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Seconding Karen Kaplan’s letter regarding SCV films

Posted: August 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Regarding Karen Kaplan’s letter of May 26, “Lousy films in the SCV,” I’ve been writing letters on this subject for a couple of years.

I have even written to corporate HQs for Edwards/Regal and Laemmle, but to no avail.

Recently my friend and I went to the Arclight in Hollywood. We saw two wonderful films, “Boyhood” and “Begin Again.”

We spent a lot of money, which was left in L.A. and did not spend in Santa Clarita, all because we wanted to see “grown-up” films.

One would think there would be some kind of outcry from people in the industry who live in this area, but haven’t seen anything yet.

We plan on going to the Arclight again to see “A Most Wanted Man” and “Magic in the Moonlight,” which will not play here, given our history.

That’s two films, lunch, dinner and gas for two people — all of that money will go to L.A. again. Just saying.



BrianBaker: Posted: August 10, 2014 9:57 a.m.

I'm sure there are people out here that bemoan the fact that there's not a Porsche dealership, too. Heck, I'm one of them. I'd love to see a lot full of Porsches every time I drive down Creekside.

But the plain and simple fact of the matter is that there isn't an economic reason to open one here. The population base is too small, so the existing demand for the product doesn't justify the investment. It'd be a losing proposition that wouldn't make a profit.

Same deal holds true for "art cinemas" that show obscure movies that only appeal to a handful of people. Nobody's going to open a theater that runs films to an empty house most of the time. They wouldn't even be able to pay the rent.

That's why there are very few theaters like that in a metro area the size of LA: they need a large population base to even draw enough patrons to pay their overhead, and maybe show a profit.

I don't see that changing any time soon. The good news for you is that you can easily get those movies, once they come out on video, through Netflix, Amazon, or other on-line providers.

Nitsho: Posted: August 10, 2014 10:06 a.m.

I'm right there with you Brian. I kills me to drive to Pasadena for service but it is what it is.

BrianBaker: Posted: August 10, 2014 10:39 a.m.

Yeah, Nitsho. It's also why we don't have a Nieman Marcus, which I'm sure many people would like (for some inexplicable reason, IMO).

It's kinda funny, in am ironic way. When I moved out here in 1984, there wasn't much at all as far as amenities. Where the mall is now was nothing but a big onion field, where hot air balloons would launch on Sunday mornings if the air was calm.

The only movie theater was a small duplex or triplex (I can't remember which) in that building with the circular driveway on Cinema Drive. There was a small Sutter's Mill restaurant on the Valencia side of town, and the Backwoods Inn and a Sizzler on Sierra highway.

That was about it. If you wanted a different dining "experience", off to the Valley you went. Same thing to do any shopping. Northridge Mall was the closest option.

Now we've got a pretty comprehensive infrastructure that suits the needs of most people. I know that I seldom have to leave the SCV to find what I want or need.

There's nothing that's going to be all things to all people. That's an inescapable fact of life and human nature. I love living here, and am grateful for what we do have and are able to enjoy, without destroying the quality of life this great valley provides.

Nitsho: Posted: August 10, 2014 11:14 a.m.

I agree. Love living here. Love it more now that an Audi dealer is going in too :)

Now if only we could get that Porsche dealership....

BrianBaker: Posted: August 10, 2014 11:29 a.m.


Maybe the Audi guys will handle Porsches, too.

tech: Posted: August 10, 2014 11:44 a.m.

An Audi dealership? That's going to give my wife ideas! A Porsche dealership would be different. Mmm… Cayman S.

My family and I are so happy to have escaped L.A. In 2011. We love living here!

BrianBaker: Posted: August 10, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Yeah, I'm hot for that Cayman, too, unless I could suddenly swing a 911.

Didn't win the Lotto last night. Bummer.

Nitsho: Posted: August 10, 2014 1:11 p.m.

Tech, it's opening next to the Acura dealer.

Nitsho: Posted: August 10, 2014 1:12 p.m.

I've been loving my Porsche since I got it. Drive it every day and has been rock solid for years. A lot has to do with the dealer servicing it. I'd love to keep that money here in scv. We have Benz and Beamer and now audi. Why not?

BrianBaker: Posted: August 10, 2014 1:25 p.m.

Which one do you have, Nit?

BTW, shouldn't Audi be able to service your speedmobile? They're both owned by the same corporate entity.

Nitsho: Posted: August 10, 2014 1:55 p.m.

Boxster S.

VW can service the audi. They share a lot of the same parts but when I've called audi dealers in the past, they've all said no.

BrianBaker: Posted: August 10, 2014 2:00 p.m.

BTW, Nit, you might consider having your Porsche serviced by TRE in N. Hollywood. It's run by a guy named Jim Bouzaglou, whom I got to know pretty well when I was working, as he (and his company) was a client of mine.

