As the debate over what to do about cell phone usage in movies rages on, one theater isn’t just tolerating those awful glowy screens, but actively encouraging them. ArcLight Cinemas has teamed up with SeeItFirst for Second Screen Live!, an event series in which patrons are invited to toy with their iPads while The Nightmare Before Christmas plays on the big screen. Just what we need. More after the jump.

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An extremely exciting screening, an epic cinematic experience and the return of an old friend. Three similarly themed, movie theater related pieces of news all reside below. Read about:

  • On October 27, Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood is hosting an epic 30th anniversary screening of Tron.
  • Learn all about Cinerama, an outdated – but back for a limited time - three-projector film screening system.
  • MoviePass, the struggling filmgoing pass, is making a comeback.

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Hopefully after the release of the excellent film Looper, writer/director Rian Johnson will enter the elite group of filmmakers that film fans recognize on the street. That, obviously, has not happened yet. Thursday night, Johnson posed as an usher at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, CA and introduced the midnight screening of his film. He didn’t say he was the director. He dressed like a normal employee and gave the same speech that preceeds every single screening at the Arclight. Very few people were in on the joke.

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Big movies, literal ones, are coming to Los Angeles. From September 28th to October 4th, the Cinearama Dome at Arclight Hollywood is planning on playing a slew of the original films that played the Dome in 1963, in massive three strip Cinerama projection. Among the titles are How The West Was Won, This Is Cinerama and The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm. There wil also be 70mm or 2K projection of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and 2001: A Space Odyssey among others.

Speaking of that sci-fi classic, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is co-hosting what organizers call the first ever American retrospective of legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, from November 2012 through June 2013. The event will include an ongoing exhibit of “ archival material, annotated scripts, photography, costumes, cameras and equipment, set models, original promotional materials, and props.” Then, of course, there will be screenings and events that take place too.

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Soon, you’ll no longer have to live in Hollywood to watch movies like you do. ArcLight Cinemas, the California-based premium theater chain, is expanding outside of the state for the first time with a new location planned for Bethesda, Maryland. But the news is good for non-Marylanders as well. Bethesda is just the first step in a modest nationwide expansion that the company has planned for the next few years. More details after the jump.

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Being bi-coastal has allowed me to visit the best movie theaters America has to offer and, in those travels, my two favorite chains are the Alamo Drafthouse and Arclight Cinemas. The Alamo has amazing repertory programming, expansive in-theater dining and Mondo, among other things. If it wasn’t for the fact that I’m rarely in their home state of Texas, it would be numero uno. However, because I live in Los Angeles, Arclight takes my top spot. Tickets are a little pricey but with no commercials, assigned plush seating, pre-movie introductions and a stellar rewards program, it’s worth it.

Until now, only Los Angeles residents have been able to experience the wonder that is Arclight (at four locations and counting) but late next year they’ll finally open their first non-Los Angeles theater… down the highway in San Diego. Find out the exact location and all the details after the jump.

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