Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Landmark Theaters vs. Pacific Theaters

So, my husband and I finally went to see a film at the Landmark theater over in West L.A. to see if all the hype about this cinema paradise is true. Here's my comparision between the Landmark, and our regular theater chain, the Pacific:

The Landmark has free parking; ditto the Pacific.

You can purchase tickets for the Landmark online (with a $1 fee); same goes for the Pacific.

The regular rate at the Landmark is $11.00/seniors are $9.00; the Pacific's rate is $10.50/seniors are $7.00.

[Tip: if you go to the theater with someone who has gray hair, let them buy all the tickets for the senior rate. Most staff are too young to know how old you rally are, plus they never ask for I.D.]

The Landmark theater has "assigned" seating; the pacific? First come, first served.

You'll find foreign and designer candy at the Landmark; it's plain ol' M & M's and Junior Mints at the Pacific.

The seats are plush at the Landmark, but the armrests don't go up (in case you want to snuggle); the Pacific's seats are comfy enough & the arms can be raised and lowered.

The staff at the Landmark have snappy uniforms, there's hordes of 'em, and they're happy (read paid) to actually show you to your seat; the Pacific's staff uniform is bland, and they'd rather be talking to each other than to you.

The Landmark theater is spotless; the Pacific is... well, it won't kill you. Just remember the "5-second rule".

The Landmark seemed to attract a more "senior" crowd. The explanation could be that we went to see "Atonement"; The Pacific seems to attract a more family-aged crowd.

So after all is said, and all things compared, which theater do I prefer?

The Pacific. And why?

Simple. At the Pacific we go to, we have become such regular attendees that management considers us "VIPs". This honorary title has allowed us to see quite a few films for free.

And free is good.


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