Saturday, August 24, 2013
I have been going to this movie theatre since it opened 12-13 years ago with all the bells and whistles--a full bar--miniture bowling alley game--15 auditoriums working-- and little by little, under 3 different movie managements, have seen it turn into a pig sty. One problem from the very beginning was parking until the Sunrise Cinemas took over and arranged 3 hour free parking at the city garage.
The whole complex in spite of being on the Riverfront offering great scenery and walking from the start at the Broward Performing Arts center to the shopping and eating district of Las Olas has been a white elephant since day one. I don't know--lost count--of how many restaurants, bars, nightclubs have come and gone--some high class name places like Don Shula's Steak House--but there have been barber shops, art studios, cigar and cigarette emporiums that didn't last too long. Now there are two Mom and Pop restaurants and one pita franchise otherwise it is a ghost town. They do have a 'jazz fest' the first Sunday of every month but parking fees are high. The one thing in their favor is that tour boats and the water taxi leave from their site. The place joins screams for street fairs, food markets, special events continuously but nothing happens.
First of all the bottom auditoriums are closed and the escalator to the second floor doesn't work and, in yesterday's situation, the elevator to the second floor wasn't working so we proceeded to walk up the dirtiest escalator I have ever been on..
There have been times the film wasn't delivered for the Friday opening and other times one had to go down the non-movable esculator to complain about sound or even that the movie hasn't started. If you are lucky the screen will be clean!
As the saying goes you get what you pay for and this location charges the cheapest price for movies on a Friday afternoon--$7.50.
Every Friday I go there expecting to see a 'closed' sign on the door. Their 'movie reward' card is all messed up and you are lucky if they have the movie schedule up on their web site by Friday!
I don't have many choices when it comes to movie theatres but if a picture is playing here and The Gateway Theatre, which is 60 years old and in much better shape, I would choose the Gateway.
Really going for the place are the lady manager, and the woman behind the concession stand, always have a smile and will do almost anything they can to make sure the experience is a little bit better than it can be.