Academy Theater prized for price and selection

posted by Michael Zoldessy on March 31, 2009 at 7:55 am

PASADENA, CA — Here’s some praise from local Pasadena City College for the Academy Cinemas, Regency Theatres' Pasadena discount theatre. Once a single screen gem, it was cut into six screens long ago. While not the most inviting inside these days, the selection and prices are unheard of in the Los Angeles market.

It’s 7 p.m. on a weeknight at Academy Cinemas, the dollar theater five blocks from PCC. Middle-aged hipsters huddle outside discussing the prospective merits of their film choice within earshot of a cardboard cutout of Charlie Chaplin. The Little Tramp purses his lips and stares quizzically, silently inviting patrons to step up and pay their three bucks (two for the matinee).

Walk farther into the theater and you’ll find PCC student Ali Rodriguez, 19, manning a concession stand where hot dogs go for a whopping $1. She’s been working at the Academy after school and on the weekends for four months. It’s a choice job, since it’s long been her favorite movie

Read the full story at the PCC Courier.

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kencmcintyre on March 31, 2009 at 7:37 pm

I have not been to this theater to see a film, although I took some pictures of it last year. This place flies under the radar, publicity-wise. The Laemmle place closer to Old Town gets a lot more business.

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