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They didn’t lower any masking for “Gravity” either. Probably won’t for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” either.
I would suggest taking the issue up with IMAX, not theatre management. However…if they DO decide to move the masking, they’d better have someone in the projection booth at all times or else folks will complain about the masking staying low during 1:78 IMAX sequences.
BTW…the full screen IMAX sequence in Hunger Games was AMAZING! Can’t wait to see the FULLY EXPANDED screen in 2014 when the laser projection system is unleashed!
Addressing Scott’s point: There is a fine line between correcting inaccuracies & insulting someone. Many times that line is crossed. There IS a way to be corrective, but in a non-insulting tone.
Thanks Ross for putting your foot down. The vitrol reached horrifying levels as of late. Here’s to days of peace & movie memories!
I believe it was Chuck1231.
Any plans to do a tribute to our late CT member Chuck Van Bibber? His family on some of the St. Louis theatre pages that he passed away recently? We had our battles (!!!) but he definitely merits a tribute due to his contributions to CT.
WOW! So very sorry to hear about your loss. I’ll make no bones about it – your dad and I (and many of us) had our battles here on Cinema Treasures regarding historical accuracy and whatnot. But one thing can’t be denied: his love and passion for cinema and movie theatres – particularly the ones in the great city of St. Louis – was real.
R.I.P. Mr. Van Bibber. May God comfort your family during this time of grief.
I pity the poor souls who have to watch Episode 7 here in December 2015.
There are screens at run of the mill multiplexes BIGGER than the one at El Capitan. Not joking. For all the lavishness they put into the theatre including the high priced VIP seating and pre-movie shows, that screen is SMALL SMALL SMALL. No wider than 50 feet in my guesstimation.
“Demolished” means ABSOLUTELY TORN DOWN with no remains left. That picture is a GUTTED building, not a DEMOLISHED one.
You want demolished? Take a stroll around the corner and see the grassy knoll that was once The National.
The story of the asbestos:
Probably because it’s not “DEMOLISHED.” As I earlier stated on May 30, 2013 they found asbestos in the construction. The only way to deal with asbestos is by gutting the theatre to get all the gunk out and then rebuilding it afterwards.
Nothing can top it…but if the studios won’t pay for prints, what is IMAX to do? Play “Elysium” in their 15/70 screens for almost 3 months and hope to survive?
If you think I’m joking…
Just came back from my 2nd trip to “Gravity.” Lots of improvements. No more dumb preshow. Curtain stays closed till their announcer guy introduces the feature. Ushers all around to help patrons find their seats. Still no ticket kiosks built, though (They GOTTA make this happen! With all that randomness on Hollywood Blvd, that street level box office is not safe!).
And here’s something to make you chuckle: They’ve added a dash of showmanship by playing the legendary “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” (a.k.a. the 2001 A Space Odyssey theme) as the curtains open. EPIC!
Just as I figured.
Ken: I think they’re claiming the 99W in Newberg as their D/I according to articles I’ve read.
2 on this “list”: Video rental stores per capita. WTF????
Um…“scope” and “widescreen” are the same thing. :)
I DID NOT KNOW that Disney used both theatres for premieres! I recant my original statement!
Shucks…with the free for all going on with “Gravity” playing at Chinese & The Dome coupled with the “Thor” sequel playing at The Dome & El Cap, we just may see Episode 7 playing at theatres located across the street from one another after all!
Laser’s coming in 2014.
Star Wars premiere at Chinese ain’t gonna happen. Disney owns a movie theatre directly across the street.
Regarding sound: I did not notice any rattling behind the screen when I went on Saturday 10/5 at 7:45 PM. Sound presentation was excellent – not too much bass to overpower you but not too soft, either. It all sounded just right to me.
Maybe something happened w/the sound earlier in the day on Sunday that made them adjust.
Reserved seating is in use by almost all of the major theaters in LA nowadays. I love it. A lot less hassle…no more standing in line for hours trying to get a good seat.
The ticket price here is $1 less than the ArcLight Cinerama Dome around the corner – which is not IMAX but is 3D capable. ArcLight members get $1 off their ticket which only equates to 50 cents less than Chinese.
Ditto for Chinese’s competitors around the corner…
So (ahem)…just found out that GRAVITY is also playing in the Cinerama Dome. Yup. The same movie at Chinese and the Dome. Absolutely insane.
Oh well…IMAX trumps Dome all day every day in my book!
Shout out to CT member BRADE48 for first posting the info.
WHAT! THE! BLANK?!?! That’s just INSANE!
Oh well…IMAX trumps Dome all day every day for me. :)
The parties are in the 6 plex…not here. :)
Therein lies the issue with 15/70. As sprawling as it is to look at, it is CUMBERSOME to operate. I thought I read somewhere that the reels for any given 15/70 print weigh as much as 6,000 POUNDS for a 2 ½ movie. I saw some You Tube video when TDKR was released that showed the painstakingly long process it took to take all of its reels and prep them for play in an IMAX projector. IIRC, it was a 3 day process.