Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas

6360 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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RogerA on November 24, 2015 at 3:47 pm

The Hateful Eight is going to play three theaters in The Boston area. Reel to Reel on AAII’s at The Somerville Theater in Somerville The AMC Downtown and the Coolage.

The Somerville theater will no doubt be the best show. Being shown reel to reel will be a much better presentation as there will be a well trained projectionist always checking picture and sound. Not some usher who has never even seen film before threads the platter pushes start and walks away.

The Arclight has a projectionst but they run off a platter so lets hope they keep that puppy in focus.

RogerA on November 23, 2015 at 4:42 pm

The Hateful Eight is going into the Somerville Theatre in Somerville Massachusetts in 70mm they have two AAII’s there will be no problems there. The projectors are pristine refurbished by Boston Light and Sound

Flix70 on November 23, 2015 at 1:32 pm

My point, HowardBHaas, was that they maybe should have picked another theater to hold the advance screening, a venue where they could have used one of their restored projectors, avoid embarrassing pre-release issues like they had at the Village East.

RogerA on November 23, 2015 at 12:51 pm

I spoke to management at The Arclight and nothing is locked down and they are still in negotiations regarding The Hateful Eight.

HowardBHaas on November 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm

NYC’s Village East showed Interstellar in 70mm, so since they have their own 70mm projectors, there would be no reason to install projectors meant for theaters that don’t have them.

Flix70 on November 23, 2015 at 11:15 am

I see they already had a 70mm projector break at an advance screening in NY last Thursday (Village East Cinema). Weinstein Co. claims it was the theater owner’s projector, not one of the 100 they restored. Took ‘em an hour to fix it. Kind of odd to hold an advance screening and NOT USE one of the projectors you just had restored.

RogerA on November 21, 2015 at 12:51 am

but the Shrine is not available as it has a band booked new years eve

RogerA on November 20, 2015 at 11:39 pm

The Shrine is the largest theater in this country! It is bigger than Radio City!

RogerA on November 20, 2015 at 11:32 pm

Yes the Warner would work in theory but they would never get the permits in time. They might as well just use the Shrine it has full concessions and can serve alcohol. It is a real theater. It would cost less to set up the Shrine and run it there then it would to refurbish the Warner. Besides The Shrine is huge they could hang a 90 or 100 foot screen in front of the proscenium or have a huge curved screen on stage. They are rigged to do that.

The Microsoft and the Dolby get outfitted for premiers and short movie runs on a regular basis. A screen and sound system is brought in installed and projectors are brought in just for a one off show. A new Dolby system was just installed in the Dolby just to run movies. Of course the stage at those venues is not as large as the Shrine but still better than any AMC theater.

I would put a huge screen in the Shrine drop in a couple of AAII Todd-AO projectors and run it there. That would be a road show presentation. It is right next to USC and close to the Metro and a grand old theater.

Cliffs on November 20, 2015 at 11:01 pm

And the Village is showing Star Wars, so… same problem. Honestly, the Weinsteins should just move up H8 2 weeks to get out ahead of Star Wars. But instead it’s the perfect storm of the theaters most capable of playing H8 also being the ones most capable of playing Star Wars the best. The fact that the Weinsteins STILL haven’t released the theater list of 70mm engagements is telling in how hard it’s been locking down theaters less than a week after Episode VII.

It’s probably too late now, but I wonder what would have to be done to the Pacific 1-2-3 (Warner) on Hollywood Blvd to make it a temporary roadshow house for 4-6 weeks. I’m sure it’d be extremely pricey, but it’d be worth it.

RogerA on November 20, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Well I wont go to an AMC theater to see a cropped picture bad sound and out of focus picture on a postage stamp screen. At those AMC theaters some usher who has never handled film will thread it push the start button and walk away. There will be more than one botched show.

The only auditorium at the Arclight with a 70mm projector (yes just one 70mm and it isnt even a good one) is the Dome. They had to rent a projector for The Master to run in one of the smaller houses.

The New Beverly is a grind house not a roadshow theater.

If they were serious about running roadshow they would run in a real theater with a large screen like The Shrine.

The Village in Westwood still has 70mm projectors so that is a possibility. Of course those projectors have not been used for years.

