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CapnRob commented about Legal agreement forces Harkins Theatres to install technology for blind, deaf on Nov 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

The same thing was said about wheelchair ramps and bathrooms. If business wasn’t occasionally guided by laws we would be eating in dirty restaurants and peeing on the sides of buildings. The Seattle Cinerama has had captioning for years. They only have one screen.

CapnRob commented about Digital ushers in a new era of the silver screen on Sep 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm

In the old days, they complained about “talkies” killing the art of the performance thus ruining the filmgoing experience. I’ve heard of people saying color film is garish and bad. Just like six-track magnetic sound or the horizontal film platter, Digital technology is just the next step in the evolution of story-telling, to the masses, on a big screen. It also reduces cost which make stockholders happy to make more movies.

Regarding the TV commercials before a film, there has always been advertising at the theater. I bet people used to complain about the ads painted on the theater curtains. Maybe somebody will bring back the roadshow with reserved seats and the Ent'acte music. Don’t forget, those ad-free presentation tickets cost more.

CapnRob commented about Regal Continental Stadium 10 & RPX on Aug 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I loved the original Continental. Saw a worn red print of Wrath of Kahn there about 2 years ago. It made me really miss the old days of giant single screen theaters.

CapnRob commented about Loew's Northglenn on Aug 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm

The actual address of this theater was 281 West 104th Avenue
Northglenn, CO 80234. Iy seems like this is where I saw movies like “Sasquatch, the Legend of Bigfoot” and “Hanger 18”. Classics.

CapnRob commented about Why Banking on Young Males Ain't Workin' on Jul 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Mike, you’re showing your age. Discs are dead. VOD will kill buying discs. I’m waiting for the direct connection at the base of the skull. You will be able to experience the epic length “Titanic II” in 12 seconds!

CapnRob commented about Cinema chains dimming movies "up to 85%" on digital projectors on May 27, 2011 at 10:23 am

This is depressing. Whatever happened to THX certified theaters (and I don’t mean RPX or or any of those other marketing terms)? It’s the wave of the future and it blows.

CapnRob commented about Broadway shows, more opera and ballet coming to digitally-equipped theaters on May 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Sorry. That should have read “Honey, I Shrunk The Audience”. No big deal but I love correcting people and thought I’d try it out on myself.

CapnRob commented about Broadway shows, more opera and ballet coming to digitally-equipped theaters on May 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

This is the one place where 3D could be fun. I would mount a static camera center of the audience and record audio to replicate a binaural recording. I saw it done at Disneyland when they had the “Honey, I Blew Up The Audience”. It works great when the audience is normal size.

CapnRob commented about Theater chains rally against proposed nutritional information rules on Mar 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

What you don’t know can’t hurt you. I found this on

A large popcorn had about 80 grams of fat, more than 50 of them saturated. That’s almost three day’s worth of sat fat, or what you’d get from six Big Macs. And that’s if you skip the “butter.” Succumb to the “butter” on your large popcorn and you’ll boost the fat to close to 130 grams, or two days worth, plus four day’s worth of cholesterol. But what’s another two Big Macs when you’re already up to six?"

I think that might really hurt concession sales.

CapnRob commented about Regal adding five more large-format screens on Mar 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm

The Continental in Denver has always had a big curved screen. In the last couple of years, they started charging a “big screen” fee for movies in that house. It’s now the RPX theater. They’ve now found a way to charge even more for what use to be included with the price of admission.

CapnRob commented about Theater seats for sale on Mar 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm

SEATS FOR SALE. Cool. How about a location and pricing? Was there a fire? Is this the best seat? Throw us a bone. Give us the 411.

CapnRob commented about Movie theater snacks more varied at theaters abroad on Feb 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Yet another reason to bring back the drive-in. They always have a tasty selection at the snack bar.

CapnRob commented about Regal planning to double the number of its 3D capable screens on Feb 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Until 3D is needed to move a story, it will always be a gimmick. 3D has been around almost as long as photography. It’s a fun gimmick but that’s all it is.

CapnRob commented about Exclusive one month engagement of "2001" in Toronto on Dec 14, 2010 at 8:33 pm

If you’re anywhere near Toronto… GO!

I saw this print at the Esquire in Denver and was blown away. 3-D, blue ray and line doublers are fine for most films. The ultimate way to see 2001 is on a huge screen in 70mm. The detail and depth is so impressive. When I saw the print the color was so rich without being saturated. The picture was very sharp. The effects are transparent.

For a film geek, it can be a very moving experience.

PS – Take an 70mm nonbeliever and watch them freak out.

CapnRob commented about Popcorn Extortion in UK on Nov 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm

In Aurora, Colorado there is a Cinemark theater that charges $6.50 for evenings and $4.50 for matinee. Just down the street at the Regal Continental the same film shows for $10.50 and $6.00 (a dollar more if you want to see it on their largest and oldest screen).

Both theaters are in safe surroundings. The cheaper theater is newer than the current remodel of the more costly theater. They’re both as clean as each other.

Ticket price seems to have little to do with location.

CapnRob commented about CineMiracle's "Windjammer" at Warner Grand on Nov 20, 2010 at 7:56 am

Is this a 3 screen presentation or just really wide screen?

CapnRob commented about Willing to do free tech work in Denver on Oct 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm

It’s a drag that Denver was so quick to demolish any theater that had potential. I now reminisce about theaters like the one at the Northglen Mall or the Cooper 5. Good luck in your quest.

CapnRob commented about Happy 30th, "Empire" on May 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I didn’t get to see Empire until a week after opening and by then, the jerks at school had already blown the “Lukes Father” secret.

In Denver, it was suppose to play at the Continental. I think I remember that a fire broke out after one of the charity shows and it was moved to the Cooper.

Can somebody confirm that for me?

CapnRob commented about Ouimetoscope video on May 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm

From Wiki', “Thomas Lincoln Tally (1861 —– November 24, 1945) on or near April 16, 1902 opened his Electric Theater in Los Angeles.” Maybe the Ouimetoscope is the first in Canada?

Good luck on the theater.

CapnRob commented about Century 21 on May 7, 2010 at 11:18 pm

BTW – Here’s a better couple of pictures of yje building…

CapnRob commented about Century 21 on May 7, 2010 at 11:13 pm

As of spring 2010, the electronics store moved out and the building is for sale/lease.

CapnRob commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 48: Orlando) on Apr 23, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Have a little enthusiasm AGR! Do you understand what a pain it is to gather such obscure information? I would be excited as well. Thumbs up to Nick and Mike!

CapnRob commented about Could the 3D fad die like it did during the 50's? on Apr 2, 2010 at 11:47 pm

If the movie looks like a good movie, I’ll go see it. A crap movie in 3D is still crap (see “Comin' at Ya! (1981). Save 3D for the thrill rides.

CapnRob commented about Great Escape Theatres to open new megaplex in South Carolina on Mar 29, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Sorry about the previous post. It has been pointed out to me that there is a total 2200 seats in 13 auditoriums plus 400 more seats in the Imax theater. This brings the average seats per screen to 185.7. Think of 15 rows with 12 seats each.

I know there are bigger and smaller auditoriums. I’m just repeating what has been said on this site over and over. Would somebody build a cool big theater, please?

CapnRob commented about Great Escape Theatres to open new megaplex in South Carolina on Mar 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm

2200 seat in 14 theaters. That breaks down to an average of 157 seats per screen. The small auditoriums must double as the janitor’s closets.