Where to catch a flick

Emily Condon has a good article in the most recent issue of vita.mn about the best movie theaters in the TC. The cover is a bit misleading by saying that it’s “The Best & Worst Urban Movie Theaters”, but the actual article focuses more on the positive rather than the negative. In fact the most negative comment is about the outdoor box office for the new Rosedale theater, which which I concur. Anyone else have a best and worst they want to share?

I went up the the Rosedale Theater recently to see Dreamgirls, and, in the way of a mini-review of the new AMC theater, I wasn’t impressed. The outdoor box office is a dumb idea. The lobby is uninspired and almost clinical feeling. None of the employees seemed to be happy about working there (not that working at a theater is the best job, but it was Night of the Living Dead in there). The temperature in the theater was too warm and the seats are uncomfortable. The seat bottom is fixed, with the seat back able to move, but a little flex in the bottom would make it a lot better. And whatever the seats were upholstered with gripped on to my clothes, not allowing too much freedom of movement while I was sitting. It kept feeling like the seat was trying to depants me.

I want to go check out a few theaters on the far outskirts of town, like the new Cinemagic Metropolitan in St. Michael. I thought the name was a little ironic, considering how far out of town St. Michael is, but the Metropolitan name comes from a Parisian-inspired decor for the lobby. Think they serve absinthe at the concession stand? I’d also like to head up to Forest Lake to see the Lake 5, under new management (by a friend of mine, currently fulfilling his dream of owning a theater). Wednesdays, popcorn and soda is only a buck each!

1 Comment so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 11:26 am

    The Riverview is my favorite.

    I was thinking about going to The Heights to see “The Queen” this evening. I’ve only been there once and I vaguely remember it being nice enough. I like that historic theater atmosphere.

    If the Suburban World would go back to showing movies and serving food/drinks for them, that would be awesome.



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