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Author Topic: What's the best theatre in your area?
Christopher Crouch
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From: Anaheim, CA
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 - posted May 17, 2006 01:08 AM      Profile for Christopher Crouch   Email Christopher Crouch         Edit/Delete Post 
As far as Orange County, CA. goes:

Interesting modern multi/mega plex - Krikorian Buena Park Metroplex 18 in Buena Park, CA. I've discussed this theatre numerous times in other threads.

Interesting older multi/mega plex - Cinema City (formerly Cinemopolis) in Anaheim Hills, CA. Recent renovations have homogenized this venue a bit. However, this theatre has always been unique in it's design, especially during it's SoCal Theatres, Cinemopolis days.

Classic palace of merit - Fox Fullerton in Fullerton, CA. About the only true classic palace left in Orange County. Relieved that people took enough interest to save and renovate, but concerned it will never find a real nitch or be used properly.

Little palace of merit - The Lido in Newport Beach. A classic movie palace, on a smaller scale. Regency has done an admirable job in keeping this theatre up.

Favorite theatre – Edwards Big Newport. I can’t say I’m a fan of the late 90’s stadium addition. Also, the overall experience has lost some of it’s luster since Regal took over. However, the “Big Newport” auditorium has always been one of my favorite places to see blockbusters. Be it the 71’ screen, opening of “stage curtains” (sadly, a rarity these days), or simply feeling the energy of such a huge audience, I've always enjoyed this theatre.

Strangest Theatre – Captain Blood’s Village Theatre in Orange. Random memorabilia/promotional material stapled haphazardly about the building, Christmas tree lights in the main auditorium, movie quote graffiti in the restroom, amateur murals (depicting pirate and Star Wars scenes); and that’s just the building. Throw in this theatre's wildcard approach to customer service, presentation, and even whether they will be open from one showing to the next; you have one odd theatre.

Favorite closed theatre – The Brookhurst in Anaheim. Perhaps, I’m biased, as I have the keys to this little horror. Formerly a first rate single plex, that was poorly divided up in to four theatres, and allowed to fall in to a disturbing state of disrepair. While I’ve seen theatres in worse shape, I’ve never run across one that teeters on the edge of usability like the Brookhurst; a breath away from being a teardown candidate, yet still business ready. A location where bad ideas, decay, and stains come together in a bizarrely fascinating fashion.

Missed theatre(s) - The South Coast Plaza and Plaza theatres in Costa Mesa, CA. An area in need of good venues, two formerly great theatres sitting vacant and surely facing demolition in the near future. If only there were a feasible business model for these two forgotten gems.

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Jonathan Smith
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 - posted May 17, 2006 10:05 AM      Profile for Jonathan Smith   Email Jonathan Smith         Edit/Delete Post 
In San Diego/Orange County:
Best Multiplex: Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 and IMAX:
21 auditoriums with big screens, and great picture and sound, plus an awesome IMAX auditorium.

Best Single-screen theatre: Landmark's the ken:
sure, the screen isn't that big. but great films, and like all Landmark theatres, great popcorn, and it's just a fun place to see a movie at.

Best Arthouse:
Landmark's Hillcrest:
Big screens, good seating and great popcorn.

I've heard great things about the Arclight(I'm about an hour and half away from L.A./Santa Monica), although I'm usually too busy to go. But since my birthday is coming up in a few weeks, I'll try my best to check it out.

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Richard A Stegman Jr
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 - posted May 17, 2006 10:32 AM      Profile for Richard A Stegman Jr   Email Richard A Stegman Jr         Edit/Delete Post 
Best in San Bernardino/Riverside Counties:
Best Multiplex,Design & Ticket Pricewise-Edwards Ontario Palace 22

Friendliest Employees-Cinemastar Empire 20

Most Missed-a tie:GCC Inland Twin and GCC Montclair 8

Most Missed Drive in:Bel-Air Drive in,Fontana

Best Open Drive in:Rubidoux Triplex

Best Bargain Show-Fox Banning Triplex:$5.00 after 6pm,$3.75 matinees before 6pm and $2.50 for select movies on Wednesdays! All first run!

