‘Amadeus’ retuned

ArcLight debuts director's Mozart cut

Mozart would have giggled with amazement at the director’s cut preem of “Amadeus” at Pacific Theaters’ new ArcLight megaplex.

The 14-screen site adjacent to the restored Cinerama Dome is the priciest ticket in Los Angeles. Its $14 ducats include parking, wider, assigned seats and amenities like stadium seating, superior sound and large screens.

Those goodies did plenty of favors to “Amadeus.” The 1984 best picture Oscar winner held the audience rapt despite the addition of 20 minutes, giving it a three-hour running time. A few minor flutters and hairs on the print did not detract from its period sweep.

“Tonight is the result of four years of research, design and long-term planning,” said Pacific CEO Chris Foreman.

“I remember as a kid going into little theaters that were 100 seats and thinking I was in heaven,” said “Amadeus” producer Saul Zaentz. “But this really is heaven.”

The film will open at the ArcLight and in three other U.S. locations on April 5 before going a bit wider.

Joining the chorus of praise for the Oscar-winning pic were Jean Furstenberg, whose American Film Institute co-sponsored the event and will have an ongoing film series at ArcLight; thesp Jeffrey Jones; and Warner Bros. distrib prexy Dan Fellman. Oscar-nommed Tom Hulce, who played Mozart, was kept away by a family emergency.

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