Uptown still uncomfortable…

How come it is so hard to get a decent art house film movie theater in the Twin Cities? I spent a couple of hours at the Uptown theater again last night. I saw Little Miss Sunshine (TERRIFIC movie, by the way) and spent most of the movie trying to get comfortable. I moved from my original seat because it was broken. The second one was only marginally better. For charging a whopping $8.75 for a ticket, they sure have uncomfortable seats. Also, the picture was being shown on a screen too small for the film. The top of the film was VISIBLY showing on the black matte they had above the screen. Not even just a little, but a sizable chunk of it. Good thing the movie was good, or else I would have been way too distracted.

Now, I am very picky about my movie experience. I am sure that most of the general public wouldn’t get mad about stuff like that. For me, I would rather wait until the movie goes to another theater. Take for instance, AMC Southdale. Although, I saw a movie there on Sunday and found out they raised their ticket prices to $9!!! It’s like we are New York or something…

3 Comments so far

  1. Dave Dash (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 9:51 pm

    $2 Hopkins all the way.

    I’m going to see snakes on a plane on friday for $13.50… that’s INSANE.

    It’s out of peer pressure, but still…

  2. noodleman (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 3:44 pm

    It’s not that the screen was too small; the projectionist didn’t focus the film properly from up in the booth. Given the amount of automation in theaters nowadays, whoever has responsibility probably didn’t even bother to check or change anything from the last film title shown in the theater.

    Re: ticket prices. Yeah, $9 sounds like New York … until you realize NYC ticket prices are now in the $13-$15 range. Used to be you could see an afternoon matinee around here for under $3; now it’s more like $5 or $6.

    Which is why I like my Netflix account. Why do I absolutely need to see a new release now? Why not wait for it to come out on DVD?

  3. Nate (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

    I love my Netflix account!! For me though, there is still something wonderful about seeing amovie on the big screen. Plus, it is the best way to see an action movie. I will buy the DVD when it comes out, but I want to see it first on the big screen :)

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