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I remember seeing a 2:30 AM screening of ATTACK OF THE CLONES with a packed house back in 2002
Hey Flix70… I’ll bet we sat in that same right corner theater for the opening Saturday ET screening… I have the exact same memory… line around the building… glad to know others remember this theater and those times as fondly as I do!
Back in business. Ready to make up for lost time. First up: A QUIET PLACE PART II
As a kid I remember seeing THE PRIVATE EYES (starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway) here one rainy Sunday afternoon. There was an arcade across the way in the early 80s where we’d hang out before heading inside. Saw a bunch of random stuff here. The mall used to have a food court on the very bottom floor that we’d also hit up. This was text book mall cinema.
This was a fun venue with small but tidy theaters and amenities… saw The Matrix, LA Confidential, Return of the Jedi ‘97 and Eyes Wide Shut here. Always good crowds and random celebrity sightings…
If you haven’t seen Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood at The New Beverly you are missing out on a cinematic experience like nothing else. The 35mm print is pristine. The pre show is so immersive from KHJ radio playing as one enters the auditorium to special bonus content (extended scenes from Bounty Law) screened before the vintage 1969 era trailers that run before the film. The theater itself is a glorious throwback to the era. Beyond OUATIH… the monthly programming always has something for everyone… matinees are becoming regular fare along with the usual weekend midnight shows and weekly double features. Love this place to death!
First visit today (7/27/19) to see Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood 35mm presentation. I’ve been waiting for Alamo to open up ever since rumors began swirling around several years ago. Man, was it ever worth the wait. From the bar and arcade downstairs to the sleek corridors of cinemas up the escalator this is a magical place. I’m so grateful that our neighborhood cinema is Alamo Drafthouse DTLA!
The massive IMAX screen with tourists for scale.
Saw Dunkirk 70mm inside the dome on Sunday July 23rd at 2:30pm. There were two major issues with the presentation. The framing was off during the trailers, ok, no big deal. There were hairs or fabric or something blowing on the lense that were so distracting on the bottom of the screen. Also, is it me or does the curved screen slightly distort the image? Hate to be negative but I really wish I had went to Universal and seen the 70mm IMAX presentation.
Caught Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 this weekend. Packed house. Presentation is second to none. This film begs to be seen in IMAX Laser 3D.
I attended the opening weekend back in October of 1987. Concessions were priced under a dollar. 20th Century Fox classics were screened over the three days at discount prices. The 70mm Star Wars trilogy played in the big cinema. Alien and Aliens double featured one over. Romancing the Stone also played in one of the smaller auditoriums. Over the next 18 years I saw so many films there: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Jurassic Park, Loaded Weapon 1, Alive, Last Action Hero, Batman and Robin (walked out), South Park, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, just to name a few. Last film I saw was Revenge of the Sith during what would be the finally week of operation. Great theater for its day. Lots of celebrity sightings. Many fond memories. The structure now houses a Container Store. Luckily, the AMC Century 15 on the other side of the shopping center continues my moviegoing tradition when on that side of town.
It’s a trip getting your prescription filled in the exact spot you once saw The Doors.
The Nuart is West LA’s greatest neighborhood cinema. Friday midnight retro movies happen weekly and are well programmed. The coolest thing to happen for me at this theater was back in 2004 when Samual Fuller’s The Big Red One reconstruction played to a full house on a Friday night. After the screening, the late Richard Schickle led a Q and A with a very special guest in attendance… the great Mark Hamill. Got to meet Luke Skywalker himself. The Nuart is known for cool situations like this.
I saw BIG at this theater during the summer of 1988. It was nice and new. The layout was a little different. It was an AMC, I believe.
My one and only visit was so memorable… Raiders of the Lost Ark, summer 1981. We almost didn’t make it on time because a tanker truck jackknifed on the freeway and exploded. We literally took our seats as the Paramount logo appeared on screen. The vast dome was packed. My 8 year old brain experienced its first dose of cinematic bliss. What a ride! It was the last time our family of four saw a movie together. Divorce happened shortly thereafter.
This was where I saw The Phantom Menace. Man was that a disappointing day. The main auditorium was classic. The last few movies I saw there were X Files, Private Parts and lastly, Apocalypse Now Redux in August of 2001. It was a proper way to say goodbye.
I used to frequent this theater during the late 90s. Memorable screenings include: Star Wars Special Edition, Saving Private Ryan, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, American History X, The Phantom Menace, and LA Confidential. Cinema 1 with the balcony was where you hoped your movie would be playing. Cinema 11 on the other hand, like watching a movie at home.
Sad news. Just over 30 years of operation. That’s a pretty good run. So many memories. This one hurts.
I dropped by one of my favorite childhood theaters this weekend which now operates as a discount house. Happy to report that the 30 year old establishment continues to thrive and is well looked after by Regency. It’s a perfectly preserved relic from the 80s. It’s amazing they can stay in business with such low prices. That said, business was booming on the day of my visit.
I was in the neighborhood recently so I decided to swing by and pay my respects. Happy to see that the sad patch of land which used to be Edwards Cinema Center, The Ice Skating Palace, Kona Lanes and the old record store has been developed into a massive condominium complex. Looks really nice. Life goes on.
The last film I saw here was The Doors in 1991, just over 25 years ago. We sat up in the stadium seating section and were tripping in magic mushrooms. It was quite an event. I don’t think we were the only audience members on some kind of hallucinogenic… I can’t remember if this was a 70mm presentation but I’ll tell you what, for most of us in attendance we were looking through a portal to the late 60s early 70s. So much fun. I grew up seeing movies in this amazing auditorium… Popeye, Empire 70mm, Superman, Poltergeist 70mm, Aliens 70mm, Die Hard 70mm… Great memories… Now just a patch of green grass next to a parking structure.
For me, the newly renovated Big Screen did not disappoint. Although I do miss the curtain and can do without the Regal pre show, I really appreciate the extra space and comfort of this modern configuration. It’s the next logical step and feels right for this landmark of cinema. The screen looks amazing and was wide as I remembered it for today’s showing of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Great sound. Good crowd. Long live Edwards Big Newport. The old man would be proud.
One question. From the listing I couldn’t tell if Antman was screening in 3D. Didn’t appear to be. I don’t think they ever offered 3D before in that auditorium because of the old screen. I would imagine they have the capability now with all the new specs. The Chinese Theater has the same projector and 3D looks amazing there. Just curious.
Thank you, Flix70! I’ve been so curious about this revamp. I’ll be visiting next weekend to see M:I Rogue Nation. I’ll try to snap some additional shots. Also, I should be receiving new vintage photos soon. Thanks for sharing!
That’s awesome! Can’t wait to see what they’ve done with the original three.