LABJ FORUM – Enjoying the Show
With stadium-style seating, enormous screens and in-house bars, theaters like Pacific Theatres at the Grove, The Bridge: Cinema de Lux and ArcLight Cinemas are cutting into the business at L.A.’s older multiplexes even though ticket prices are higher. So the Business Journal asks:
What is your favorite movie theater and why?
President and Chief Executive
CHARO Community Development Corp.
My favorite is that new one in Hollywood, the ArcLight. It’s so beautiful. I love the little coffee bar; it’s so Alice in Wonderland. The seating is wonderful. I love that you can pre-buy assigned seating, and the seats are very comfortable. I go to the movies at least two or three times a month.
King Holmes Paterno & Berliner LLP
The theater I go to most often is Laemmle’s Regent Showcase on La Brea because it shows art films and independent films. I don’t feel the need to keep up on blockbuster movies people are talking about. It’s my favorite because it has a lot of character. There are round, tapestry walls and a feeling you can’t get in any other theater I’ve been to in L.A. I got to the movies probably twice a month. I’ve been to The Grove, and it’s a very nice, clean, aesthetically pleasing place. They’ve done a good job of making it seem like a classic theater.
Deputy Mayor of Human Services
City of Los Angeles
The two I go to are The Bridge and the AMC 14 in Century City. I live nearby, so they’re convenient. I like the AMC because I can go the restaurants in the area. I go to The Bridge because of the stadium seating and the high seatbacks; I can see better. I go to the movies probably three times a month. My wife and I go to the movies whenever our schedules allow, so we can spend some time together.
Daniel E. Furst
Professor of Rheumatology
UCLA Medical Center
It’s a small theater off Laurel Canyon in the Valley. It’s convenient, relatively inexpensive and pretty up-to-date. If I go down to Westwood, I pay $9 or $10. If I go to my theater, it’s $6 or $7. Parking is easy and free. There’s nothing wrong with the big theaters. I guess people go to them to be seen, which I just don’t understand. I go to the movies every two weeks or so. It’s a way for my wife and I to spend some time together.
Bryan Cave LLP
The theater at the Commons in Calabasas. I didn’t realize how nice it was until I went to a theater in Santa Monica that had cement floors. I thought the luxury theaters with stadium seats were the standard now. I go to the movies maybe once a month, but I spend most of the time in the hallways with my three-year old. The theater is kid friendly.
Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan LLP
The one I prefer is The Grove. It’s brand new, very spacious, has comfortable seating and the environment is second to none. It’s just a great, fun place to eat shop and see a movie. I usually go to the movies with my wife, probably once a month. And I actually go more often now since The Grove opened.