June 7, 2012

Main St. Cinemas

Lance Cpl. Bill Waterstreet
Desert Warrior Staff
Courtesy photo

I, like many Marines from MCAS Yuma, have seen numerous films at the Harkins Yuma Palms 14 Theater. However, until this weekend, I hadn’t visited the Main St. Cinemas downtown, and after my journey there, I will definitely return.

Main St. Cinemas offers all the same new releases as other mainstream theaters and provides all the same services expected of a motion picture venue.

This service apparently does not impact the prices as with other locations, as a ticket for a military member to see a new release is only $5.00, as compared to Harkins’ $6.50 or the near $10.00 of other theater chains across America. This theater also differs in that instead of a large open lobby to welcome moviegoers, there is a coffee shop, offering an array of caffeinated products. Though being squeezed into a downtown building and the addition of the coffee vendor cuts down on open space in the theater, the dearth of emptiness adds a cozy atmosphere. The artwork on the walls, some depicting scenes of the Arizona desert and others memories from past Hollywood tales, help it rise from cramped to comfortable.

Alas, the price advantage of the Main St. cinemas does not transfer to their concessions, which can only be described as average. The selection is standard and the prices absurd.

The facilities are clean and properly maintained, as is the structure itself, but the true strength of the locale is its vacancy. The population present here is dwarfed by the attendance of Harkins, and that alone makes it worth the little extra drive to get downtown. Movies are best enjoyed with utter immersion, and that is hard to achieve with the usual light-show of texting and cacophony of popcorn chomping at a more popular theater.

The largest downside this venue ails of is not being featured on www.fandango.com, even though it is present on most other sites movie show-times can be found.

All in all, Main St. Cinemas rate a B+, losing points for not being featured on a prominent website and unremarkable concessions. That said, I am looking forward to my next cinematic experience here.

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