Picture Show at Main Place

2800 N. Main Street,
Santa Ana, CA 92701

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jenniferm
jenniferm on September 12, 2010 at 8:12 am

The mangers are useless there I tried to contact one and they didnt respond. Luckily, one of the ushers was there to resolve my problem. I am a recent customer and everytime I go I always see the managers with long faces like if they hate their jobs. And thats not how a manager should be protayed. They should get new management because they are not reliable and they do not know how to do their job. I also wanted to point out that one of the concessionist has to work on her attitude, she was really rude to me when i asked her information involving a movie. But some positives are the theaters in good condition, who would of thought you can enjoy a movie at a friendly environment for only two dollars. And also the young men at the podim are very polite, and friendly.They always greet me with a big smile and a warm hello. It seems like these young men enjoy their jobs which is always a positive. The managers should be more like them. I would love these young men to work for my in my corporation.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Interesting name.

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on October 4, 2006 at 7:59 pm

Picture Show Entertainment has scheduled a 10/20/06 opening for the theatre. The second concession stand has been torn out and the area has been converted in to a rental/party room. They’ve also replaced the auditorium wall coverings, replaced projection/sound equipment, cleaned the complex, and fixed minor cosmetic issues.

William
William on June 30, 2006 at 4:03 pm

The Mainplace 6 is slated to reopen in the Fall of 2006 by a company called Picture Show Entertainment.

W0lf
W0lf on June 6, 2006 at 7:02 am

He closed Mainplace 6? No sir, it was shutdown.

jmarellano
jmarellano on May 20, 2006 at 1:24 pm

Im sure someone will snag up MainPlace again. It has competition, but book kids films and it still does good business being in the mall. It makes me sad to see this theatre close.

raubre
raubre on May 20, 2006 at 1:11 pm

That is the most interesting name for a theater. Any pictures?

movies9
movies9 on May 20, 2006 at 12:10 pm

Mr. Blood closed MainPlace 6 last week. He is focusing on the Village Theatre and is looking for investors to keep the Village open.

William
William on April 27, 2006 at 9:31 pm

Lavelle which GCC houses did you work?

W0lf
W0lf on April 27, 2006 at 6:22 pm

What in the world are you talking about? You know who i am because i mentioned the owner? I dont know if you saw what i posted but i made an assumption. There was no truth behind anything i said. I simply responded in the way i did cause it sounded like you were boasting. If you werent then i apologize. As for real names, i have no idea who you are, where your from, what type of person you are and i could rather careless. The post was not meant to be an insult but you obviously jumped to that conclusion right off the bat. I stated my intentions for my post and thats that.

tahjvtec
tahjvtec on April 26, 2006 at 10:13 pm

sounds to me as if you would like me to mention other people, now i’m wondering what your motivation is, also considering that you have not did anything else on this webstie but post in response to my initial post. Makes me feel like I know exactly who you are given that you mentioned the owner, and you tried to be vague and choose your words carefully. Hey buddy if you want the spotlight and you don’t want me making it seem like a one man show, and also make it seem as if I’m wanting a raise, then do this please. Do the things that I have done, shut your mouth and go on with your life. Nobody is holding you back from doing things yourself. Now based on what I have done, it should be appreciated, given that all this is taking place at a minimum wage rate of pay, without holiday pay, and without overtime pay. one rate of pay no matter what day you work or how many hours. So please give me a F'n break. To anyone else who reads this and don’t know what’s going on I deeply apologize, it’s frustrating to have false accusations being brought upon me. I will speak no more of this.

tahjvtec
tahjvtec on April 26, 2006 at 10:04 pm

oh yeah I’ve used my real name, so what’s yours?

