I'm a huge fan of going to the movies, well I was... It's a great time to get away and not hove to focus on anything but a film on a huge screen with surround sound. It seems to be that the new "hip" thing to do with movie theaters is make them as high tech and hip as possible. To be honest, I'm not a fan. Don't get me wrong, Avatar in 3D was amazing, but I don't want to watch every film in 3D. I enjoy the old style, non 3D versions of films. If the movie is good you could project it on a cardboard box in the parking lot and I'd be entertained.
But with all of these enhancements to the movie theaters comes increases in prices. I remember when I was a kid my dad used to take us to the movies after school on Fridays. I don't think he spent more than $30 for the whole family, which included the tickets, drinks and snacks. I just went to see Sanctum at the new ArcLight in El Segundo. ArcLight recently bought the theater which I loved going to. Before it was an ArcLight, you could stroll into the film right when it started, not have to worry about finding a seat and the price was cheap, for today's movie theater prices at least. I spent $17.50 for the film alone, $4 for a water and and another $4 for popcorn for our group. That's $25.50!!!
Other than the price the ArcLight was nice on the inside. I do love the fact that there are certain films which you can drink alcohol in. They have little bars set up right outside of the theater where you can buy a drink if you'd like. Nice and all, but here's the problem. I had to go to the restroom really bad during the film and figured I'd run to the nearest restroom. Well, there's only one, all the way at the front of the theater entrance. Serve me beer and make me run to the front of the place to pee! Then they had to check my ticket to let me back into the theater. Luckily the film wasn't that great so it was okay to miss some of it.
Overall my experience at the new ArcLight wasn't that great. I'll give them another try, mainly because they're new, but the price is way too high, don't even think about going to the restroom during the film, oh and did I mention cops had to come into the theater during the film and deal with some kids?
I really enjoyed seeing a feature at the new Archlight. Yes it is more expense but what isn't these days especially if renovation is in the mix. I was pleasingly surprised when before the movie started a staff member came out and announced in person no microphone what we were going to be watching along with who the stars were and accolades. It gave the event class like you were going to be watching a play.
All-reserved seating makes waiting in "hold-out" lines a thing of the past, and there's no more need to rush to the auditorium to save seats. You can even select your seats and purchase and print your tickets online or at automated kiosks.
Film programming is directed to the discerning moviegoer, with a mix of new-release blockbusters, specialty, and retrospective product. In addition, films are augmented from time to time with speaker presentations. Be sure to review the "Now Playing" and "Coming Soon" sections to see what's currently planned.
The experience inside the cinema auditorium is ArcLight's focal point. Designed to exceed THX standards of presentation excellence, ArcLight auditoriums begin with a "black box" design aesthetic which favors undistracted viewing over opulence, and feature the best in sight and sound technology, allowing films to be presented as the filmmakers intend. Auditorium comfort levels are unsurpassed. All cinema chairs are 3 inches wider than current megaplex standards, with 6 inches more legroom. Even the retractable armrests are "double-wide".
The ArcLight café bar is perfect for a quick meal before or after a movie, but can be enjoyed just for meeting friends for martinis and appetizers, a business lunch, or animated discussions over dessert and coffee.
The snack bar features our signature popcorns - movie-theater-style with real butter on request, and our fresh-made ...