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neeb commented about National Theatre on Jan 5, 2008 at 6:22 pm

UCLA won the NCAA championship in Spring 1995.
And I can’t believe that would keep people away- does Boston have to worry about tourists not showing up?
No, Westwood’s problems are self-inflicted. Narrow minded landlords writing bad rental agreements and the Westwood community allowing it to happen.
As for Bookstores… Westwood had a B Dalton, a Walden a couple of independent shops and Graphitti comics. Now? They have a mystery book shop (which is pretty cool). Granted Borders killed a lot of teh business, but still…
I’ve no idea about music stores, but if one could set up shop with a decent contract, they’d do well.

neeb commented about National Theatre on Jan 4, 2008 at 3:42 am

Commercial opportunities in Westwood are a dime a dozen- and after some of the rents are paid, you’re lucky to have a dime.
Granted, this is all blamed on a shooting 20 years ago which killed one person. The elderly in Santa Monica have killed more people with cars than shootings have in Westwood, but whatever.
No, whoever is running Westwood needs to be the subject of a 60 Minutes investigation. One of the nicest parts of LA and the list of established businesses that have come and gone reads like a list of Fortune 1000 companies. This place couldn’t even support a McDonalds!
Goofball rents and leasing agreements made on Bizzaro World play more than a little role in Westwoods ennui, I’d love to see THAT blamed instead of a shooting the next time I read an article about why westwood is so vacant.

neeb commented about Cinerama Hollywood on Dec 21, 2007 at 5:55 am

FYI, the ArcLIght website is no longer selling 2001 tickets.
It is now in the “On Sale Soon” box.
And since the topic of 70 mm has come up…
Is there a 70 mm print of Dr Zhivago available? I thought there was one for the 1995 re-release but I’ve not seen anything since.

neeb commented about SIFF Cinema Downtown on Oct 10, 2007 at 7:12 am

The Cinerama

Screening now through March, 2008, you’ll have the opportunity to view six classic films there, shown in super crisp 70MM. Shot on film twice the size of a typical 35MM motion picture, these super high-resolution films are known for their amazing clarity and detail on the big screen.

There were a limited number of these high-resolution films made, and Cinerama is one of only a few theaters able to screen them.

Cinerama will show the following spectacular 70MM films through March 2008: (Sunday screenings at noon; Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.)

Top Gun: October 7 and 9
Ghostbusters: November 4, 6, 11 and 13
Titanic*: November 25 and 27, December 2 and 4

2001: A Space Odyssey**: January 27 and 29, February 3 and 5
Tron: February 24 and 26, March 2 and 4
Lawrence of Arabia: March 16, 18, 23, and 25

neeb commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 23, 2007 at 3:35 am

>>…and I didn’t think UA had any domestic 70mm prints of “Hawaii” released.<<

I run a little blog dedicated to old movie theaters in San Diego, and “Hawaii” definitely played in 70mm at the San Diego Cinerama (sadly gone now).
I’ve never been to New York. A print of Porgy and Bess might get me there…
And if you really wanted me there, hunt down a 70 mm Empire Strikes Back.

neeb commented about National Theatre on Aug 16, 2007 at 3:24 am

Someone needed to contact Patrick Goldstein?

neeb commented about Cinerama Theater on Jul 24, 2007 at 5:42 am

According to daily listings, the Cinerama 6- which replaced this theater in 1988, has closed.

neeb commented about New Beverly Cinema on Jul 19, 2007 at 11:54 pm

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New Beverly founder Sherman Torgan dies

By Tony Gieske

July 20, 2007
Sherman Torgan, who founded and ran the last remaining full-time revival cinema in Los Angeles, died Wednesday of a heart attack while bicycling in Santa Monica. He was 63.

His New Beverly Cinema at 7165 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles has been screening repertory double bills continuously since it opened in 1978. Past, present and future filmmakers, actors and movie lovers have been drawn to the house, whose attractions run the gamut from old Hollywood classics, recent independent film and European and Asian favorites, to the occasional silent or animated feature.

Torgan opened the doors of the New Beverly on May 5, 1978, with a Marlon Brando double bill — “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Last Tango in Paris,” which was just then helping to bridge the gap between X-rated and mainstream entertainment.

On its recent 25th anniversary, the theater held no celebration. “Hooray! The Beverly Cinema has reached a milestone” read a notice in agate type on the theater’s calendar. “This month marks 25 years of continuous repertory programming… . The struggle goes on.”

neeb commented about UA 150 on Jul 16, 2007 at 11:44 pm

the website does a great job of detailing 70mm engagements and where they played.

I wish they’d devote some attention to Seattle. There’s no shortage of venues and events.

neeb commented about O'Farrell Theatre on Jul 16, 2007 at 12:10 am

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Notorious porn filmmaker — fade to black

Jim Mitchell, who helped bring eroticism into the political and social consciousness of San Francisco and later was imprisoned for the sensational killing of his own brother, died apparently of a heart attack, at his home in western Sonoma County, investigators said Friday.

neeb commented about TRON...Happy 25th! on Jul 10, 2007 at 12:53 am

Caught the last part on a double feature with Star Trek II at the UA Glasshouse (need an entry for that one…) in San Diego. Both in 70mm.
Thought it was kind of wild then (I was 6), but cool from a visual standpoint.

neeb commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jul 8, 2007 at 1:32 pm

Just for your information, this film has a small cameo in the new Transformers movie

neeb commented about National Theatre on Jun 13, 2007 at 2:18 am

If I remember correctly, Spielberg shot and edited Temple right around the time of his divorce- which cost him $100M 1984 dollars.
Which partially explains why we went from the interesting and watchable Marion to the utter dingbat that was Willie Scott…

neeb commented about National Theatre on Jun 1, 2007 at 2:54 pm

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It says YOR was edited down from a 4-part Italian series. I read about the long version in an issue of Video Watchdog years ago. I think I still have the issue and will look for it.

And the 70mm print of Krull played at the Seattle Cinerama in 2004.

neeb commented about Valley Circle Theater on May 28, 2007 at 11:14 pm

This is the first theater to play Star Wars in San Diego. It’s gone but the memory remains.

neeb commented about National Theatre on May 28, 2007 at 11:12 pm

Back to the YOR discussion… Unless I’m mistaken, it last played at the Grand Illusion in Seattle in mid-2005. I impressed many of the patrons at that screening with my knowledge that there is a 3.5 hour cut…

neeb commented about National Theatre on Apr 19, 2007 at 9:53 pm

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Final thoughts on the National.

neeb commented about Park Theatre on Mar 5, 2007 at 12:26 am

Ad for Darby O'Gill and the Little People

San Diego Union, E-7. Sunday, 02 August 1959

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neeb commented about Mann Plaza Theater on Feb 14, 2007 at 8:25 pm

Another case of a car ramming into a movie theater.

I add this, because in the late 1970s (1978?) a car rammed into the north side of the Plaza.

neeb commented about Cooper Theatre on Jan 23, 2007 at 11:39 pm

I’ve not seen this posted:

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Richard Crowther; Denver architect; 96

Denver architect and author Richard Crowther, who died Dec. 26 in Denver, achieved international renown for his progressive holistic compositions, particularly his pioneering designs employing passive solar energy. He was 96.

Mr. Crowther designed the Cinerama Cooper theaters in Denver, Minneapolis and Omaha, Neb. All were the first theaters designed around the then-new Cinerama technology, with cushioned seats on curving risers.