This isn’t a road show its sounding more like an abortion If it was really a road show they would put in a real theater and run it reel to reel but I guess those days are gone forever.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on November 20, 2015 at 3:36 pm

I’m hearing that Disney is mandating all theaters that book “The Force Awakens” play it in their biggest house for 4 weeks. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if “The Hateful Eight,” at least initially, only plays the New Beverly, the 70mm-equipped multiplex auditoriums at the ArcLight and the Landmark, and perhaps some newly-equipped AMC screens at Burbank and Century City (as AMCs seem to be where most of Boston Light & Sound projectors are going). Hoping to be proven wrong.

Cliffs on November 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm

I thought the same thing, but recent conversations with Arclight have given me doubt.

RogerA on November 19, 2015 at 10:53 pm

Then why is the arclight not selling tickets for Star Wars beyond December 24th? There are no advanced sales for Star Wars in the Dome for dates after the 20th of December. If they are not gonna run Hateful in the Dome then they should run it in the Shrine the Dolby or some other large venue. It would be stupid to roadshow it in some small theater.

Cliffs on November 19, 2015 at 7:43 pm

RogerA… Arclight is telling a different tale. Star Wars in the Dome for a month.

Flix70 on November 18, 2015 at 12:39 pm

According to the NY Times, the Weinstein Co. was supposed to announce the 70mm theaters last week, but as of today the only confirmed venues I’ve found are three theaters in Detroit.

RogerA on November 17, 2015 at 3:15 pm

It looks like the Hateful Eight may go into the Dome and star wars get moved to a smaller screen. Star Wars is also going into the Chinese in IMAX

Flix70 on November 16, 2015 at 11:38 am

Yeah, I’m sure Tarantino wanted Christmas Day for “Hateful 8” since “Django” opened so well there, but they had to know Star Wars was going to take all the premium, large-format screens for at least a month. Does anyone really want to see a 70mm road-show presentation in a cookie-cutter stadium-style theater? Not me, but I guess I’ll have to.

Cliffs on November 15, 2015 at 8:46 pm

Don’t be surprised if Hateful 8 doesn’t make it to the Cinerama Dome (despite being the perfect venue for it). It’s looking more and more like Star Wars is going to bump it to a smaller screen inside.

Flix70 on October 22, 2015 at 10:21 am

Dare I ask if anyone caught the Back To The Future trilogy at the Dome last night?

markp on October 13, 2015 at 6:32 am

And that RogerA is why film is dying. I argue with people all the time that there is a difference. I saw interstellar last year at the Ziegfeld in 70MM. Big difference between that and the digital trailers. The public today just dont care. As long long as they have the reclining seats and the loud ear crushing sound and tons of special effects, they’re happy. Say 70MM to someone and they’ll say “what?”

RogerA on October 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Star Wars will be an IMAX release. The IMAX version and the 70mm blow up will made off a 4K digital intermediate. So Star Wars will be in IMAX theaters the Hateful Eight won’t be in IMAX. There is a big difference between IMAX and Ultra-Panavision. The Hateful Eight was shot on 65mm and I hope to see a print right off the original negative. The Hateful Eight only needs to be in a few theaters like The Dome so the people who really care about seeing it in 70mm can see it. Why would the Dome want to play Star Wars when it will be at the Chinese and Universal?

Most of the theaters have junked their film projectors. So now they have to rent film projectors to show film there are very few full time 70mm screens left. There are not that many big screens left any more. As Long as The Hateful Eight is in 70mm on a big screen in any theater within 100 miles I will go there to see it! The majority of people will just be happy with the digital version.

Giles on October 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm

^ sorry for stating this, but it’s been on most exhibitor’s minds that ‘Hateful Eight’s 70mm release is the dumbest timing of the year, when most said large (and/or) 70mm screens will be playing ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Flix70 on October 7, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Yeah, The Hateful Eight in 70mm would be worth coming back for. It’s apparently getting an exclusive two-week Road Show presentation in select theaters starting Christmas Day.

RogerA on October 5, 2015 at 4:21 pm

It’s the only theater designed for ultra panavision. I expect they will run The Hateful Eight in 70mm film. That will be something worth driving 100 miles to see.