Comments from MissAmanda

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MissAmanda commented about Sonora Cinemas Phoenix on Oct 17, 2021 at 12:01 pm

Pity. It was a great place to see a movie either in Spanish or with Spanish subtitles. It will be missed.

MissAmanda commented about America Cinemas Pasadena on Oct 17, 2021 at 11:57 am

Glad to see it’s open. I wish America Cinemas would take over the Sonora Cinema here in Phoenix and open it too. It’s been too long.

MissAmanda commented about Super Saver Cinemas 8 on Oct 17, 2021 at 11:53 am

I understand they are permanently closed. Passing of an era.

MissAmanda commented about Pleasure World Theater on May 29, 2021 at 2:45 pm

No, that was in Sarasota, Florida.

MissAmanda commented about Bardavon 1869 Opera House on Mar 16, 2020 at 11:12 am

The name is pronounced BAR-duh-von. I grew up in Poughkeepsie in the 1950s. Many fond memories of the Bardavon — also of the Colonial, the Liberty (later renamed the Midtown), the Stratford, the Juliet. All distant memories now, long gone.

I remember that at the Bardavon, the refreshment stand was originally out in the lobby, near the entrance. Sometime in the late 1950s/early 1960s they renovated the place and moved the refreshment stand inside, at the back of the auditorium.

The balcony was usually not open unless the orchestra seats were sold out for a blockbuster movie. It was always a treat to be able to go sit up in the balcony.

MissAmanda commented about Movies 3 on Jul 27, 2019 at 4:02 pm

They recently upgraded their seats. Seating in one auditorium includes a luxury section; that auditorium also has reserved seating (hate it!). The other two have upgraded seats but no luxury seating and no reserved seats (yippee!). The place is clean, good video and audio quality, clean rest rooms.

MissAmanda commented about Regal Oceanside 16 on Jul 16, 2019 at 7:59 pm

Visited again a few days ago. Despite multiple complaints from patrons, they still have the assigned seating policy. A total waste in a theater whose auditoriums are never full. And they send someone around to check to see that everyone is in their assigned seats. Hey, where are we, study hall in high school? In my previous comment I mentioned that the drinking fountains were out of order, and that only one gave out just a trickle of water. On this visit none of them worked at all! In the auditorium where my film was showing, the work lights were left on well into the start of the program — I had to go out and ask someone to turn them off. I would have done it myself but the switch is one of those key-activated switches and nothing I had in my pocket would fit. The only good news is that the water damage and moldy smell seem to have been taken care of.

MissAmanda commented about Regal Oceanside 16 on Apr 19, 2019 at 5:16 pm

A recent visit did disappoint me. They’ve instituted a policy of assigned seating, which I absolutely HATE! Part of the charm of going to the movies has always been that you can sit wherever you want, and if someone plops down in front of you, you are free to move. If you have to pick your assigned seat from a chart, there’s no telling in whose company you’ll end up. Also, when I visited, one of the theaters seemed to have water damage, as it smelled moldy and some of the aisles were roped off. Soap dispensers in the restroom were empty of soap — are they ever checked? The water fountains had broken handles and only a trickle of water came out of the one that was actually still working. Regal Oceanside is not the ghetto theater some reviewers claim — it is basically clean and in good working order — but it does seem to be going downhill and needs attention before it gets worse.

MissAmanda commented about Flushing, Queens, NY - Landmarks approves plans to disassemble RKO Keith’s Flushing Theater’s historic interiors on May 21, 2017 at 9:42 am

Fond memories of the RKO Keith’s. I once found a purse on the seat next to me that had a $10 bill in it — no ID, nothing else.

MissAmanda commented about Regency Commerce on Dec 7, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Update: The new seats that were put into the auditoriums that were being redone last time I was there are plush and the rows are spaced wide apart. Not so great for those of us who like to put their feet up — even the longest legs won’t reach — but very comfortable and the public seems to appreciate them. Attendance was decidedly up from what it’s been previously. Maybe this theater has a future after all.

MissAmanda commented about Star Theatre on Aug 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Genesis – The King’s Church meets there Sunday mornings. I was there last weekend — the loge seats look much like they always did — they’ve been reupholstered, though, I think. However, the orchestra seats have been torn out and the stage extended into the space. The walls have been painted a hideous dark dusty rose although they’ve retained the original starburst-style lighting sconces. They’ve moved the restrooms — they used to be off the lobby but are now under the loge. Like bailey9971 who posted above, I have fond memories of the old Star and the crowd it attracted — I’m sure I’ve seen you there, bailey. It was a hoot being back in the Star but I do long for what it used to be!

MissAmanda commented about New York, NY - NYC's Most Incredible Old Movie Theaters on Aug 15, 2016 at 11:10 am

The Elgin also showcased Reefer Madness and Pink Flamingos. I also remember seeing a Buster Keaton festival there — just about every silent film that Keaton ever made. Also a Marx Brothers festival. And who can forget the ominous warning short that would come on, accompanied by doomsday-sounding music, before the feature: “If you must smoke … smoking is permitted ONLY in the balcony!”