Very nice guy, very ethical and knowledgeable. I understand he's pretty well known in Porsche circles here in SoCal.

Nitsho: Posted: August 10, 2014 2:09 p.m.

I'll check them out. I work in Burbank so that's a much better option than Pasadena. Thanks for the tip!

chefgirl358: Posted: August 10, 2014 2:12 p.m.

I would like to see a Nordstrom's, Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs and some decent gourmet restaurants, but it's unlikely 90% of those things will ever occur here. We couldn't even sustain Bristol Farms. Even though there is some money here, this is not a cultural Mecca of any kind. We do not have art galleries, gourmet food, haute couture, or most other things associated with the fine arts. The reason we don't gave them is because our community doesn't support them. Sure, folks might say they'd be interested in having those things, but when it comes down to where they spend their's going to be on pizza, beer, Sears and Kohl's. Just embrace going elsewhere for what you want. I enjoy shopping and eating in Pasadena, Ventura, Thousand Oaks and other nearby cities, the change of pace and scenery in each place is a welcome change.

projalice11: Posted: August 10, 2014 3:08 p.m.

Finally some post that are civil and agreeable. It makes for a nice day for posting.

Yeah and BINGO****

therightstuff: Posted: August 10, 2014 3:24 p.m.

Don't rule out the Antelope Valley Mall in Palmdale. I know, I know, it's Palmdale but the mall has a great movie theater and there are about a dozen great restaurants in a large circle. We've gone there more than Valencia Towne Center.

therightstuff: Posted: August 10, 2014 5:09 p.m.

projalice11: """Finally some post that are civil and agreeable. It makes for a nice day for posting."""

You should try it more often.

projalice11: Posted: August 10, 2014 6:35 p.m.

trs as usual you had to spoil the nice continuity of the civil posting.

randallmoore: Posted: August 10, 2014 8:00 p.m.

I share the author's desire for more choice in films offered at the two Regal Theaters in the Santa Clarity Valley.
When we had the Mann multiplex and two Edwards theaters, there were quite often Laemmle type offerings at each theater.
When my wife and I saw "With a Friend Like Harry", a French-Belgian Hitchcockian thriller at Edwards, the theater was nearly empty. When we saw "Like Water for Chocolate" and "Flirting with Disaster" at the Mann, the theaters were nearly empty as well.
There are choices that play occasionally in Canyon Country and the Valencia Towncenter that diverge from the mainstream choices offered us here. They usually close after a week.
The movie theater business is just that: a business. If people who wish for art films in Santa Clarita, it is their duty to patronize the films that occasionally play here. If the audience for those kind of films is small, those films will not be screened here.
I remember that "Silver Linings Playbook" didn't open here until after it was nominated for best picture. When we moved here in 1986, James Cameron's film "Aliens" didn't play the Mann 10. Fortunately it opened at the great old theater on Lyons in Newhall a month after opening nationwide. That old theater had the best sound system in Santa Clarita. Two years later, "Die Hard" didn't play the Mann. It played in Newhall, and what a treat that was. When the Nakitomi Plaza windows were blown out, the body shaking low-frequency subwoofers kicked in. We had to experience it again.
It's a numbers game. If we don't show up for the occasional experiment in programming expect it not to be repeated, otherwise somebody's going to have to put their money on the line and open the kind of theater they want to patronize.

therightstuff: Posted: August 10, 2014 9:03 p.m.

Lois, stop being so inane.

For the normal folks out there, be sure to check out "America" if you can or on Netflix when it's available. After the way our country has been degraded over the last five years, it is a refreshing look at the greatness of our country.

projalice11: Posted: August 11, 2014 1:05 a.m.

"America has a strongly conservative message"

17trillion: Posted: August 11, 2014 12:42 p.m.

"America has a strongly conservative message"

Clouds are pretty ++++++

therightstuff: Posted: August 11, 2014 1:18 p.m.

If you grease the frying pan your eggs won't stick ! ! ! ! !

17trillion: Posted: August 11, 2014 4:12 p.m.

I like chocolate ~~~~~~~

lars1: Posted: August 11, 2014 4:21 p.m.

therightstuff. Totally agree with you about the antelope valley mall. they hit it right with the yardhouse.
Maybe someone can tell us why they did not open one here?
Tired of our crappy food at the mall. Cant really understand why some of the restaurants are still in business.

We share movies and watch at home on big screens. A body shaking low-frequency subwoofers costs about $140. Better than a theater experience.

Its been a long time that we have been to a teenage movie theater.
Not that enjoyable. We can see good live theater outside Santa Clarita for just a little more more, and a lot better dining experience.
They go hand in hand.

Nitsho: Posted: August 11, 2014 5:06 p.m.

The atomic weight of cobalt is 58.9&&&&&&&&&

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