I'll think of more.

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Chris Utley
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 - posted May 17, 2006 11:02 AM      Profile for Chris Utley   Author's Homepage   Email Chris Utley         Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
In San Diego/Orange County:
Best Multiplex: Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 and IMAX:
21 auditoriums with big screens, and great picture and sound, plus an awesome IMAX auditorium.

Correction: 4 auditoriums with big screens, and great picture and sound, plus an IMAX auditorium, 7 screens on the left side of the complex that are un-Regalized and still maintaining the picture and sound quality that existed before Regal took over, and 10 shoeboxes that are interspersed around the main concession area and spread out over the right side of the complex with puny screens and crappy sound (my home theatre plays louder than those auds!) typical of the half-baked showmanship one would expect from Regal.

On the other hand, there's Orange County's best kept secret: the Aliso Viejo 20, just about 5-10 miles down the road from Irvine Spectrum. Unmolested by Regal, excellent screens and sounds in just about all 20 of their auds. I'll take this joint (and Big Newport too) over Spectrum anyday!

quote:
Best Open Drive in: Rubidoux Triplex
Cleanest drive-in theatre ever! Been there many times and have enjoyed myself each time. Will probably be back again this summer.

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Jeff Arellano
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Chris, have to agree with you on the Aliso Viejo 20. I've gone to this plex several times (4) and all the times, its been great picture and sound, and granted, a little far for me to go all the time, Its a great lil area.

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Geoff Jones
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 - posted December 02, 2006 10:30 AM      Profile for Geoff Jones   Author's Homepage           Edit/Delete Post 
San Francisco Bay Area North
Cinema in Corte Madera. Large Single Screen. Excellent Sound. Solid presentation all around.

San Francisco Bay area South
Century 21 in San Jose. Very large single screen in dome auditorium.
Century 22 in San Jose. Three screens. One auditorium is very similar to 21. The other two are decent.

Denver
Continental. 78' x 35' D-150 auditorium with 5 other typical mini-plex screens built alongside. Books the "big" releases. Ran a great revival series of past hits Wed PM & Sat AM in 2006.

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David Au
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 - posted December 02, 2006 03:36 PM      Profile for David Au   Email David Au         Edit/Delete Post 
SF East Bay:

Best Dome Theater: Cinearts Pleasant Hill (Dome) (formerly Century 5 Dome): It has a huge screen, stadium seating, great surround sound, and is unsplit. The dome is gigantic and looks amazing when it is lit up inside.

Best Projection and Sound: Brenden Theatres Concord 14: All THX, DTS and Dolby Digital, Side Masking, high back stadium seating, and giant curved screens (second only to the Dome). The sound system is one of the best I've ever heard. Brenden knows how to put on a show.

Best Atmosphere and Food: Century Theatres Walnut Creek 14: It has the nicest and most courteous customers, a great selection of food, upscale lavish decor, the most comfortable stadium seats anywhere, and even the smaller auditoriums are not too small. (formerly all THX)

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Chris Utley
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We had a nice debate 2 years ago about this. Anyone want to update their list & salute any theatres on the list that are now closed?

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Bob Allen
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OK Chris, you've got to get out of Inglewood more often. How can a drive-in 35 miles east of LA be considered "in the LA area"? and a multiplex 25 miles west of San Bernardino be considered "In the San Bernardino area"? I was raised in that area and years ago my father was the projectionist at the Mission Drive-in. Have they moved those towns or theatres in recent years?

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Steve Swanson
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 - posted September 02, 2009 05:41 AM      Profile for Steve Swanson   Email Steve Swanson         Edit/Delete Post 
my favorite theater in my area.... Regal 15 at Valley River Center, Eugene, OR. The Bijou would be second.

