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Dave Felthous
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From: Seattle, WA
Registered: Jun 2003


 - posted March 20, 2009 07:16 PM      Profile for Dave Felthous   Email Dave Felthous         Edit/Delete Post 
The nation's largest film festival will have an Eastside venue this year.

(The Eastside, for those unfamiliar, is the highly populated yuppie sprawl across Lake Washington from Seattle).

Two years ago the longtime festival ventured East for the first time, to the Lincoln Square Cinema, owned by the founder of Signature Theaters. Last year SIFF and Lincoln Square could not come to terms, so there was no Eastside venue.

This year it will have films at the Kirkland Performance Center. This is mostly a live venue, but apparently they can show films, too. Anyone out there know how suitable it is for a good movie presentation? Decent-sized screen, quality sound?

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Matt Lutthans
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From: Marysville, WA
Registered: Dec 2003


 - posted March 21, 2009 11:30 PM      Profile for Matt Lutthans   Email Matt Lutthans         Edit/Delete Post 
Hmmmm.... I used to do a lot of concert recording work at KPC, and to my knowledge they have no surrounds, no suitable "main" speakers for behind screen, and I don't know what they have (if anything) in terms of projection gear.

Sounds like a great fit! ;-)

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Dan Roben
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From: Seattle, WA
Registered: May 2003


 - posted March 22, 2009 09:44 AM      Profile for Dan Roben           Edit/Delete Post 
Knowing the fine folks who head up the Seattle International Film Festival (and I know them very well), I wouldn't be at all surprised if they installed a first-rate sound system and whatever else is required for a top-class presentation.

As far as the "falling out" mentioned by Dave in his post, this isn't true. The owner of the Lincoln Square 16 has always been a big supporter of SIFF and for the two years SIFF was there, there were many sold out or nearly sold out showings in their largest theater.

But last year, Lincoln Square had managed to book nearly every major summer blockbuster (the festival is held typically during the last week May and first two weeks in June) and could not make room for SIFF. This year, he is converting his complex to all digital projection, and remodeling a house for Imax-lite. Going all-digital severely limits what could be shown as most films on the festival circuit rely on good old-fashioned celluloid (the way God meant it to be [Smile] .

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Bill Gabel
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From: New York, NY
Registered: Feb 2003


 - posted March 23, 2009 01:25 PM      Profile for Bill Gabel           Edit/Delete Post 
How is their film handling? Over the last few years I get a print back from them, that is mis-handled. (When your finished re-splice the film with splicing tape not masking tape).

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