Showing 24 comments
I think you forgot to post the link.
This theatre had the one of the largest screens in the nation. It measured 88 ft wide by 32 ft high.
Seeing Return Of The Jedi, Amadeus, Quest For Fire as well as Close Encounters on that mammoth screen was an unequaled experience.
Just read through the comments. Does no one have any photos of the main auditorium??
Unfortunately the new owners of the ART theatre decided to not have John Allen set the EQ for their new digital sound processor so they no longer have an official HPS-4000 sound system. I hope they will reconsider this decision because an HPS-4000 system without the right tunning results in not only poor sound but is a total waste of an extraordinary sound system.
Thanks for that info Vito. I do not blame the company for closing these wonderful theatres. After all they are here to make money and have to survive.
I do however blame the moronic people for abandoning these theatres in the favor of shoe box multiplexes which as you said in the Cinerama page, are nothing more than screening rooms.
And that is exactly what todays generation deserves, to see films in little boxes rather than real theatres.
A nice picture of Waikiki 2 auditorium from 1999 when the HPS-4000 sound systems went through a major upgrade. From HPS website
A beautiful picture of the auditorium from 1983 upon completion of the HPS-4000 sound system. From HPS website.
Featured in this great Article by John Allen of High Performance Stereo.
A 7o MM Review
So the Cinerama was equipped with HPS-4000 for 10 years before it was closed in 99.
Such a shame, first it was the Cinerama, then the Waikiki theatres, and finally the morons at consolidated decided to remove the HPS-4000 from the newly built Ward theatre. Apparently they fell for the marketing scam of these fake Imax systems.
Oh how I long for the old days.
Klipsch and Associates' ad announcing the installation of the Awesome HPS-4000 sound system at the Hawaii Cinerama.
BoxOffice March 1989
The main auditorium was the site of HPS-4000 with the first ever 4-way speakers in Cinema. The system had the acoustic power equivalent to 10 Symphony Orchestras and was hailed by many film makers as the finest they had ever heard. The picture of the main auditorium shown here was taken upon the completion of the HPS-4000 sound.
Here are two very detailed articles about the awesome system that once was.(PDF required for the second one)
The ultimate system?
Mighty sound of Century Plaza
A very detailed article about the incredible sound system which was installed at the Playhouse along with a picture of the auditorium. (PDF reader required)
Picture of the Auditorium from HPS-4000 website.
Here are 2 articles talking in great detail about the Mammoth sound system which was installed in this theatre. The first is from 1982 when the system was first installed, and the second is from 1991 when the system went through a major upgrade.
Remodeling for better sound Boxoffice
Does anyone know if the Art has switched to Digital projection??
The address given is wrong. This theatre is located on Pahlavi(Vali-Asr) avenue, not Laleh Zar.
Just came across this news. It looks like all the great theatres in LA are either vanishing, being split up or getting converted to crap such as LieMax.
And there is nobody to blame but the masses who turned their back on great venues such as this and the National in Westwood, in favor of shopping mall shoe boxes and LieMax theatres. Those people do not realize or care that watching 2.35 films in these new theatres will result in a smaller picture than films that are 1.85. Not to mention that most of them do not have any masking for improved presentation.
And finally the LieMax sound system is a joke. Since there is no dedicated LFE channel, I have no doubt that they violate standards by turning up the bass to impress the Amateur masses. Their bass in nothing more than a distorted BOOM BOOM to my ears. The THX system which was put in 1984 is far better in comparison, and is only second in performance after the HPS-4000 sound system.
RIP Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
I was told that the Surround speakers which were removed from the Century Plaza #2(Century City) before it was closed in 2003, may have been installed at the Royal theatre. Can anyone confirm this??
This was the theatre where the prototype of what would eventually be called HPS-4000 sound system was first installed. Please visit the HPS-4000 site and click on “Building Audiences” for more info.
Is this the same as the old Decascoop theatre which was owned by Albert Bert and his family??
Theatre one and two feature DLP and HPS-4000 XL class sound system with 4-way fully horn loaded stage speakers. Theatres 3-8 all feature HPS-4000 also.
The owners of this theatre made a huge mistake of replacing the stage speakers that where put in here by John Allen of HIGH PERFORMANCE STEREO. The only remaining components from the original and much superior system are the surround speakers and BGW amps.
The first time I walled in to this theatre was for Return Of The Jedi. Seeing that 70 MM print on the gigantic screen was an experience that has not been duplicated since. You really lived the movie.