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terrywade commented about Price increases for 3-D movies in effect today on Mar 28, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Today in front of the outside part of the AMC Van Ness Theatre in San Francisco I saw two guys with signs telling people to boycot the AMC chain for the BIG price increase!!!!!!!If this catches on around the USA you will see the prices go back down. The public is now hearing about this thru the media and friends. Maybe they can sell the 3D glases and you can use them again without being charged each time for new ones.Or they can give you a refund for the glases once they are returned at the exit.You will have to keep them extra clean plus there are different 3D formats. The Price Theatre Wars are about to start.

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terrywade commented about Price increases for 3-D movies in effect today on Mar 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Cities need to bring back the second run $3 houses again. Many movies are pushed out of the multiplex’s after a few weeks and are gone to DVD. A nice big screen theatre with good stereo sound and cheap refreshments can make it with family groups. I miss the seedy downtown B film houses. Three films for $3 what a bargin. Wait till a big family goes to AMC and they see the new prices. Most will cut back and wait for 3D DVD. Why spend extra for the 3D glasses in the cinema when they have there own at home and cheap drinks & candy. Wait till some cheap second run 3D movie theatres open up and serve food at a decent price with free glasses.

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terrywade commented about Stalled renovation plans, lax building code enforcement allowing Alexandria Theatre to decay on Mar 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm

This theatre in SF had many classic 70mm roadshow films during the 60’s. A big flat screen, to bad as many Todd AO 70mm prints played flat here. When Mike Todd died the Todd-AO system went down hill a curved screen was not used in many Todd-AO houses like this one. At least the Alexandria still stands not like I’t Todd-AO neighbor up the street that was demolished the Coronet. South Pacific played in 70mm roadshow at the Alexandria.

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terrywade commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Mar 16, 2010 at 9:08 am

Does anyone have a photo of the larges CineMiracle curved screen that the Chinese had up in 1958 for ‘Windjammer’? I am told It had a huge curve to It. This is when they moved three projectors to one booth downstairs now the single projector is back upstairs in the booth but rumors are floating they may put back a VIP balcony upstairs, does this meen the 35mm/70mm film and digital projectors go back downstairs? The new people that take over the lease or buy the place need to stop playing this up and down projection game. The last time I was in the Graumans not to long ago and you can see the curve on the Scope screen. Seems the screen can open up larger but they have It all masked down, top and sides. I looked behind the curtains and black masking after everyone left and yes I saw many feet of unused white curved screen not being used and this was open wide for CinemaScope or Panavision. I think they need to project the image on the largest screen in Hollywood. It may be that they don’t want to project the digital video image they use from time to time to big for pixal problems. Bring on a 70mm film print and open up the drapes and masking in all it’s glory! It’s almost like they are embarrassed to show off what they can show and do.

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terrywade commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Mar 15, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Clash was shot in 2-D. They are just trying to make extra $ with the 3D poor mans 3D version they are trying to make from the 2D ‘Clash’ 35mm print. Just like the studios did at the end of 70mm to save money they did blow ups from 35mm to 70mm same is going on today Disney started It now everyone is going 2D to 3D. I have watched these conversions and they look bad. It will be nice to see a true 3D movie on the big Chinese curved screen someday but ‘Clash’ in 3D is a ripoff!

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terrywade commented about Free Tour of the Saban Theatre (Formerly Fox Wilshire) on Mar 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm

This was for many years a 70mm roadshow house. Seemed the large screen was flat. Does anyone know if a curved screen was ever used at the Fox Wilshire? I think they ran a 70mm print of ‘This Is Cinerama’ after the film left the Dome. Was it shown flat or curved?

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terrywade commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Mar 12, 2010 at 8:24 am

How nice the interior mock up photo shot looked with the color lights in the ceiling. Have these color lights ever been put in or turned on? Mann Theatres needs to do what the Disney people are doing across the street and bring in movies with a stage show for the tourists. Show ‘Clash’ in 3-D on a big curved screen and have the Titans in person on stage. Mann has no showmanship so some other company needs to take over this Hollywood gem soon. The out of town people have the cash, they want to see the inside with a nice presentation.

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terrywade commented about Cinelux Scotts Valley Cinema Cafe & Lounge on Mar 12, 2010 at 8:08 am

Good news the Scotts Valley Cinema will have 3-D coming with the ‘Dragon’ movie March 26 2010. This will be the first 3-D setup in the Santa Cruz area so business will be brisk. I’ll find out if it’s the digital system or the new Tecnicolor 35mm film type. Hopefully they will bring in a few 3-D movies that were not shown in 3-D in the Santa Cruz area the first time around so local people can see them in 3-D. This Cinema is listed near Capitola CA but it is next to Santa Cruz and Felton CA not Capitola. About 10 minutes from the beach city of Santa Cruz CA.

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terrywade commented about Cineamercia Theaters: What became of this chain??? on Mar 11, 2010 at 10:08 am

Gone are the days of Fox West Coast Theatres, a great movie chain.

