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I don’t think a visitor’s center should be counted either. However, the only reason I would make an exception with this one is that it host other community events as well as a film festival for a few years. Both of those were public events, so I would count it.
The Kiva was never torn down. It is still there today as a mini-mall in downtown Scottsdale. The ticket booth is still there in its original place.
I just went there recently to a church service. The church uses the main screening area as their santuary, which seats about 150. The other two screens aren’t being used as much(if at all). Its a very nice, tidy facility. I wish the church could use the rest of the facility to show movies, even if its just family or christian movies. All the equipment and screens are still there, except they use a digital projector during the service. Nice church and friendly pastor. At least the facility is being used, and not collecting dust or being demolished.
I believe people will go to the movies as long as we provide the public a quality product, and have a good presentation. Mr. Burris’s comment was exactly right. Make it a big event, and people will come to see the product. Bring back the showmanship, make good movies that tell a story(special effects can only cover for so much bad plots, acting, etc…) and they will come. My fondest memories of going to the movies as a kid was winning tickets to see the premire of Star Wars ar the original Cini Capri in Phoenix.I was in awe of those huge gold curtains, sitting with 800+ people watching the action on that HUGE screen! One thing I have been noticing is that the single screen movie house is rapidly dissapearing, along with the drive-ins. Sad situation. But movie exibition will live on.
Sometimes I can’t believe how gullable and FORGETFUL we are as a movieviewing audience. I don’t care how successful Avatar was,or how movie theaters are spending themselves broke on 3D equipment, or how many people think 3D is here to stay. It may be nice technology, but its popularity will die out. 3D is okay for some movies, (action-adventure, some animation, etc.), but for most movies, most good movies 3D is unneccessary. As an economics and history teacher, hollywood is cashing in on a technology that is HOT right now. Of course to make theater owners buy the technology, they can easily not release films to them, to force the sale of this expensive technology. Shrewed business practices. But, as usual, they will get greedy, oversaturate the market(because there is no real DEMAND for 3D, only by those who stand to profit from it.), and the public will come out of its stupor and realized they’re being fleeced. 3D has been around for a while, and while some movies are cool to see, history has shown that the majority of films it isn’t neccessary. Good films stand on their own. It doesn’t need gimmicks to attract an audience. I think theaters would attract more people to watch the movies with good films, and a return to showmanship that has been forgotten in most theaters today and re-educating the audience on movie theater behaviour. Many young people today just don’t know what good showmanship is and what makes going to the movies special. I don’t blame some theater owners from trying to cash in, but over the long run, save your money. I will gladly frequent the movie theater more often if good showmanship, movie manners by patrons, and GOOD MOVIES were the principle focus of the movie experience.
I remember when it first opened in 1984. It was located in a small shopping center called the Cornerstone. My family watched a movie there before we walked over to Sun Devil Stadium to watch the football game. It didn’t have traditional seating,(drafthouse), Nice, small place to watch a movie.
Despite the above mentioned problems, the facilities and technology, and seating are excellent.
I have gone to this movie theater a few times. Comfy seats, but too many unsupervised, unruly people there for my family. I will not be going back anytime soon. I couldn’t enjoy the movie for the rude customers, fights between teenagers after movies, and scores of unsupervised children running wild. They have passed some rules to help out with the fighting, unsupervised children, etc… hopefully, it will get better.
I remember going to the mall to see movies there in high school in 1985-86. We always went on “tightwad Tuesday” and saw movies for a dollar. Saw “ Breakin” & “Breakin II” there. We sometimes went to other movies when our movie was finished. What great memories. I also have a copy of Eight Legged Freaks", so I’d have something to remember the theater by. Great memories!
My friends and I visited this theater several times during my college days at ASU. It was walking distance from the dorms (Cholla), and I used to go to the midnite movies many times. I saw Platoon, Batman, Beverly Hills Cop 1&2, Fright Night, etc…during the late eighties and early nineties. When I lived in Tempe, this movie theater, University II on Broadway& Rural, AMC Lakes 6, and a little theater on campus is where I watched the majority of my movies during that time period. I also went to a theater in Los Arcos Mall, too. I remember it because it was Downstairs (like the basement of the mall). Ah, the memories. Today the theater is now owned by ASU.(I think it is used for occasional live theater.)
I also seen Superman there for the first time. Great memories.
I remember going to this theater as a kid to see Airplane in 1980 as a summer recreation trip. It was a nice neighborhood theater, nothing spectacular. We went to that theater every summer for movies with our summer recreation group.We only had to pay a dollar, two dollars for popcorn and a drink.Good memories.
I went to this theater many times when it was open. The entire shopping center was hit hard by the recession, and many businesses closed up or moved. It is up for sale. It would be nice if it could reopen again, but they need a better movie selection and more tennants to move into the Pavillions to be successful.
I used to go to this theater when it was part of Harkins theater chain. It is in the heart of downtown Tempe off Mill Ave. I watched Forrest Gump at this theater. Glad they are reopening it again as a theater. Nice facility.
I live near this drive-in. I’m glad that it is still going strong. I will be there this summer to watch the latest flicks a few times.