August 3, 2013 |
"This Is Us," the upcoming One Direction documentary, follows the boy band on a world tour as they incite millions of teenage girls into frenzy. So perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that an advance screening of the film, held at the Grove's Pacific Theatres on Saturday morning, created pandemonium at the outdoor shopping mall. Things began calmly enough. Fans who had obtained free tickets on gofobo.com lined up outside TopShop. The event was first-come, first-serve, but even with hundreds in line, most remained hopeful they would get in. The first 100 patrons -- some of whom said they had arrived at 3:45 a.m. -- were admitted to the theater and surrendered their cellphones to theater staffers and submitted to brief security checks. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The screening was set to begin at 10 a.m., but 15 minutes after that time, there were still empty seats in the auditorium.
July 9, 2013 |
Fandango, the nation's largest movie ticket service, is ordering up more business in Southern California. The Los Angeles company reached a deal to become the exclusive online and mobile ticketing partner for Pacific Theatres, which operates seven movie houses with a total of about 100 screens from Chatsworth to Lakewood. Its theater at the Grove, Pacific's box-office leader, is one of the highest-grossing in the country. With the deal, Fandango will serve 2,000 screens in Southern California and boost its share of the regional market to 80%. Its control has grown over the last 18 months from 50%. "Pacific Theatres is one of the leading entities in the exhibition business in California," said Paul Yanover, president of Fandango.
March 28, 2011 |
The grand Pantages Theater began its storied life as an Art Deco movie palace on June 4, 1930. Originally, the theater designed by B. Marcus Priteca and built by vaudeville giant Alexander Pantages presented vaudeville acts between screenings of first-run movies. Pantages sold the theater to Fox West Coast Theaters in 1932, and 17 years later Howard Hughes ? who, legend has it, haunts its offices ? bought it for his RKO Theatre Circuit. The theater was also home to the Academy Awards from 1949 to 1959.
June 19, 2005 |
Actors mean something very particular when they talk about "company." They're not referring to a job, though regular employment is one aspect of ensembles often invoked by ambitious theater artists -- American Conservatory Theater, Steppenwolf, the Royal Shakespeare Company, South Coast Repertory.
September 29, 2003 |
Working as Steven Spielberg's assistant on "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," "Amistad" and "Saving Private Ryan," Marc Fusco learned a lot -- lessons that proved valuable when it came to directing his first feature-length film, "Stealing Time." Fusco said he learned camera movement, various ways of dealing with actors and even why it's important to have a full stomach at all times ("That's very important," Fusco says with a laugh, "otherwise you get very grumpy").
December 12, 2002 |
A big screen is fetching big bucks. Pacific Theatres Corp. is close to buying the Grove theater complex, one of the Los Angeles area's top-grossing movie houses, for about $30 million, according to people familiar with the deal. The sale of the 14-screen multiplex, which is located at the Grove retail center in Los Angeles' Fairfax District, represents one of the highest per-screen prices -- about $2.1 million apiece -- ever paid for a movie theater, according to industry observers.