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United Artists Theater Closed??
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November 16, 2012
2:38 pm
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Does anyone know why the United Artist/ Regal Cinema in Marina del Rey is closed all of a sudden?  Not the AMC upstairs on Maxella but the one on Glencoe on the ground floor.  Can't find anything online and website and phone number aren't working. weird..

November 16, 2012
7:57 pm
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just saw on Yelp that UA is offically closed….im so sad :(   that sucks…lots of memories of UA and Westworld as a kid

November 16, 2012
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girlishwunder said
just saw on Yelp that UA is offically closed….im so sad :(   that sucks…lots of memories of UA and Westworld as a kid

The big brown building in Westwood!

November 16, 2012
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I spoke with Fatburger employee. He said it was a surprise and thought retail would go in there to replace the theater. There is a sign in front of the theater that supports this.

November 29, 2012
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I talked to a building manager and cracked the case – it is officially closed for now..  When the decided to build the new revamped AMC they also decided that would be the only theater in the shopping center.  BUT it is still not off the table to eventually remodel and reopen the UA but doesn't seem like that will be anytime soon. 

November 29, 2012
12:27 pm
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Dine-In Movies coming to the AMC in MDR:

http://blogs.laweekly.com/squi…..pening.php

 

Ever wonder which wine is best paired with movie popcorn? You can find out starting Dec. 3, when the AMC Marina 6 is transformed into a Dine-In Theatre, with an extensive food menu and a full bar.

There are more than a dozen such restaurant-movie theatres in other states, but this will be the first one in California. Kansas City-based AMC is now promoting the new cinematic cuisine experience during the pre-preview ads on its other area screens, causing movie-goers to gasp and say things like, "Well, I'll be!" Actually, no one said anything at all when the promo flashed across the screen the other day in Woodland Hills, probably because everyone was in the lobby buying snacks. Which you won't have to do anymore, if you choose to multi-task at the movies in Marina Del Rey.

While some other cities have two options -- casual family-friendly called Fork & Screen or adult upscale Cinema Suites -- the AMC Marina 6 will offer just the fancy-pants version in its six auditoriums, presumably because that's how we roll in Southern California. Instead of a concession stand, there's MacGuffins, a bar and lounge to visit before and after the show. (Maybe during, too, if the movie turns out not to be your cup of tea and you want a cup of something stronger.) You're going to have to leave the kids at home, because this eating/boozing/viewing entertainment is for guests 21 years and over.

November 29, 2012
3:24 pm
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Sounds like a great way to extract more money from the movie going public.

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November 29, 2012
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SaltWater said
Sounds like a great way to extract more money from the movie going public.

Isn't that the idea, ya know, with business?

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November 29, 2012
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not native said

SaltWater said
Sounds like a great way to extract more money from the movie going public.

Isn't that the idea, ya know, with business?

Not necessarily. I mean providing goods and services at a reasonable profit is the basic idea with a business. What's reasonable is relative and market forces are what drive actual prices but I digress.

My point is going to a screening of a movie is an experience that's supposed to be about watching a film. Snacks and refreshments are secondary. Creating a combined commercial dining/movie watching experience raises my suspicions.

I wouldn't go to a restaurant to watch a movie any more than I'd go to a movie theater to enjoy a meal. Dinner theaters and movie houses are vastly different places. At least that's what I think. Obviously somebody thinks it's a good idea to show a movie and have the sounds of peoples clinking flatware and clanking dishes occur at the same time. Not me…

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November 29, 2012
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While the food and drink in the theatre part is nice, the highlight for me is the whole place being 21+. While I get what Salty is saying about the distraction taking away from the film, I'm willing to bet the sounds of adults eating and drinking will be far less disturbing than the sounds of a bunch of 17 year olds texting and fooling around.

Damn kids, get off my lawn.

Harrumph.

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November 29, 2012
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This is a horrible idea. Imagine having to get up and go to the bathroom…while you wait for 20 minutes for everyone to lift up their tray and put away their tray tables….uggh.

 

If you have ever been to the RAVE theater (old BRIDGE) and looked into the bar…..crickets!

AMC should have done more research. I give it 12 months.

November 29, 2012
5:37 pm
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This is silly and here's why. It would be ok if some of the 6 screens at this theater were adult only and people could order food and drink to be brought to their seat. But all 6 screens??? If you read the article in today's LA Times, it states that tickets to get into the theater without any food or drink could cost as much as $17.50 (and more for 3D films)! 

Are you kidding? And keep in mind, that people who want to order a drink or food can order it at anytime during the film. Will anyone be around to be sure there are no drunks in a 3 hour film? Any limits to the alcohol purchases?

As intriguing as the concept is and though it may have some appeal for a nice evening, this is a bit overboard.

I don't think that people will want to go to an early Saturday or Sunday show or to a weekday matinee with these prices and who is ready for lunch or dinner at a 2 PM showing?

How does the payment for meal process work? I assume credit cards or cash will work but will that process not interrupt the film viewing for other patrons? Do you charge each time you bring a drink or food item or charge at the end of the movie?

Are you allowed to hang around after the movie if you haven't finished your meal?

Doe anyone enjoy eating food if they can't even see it in the dark of a movie theater?

I'm assuming that there will be little or no G or PG movies since there are no children allowed. Does that limit the choices for the viewers? 

So folks who have no other theaters nearby are going to have little choice but pay through the nose to accommodate some AMC executive who decided to experiment with the local patrons. Let's hope that this trend changes. Some restraint please!

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