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July 31, 2001 | BOB HOWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A long-awaited coming attraction is arriving at dozens of Southern California movie theaters--stadium-seating retrofits. Many theater owners are replacing conventional seats in their auditoriums with the steeper-sloped stadium-style seats that became popular with the construction of multiscreen complexes in the 1990s.
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May 18, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The price first-time homeowner Justin Bieber paid for his new digs in Calabasas has wended its way into the public record: $6.5 million. Set on 1.3 acres in a gated community, the 10,000-square-foot main house is described as "transitional French" in style. Features include a high-ceiling foyer, library, a movie theater with stadium seating, a wet bar and a wine cellar. Just what every 18-year-old pop singer needs. Including a guesthouse, there are seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms.
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NEWS
March 14, 1998 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The people who own America's movie palaces know what they're up against. They know that with cable television, pay-per-view, DirecTVand the Internet available in many homes, they have to give movie fans a very good reason to get up off the couch, drive to a theater and buy a ticket. And they think they've found it: bigger, better seats. Gathering here this week for their annual convention, the members of the National Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2009 | Patrick Kevin Day
Visual-effects-supervisor-turned-first-time-feature-director Hoyt Yeatman had a unique challenge on his hands with "G-Force." Not only did the film mix animated characters with live-action characters -- always tricky -- but midway through shooting, producer Jerry Bruckheimer had an unexpected request. "Jerry came to me and said, 'Guess what? It needs to be 3-D,' " Yeatman said.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2002 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
AMC Entertainment Inc., the giant movie theater chain, said Wednesday that it plans to appeal a recent federal court decision that its popular stadium-style seating violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper in Los Angeles stemmed from a 1999 lawsuit brought by the Justice Department.
SPORTS
July 3, 1989 | From Times wire services
The Seattle Mariners want wholesale changes at Tempe Diablo Stadium and have started preliminary negotiations with city officials for a new contract after the 1990 spring training season.
NEWS
January 16, 2003
My husband Bill and I love the movies! But for Bill, who has one leg, stadium seating in all the beautiful new theaters is a cruel joke ("From 'plex to palace: A tour," Dec. 26). Where is handicapped seating for people who can't climb the stairs? It is directly in front in every new theater, so you are a few feet from the huge screen. To sit there is impossible. Even little children, who sometimes love to sit in the front row of a regular theater, do not sit that close. For us now, the only way to go to the movies is to find an older theater that has regular seating.
SPORTS
June 5, 1999
If Major League Soccer Commissioner Doug Logan laments the Galaxy's small crowds [May 30], I invite him to leave his press box suite (with catered refreshments) and join me for the 2 1/2-hour ordeal of sitting in a cramped Rose Bowl reserved seat. I tried it last year at a Galaxy game and I'm in no hurry to repeat having my knees jammed against the seat in front of me while being constantly elbowed by those sitting on either side. Of course, when the guy in the adjacent seat finally squeezed his way down the row, balancing nachos and a drink, it took less than 30 seconds in these close quarters for the drink to go cascading over the two of us. There is no secret formula to this thing, the Galaxy game was fine, but the stadium seating is unbearable.
BUSINESS
October 19, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at leslie.earnest@latimes.com
And while new life is being pumped into the Balboa Theater, the 48-year-old Port Theater in Corona del Mar remains shuttered with just one word--"Rosebud"--gracing its marquee. The Port--which used to show art films such as "Cinema Paradiso," "Emma" and "Jesus of Montreal"--closed just over a year ago when the Landmark Theatre Corp. declined to renew its lease, citing poor profits.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2005
I have all the answers to the questions perplexing movie studios [" 'Kong' Is King, but of a Realm in Decline," by John Horn, Dec. 19]. First, just because Peter Jackson's been obsessed with "King Kong" all these years doesn't mean any of the rest of us have been. I could not be less interested in seeing the remake; I thought the original was boring when I was a kid, so why would I fork over $10 to see an even longer version as an adult? Second, heads up: Sequels and adaptations are far more attractive than remakes.
