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October 21, 1998 | Marla Matzer
The much-anticipated "prequels" to director George Lucas' "Star Wars" films will provide a launching pad for a new theater sound system from Dolby Laboratories Inc. and Lucas-controlled Lucasfilm THX. The two firms announced the introduction of the Dolby Digital-Surround EX format at the ShowEast convention for theater owners in Atlantic City, N.J. The first of the three sequels--dubbed prequels because they are set in time before the original "Star Wars" films--is due out May 21.
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October 21, 1998 | Marla Matzer
The much-anticipated "prequels" to director George Lucas' "Star Wars" films will provide a launching pad for a new theater sound system from Dolby Laboratories Inc. and Lucas-controlled Lucasfilm THX. The two firms announced the introduction of the Dolby Digital-Surround EX format at the ShowEast convention for theater owners in Atlantic City, N.J. The first of the three sequels--dubbed prequels because they are set in time before the original "Star Wars" films--is due out May 21.
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March 19, 1995 | R. Daniel Foster
Great movies not only survive multiple viewings, they sometimes require it. Clark Carlton, for example, has seen "Schindler's List" nearly 400 times. Sure, he loves the movie, but as an employee of Lucasfilm's THX Theatre Alignment Program, which monitors theater sound and print quality for movie distributors, Carlton has performed quality checks on films, great and abominable, since the program began in 1984.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1989 | RANDY LEWIS
Remember the scene in the movie "Being There" when guileless Chauncey Gardner said that he liked "to watch," a straightforward comment about his obsession with television that was hilariously (and erotically) misinterpreted by his benefactor's wife? Well, there's no mistaking how much Orange County residents love to watch--movies, that is. The moment that "Batman" flapped into theaters last week, the Caped Crusader soared past all comers to set records at box offices around the country.
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July 18, 2000 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dolby Labs, a leading provider of sound systems for movie theaters, is relocating from the Hollywood office building it has occupied for six years to a bigger facility in Burbank near the major studios. The privately held company said it is spending $6.5 million to purchase and upgrade a 21,000-square-foot office building on Alameda Avenue and Hollywood Way, near Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros. and NBC. Dolby occupies a 7,000-square-foot office building on Barham Boulevard in Hollywood.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1989 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
Mann Theatres Corp. will triple the number of movie screens it runs in Orange County, and bring a breath of fresh films to Laguna Niguel at the same time, when it opens the community's first multiscreen movie house June 9. Numbers are deceiving, however, for "triple" to Mann means increasing from 4 screens countywide to 12, from one theater to two. Still, it is a symbolic move and marks south Orange County as the latest lucrative market for the cinema business.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two months before Halloween, Universal and Anchor Bay are getting in a "boo" mood by releasing several classic horror films on video on Tuesday. The piece de resistance is Universal's 1931 vampire thriller "Dracula" ($15), starring Bela Lugosi as the infamous count from Transylvania who never drinks wine and has a strong aversion to garlic and crosses.
BUSINESS
June 30, 1999 | MICHAEL P. LUCAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eastman Kodak technician Donald F. Lane peered into a projector at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, pointing out the bane of many Hollywood productions. "Dirt is the enemy," he said. Dirt in the projector, fingerprints on the portal glass in front of the projector, smudges on the reflector, soot on the lamp and--in about one auditorium in five--a murky coat of grime on the screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 1989 | Randy Lewis
Is it just coincidence that more attention has been devoted this summer to the 20th anniversary of Woodstock--that back-yard-barbecue and rock 'n' roll party for 400,000--than to the 20th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon? Not at all, and any number of explanations loom. One is that there were so many eyewitnesses on Max Yasgur's farm back in August of 1969 that there's no dismissing Woodstock as a hoax, foisted on the world out of a Hollywood movie set.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1986 | JACK MATHEWS
Ground-breaking ceremonies are rarely earth-shattering events. As news, the turning of the first shovel of dirt ranks right up there with the cutting of the ribbon and the dedication of the plaque. Tuesday's publicity ritual for the Cineplex Odeon Cinemas at Universal City was no exception. Cineplex chairman Garth Drabinsky and MCA-Universal president Sidney Sheinberg (whose company owns half of the theater chain) made the traditional proclamations and promises.
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