tahjvtec
tahjvtec on April 26, 2006 at 10:00 pm

I’m going to respond once and leave this alone because I’m really affended. The employees there have been running the show, I simply complimented it with a little bit of passion and experience. others have done things to try and make it better, but again I have only been there a month so I’m just commenting on what I have done so far to “try” and improve things “a little bit”. I’m sorry that it seems like you have some anamosity (spell check) for this place, I"m not trying to bring in business, or take “all” the credit for another thing other than what “I” have done and brought to the table. and for the record I have spoken to the owner which is never there. I"m there mostly as much as i can be 90 hours within the past two weeks. I’m not a manager because I don’t want to be worked to death, I have a life outside of this place that I"m trying to buuild up right now. This is simply my passion that I’ve had since childhood. I never asked or wanted a raise so to speak, but admiration. It would have been nice if it were offered. Just the act of offereing shows that you appreciate what others are doing for you. I apologize if you mis understood me. But sheesh, I was jsut trying to spread the word about the improvements but also notate that I see what people have been saying about the owner.

Take what you will of this response, but keep in mind what it is that I was trying get across to you all.

P.S. I did apologize to you, wether i was wrong or not. (that’s also called customer service).

tahjvtec
tahjvtec on April 26, 2006 at 9:59 pm

I’m going to respond once and leave this alone because I’m really affended. The employees there have been running the show, I simply complimented it with a little bit of passion and experience. others have done things to try and make it better, but again I have only been there a month so I’m just commenting on what I have done so far to “try” and improve things “a little bit”. I’m sorry that it seems like you have some anamosity (spell check) for this place, I"m not trying to bring in business, or take “all” the credit for another thing other than what “I” have done and brought to the table. and for the record I have spoken to the owner which is never there. I"m there mostly as much as i can be 90 hours within the past two weeks. I’m not a manager because I don’t want to be worked to death, I have a life outside of this place that I"m trying to buuild up right now. This is simply my passion that I’ve had since childhood. I never asked or wanted a raise so to speak, but admiration. It would have been nice if it were offered. Just the act of offereing shows that you appreciate what others are doing for you. I apologize if you mis understood me. But sheesh, I was jsut trying to spread the word about the improvements but also notate that I see what people have been saying about the owner.

Take what you will of this response, but keep in mind what it is that I was trying get across to you all.

P.S. I did apologize to you, wether i was wrong or not. (that’s also called customer service).

W0lf
W0lf on April 25, 2006 at 5:51 am

Not to be rude, or reign on you parade “Lavelle”, but you make this sound like its a 1 man show. Do you do everything there? I in no way mean to make this sound like a rude post, but i have a pet peeve for people who going about boasting about things like they’ve done it all themselves. And if you did do this all by yourself, why arent you manageing, instead of being a projectionist. Why not speak to the owner personally, and go into detail of the items you have been able to improve. Talk him into coming down and go through it with him if you truly want a raise or a thank you. From previous posts it sounds like the owners never there, therefore you cant expect him to realize the full capacity of your work, if he hasnt seen it with his own eyes. Please respond back, id like to chat more about thios.

tahjvtec
tahjvtec on April 17, 2006 at 10:21 am

lots of mispelled words i know, please forgive the crudeness of the response.

tahjvtec
tahjvtec on April 17, 2006 at 10:16 am

hey guys I’m a new projectionist, i’ve been in the biz for about 5 yrs. I have personally made alot of improvements in the month that i have been there. just tot let you know the improvements that i have made were all done by my inner passion for the business and showmanship. I’m an audiophile, and i love movies, and the joy people get back from it. when i first walked into the theatre iwas looking for a job and was basically hired the same day, inside man opening weekend. I’m used to having a tech take care of all of theproblems that i used to have in my past jobs, AMC GCC Regal. but here there was no tech and sooo much room for improvement. I’m only getting paid min. wage but I’m getting so much more back with being able to fix and adjust things that desperately needed it. and the more important positive to me personally will be if people walk away from watching their movie suprised at the quality. this is what i have fixed so far retuned, fixed, and realigned the sdds, and dolby stereo, retuned the cp 50 (old huh?) added subs to the bug houses number 5 and 6, rewired amps the correct way, hooked up surround sound or should i say wired up the surround to work properly with analog or sdds, removed some of the old 70mm rollers and sprockets that were causing the film to develop scratches, and eating up the analog soundtrack, fined tuned the picture on screen in all of the houses to have a perfect box/square picture with no shadow,

