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Hope they can get a live Regal salesperson to try to sell the monthly Regal Pass. I told the girl helping buy tickets to put some new flyers out that tells you about the monthly Regal pass. She found some and placed on the counter after we shot this photo. If you go to allot of movies It’s still a good deal. Check out the fine print and make a local Regal Cinema your second home.
Thanks Kino you won’t find anything like this in the USA, like all the blue.
This is the new Regal RPX® screen in Theatre #12. We liked the lighted surround speakers on the side walls. Has Dolby Atmos® Hope they play the demo trailer.
They look kind of terracotta rather then Orange to me in person. Still like them better then black or dark red like so many movie theatres use. Lets see how long they stay nice and clean in SF? Some people eating can be slobs in movie theatres that’s why most older cinemas keep the lights turned way down so you don’t see the filth on the seats.
This was one of the auditoriums #10 that the projector was not aligned correctly. The scope image was set too far to the left and the image went on the side outside the screen area. The right screen image was blank for about a foot and a half. We told the managers helper so If this was the only problem they did a good job with opening up 12 new screens. Also all the pre show 1.85 trailers just lit up flat in the middle part of the screen in a small hallo effect surrounded by white screen instead of using the full square 1.85 screen for a flat picture in most of the auditoriums. The scope wide image was ok except for this auditorium.
Today (May 26 2021) was the second day the new Regal Stonestown 12 Galleria in San Francisco was open. David the manger did a great job with all the tech things and the helpers. The big test will be this weekend for Memorial Day May 2021! Here is a list of the seating for all the auditoriums inside as of May 26 2021. Theatre #1 4DX® 140 seats, Theatre #2 96, Theatre #3 116, Theatre #4 130, Theatre #5 106, Theatre #6 129, Theatre #7 47, Theatre #8 47, Theatre #9 ScreenX® 204, Theatre #10 213, Theatre #11 214, and the best and largest screen in Theatre #12 RPX® 296 seats. Good luck to David and his Regal SF team for the brand new Regal Stonestown 12 Galleria Theatre on their big grand opening week. I live about 1 ½ miles away so will be going often. Will be so nice to get out and go to a true movie cinema after a year of watching home theatre streaming. Stop by and see a movie.
Here are some rare 35mm policy trailers from the Chabot Theatre in Castro Valley. The Jack Tillmany You Tube site has them up. The Chabot Theatre will soon re open after the C19 dark time. The children must have been rowdy in the 1950’s at the Chabot. Now those kids may have kids of their own.
Thanks M 1944 for this classic old photo. The neon marquee was working, fountains going and trees planted plus a canopy over the boxoffice. The Chinese Theatre is so dull now outside. Must have sounded great inside in 4 CH Mag stereo when they re run Disney’s Fantasia!
Wow very colorful thanks Kino for the photo! Maybe someone in the USA office of AMC or Regal Theatres will see this photo and wake up!
On a recent visit 5/1/2021 all the surround speakers are mostly turned off. Many of the speakers set hi up on the ceiling have blown out cones so they just turned them all off. Too bad hope they can get funding to put in better speakers or a Meyers sound system for the stereo surround system. People live in plus multi million dollars homes in Orinda and have fancy home movie theatres. So sad to go pay to see a movie in a great old deco 750 seat theatre like the Orinda and the sound does not work on the sides and back!
After looking at some curtain photos looks like they did not reach that far over to cover the deco grill work on the side.
Thanks for the image of this former Cinerama® theatre. When they had the giant curved screen and wrap around curtains I think this organ grill was covered up on the side? Must have looked nice before Cinerama® went in. Would look nice with some color lights inside this grill work. The place is all different now, gone are he good days of Cinerama®
Just found out from Dolby® Sam on the Film Tech site the surround speakers at the Orinda Theatre have been turned off at this time. Too many problems with blown out cones. Now after the owner has re done the classic neon and put back the black lights maybe the next project will be to replace the surround speakers. The Orinda area is full of million dollar homes and many locals have their own home cinemas. Must be disappointing now to go to the Orinda Theatre and not hear anything surround wise in the 750 seat large auditorium that they can hear at home from a film. Time to start the surround $$ sound fund, add a surcharge to the tickets. I have a idea that I posted on a few other sites. While the Orinda gang is waiting for speaker funding Sam maybe can put in two temp back corner surround speakers R/L ch so at least we can hear some split surround information. These back corner wall speakers you may not hear much way down front but If the volume is turned up and If you seat in the middle section I think this will work for a time till the cash comes into play!
