Back to the movies.

I’ve always loved going to the movies.  One of the main reasons I feel like I couldn’t make it in a small town (although I still dream about living in one just for the open space they provide–and really, the ample free parking) is because I love what the big cities have to offer in terms of movie theaters.  They show EVERYTHING–classics, small documentaries, the biggest hits, cult films, etc.  For whatever reason, I feel like I haven’t been to the movies at all this year.  I tend to go in phases…sometimes there’s just nothing out for me to see–but usually, I just don’t make time for it.  Luckily, this weekend, I’m back in the groove.

I used to have a rating system for movie theaters on my site, and although I’ve given up on that–I would like to give a shout out to one of my favorites: Culver City Plaza.  It doesn’t seem to be a chain operation, which is tough to find these days.  And the movies they offer run from “dollar movie” type fare to the latest indie/foreign films–I can’t find a more diverse selection anywhere in L.A.  I love it mostly because it’s FIVE DOLLARS before 5!  You don’t find this much in L.A., where ticket prices have climbed to as much as $13 & most theaters only count matinees as the first showing of the day.  Also, parking is free–there’s a lot–but even better, you don’t even have to worry about validation on the weekend.  No one’s working the lot.  There are no crowds, so you don’t have to show up early.  Let’s not forget Ms.Pacman in the theater lobby.  It doesn’t hurt that it’s only a couple of miles away from me.

Anyway, experiences like that get me excited to explore the world of movies in L.A once again.  This morning, I’m going to see Casino Jack, a documentary about Jack Abramoff that is playing in exactly ONE theatre for ONE showing (11am).  And I can’t wait.  It’s good to balance my triathlon stuff with a laid back weekend morning now and then.  Anyone have any favorite movie theaters in their neighborhoods?