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May 6, 2008 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
When Tammy Hoffs arrived in Westwood Village as a young bride half a century ago, she was wowed not only by the palm trees and sunshine but also by the movie business. For that, she credits hours spent sitting in the dark with strangers at the Crest Theater. "It played a great role in my enjoyment of films and my appreciation for the aesthetics," said Hoffs, 73, an artist who became a film writer, director and producer. "It has always been one of those extraordinary places . . . a single-screen, beautiful movie palace."
February 23, 2014
Re "Save the small town cinema," Opinion, Feb. 19 Jordan Stancil's article on his family's theater in Grayling, Mich., brought back memories of the Palace Theater in Clearwater, Neb., population 400, in the 1940s. My parents were farmers who made the drive to town Wednesday and Saturday nights to buy groceries and socialize. My sister and I made a beeline to the theater, where we saw two first-run movies every week. Margaret O'Brien, Esther Williams and even Lassie became part of our childhood experience.
March 23, 1998
I was somewhat amused by the article, "Theaters' Next Hit May be Stadium Seating," March 14. Until theater managers find a way to police the boors who attend movies today (who hang their feet over the back of seats, who chat incessantly, who do not supervise their children or who use the theater as a baby-sitting service), I don't believe plusher seats is the answer to declining business. I will be content to stay at home and watch the movies on my big-screen TV with surround-sound and subwoofer, undisturbed.
February 7, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A former Tampa police captain who has been jail since he fatally shot a man after a dispute over texting in a movie theater was denied bond on Friday. Following an acrimonious two-day hearing in Dade City, Fla., Judge Pat Siracusa, ruled that Curtis Reeves, 71, should continue to be held in jail where he has been since the Jan. 13 shooting. Reeves maintains he shot Chad Oulson, 43, in a movie theater in Wesley Chapel, Fla., in self-defense after an argument. "I have been doing this long enough to know whatever I say, there are people in this courtroom who will be unhappy," Siracusa said before handing down his decision.
October 24, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Quentin Tarantino is still cutting “Django Unchained” ahead of its Dec. 25 release, a point he noted with a mixture of relish and nervousness at the Hollywood Film Awards Monday night. But fans who want a little Tarantino fix at the multiplex before “Django” hits will get their chance. Two of the filmmaker's most beloved works, “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction,” are getting the one-night-only theatrical treatment. “Reservoir Dogs” will play nationally Dec. 4 and “Pulp Fiction” will play Dec. 6 in events being dubbed “Tarantino XX,” a group of companies that includes Miramax (which owns rights to the films)
June 12, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
On a recent Saturday afternoon, a crowd of elderly patrons bought tickets to see Fabio Luisi conduct the Metropolitan Opera's performance of Wagner's "Twilight of the Gods" - at a movie theater in Burbank. The show was among more than 40 special events shown in movie theaters in Los Angeles and around the country this year alone, including the National Theatre's stage production "Frankenstein," a live stage version of Ira Glass' radio show "This American Life" and the boxing match betweenFloyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto in May. Along with improved food offerings, bigger screens and 3-D projections, theaters nationwide are programming more so-called alternative content.
January 19, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
As the night grew darker, a cold wind whipped across the asphalt expanse of the vintage Rubidoux Drive-In Theatre in Riverside. A howling gust banged open the door to the snack bar, where hot dogs glistened on metal spits and the black-and-white linoleum floor gleamed. Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" flickered to life on the colossal screen - for an audience of eight cars. This time of year is always slow at drive-in theaters, which have been struggling with declining attendance for decades.
September 16, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
Driving through the desert night, Mohammed Khalif skids left and pulls up at an apartment with walls the color of pink grapefruit. Young men sit on a couch, reveling in the intricacy of Stanley Kubrick and chiding the sentimentality of Steven Spielberg. A debate ensues over genius. The usual suspects are trotted out: Italian neo-realism, the French New Wave. A Spielberg defender blurts: "You wouldn't even be here if it weren't for Spielberg. Look what he's done." A brief pause.
September 22, 2011 | By Emily Rome, Los Angeles Times
A California theater chain is trying to tap into the growing movie market in China — not just by building theaters equipped with the latest digital technology, but also by teaching young people how to run them. The privately held UltraStar Cinemas chain, headquartered in Vista, Calif., has joined forces with the Xiamen Culture and Art Center and Xiamen University of Technology to establish the XMUT UltraStar Academy of Digital Cinema Management. Classes will be held on the public technology university's campus and begin next year.
December 3, 2001
In a highly unorthodox move, a film that aired recently on NBC as a miniseries is migrating to the big screen. Director Jon Avnet's "Uprising," which had its network premiere Nov. 4, is scheduled to be released theatrically on Friday for a limited run at the Laemmle Fairfax in Los Angeles and a theater in New York.