SPORTS
June 10, 2009 | CHRIS ERSKINE
Ever on the lookout for that first Pulitzer, I find myself at something called Bleacher Beach at Dodger Stadium. Amazing the places investigative journalism takes you. By now, you've probably heard of Bleacher Beach. Screened from the rest of Dodger Stadium, the beach is far, far, far down the third base line, then a couple of levels up -- high as a pop fly. If I get a nosebleed here, it will no doubt drip Dodger blue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2009 | HECTOR TOBAR
The stars come and go. They bleed Dodger Blue one year, and another color the next. They send home runs over the fence and win a space in our hearts -- and then they do something dumb like fail a drug test. Manny Ramirez was earning $25 million this year until his suspension last week. But the Dodgers don't need to pay that money to keep this fan. What I go to Dodger Stadium to see doesn't cost owner Frank McCourt a penny. I go to Dodger Stadium for the twilight.
SPORTS
April 1, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
With padded seats, food and drinks on the table in front of him, and the field a few feet away, Ron Eshel gave the Dodgers' new luxury boxes thumbs up. "The only thing they're missing is umbrellas," Eshel said as rain dampened Dodger Stadium before Friday's Freeway Series game against the Angels. The Dodgers unveiled new luxury seats last year too, in the same location, beyond the dugouts at field level.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2006 | John Horn and Scott Collins, Times Staff Writers
BEEGEE WILLIAM figures he sees a movie nearly every day -- but always at home. The 34-year-old DJ says he hasn't seen a movie in a theater since "Spider-Man." That was 2002. It's the cost, it's the ads, it's the kids (other people's, that is). "This lady couldn't control her kids ... they kept pulling my date's hair." It's what William sees as the deterioration of the whole moviegoing experience. He isn't alone. As the box office closed out 2005, moviegoing was down 7% with about 1.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2005
I have all the answers to the questions perplexing movie studios [" 'Kong' Is King, but of a Realm in Decline," by John Horn, Dec. 19]. First, just because Peter Jackson's been obsessed with "King Kong" all these years doesn't mean any of the rest of us have been. I could not be less interested in seeing the remake; I thought the original was boring when I was a kid, so why would I fork over $10 to see an even longer version as an adult? Second, heads up: Sequels and adaptations are far more attractive than remakes.
NEWS
January 16, 2003
My husband Bill and I love the movies! But for Bill, who has one leg, stadium seating in all the beautiful new theaters is a cruel joke ("From 'plex to palace: A tour," Dec. 26). Where is handicapped seating for people who can't climb the stairs? It is directly in front in every new theater, so you are a few feet from the huge screen. To sit there is impossible. Even little children, who sometimes love to sit in the front row of a regular theater, do not sit that close. For us now, the only way to go to the movies is to find an older theater that has regular seating.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2009 | Patrick Kevin Day
Visual-effects-supervisor-turned-first-time-feature-director Hoyt Yeatman had a unique challenge on his hands with "G-Force." Not only did the film mix animated characters with live-action characters -- always tricky -- but midway through shooting, producer Jerry Bruckheimer had an unexpected request. "Jerry came to me and said, 'Guess what? It needs to be 3-D,' " Yeatman said.
NEWS
November 29, 2001 | JON BURLINGAME, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They're called Director's Halls at the Bridge: Cinema de Lux, and they are the ne plus ultra of L.A. moviegoing: Roomy leather seats, stadium seating, reservations required, assigned seating, ushers who don't just clean up the popcorn after every show but escort you to your seats. Of course, it's not cheap. Top ticket on weekends is $14, but to a certain segment of the audience, it's worth it. Plus the snack bars serve frozen cappuccino, personal pizzas and boneless hot wings.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2002 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
AMC Entertainment Inc., the giant movie theater chain, said Wednesday that it plans to appeal a recent federal court decision that its popular stadium-style seating violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper in Los Angeles stemmed from a 1999 lawsuit brought by the Justice Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2002 | Suzie St. John, Special to The Times
The Moorpark City Council has paved the way for a health club and three-screen movie theater to move into the spot left vacant when Regal Theater shut its doors. Northern California-based developer Epic Enterprises hopes to open the theater by mid-December and a Mavericks health club by March 1. "Our goal is to open the theater in time to show the new 'Lord of the Rings' movie, which comes out Dec. 18," said Gene Campbell, general manager of Epic Enterprises.
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