Sunday, July 02, 2006

It would be cool if we got the retractable roof


Another "coming soon" sign from Hilldale. This didn't fit in with the other post, but it's a bit of additional background. Turns out this is not the first time Robert Redford has tried to start his own, Sundance-branded theater chain. He also tried in 1997, as this post about the San Francisco acquisition of the Kabuki multiplex recalls.
Not only will this remain open but will become a Sundance Cinema. What's odd about this move is Sundance Cinemas was one of many things to lead to the bankruptsy of General Cinema as Redford refused to remodel existing GC locations in upscale locations. It also didn't help that Redford wanted to spend 2 million dollars per-screen on such weird ideas as natural fiber seats and retractable roofs (this was planned for Portland, OR). GC was later bought by AMC. Redford has aquired what I suspect is a well run and popular house and plans to retrofit at least 5 screens with stadium seating and add two bars in the complex. It will undoubtably be trendy and I can't wait to see it. It will soon be known as the Sundance Kabuki 8.
The post is from Cinema Treasures, a website devoted to movie theater preservation and awareness.
Utilizing the community-building capabilities of the Internet, Cinema Treasures unites movie theater owners and enthusiasts in a common cause—to save the last remaining movie palaces across the country.
Personally, I'd like to know more about that retractable roof. Movies under the stars? What a concept. What would you call it -- an "outdoor theater"?

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