this is just some examples of what i have done without the proper tools, and resources that would have made this alot easier, like for instance 5 and 6 didn’t have subs there weren’t even wired up for subs, so i had to find a way to run two pair of speaker wire all the way to the sound rack and get four subs which i borrowed from the other screens without sacrficing their Bass Effect, i had to go behing these screens with little no air and dust filled crawl spaces and i’m pretty sure i have some diseases now just from doing this. and again the owner has not told me thank you for doing these things that you don’t have to do. or given me a raise or a bonus. but it’s okay you know why because when guys watch your movie here and your suprised that it sounds this good andthe picture looks this good, and you feel like your at the block 30 then that is the satisfaction for me. to this day i just finished after a month of retooling the entire projection approach, and i'am pleased to report that the changes shouls be noticeable. i removed the 70mm stuff because i want to cancel all possiblities of someone else scratching the prints because of lack of experience with 70mm projectors. Well i hope you guys come by soon becuase what i have done is all that i can humanly possible fix. now with the film presentation out of the way i have started work on the theater presentation, fixing aisle lights, changing light bulbs, adding numbers to the auditoriums, trying to rebuild a relationship with the studios promotions dept. os i can decorate the theatre with more newer signs and standees/posters. more lighting? we’ve called the electrician nothing i can personally do about that. I want to make this place better for you guys and for myself because of personal nestolgia of days gine by at amc, and gcc. I work weekends and weeknights if want happen to drop by and want to talk to me, my names Lavelle. later guys.

moviebluedog
moviebluedog on February 23, 2006 at 2:24 am

This was the first of AMC’s “nice” and “pristine” theatres in the Southern California area. AMC was undergoing a big expansion (when haven’t they, I guess) and MainPlace was a very nice theatre with 70mm projection and THX Sound in two of the big auditoriums.

I was sad when the theatre closed down in 2000, but was happy to see it opened again a short time later. But I must say that the experience of going there wasn’t anything like how AMC ran it. I took my daughter to see “Shrek.” I asked the gentleman at the snackbar how business was going. He said “okay,” in a very monotone voice. It was as if he didn’t care about anything. When we saw the show, it was in glorified mono. This theatre was a very good sounding Dolby Stereo/THX theatre. (I was never crazy about SDDS there or at any AMC). So I’m not sure why this theatre can’t run prints in digital stereo.

My experience with Capt. Blood’s MainPlace is mixed, but not horrific like some of the stories I’ve heard. I haven’t been back, even though I’ve always enjoyed this theatre (though the Orange Cinedome and Orange City Center were better with bigger auditoriums and screens nearby).

I think Capt. Blood might wish to invest in some employees who care about the customer, and running films in their proper presentation. I’m not sure if the stories are true about how his employees act towards customers on previous posts here and on the Villa Theatre in Orange. But some improvement in employee training and presentation would make a world of difference and set his chain apart from AMC and Edwards/Regal.

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on February 23, 2006 at 12:41 am

I briefly worked at Mainplace and attended numerous management training classes in the conference room when AMC ran the theatre. Even when attendance fell to pathetically low levels (occassionally less than twenty people on weekdays), during it’s final AMC years, the theatre was always kept up and run well. I find it quite sad that the theatre has been allowed to sink to it’s current state, but hardly surprising. Without AMC’s deep pockets, there is no realistic way to keep this theatre up; Captain Blood simply doesn’t have the financial means or ticket sales to do so. The location is terrible, as patrons are forced to walk through the mall, searching for a small box office and hidden food court escalator; features that are made all the worse due to the mall being closed during peak movie going hours (who wants to walk through an empty, darkened mall?). Had the theatre been built wih exterior mall access, I believe it would have faired far better.

