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Mike Croaro
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Hi Folks:

Read on "Yelp" that the ground lease for the Century/Winchester 21-22-23 is ending next year.

Any confirmation or denial?

Mike

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Sean Weitzel
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The Winchester Mystery House next door owns the land the cinemas sit upon. I will ask my contact at WMH what the scoop is the next time I talk to him.

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Jason Whyte
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I just read this too. I will make a trip down to visit these theaters if they are to close. I really hope this doesn't happen as they are very unique and there aren't many of them left.

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Sean Weitzel
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My contact does not have any information on the matter. I guess we will have to wait and see. It would be a real shame to lose those domes.

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Frank Angel
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Question is, which will end first in 2012 -- the Century 21-22-23 or the world. [Eek!]

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Eric Hooper
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No wonder they never upgraded to digital projection...

Unfortunatley the Century 24 down the street operated by Cinemark did and they did it wrong and screwed it all up... [Frown]

I will surely miss these theatres when they close, if they close. You know, the auditoriums are big enough to even convert them to IMAX or XD screens.....They could be money makers, if they wanted them to be.

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Brad Miller
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quote: Sean Weitzel
It would be a real shame to lose those domes.
Really? I only ever got to visit a couple of dome theaters (maybe not these specific domes), but I was simply not impressed once I entered the auditorium. The domes crippled the screen sizes and the one that I saw which was split in half was awful. The sound was also pretty lackluster.

Maybe I just caught a couple of auditoriums that weren't operating at their peak and possibly a movie with a poor sound mix, but I wasn't impressed. They are really cool from the outside though.

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Mike Croaro
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QUOTE: BRAD MILLER
"....I was simply not impressed once I entered the auditorium. The domes crippled the screen sizes......"

MIKE CROARO RESPONDS:
Brad...how so?

Mike C.

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Geoff Jones
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When I lived in the Bay area, I thought those were among the best theatres around. They were 1.5+ hours drive, but I made a few trips down, including Titanic in 70MM.

There are 4 auditoriums between the two buildings. Two have big screens, two are medium.

There was also a dome theatre in Walnut Creek or Pleasant Hill that seemed incapable of properly showing a movie.

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Edward Havens
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Of all the years I ever lived in the Bay Area, from Santa Cruz to Walnut Creek, I only ever went to the Century 21 once, for the 50th Anniversary of Fantasia. Granted, it wasn't as big as the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, but I was still mighty impressed with the presentation.

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Monte L Fullmer
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quote: Mike Croaro was the last to post
domes crippled the screen sizes...
..since they didn't have a flat back wall, it prob made the screens having to come forward, or get reduced in height due to the ceiling curve reducing the screen height.

the Century 21 and 22 complex in SLC was a great cinema to attend and yet even though it had big screens, I did notice that the screens were almost in your face when you sat up close due to them being brought forward away from the decending curve of the ceiling.

Later on when one house was split and later on when presentation factors horribly decayed, this is where I do agree with Brad on sound quality (must have used SMART systems, or similar..) to follow with the presentations.

Eventually, the domes came down for the Century 16 that was built on the same lot.

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Michael Coate
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The (San Jose) Mercury News, November 22, 1964

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Sean Weitzel
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Century 21 was designed to be a three strip Cinerama theater but was only equipped with a single projector. The original screen was a strip screen, and the Able and Charlie booths exist but were always vacant.

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Adam Martin
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This photo from the Century 21 in 1964 does not show a strip screen, but there are indeed three booths.

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Sean Weitzel
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I've been looking for an old scanned article about 21 that I had at one point and had a close up detail of the strip screen. If it had one, I agree it did not have one for very long.

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