January 27, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Cinema owners have long complained about the length of movie trailers. Now they're clamping down. New guidelines issued Monday by the National Assn. of Theatre Owners call for limiting the length of movie trailers to two minutes. The guidelines, which the trade group said were designed to "maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the industry's marketing efforts," also call for restricting marketing time for trailers to 150 days prior to the release date of the film, and 120 days for all other in-theater marketing materials.
January 22, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Nicole Oulson said her "whole world just got shattered in a million pieces" after she witnessed her husband, Chad, getting fatally shot for texting at a Florida movie theater last week. The couple was at a matinee showing of "Lone Survivor" at the Cobb Grove 16 cinema in Wesley Chapel, Fla., on  Jan. 13 when Chad Oulson, 43, got in a spat with retired police officer Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, over texting, authorities said. Witnesses said an agitated Reeves pulled out a handgun and fired, hitting Chad Oulson in the chest.
January 13, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A man was killed and a woman wounded in a Florida movie theater shooting that erupted during an argument over texting, the Pasco County sheriff's office said. One person has been taken into custody after Monday's incident, according to a spokesman for the sheriff's office. Charges have not been announced. According to authorities, the shooting took place at the Grove 16 movie theater in Wesley Chapel, north of Tampa, Fla. Two couples were sitting near each other, waiting for the 1:20 p.m. showing of the film “Lone Survivor.” One couple got into an argument with the other, who were sitting in front, texting and making noise, officials said.
January 1, 2014 | By Tim Traeger
A mixed-use project featuring a five-screen Laemmle theater in Glendale appears to be moving forward with the City Council's recent approval of a development agreement. The four-story project will include 42 apartments above 6,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground level. In a 4-1 vote in December, the City Council approved a multi-agency agreement between the city, L.A. County and the Glendale Community College District to move the Laemmle Lofts project closer to approval.
December 25, 2013 | By Jason Felch
On one of the busiest film nights of the year, hundreds of people at a Los Angeles movie theater complex were evacuated after fire alarms interrupted their Christmas movie viewings. The alarms went off at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard about 5:30 p.m., an employee said. By 6:20, guests were being allowed back into the theaters. “Looks like it was a false alarm,” said employee Eric Corbin. “We're still accepting purchases, and more than likely we'll be up and running in the next half hour.” Christmas Day is one of the busiest of the year for the ArcLight, where 14 theaters can seat several thousand movie-goers.
December 25, 2013 | By Chris Lee
In "47 Ronin," Keanu Reeves portrays the leader of a band of ronin - masterless samurai in 18th-century Japan who must suffer the indignity of having no one to lead them in battle. Turns out that plot line provides an apt metaphor for the period 3-D sci-fi epic's problem-plagued odyssey to the screen. "47 Ronin" arrived in theaters Christmas Day as one of the most troubled movie productions in recent memory, as well as one of 2013's most spectacular flops-in-the-making. According to pre-release awareness surveys, the revenge thriller, which cost at least $175 million to produce, is on track to earn around $20 million in its opening five days.
October 4, 1987
As a professional film maker and an apparently above-average-in-frequency moviegoer, I found the article about the proposed theaters at Sunset and Laurel Canyon (Times, Sept. 20) interesting and inspiring of two points for possible consideration by the developers. First, the claim by (AMC Vice President Gregory S.) Rutkowski that the location is a "very attractive theater site" ignores the fact that in the last 20 years an attempt to open a first-run theater, the Granada, on the far end of the strip proved to be a failure, primarily because of traffic and parking problems, while the two theaters which did make it for a while on Sunset specialized in either second-run or classic films, drawing their audiences largely from the neighborhood.
November 23, 2005 | From Associated Press
The fatal shooting at a Pennsylvania theater where the 50 Cent movie "Get Rich or Die Tryin' " was playing stemmed from an old prison beef, police said Tuesday after they made an arrest in the case. Larue Graves of Aliquippa, Pa., was arrested at a motel Tuesday and charged in the Nov. 9 shooting of Shelton Flowers. The two men, both 30, were in prison together, police said. Flowers was shot at least three times after he got into an argument inside a multiplex.
November 13, 2013 | By David Horsey
In a review of the 945 top-grossing films since 1950, researchers for the American Academy of Pediatrics found that movies rated PG-13 have become progressively more violent, with gunplay tripling since 1985. In fact, today's PG-13 movies are more violent than most R-rated films, the study shows. A lot of the mayhem is cartoon violence - quite literally, since many of the movies are based on comic book characters. But those characters are not what they used to be. Back in 1966 when Batman was conceived for TV, for example, the caped crusader would throw a punch and the word “pow” would explode on the screen.
November 2, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
On the school's homecoming weekend, Missouri Southern State University assistant football coach Derek Moore was fatally shot as he was leaving a movie theater Friday in Joplin, Mo., according to police. "It is not a random shooting. It was targeted," Sgt. Jared Delzell told the Los Angeles Times. The motive is under investigation, Delzell said. Police responded to reports of shots fired at 9:50 p.m. Friday outside the Northstar 14 movie theater, according to police.
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