. Sundance Cinemas took the original theatre down to the studs, and have put in the latest digital presentation systems, all reserved stadium seating with plush rockers and tablettes, and rebuilt the lobby to include a Bistro serving classic movie treats, quick and easy snacks and a bar serving beer and wine which may be brought into the theatre during +21 shows. In addition, the experience has been expanded to include an upstairs lounge filled with comfortable Sundance Catalog furniture, and the patio has been annexed as a new outdoor lobby where patrons are invited to chat, drink and eat before or after the show. Programming will specialize in American Independent and foreign language titles”

Also there’s a small photo of the new lobby area under construction taken from the second level looking down.