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terrywade commented about Bow Tie Cinemas will use Technicolor's non-digital 3D projection system on Mar 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Will the public tell the diffence? Probably not 3-D is 3-D to most of them. It will be interesting to see this new Technicolor 3-D system in action soon. If the 35mm image is cut in half It may be like watching 16mm? and on a big screen! Or does It skip a frame? L/R Wait till a scope print runs on this new system. I know a few theatres in the SF Bay Area that have put in a order for the Technicolor 3-D set up. Time will tell.

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terrywade commented about Santa Cruz Theatre on Mar 2, 2010 at 7:57 pm

If you walk to the back of the building and look at the back side and the added windows on the side in the cement you will see this was a theatre. If anyone is around this spot look in the office building next door on the right, they have a nice photo of the neon tower that was out front, to bad they took It off I think in the 70’s. Maybe someday someone will pull out the offices and cafe and turn the place back into a theatre. The new Regal 9 up the street tried to copy the Santa Cruz Theatre’s tall tower sign. It looks good but not the same as the art deco one that was removed. Thanks to Jim at the Del Mar Theatre down the street that is up and running with the restored neon marquee after the former owner United Artist Theatres stripped most of the neon off and put a wall down the middle. Visit the Del Mar if your in the Santa Cruz area. Check out the waterfall curtains with red/purple lights in the big downstairs cinema now back to one piece.

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terrywade commented about Cinelux Scotts Valley Cinema Cafe & Lounge on Mar 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm

CineLux now runs this Scotts Valley Cinema and they are about to start on a major remodel. The first up is the brand new marquee out on the street,It looks great. Next will be the addition of stadium seating and a 3-D projector for the largest screen cinema. I hope they put in a curve screen in the big theatre #4. Good luck to CineLux Theatres from San Jose CA, they also took over the 41st Ave Cinemas in Santa Cruz CA.

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terrywade commented about Happy 45th, "The Sound Of Music" on Mar 2, 2010 at 11:34 am

This movie is a 70mm Todd Ao® treasure. How lucky many us were to see this film on a true curved Todd Ao® screen. In San Francisco they showed Sound Of Music on a flat screen unfortunately in 70mm at the United Artists. Now the UA theatre in SF is still open under a different name showing girly porn with a false ceiling to cover the huge balcony. How the times of Market St Theatres in SF have changed. From once showing a 70mm flat roadshow print of ‘Sound'now girls go down the runway and they probably have no clue the history of roadshow 70mm at the UA in San Francisco in the 60’s. The big Norelco 70mm projectors sit ideal today way up above the balcony. What a long throw and angle to show Julie Andrews in all It’s 70mm glory. To bad when ABC shows this film every year they play a pan & scan version in 16X9 and you miss all the sides of the 70mm print. I think ABC is afraid to run a scope print with black bars at the top and bottom. They will show the open titles in wide screen but go to full screen when the titles are over. Watch It in the new DVD version in full scope. I think some parts of the new Sound Of Music DVD are from the 65mm elements and the stereo surround sounds great in Dolby®. Thank you Mike for the 'Sound’ theatre listings.

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terrywade commented about Cinedome 8 on Feb 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm

They have now have 3-D in one of the auditoriums. Most screens have a slight curve. This place is the only theatre in town. Someday some new chain will come into Napa and see this place is a gold mine and open a better state of the art cinema. Great city for a small art theatre as many movies don’t play in a town that only has one company running the whole show. I am surprised the Syufy’s have not cut the Napa domes in half to make more money like they did many years ago to some of their domes in San Jose CA. Napa CA has a lot of $$$ and the locals like to spend it. A wine & food cinema will bring in the people in town that want to get away from all their vineyards.

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terrywade commented about Sutton Theater on Feb 24, 2010 at 9:48 am

Does any one know when the Sutton played ‘Gigi’ was It a roadshow version and did the Sutton have a stereo print of Gigi or even had stereo or 70MM?

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terrywade commented about Tarantino serves as 'angel' of the New Beverly on Feb 24, 2010 at 9:25 am

Thanks Quentin for saving the Beverly Theatre. Now next time your visiting the SF Bay Area let’s turn a closed little cinema into a B picture Grindhouse! A chain of these type of theatres needs to be brought back for a new generation to enjoy. Bring on the crazy trailers and the B movies you won’t find on junky TV. Make the place seedy like the old downtown cinemas of the past. Hire some of the old managers that ran these places in the 60’s to give attitude to the young punk college kids today. Get some old trashy lady to run the boxoffice that won’t put up with cell phones in the theatre.

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terrywade commented about Hollywood pushing dates of movies on DVD shorter on Feb 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Many theatre circuit owners in Europe will not be booking Disney’s ‘Alice’ 3-D or 2-D because of the new Disney DVD window as a protest. Will this spread to the USA? With all the new 3-D movies coming out soon most multiplex cinemas only have one 3-D screen per complex, you may have to settle for flat 2-D after a few weeks of third dimension play so they can make room for the next 3-D movie.

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terrywade commented about Avatar in 4D...only in Korea!!! on Feb 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

Smell-O-Vision is back with motion seats!