MissAmanda commented about Regal Oceanside 16 on Mar 9, 2016 at 8:27 am

I always enjoy going here. The clientele (Marines from Camp Pendleton) are a big draw, I’ll admit.

MissAmanda commented about Regency Commerce on Mar 9, 2016 at 8:24 am

The last time I was there (March 2016) they had torn the seats out of all the older “flat” auditoriums and were in the process of putting in new seats. If the two auditoriums where the process has been completed are any guide, the new seats will not be as comfortable as the old. The newer stadium-style auditoriums aren’t bad, but except for one or two they are on the smallish side. At least Regency seems to be trying to make a go of this theater, which is encouraging.

MissAmanda commented about Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas on May 16, 2015 at 10:26 am

Pity. It was one of the last non-stadium style theaters. The metal detector at the door was a first-class nuisance but I’ve spent many a happy afternoon in this theater.

MissAmanda commented about Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas on Mar 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm

I don’t understand how they remain open. Nice large auditoriums with comfortable leather rocker-style seats, but only a handful of patrons at best. They still make you pass through a metal detector at the door — why? No one is going to bring a gun in — no one is going to go in, actually. If they got rid of these, maybe attendance would improve.

MissAmanda commented about Concourse Plaza Multiplex Cinemas on Mar 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm

About half the auditoriums have new seats — not as comfortable as the old leather seats that rocked back (which the remaining auditoriums still have). They say the plaza is being renovated, but it looks like a disaster area — food court is all boarded up, only two or three active shops. You’ve got to give the theater credit for trying, though.

MissAmanda commented about Sunshine Brooks Theater on Nov 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Had fine old trough-style urinals in the mens' room. You don’t see those much any more.

MissAmanda commented about Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas on Jun 22, 2013 at 8:51 am

Hail and farewell, dear Whitestone Multiplex. I have many fond memories of this, one of the last of the non-stadium venues.

MissAmanda commented about Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas on Feb 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Still open as of February 28, 2013, showing first run movies, so where there’s life there’s hope. I like this theater because I don’t like stadium seating, and this is one of the last orchestra-style seating venues. What I don’t like is that the restrooms are located outside the ropes, so you have to show your ticket stub to get back in after doing your business. Makes sneaking from theater to theater hard, but not impossible.

MissAmanda commented about Tucson's Century Park 16 to close in January on Dec 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Pity. Another old auditorium-style multiplex bites the dust. When I first went there about three years ago, the crowds were healthy. Over time, they dwindled, as new stadium-style multiplexes opened in the area. The last time I was there was to see the A-Team, I believe. Hardly anyone there. I weep. I truly do.

MissAmanda commented about Rave to operate former Magic Johnson Theater in Baldwin Hills after renovations on Nov 16, 2010 at 8:05 am

>> Chris Utley posted: “Stadium seating is "sad” to somebody? YIKES!“ <<

Yes. Consider: Stadium seats are in steeply pitched rows. Maybe a young buck can spring up and down the stairs, but us older folk struggle, especially coming down. And the rows are too long, without a center aisle to break them up. Climbing in and out of a full row is difficult.

The few floor-level seats that are provided are too close to the screen for comfort.

And there’s something lacking about entering a theater through a narrow door that opens into a long, dark, narrow side aisle, groping your way along the walls, as compared to entering via double doors that open onto a wide center aisle.

Where is the charm of these stadium-style auditoriums?

Finally, it may have been bad for the seats, but part of the charm of the old style auditoriums was stretching out with your feet on the seat in front of you. Or at the very least, propping your knees up on the back rest (at least the back rest of those seats that didn’t have built-in cup holders to get in the way of your knees). But there is too much space between the rows now for that.

I know the movie palaces of yesteryear are gone forever. But these modern sterile stadium boxes are nothing compared to them.

MissAmanda commented about Rave to operate former Magic Johnson Theater in Baldwin Hills after renovations on Nov 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Sadly, it will be stadium seating. The old Magic Johnson Theater was one of the last of the auditorium-style venues except for two rooms at the end of the east corridor.

MissAmanda commented about Pontiac Theatre on Jun 24, 2010 at 10:26 am

Around 1970 or so the Pontiac set aside every Wednesday night as “buck night” — all seats $1.00. They attracted a large crowd from nearby Paul Smiths College, a culinary school that managed the dining room of the Hotel Saranac, next door to the Pontiac Theater.

Trivia fact: The village of Paul Smiths was the last place in the United States to have old crank-style telephones where you turned the crank to get the operator on the line and gave her the number you wanted to call. That was also as late as 1970, I believe.

MissAmanda commented about Harbor Theater on Jun 24, 2010 at 10:20 am

Bear with me — it’s been a long, long time since I’ve been to Lake Placid. As you travel through town on Main Street, the road turns sharply to the left to continue on to Saranac Lake. If you go straight instead, that’s Mirror Lake Drive. The Holiday Harbor complex was a short way back on Mirror Lake Drive, as I recall.