CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
June 12, 2012 |
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.
September 22, 2011 |
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.
January 19, 2013 |
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 |
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.
November 27, 2012 |
Wendy Aylsworth fixed her eyes on a screen at the Landmark theater in West Los Angeles, carefully studying a scene of hobbits preparing a lavish feast. "We're seeing good detail and a richness in the characters," Aylsworth said. "It's right on. " The Warner Bros. senior vice president of technology was reviewing a test reel for the "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," and a new projection technique that will show the highly anticipated Peter Jackson movie at 48 frames a second.