La Jolla Village Cinemas

8879 Villa La Jolla Drive,
La Jolla, CA 92037

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jrgaz
jrgaz on January 15, 2013 at 2:11 am

Danny, I very quickly noticed that booking issue as well. However, it seems that Arclight and Landmark are getting several of the same films. Arclight gave Hobbit quite a few seats despite their smaller theatres because they have shorter downtimes, as well as showing it in many auditoriums. Arclight has basically gotten nothing since Les Mis, as they lost Django, Zero Dark Thirty, and Gangster Squad, which stinks in my opinion because I really don’t want to support a Chinese-owned “American” company. I wish all the best to this Landmark, as it’s a nice place with great staff. I’ve seen a large number of films in there and I hope it continues to succeed.

spliceandthread
spliceandthread on January 5, 2013 at 12:08 am

It’s a sort of a last attempt by Landmark to save the place. With the ArcLight moving in, it’s caused a serious stir up. Since it’s close enough to be considering the same market all three theatres are fighting for certain films. I used to run The Dobie Theatre in Austin for Landmark and they did the same thing there. It was a last ditch. While the ArcLight didn’t seem like a threat with $18.50 tickets, they haven’t been charging anywhere near that and it’s a real threat to both those theatres off Nobel. The Dobie lasted about 2.5 years after they started splitting theatres half mainstream half art house. Time will tell if it works for La Jolla Village.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on December 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

No, AMC is actually upgrading to turn into a luxury theater—basically a Dine-In without the dining part—which I think will allow them to double-book with ArcLight. The question is why Landmark is getting a first-run blockbuster product in this case and not AMC, which has historically always gotten it.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on December 4, 2012 at 7:32 pm

The AMC will probably close or become a 2nd run theatre.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on December 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

There’s a somewhat interesting booking phenomenon going on in La Jolla right now… Since the opening of the new ArcLight, both AMC and Landmark have been robbed for content. ArcLight is getting pretty much everything, as one might have guessed. But on December 14, Landmark, which has not played a big blockbuster in well over a decade, will be getting “The Hobbit” alongside the ArcLight. This is somewhat bizarre because, pre-ArcLight, AMC definitely would have been the one to get that film.

For those with knowledge of how booking works: Is it possible that WB was not satisfied with the amount of seats ArcLight could provide for “The Hobbit” (their auditoriums are rather small, only 3 exceed 200 seats), but ArcLight didn’t want AMC to get the film as they are a more direct competitor, so WB agreed to run the simultaneous engagement at the Landmark? This is the weirdest booking I have ever seen a local Landmark get.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

This opened on December 18th, 1979. I uploaded its grand opening ad here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 23, 2008 at 6:31 pm

Built in 1979 according to the Landmark website.

William
William on July 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm

When Pacific Theatres operated this theatre the seating capacities were 259, 189, 376, 325.

Brocktune
Brocktune on September 20, 2006 at 6:28 pm

Man, these guys run the coolest series of midnight movies twice a year. MIDNIGHT MADNESS. Once in the fall, and again in the spring. In fact, with the exception of a fluke or a one-off every now and again, this theater is the only one in San Diego cool enough to midnight flicks. you can check the schedule at landmarktheatres.com. I go to like every one of these. There are so few people in this town that actually care about their moviegoing experiences. Everybody that lives in this town, and comes to this website should come out to these flicks!