Mark Cuban Promotes NFL, HD & Self

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  1. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    For anyone who does not know, Mark Cuban purchased the Landmark theaters a while back and also a much smaller chain (here in Dallas, the Magnolia), which has become a part of Landmark.

    So this was in my inbox this morning (I’ll paste the whole thing, as there are no copyright issues).

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    Dear FiLM Club Members,



    Join MARK CUBAN during a Special Presentation of his show THE
    BENEFACTOR,

    live on Monday Night, September 20th at THE MAGNOLIA



    Every Monday night join us at the Magnolia for The Benefactor and Monday
    Night Football on the big screen. We'll be projecting the shows in High
    Definition using a DLP projector. You have never seen a screen this big
    projected this well! And if that isn't enough to entice you, we're
    throwing in $2 domestic beers all night long. Enjoy the luxury of
    stadium seating and our huge screen while cheering on your favorite
    competitors!

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    Kind of neat. Now I have HD at home, but football on the big screen might be worth the trip. The Magnolia is a very nice ‘art house’ theater, with five screens, good projection and good sound. It has a bar and you can take drinks into the theaters. There are plenty of good restaurants and wine bars just a few feet away from the lobby, so this could definitely be a good night out.
     
  2. Mike Slade

    Mike Slade Second Unit

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    Hopefully he has the ABC HD problem from last week worked out. They didn't show the premier of The Benefactor in HD for some unknown reason. This would be pretty embarrassing if that happened again.
     
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    A theater in Portland, Maine used to do this with Patriots games (pre-HD), and I know NESN has some Red Sox games projected in HD at some local Showcase cinemas. I haven't been to any of those, yet, but it sounds like a good time.
     
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    Jesse Blacklow Cinematographer

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    Were Landmark theaters known for playing lesser-known, artsy, or controversial films before Cuban bought them? In the DC area, there are two, and both played stuff like Garden State, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Eternal Sunshine... as well as older films and special runs (like Fight Club, at the moment). Of course, we're also lucky to have the AFI's Silver Theater around too. [​IMG]
     
  5. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Sort of—the Landmark in Dallas is actually The Inwood, which is an old mainstream theatre that had its balcony turned into two screens. The downstairs screen and seating stayed the same (a large seating area and a large screen). This was bought by Landmark a while back.

    It pretty much showed foreign and independent films since they have been back in business—both before and after it was bought by Landmark. When it first opened it was the only theatre showing films of this type in the area, so they had their choice. Since then three more art house theaters have opened in the area, so they have to compete. One of their former competitors, The Magnolia is now owned by Cuban (and Landmark). The Inwood often has midnight movies (like Texas Chainsaw Massacre), but otherwise are pretty much in the mainstream of the foreign and independent vein. They occasionally get a real hit—something like Y tu mama, tambien, but that is an exception. Occasionally they show a major restoration (Metropolis screened at the Inwood for a couple of weeks and the Kurosawa/Mifunie road show was at The Magnolia).
     

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