The best thing of late is the Flashback Film Festival. Along with the contemporary classics like Grease & Jaws, they have gone further back with Key Largo & Breakfast At Tiffany's.
I am surprised by the big turnout, they even added a 2nd screen for Grease. Some local sponsorship has offset the cost of getting the prints. Looking forward to Real Genuis & The Goonies this month. Closest thing to revival cinema around here.

Portland has alot of Neighborhood Theaters left: Hollywood, Roseway, Baghdad, Cinema 21, Laurelhurst, Clinton St.

My favorite drive-ins: 99W: Newberg, OR Rodeo: Bremerton, WA
& Wheel-In, Port Townsend, WA

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Chris Utley
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 - posted September 02, 2009 07:46 AM      Profile for Chris Utley   Author's Homepage   Email Chris Utley         Edit/Delete Post 
Bear in a couple of things in mind:

1. When I made my list I was living in Costa Mesa (Orange County) at the time - 40 miles away from Inglewood, sir Bob. [barf]

2. I probably should have said "the greater Los Angeles area" or "Southern California" or something of the sort...but then I only would have pissed off San Diego folks in the same way that Bob just got pissed off. [Roll Eyes]

Can't win for losing, huh?

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Bob Allen
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 - posted September 02, 2009 01:34 PM      Profile for Bob Allen   Email Bob Allen         Edit/Delete Post 
Not POed Chris. Just pullin' your chain. I'm familiar with Orange County too. I used to be a cop in Orange.

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Chris Utley
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OK...sorry for overreacting.

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Mark Campbell
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Since I divide my time between Seattle and Los Angeles heres my thoughts on both and try to limit my answers to 3 theatres per category:

Seattle/Puget Sound Area:

Best Architecture:
The Cinerama - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2571.html
The Paramount - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/9996.html

Best Single Screens still operating:
The Cinerama - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2571.html
The Neptune - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2583.html
The Egyptian - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2574.html

Best Stadium Multiplex:
Pacific Place - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/11795.html
Crossroads - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/11795.html
(My only 2 picks because of their abundance of side masking, especially at the Crossroads which was a conversion from a great sloped multiplex. I hate top down masking in new stadium multiplexes).

Best "Old School" Sloped Multiplex:
The Oak Tree Cinemas - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2586.html
Factoria 8: - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2470.html
Renton Village 8: - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2558.html
(I am a sucker for and nostalgic for old SRO and GCC venues)

Best Art Houses:
The Egyptian - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2574.html
The Harvard Exit - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2866.html
Seven Gables - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2591.html

Best Bargain Theatre:
The Crest - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2573.html
The Admiral - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2565.html
East Valley 13 - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/9267.html

A shout out to a few independent neighborhood theatres i have yet to visit but want to recognize for their mere existence:
Columbia City Cinema - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/26113.html
Majestic Bay - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2568.html
The Grand Cinema Tacoma - http://cinematreasures.org/theater/21218/

R.I.P.:
UA Cinemas 70 & 150 - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2593.html
Southcenter Theatre - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2592.html
Tacoma Mall Twin - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2619.html

Most Shocking Repurposing of a Theatre:
The Coliseum into a Banana Republic - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/9991.html
The John Danz Theatre into a "Good Guys" - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/19511.html

Most Unneeded Stadium Conversion:
Crossroads - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/11795.html
Alderwood 7 - Crossroads - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/11795.html
(These are my opinions only from a theatre lover's standpoint. I realize that from a business standpoint it was necessary for survival).

Ugliest Architecture:
Alderwood Mall 16 - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/25959.html
(drove by this for the first time the other day and it is hideous).

Worst Modern Build:
The Meridian 16 - http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2867.html
(Cineplex Odeon misses a great opportunity)

Area Most in need of theatres now that the north end has a new multiplex:
West Seattle (2 screens at a 2nd run twin)
Area in Least need of theatres:
Tukwila and Renton (65 screens in a 3 mile radius!)

Ran out of time to do Los Angeles right now...

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Mark Campbell
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For my single screeners in the Seattle area I neglected the Guild 45th which I consider 2 distinct single screeners:

http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2578.html
http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/15076.html

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