Thanks Lou for the image. The marquee neon tower at the Grand in Tracy reminds me of the one that was on the front of the Golden State Santa Cruz Theatre in Santa Cruz CA that was removed when they turned the cinema building into other uses. The Santa Cruz Theatre tower was a little nicer then this one. Such a shame they took It down no class! When many former theatres are used for other venues the first thing most do is tear down the classic neon marquee and boxofice. The fronts need to be saved and used again in what is going in the former movie cinema space. The LUX Theatre in downtown Oakland CA had a great neon marquee and when the Goodwill people took the former B movie theatre over they tore out the neon marquee. You can go into the Oakland Goodwill store on Broadway and still tell It was a former movie theatre, you can even still see the projection room portholes. So nice they kept the front at the Grand Theatre in Tracy.
The deco side wall art now glows with blue black lights as of May 1 2021. Not like in this older photo with white and orange lights.
Time for the city of Orinda CA to do a tree trim around the Orinda Theatre. Soon you won’t be able to see the marquee!
You won’t see this type of bright lights on anymore inside the Orinda Theatre starting May 1 2021. All the red/blue neon has been restored and black light LED lights put in over the glow wall paintings. The place is very dark now and very colorful, looks great during a movie with the blue neon turned off and black light semi glow on the wall art, red neon in the ceiling coves. No more boring white lights. Now to top it off let’s have them put in some red/orange strip stage lights on the bottom of the curtains or maybe a teal LED color?
The lights still work on the side of the poster frame with a fluorescent tube. New movie theatres today mostly have no lighted outside poster areas near the box office that many times has no one in the ticket booth. Soon you won’t even see one sheets on paper.
Check this place out in downtown LA still intact but selling jewelry now. Time to turn on the projectors put back the screen and show ring wedding movies!
Nice photo of the bright old gold look inside. Pacific put in dark blue curtains many years ago with blue lights. The last few years they let the bulbs go out over the curved screen and many never got replaced. It was so dark when you came into the Dome you could not find your reserved seat number most of the time. They probably new the place was going to close.
Thanks again Gray for these nice color slides. I wonder if some of side wall art did glow during the movie under black lights?
Thanks for the neon lobby photo. I don’t think Regal is putting in neon anymore. They may have even bought this cinema from another neon friendly operator? We have a brand new Cineworld Regal Stonestown Galleria 12 Theatre about to open in San Francisco CA and no color neon was put is. They just have a few color LED color light bars. Trying to save money I guess. No more neon showmanship at Regal.
One year later I wonder what they did for CinemaScope®
Thanks Gray for these great old slides your grandfather took. Glad you still have them to share with us. The color still looks nice. I wonder how many of these theatres are still around at least the buildings.
Now that Pacific Theatres have turned in the keys to the landlord property owners and closed their theatres they don’t own the land we think this is just a legal thing to get out of underperforming cinemas and expensive rent. The parent company of Pacific Theatres called ‘Decurion’ is not a poor company. Owned by the Forman family they have property all over California. The father William Forman bought up cheap land in the 1950’s/60’s and started Pacific Drive Ins. Many of the old drive in lots have been turned into huge malls that the Forman’s own with some multiplex cinemas on the property. The Syufy family did the same thing. After all the dust settles down you will see some of these classic Pacific Theatres come back open I bet like the Hollywood Cinerama Dome and the Pacific Grove Theatres. Shame on the city of Culver City CA with the Pacific Theatre closed down over a year with no money coming in the city wants all the rental money now. They will find out the hard way when Pacific gets out of Culver City the whole area will suffer in the downtown area. Lets hope the Hollywood Cinerama Dome can re open soon and the Forman brothers can re direct some of their family land money to keeping some of their classic theatres around a little longer. The Forman brothers after the father died never liked Cinerama, at one time they were going to tear down the dome! They are more into real estate today under Decurion.