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A tailgate view of the complex housing the Sunset 5 Theatres. Photo: Bill Counter - 2011
The exit of the Laemmle chain was discussed by Nicole Sperling in a nice November 2011 story in the L.A. Times about the changing nature of art film distribution with the competition of the Arclight and other venues that have opened in the last 20 years. The lobby view is one that appeared on the Laemmle website at the time.
Variety had a story about the $36 million transaction.
Somehow in 2017 AMC ended up with this one, now called the AMC Dine-In Sunset 5.
Seating: 1,118 total originally. After the Sundance remodel capacities in the 5 auditoria range from 102 to 189.
Status: The complex under Sundance management ran pretty much the same mix of product as under the Laemmles. They've upgraded the food and beverage service to include liquor and a wider variety of food. AMC is programming some artie releases but also a shift toward more mainstream product.
The Sunset 5 in the Movies:
We're in line at the boxoffice for "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" in Willard Carroll's "Playing by Heart (Miramax, 1998). Angelina Jolie and Ryan Phillippe will be joining us shortly.
Angelina Jolie and Ryan Phillippe leaving the Sunset 5 in "Playing By Heart." They're heading down to the "Prince" level of the garage, where she's pretending her car has been stolen. We also visit the Geffen and the Mayan Theatre in the film. See the Theatres In Movies post for shots at those theatres.
An entrance view from the Laemmle days from the Yelp page on the Sundance Cinemas, added by their contributor Nancy.
A post-remodel lobby view that was once on the Sundance Cinemas website.
A lounge area view from the Sundance Cinemas website.
An auditorium photo from the Sundance Cinemas website. Several additional views of the complex appear on the site's Sundance Sunset Gallery page.
A Laemmle-era auditorium view by Katie that once appeared on the Yelp page for the Sunset. This was the big one: 290 seats at the time. Yelp has more than 80 photos of the complex on their page.
More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Sunset 5.
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