Like plenty of B.la’ers before me I loves me some everything about Arclight Cinemas (with the possible exception of the concession stand up on the second floor that always crowds up and makes it a pain in the ass either to pass through or get your popcorn) and will look there first for a film I wanna see. If it isn’t playing there, I’ll go old school with the Vista as my second choice. And if it ain’t there, I’ll wince and see if it’s at the Grove’s Pacific Theaters.
Though it’s only 2.5 miles away from our house I’ve never before given a thought as to what’s at downtown’s Laemmle Theaters Grande Fourplex on Figueroa north of 4th Street. But with the wife and I jonesing for some Bond James Bond and it not screening at either of my first two options (and Sundays at the Grove are just a hell-to-the-no) she told me to trust her past experience and go see it there. So she hooked us up a couple tickets online and we did.
Certainly its dungeon-level theaters don’t sport the biggest screens or the sharpest sound systems or the state-or-the-artiest seats in anything even closely resembling a stadium configuration (no cupholders either), but my techno-ergonomic tastes are pretty simple. Besides, downtown on a weekend means none of that Hollywood or westside gridlock; validated parking across the street is $2 and the matinees are only $6 (hell, regular tickets are only $8!). I can’t even remember the last time I took in a movie for a single-digit dollar amount.
We’ll definitely be back.