OCMoviegoer
OCMoviegoer on February 22, 2006 at 11:11 pm

Went to King Kong 22-Feb-2006; the film print had vertical lines as if a comb had run across it, and the sound was weak. Promptly asked for a refund and was declined because, the manager said, they had instructions not to give refunds for that sort of thing. So basically they STOLE my $7. Nowhere else have I had that kind of treatment! Any other theater would have refunded.

Coate
Coate on June 30, 2005 at 6:12 am

The MainPlace was among the handful of theaters equipped with Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), the 1990-1991 precursor to the contemporary digital sound formats.

ETinformer
ETinformer on March 3, 2005 at 10:03 pm

The promises that Todd Blood makes would materialize if it was not all BS. He is a professional in the way he runs his franchise. He is a professional in the way that he has learned how to manipulate and steal from his employees to live lavishly.

jmarellano
jmarellano on February 14, 2005 at 1:45 am

The theatre was pristine when AMC ran it and was their Orange County flagship. I sat in numerous presentations there, even as a dollar house, that were tip top and great to watch. If I remember correctly, THX was in one of the auditoriums.

trixie
trixie on February 14, 2005 at 1:25 am

I too experienced the horrible sound in Sponge Bob back on December 31st. As we have two small children we rarely get to the movies, and this was a special treat for us, spending our 10th wedding anniversary out and with the kids. I requested a change of movies due to the poor sound and was given the okay to see The series of Unfortunate events, which was starting about 40 min. later. I then asked permission if we could sit in the Incredibles until the movie started, there was 10 min. left. The concession lady was pleasant and she said she thought it was okay, I said I just wanted to ask so as to not be accussed of theater hopping, (something that I have never, ever done in my life). Later, The manager was overheard yelling to his clean up staff more than once, actually treating them like a bunch of useless fools, he being the only one of ability. As we walked over to the gaming section to wait out our remaining 25 min. he went off on us and started yelling at us and accussing us of theater switching. I felt extremely uncomfortable, and my husband was in the restroom. I attempted to tell him what had gone on and that I had asked permission. He went on and on belittling me infront of a group of people. My son started to cry and I too became teary eyed, totally shocked by his rude actions. I walked off and then melted down. My kids were bugging me for money to play the games and I needed to get to an atm machine. I was uncomfortable asking permission from the manager to exit the building because I thought he wouldn’t let me in. I approached him in an apologetic manner in case I had been too sensitive, and I humbled myself, the man whom he called himself the OWNER, became completely unglued and went crazy on me. I then became shaken up and tears were filling up in my eyes, I tried to explain myself to this out of control yelling baboon! I said very clearly that the employees working for him would validate my story and he said no they won’t if they want to keep their jobs! This on top of the extra surcharges for using an atm to buy the tickets. I still can’t believe how upset he made me and how absolutely horrible he was!!!! I was able to pull myself together and watch the movie with my family but to be honest, I am still pissed off and want to seriesly go off on the a—hole. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, one of his workers said in passing by, nice boss huh? I asked him why he would even work there, he said it was actually his last day, that he had had it up to here and was having a hard time not going off on the f—cking a—hole!!!!! Needless to say, you get what you pay for and I got ripped off!!!!!!!!!!

clanmitchell
clanmitchell on December 5, 2004 at 4:00 am

I was at this theater today (12/4/04)to see The Spongebob Movie with my two eleven year old sons. When I complained about a problem with the sound in the movie my complaint was ignored. After the movie I again complained about the lack of attention to my complaint about the sound problem. My comment was met with an apparently annoyed and indifferent response from the three staff members present. They told me “we had a technician working on it”, and offered no apology or consolation whatsoever. This after spending over $30.00…