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Rob Alexander
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Posts: 20
From: Palm Springs, CA
Registered: Oct 2010

 - posted November 15, 2010 02:29 PM      Profile for Rob Alexander   Email Rob Alexander         Edit/Delete Post 
On Friday, I noticed in the LA Times, that the Big Newport listed digital projection. So I called them and asked. I was told Friday was the first official day with 5 Sony 4K's in all auditoriums but the bigger one. In the Big Newport they installed a Barco projector. They also replaced the screen with a silver one, and the manager told me they kept they exact same size screen.

So I headed out from Palm Springs to check it out. I have been here only three times before. I love this theatre immensely, but the picture was always a bit grainy and dark in 35mm presentations on that huge screen. I have never seen a 70mm film there so I cannot comment on that.

The preshow sucked, but afterward the curtains closed. Theatre went dark and they opened with a "Edwards Big Newport" slide up. I have never seen that. When the curtains and masking totally opened the previews started.

The movie was amazing. The sound was one of the best systems I have ever heard. MUCH better then before. You could feel your shirt rumble from the bass, but it was also crystal clear. The picture blew me away. I'm not a huge fan of digital, but my god. This was amazing and the first time I have seen it done right. There was no blurry images, everything was sharp and BRIGHT. Of the 4 movies I have now seen here, this was by far the superior image.

If you have a chance..check it out. They also took those costco tickets so it was 8 bucks. Amazing. [Rolling on Floor Laughing] [Eek!]

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Christopher Crouch

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From: Anaheim, CA
Registered: Feb 2006

 - posted November 15, 2010 07:19 PM      Profile for Christopher Crouch   Email Christopher Crouch         Edit/Delete Post 
The only downside to this is that it will take away the digital booking perk the Lido had been enjoying.

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Todd Erwin

Posts: 68
From: Newport Beach, CA
Registered: Feb 2006

 - posted January 19, 2011 06:46 PM      Profile for Todd Erwin   Email Todd Erwin         Edit/Delete Post 
On a bizarre note, Tustin Marketplace is also now all-digital. I'm surprised Regal has held on to that dump.

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Christopher Crouch

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From: Anaheim, CA
Registered: Feb 2006

 - posted January 20, 2011 01:03 AM      Profile for Christopher Crouch   Email Christopher Crouch         Edit/Delete Post 
I'm surprised Regal has held on to that dump.

I've been puzzled by that too. I had expected it to be one of the sites that was dumped, rather than converted. At most, I thought they would wait out the lease, continuing to run it as a move over; then, it would be converted in to restraunt or retail space. If there were more space around it, there might have been an opportunity for a "fork & screen", but I don't think that's possible with the facility's tight configuration.

Even with the conversion, it's still being utilized as more of a move over house and the numbers continue to be pathetic. About the only thing it's doing right now is delaying area subrun release dates for a couple of weeks.

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Scott D. Neff
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From: San Francisco, CA
Registered: Feb 2003

 - posted January 20, 2011 01:15 PM      Profile for Scott D. Neff   Email Scott D. Neff         Edit/Delete Post 
Maybe they have an amazing deal on rent? I can imagine for the time it was built if the shopping center had approached Edwards to put a theatre in that James Edwards Sr. may have worked out the deal of a lifetime.

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Danny Baldwin

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From: Los Angeles, CA
Registered: Aug 2009

 - posted January 20, 2011 04:11 PM      Profile for Danny Baldwin   Author's Homepage   Email Danny Baldwin         Edit/Delete Post 
I could be off... but I think digital is becoming a cost advantage ESPECIALLY at less busy theaters like Tustin. This is because, before, on weekdays, there would be a dedicated projectionist... now, a manager or usher does it. An 8 hour shift X $8 hour cuts over $250 a week, or $13,000 a year, in payroll. Right now, a Sony 4K projector goes for $28,000 if you were to buy it personally... it's probably around $20k in the bulk deals Regal has. That means, not even counting the greatly less shipping fees and build-up hours, they break even in less than two years on each projector. And those projectors can be easily moved and re-used at other locations if they close before that, which they'd need to upgrade anyway.

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