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terrywade commented about Lease expiring on Berkeley's Oaks Theater; new operator sought on Feb 11, 2010 at 11:01 am

I hope who ever takes the Oaks over will take out the wall down the middle and make the downstairs one big cinema and put the twin up in the former balcony. The Oaks is in much better shape then Landmarks Albany and California Theatres in the area. Those need major remodling but Landmark won’t spend a dime on property they don’t own and just lease. The Rialto chain has done wonders to the Elmwood & Cerrito Cinemas they run lets hope they move into the Oaks Theatre. The North Oakland and Berkley areas need a nice cinema to attend.

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terrywade commented about Movie theater popcorn named as one of America's biggest ripoffs on Feb 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Rick at least your snack prices are a fare price to pay. I’d much rather go to a big screen movie theatre and see a big image with good sound and don’t mind having a small drink at the candy counter with cold ice at a good price. For the guy that brings in Chinese food into the Cinema the smell must have been something else. If theatres offered good food at a reasonable price people will dine in your cinema. Like we have a few pizza cinemas in the SF Bay Area and the crowd loves the snacks and does not bring in their own pizza, because the price is fare,they buy them at the theatre and the cold drinks to go with it. I think the small movie owner does not overcharge but the big chains do with lousy service to match!

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terrywade commented about Movie theater popcorn named as one of America's biggest ripoffs on Feb 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

I believe It is against the law in many cities to be searched at the door but ok for guns/weapons, cameras/video only. Just tell them If they want to search you call the police and get a warrant or give your admission money back. The candy/drink prices are way over the top. Just eat something before you get to the theatre as most big chain multiplex’s don’t have enough help in the concession counter you will miss the movie open just waiting in line after you waited at the boxoffice set up for 10 windows and they only have one open on a big weekend with a girl that can’t do credit cards correct! Many people just stay home and eat all the food they want without being searched and have the big screen look with a volume control you can adjust the Dolby Digital® Surround how you like it. A friend of mine just put in a big curved screen in his house with masking and he has free popcorn!

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terrywade commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 47: Phoenix) on Jan 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I have not heard of any other SmileBox® Blue Ray movies yet. But I bought a Blue Ray player just see the curved look on my LCD with How The West Was Won as many other people did. I think they will do a few more of the 3 panel Cinerama prints first and see how they sell then with some of the Super Cinerama 70mm movies. Now the Home Theatre people have three different types of huge curved screens for the Theatre in the home crowd. I have seen one and It looks great. So no need for SmileBox® for these lucky movie people. The curved home screens have moving masking and are very $$$$$$$. When I win the Lotto I’ll get one. Can’t wait for the Windjammer release with the curve look.

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terrywade commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 47: Phoenix) on Jan 21, 2010 at 10:24 am

Does anyone remember when the original Cine Capri played This Is Cinerama in 70mm on the D-150 screen they had? How did It look? Thanks so much Mike for the Cinerama news you have given us on all these roadshow Cinerama dates and cities. Now If we can get Pacific Theatres and some sponsors to restore a few more of the 3 panel films to play in England,Hollywood & Seattle. We hear they are cleaning up some of the prints for DVD release in SmileBox® for Blue Ray. At least Windjammer is being worked on at this time, but the things they have to work with are not that good. Lets hope the DVD print comes out good. When they tried to copy the new Cine Capri now in Arizona they missed the boat and did not curve the screen much. What were they afraid off.

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terrywade commented about A Guide to seeing "Avatar" in several formats on Jan 4, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Thanks for the LA times info on 3-D Avatar. I will try to see It in San Francisco at a true IMAX 3-D screen the former Sony/Loews now AMC Metreon. The large Castro Theatre in SF was to have Avatar in 3-D but changed things at the last minute to a boring ‘Nine’. They have It booked for 4/5 weeks. ‘Nine’ is dying a slow death on the big Cinemascope® digital screen the Castro Theatre. I think they are going to pull it soon. As ‘Avatar’ is still the number one film three weeks in a row 2-D or 3-D I think the Castro wishes they had booked the 3-D ‘Avatar’ film all are going to see. It’s sad in San Francisco we lost our distibutor for the LA Times paper in the SF Bay Area. I liked reading the movie section. Strange in LA you can get the SF Chronicle in some newspaper stores but in SF we have no LA newspaper. Now the ‘Castro’ has the new Disney 3-D print of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ booked soon, lets hope they don’t change there mind at the last minute. The 2-D preview for ‘Alice’ was shown at the ‘Castro’ at the start of ‘Nine’ and got more applause then the main feature did. People will love this new Disney film at a Imax 3-D or regular 3-D Theatre. Thanks again to the LA Times for telling us about the 3-D format wars. Soon Technicolor will join the bandwagon with 3-D film.

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terrywade commented about Former Towne 3 in San Jose becomes BIG Cinemas San Jose on Jan 4, 2010 at 8:40 am

Great News for San Jose. We hope the new Tower has a few English language art films sometimes as the San Jose area is short many times in the booking of special art films. I’d like to check out the remodel job. If anyone goes please report If they have curtains in the large house and how the stereo surround sounds,and the neon marquee looks,Thanks