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Just some additional notes:
The IMAX auditorium (screen 8) implemented a rail system prior to the release of The Dark Knight Rises. Depending on which format the studio provides, the IMAX system can play films in digital or 15/70.
Outside of the IMAX upgrade, as of summer 2012, all of their auditoriums were upgraded to Barco digital projectors. The biggest addition being that of the Dolby Atmos installation in one of their auditoriums (screen 5) to boot.
Galaxy Theatres re-opened the Green Valley on Friday, March 8th, 2013. This is the first theater in the Galaxy chain to be branded as their “Luxury +” line, a change Galaxy hopes to make to their Cannery location in North Las Vegas by the end of the year.
All of the auditoriums were remodeled to take advantage of stadium seating, but with an extra twist. Every seat in the theater is that of a leather reclining seat. Due to this change, the auditoriums now can only hold anywhere from 60 to 150 seats. Not only are all of the seats comfortable, but they’re all reserved. You pick which seats you want either online or at the box office.
In addition to the remodeling, all of the auditoriums now have new “floor-to-ceiling” screens installed as well as Christie digital projectors and Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound. Galaxy hopes to install a 4K digital projector in one of the theaters before the summer movie season begins.
Besides the seating, the item that got the most attention from the news is that this is the first theater in town to have beer and wine service during all hours of operation, unlike Town Square’s brief foray earlier last year.
I’ve been to this theater twice since the re-opening and this is probably now one of the best theaters in Vegas. The projection isn’t as great as some of the 4K Barco or Sony projectors Brenden, Century, and Regal use around town, but Galaxy nailed the “luxury” part down.
The only films I remember seeing here included Don Bluth’s Thumbelina, A Goofy Movie, Gordy (the other talking pig movie from 1995) and Star Trek: Generations. I’m sure there’s more, but that’s all that is coming to mind right now.
It was very similar to the Torrey Pines Cinema down the street in the regards that it contained one large auditorium and two smaller auditoriums.
A shame that it closed down as it used to be right near my house when I lived in Spring Valley.
What I haven’t read yet is that towards the end of this theater’s run in 1999, it actually became a bargain theater for its last year or two (right around the time the Mountain View and Torrey Pines went out of business). When the Century Orleans 12 (now 18) and Act III (now Regal) Village Square 18 opened in December 1997, it pretty much put the nails in the coffin for both the Cinedome 12 and the Red Rock 11. Why go see a movie at either of those theaters when you can see a movie in a THX-certified auditorium that also provided stadium seating with rocking chairs and foldable armrests?
I had great memories of this theater from my childhood/pre-teen years. Saw many great and many terrible films here with many friends.
Interesting to note that almost nothing exists now in the strip mall that ended up replacing it.
When I moved to Vegas, the Torrey Pines Cinema was always a three-screen location. It must’ve had the third screen installed during 1991 – 1993.
Similar to the Mountain View location, there was one large screen and two (much) smaller screens. I think the most memorable note of this theater is they played Rocky Horror every Saturday night before the theater finally shut down in 1997 (and where it transferred to the Tropicana Cinemas).
For a brief period of time, around 1995, the theater actually played first run films. I remember seeing Mortal Kombat, The Prophecy and To Wong Foo during their opening weekends. My friends and I were excited that there was a theater closer to our houses playing first run films… but that didn’t last long.
It sucks this location no longer exists, but I see more people inside the Goodwill now than I ever did when the building was actually a movie theater.
Syufy Enterprises owns West Wind. Just saying. :)
I’m glad this location is still open despite the fact that I don’t visit as much as I should. I heard rumors that Syufy wanted to tear it down and sell the land, like they do with every other theater they own, but the City of Las Vegas wouldn’t let them as its a (local) landmark.
I took a few dates here during my high school years because I’m classy like that alongside having a summer where my friends and I would do the double features here every Tuesday for four dollars.
They claimed to have upgraded their projection systems recently, but when I went a few months ago, for a double feature of Machete and Piranha, it still looked the same.
I remember coming here a few times when I was a pre-teen with either of my parents. As others have mentioned, this was the only real independent theater of its kind. The theaters were of same/lesser quality as other Century Theatres at the time like the Cinedome 12 and the Redrock 11.
Despite seeing the 1994 Rob Reiner cinematic classic North at this location, I actually saw some great films here such as Hamlet (the Kenneth Branagh version), Mallrats and Chasing Amy easily come to mind.
Towards the end of its run, they actually did double features for the same cost as a regular ticket.