Pros: A large movie house with a lot to choose from
Cons: Outrageously Expensive Snobby Roaches Felt herded around
The Bottom Line: Overpriced and snobby movie theater in Los Angeles.
In Los Angeles, movies are KING. No surprise as Hollywood is central to movies. This is a company town after all. Everyone lives and breathes movies and that is all everyone talks about really, what is being made, where it's being shown, whose in it, etc....
Movie snobs are legion in Los Angeles. Going to the movies at the local mall just won't do. Too many noisy kids, distractions, uncomfortable seats, and too many durn commercials at the beginning of each movie.
For these snobs, enter Arclight Cinema. We went to the Hollywood location. It is on Sunset Boulevard. This theater is the high end of movie theaters. They cater to the snobs by enhancing the enjoyment of the movies by having the "best sound and picture quality". The seats are larger, have more leg room and the arm rests are wider. The theater boasts a restaurant, a gift shop and has ongoing exhibits. The night I was there, there was an art show going on.
We went on a Saturday night with hoards of other movie goers. However, there were no kids at all in the theater! This was definitely an adults only theater.
We bought our tickets online and had already chosen our seats. THe web site states that if you are late, you won't be allowed into the theater so we hurried along.
We found our theater and a man invited the audience to enjoy the film and told us briefly what it was about and who the Director was, how long it was and a few other details. He discouraged patrons from getting up and moving around as they would disturb the other movie patrons. This made me feel paranoid about getting up to get popcorn or going to the bathroom.
The sound and picture quality was just average and exactly like in any other movie theater. However, there was no sound bleed from other theaters as you sometimes hear. The theater was totally black - no light from the doors crept in.
There were three commercials at the beginning of the movie. Not as many as in a regular theater however. A large roach crawled across the screen for half of the movie. YUCK. The theater has "gourmet" popcorn but it tasted just like regular overpriced movie popcorn. The actual experience was just OK.
The kicker for this "luxury experience" is the price. $16 per ticket plus $2 to park in a poorly designed parking deck. It took forever to get into and out of. For us to get to the theater, park, rush and find our seats and leave took the whole evening! It was a hassle more than it was fun.
Getting back to the price .... OUCH! Was it worth $18 to see a movie on a Saturday night? I guess that depends upon the person. For me, I just felt used and felt like a sucker. No, it was not worth the $18 - at all! I will stick to my local movie theater.
It was fun to try, but just not worth it.
Best Suited For: Couples Best Time to Travel Here: Anytime
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