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Too costly. Honestly, they should do an occasional 35mm series. People turn out in droves for what they can no longer get.

Feb. 24, 2020

The Digital Gym's programming makes it destination cinema. Do I wish it was bigger and less cliquish? Of course! Does it disturb me to no end that they'll occasionally slip in DVDs? What do you think? That's why I'm hoping beyond hope that the organization can figure out a way to work with the owners of the Ken to transform it into the DCP Gym. In the 20 years that I've been living in San Diego, no one has done more to advance cinema in this town than Ethan van Thillo. I love SDAFF, but Ethan built a theatre from scratch. I'm not counting Landmark out just yet. I'll have a chance to make my case to them on Thursday, but it doesn't look good. If they choose to part ways with the space, the Digital Gym taking control of the Ken would be the greatest gift a San Diego film lover could ask for. I just don't want to drive over the 15 and find a Dress Barn where the Ken once stood.

Feb. 24, 2020

Hold onto your seats, folks! I just put the lessee in touch with the lessor. I have it on good authority that no matter whose name is on the lease, the Ken will remain in operation as a single screen theatre. More on Wednesday.

March 2, 2020

I spent the weekend boning up on my sleight of hand. Now if only I can make this problem disappear.

March 1, 2020

Paul Serwitz is a good man, one who's not eager to be rid of the Ken. Trust me on this. If I really thought he wanted to ditch the Ken the call would have lasted 5 minutes, not 45 minutes. Our hearts and minds are in synch. I now know what it's going to take to get it done, I just have to figure out a way to get it done. It won't be easy, but it ain't dead yet!

Feb. 27, 2020

Of course Landmark wants to ditch The Ken - the area has become all restaurants or crap like the pet food/baby store that replaced the foreign film wing of Kensington Video, which was the only simpatico business to The Ken on the street for years. It is sad and sick that Adams Avenue lost a landmark bookstore - which is still sitting empty, by the way - and will be losing a key film theater shortly unless the magic happens....and San Diego seems to be all out of that.

WE NEED A DECENT ARTHOUSE INSIDE SAN DIEGO.

Feb. 27, 2020

I'll pay another visit in the near future.

March 3, 2020

Scott Marks for President!!!

(Well, at least until I receive my copy of "Hot Rods to Hell"...)

March 4, 2020

Oh that's too bad! Looks like a great place. Hopefully someone will save it!

-Miramar

Feb. 24, 2020

You saw SALO there? No $hit! For that reason alone the place merits landmark status! I feel your pain, Sal. I'm doing my best to come up with an antidote.

March 1, 2020

Terrible news. So much city and personal history there. It should be declared a historical city landmark (no pun). I mostly go to the Classics week andhave seen big crowds, but I guess the regular fair isn't pulling people in. Don't know who to blame--streaming, Netflix, philistinism, or an overall inertia??? My first visit was with my maternal grandmother in November or December 1975 to see "2001." We took the bus because she didn't drive and I was too young.
circa 1980 I went to see something by myself, I somehow got into a conversation with a young lady at the Adams bus stop and she gave me an extra free pass that she had for a future screening. In the early 80's, I knew a fellow classmate from City College that worked there at the time and would let me in gratis. Early 80s I also went with friends to see "Clockwork Orange." Mid 80s I went to see Pasolini's "Salo" and a fist fight nearly broke out pior to the movie!!! In the late 90s I took my girlfriend at the time to a resissue of "Taxi Driver" (1996, I think). So many wonderful memories. And yes, I STILL have several of their old schedules!

Feb. 29, 2020

I need to give the La Paloma another chance. I've been there four times in the 20 years I've lived in San Diego and each time was a disaster. I still shake my fist at the thought of that Sunday matinee presentation of "Big Wednesday" in Glaucoma-Rama.

March 2, 2020

Only if they promise not to multiplex.

March 5, 2020

Why not install 3-panel Cinerama while you're dreaming. ;)

March 5, 2020

I've never had to walk a block to the Ken. It's tricky parking curbside on Adams when traffic is streaming past in both directions, but it works fine. Plus there is the parking lot added at the west end of the block when the I-15 got remodeled or whatever happened there. The theater is also in a great neighborhood with many choices for before-or-after-movies-dining.

I hope the Ken will stay in business and continue its programming for many many more years, just as is. Well, management could reconfigure the women's restroom, but even that is tolerable. I am crossing my fingers that Scott Marks has saved the day.

March 5, 2020

Maybe if they played their midnight movies on Friday AND Saturday, instead of just Saturday............

March 6, 2020

You are right. Sin Diego is full of lazy Philistines who'd rather stream and uber-eat from the lethargy of their own home than walk a block to see a classic movie.

March 5, 2020

200% agree about Digital Gym. Poor interior. Too small. The AC hits one hard in some spots. It's more like what they refer in Spanish as a "cineteca" where they have obscure films for specialized audiences. I could put up with some of that if the city of San Diego's parking laws were not so draconian. I can't always go on a Sunday. ARE YOU LISTENING, Beth and Miguel???

Feb. 29, 2020
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