UltraStar Cinemas cossets moviegoers in cushy seating as they enjoy Hollywood hits alongside buttery servings of popcorn. Film buffs can peruse the current showtimes by location to handpick an action-packed flick, romantic comedy, or chilling thriller featuring inexplicably aggressive hamsters. The concession stand outfits moviegoers with snacks, drinks, and buckets filled with warm kernels, keeping stomach grumblings to a minimum during showings and providing crunchy projectiles in case of sudden younger-sibling attacks. UltraStar Play it Again Cinemas also offers a selection of Hollywood hits for patrons to enjoy in high-back reclining chairs alongside snacks from the concession stand.
Eat|See|Hear offers an unparalleled outdoor movie experience by screening new and classic films in HD on an inflatable, wrinkle-free projection screen standing 3.5 stories tall and 52 feet wide. Using a 30,000-watt sound system, each venue is custom-calibrated to ensure a decibel-appropriate listening experience for audiences lounging on blankets or in lawn chairs. Local food trucks remain onsite during events to dish out cuisine, and pre-film performances by up-and-coming bands get audiences pumped up and help loosen any cobwebs built up inside the ears.
The Desert Film Society showcases independent, foreign, and artistic cinematic creations, promoting an appreciation of filmmaking, stimulating post-viewing conversation, and titillating film-focused neurons. Screenings are held at 9:30 a.m. several times a month, with upcoming films including the Portuguese melodrama To Die Like a Man, which tells the story of a transsexual caught between personal identity and religion, and the German drama The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, about an amnesiac’s effort to rediscover his past. See the schedule for a full list of future offerings.
As soon as they've hatched, the newest Hollywood movies have a home on Tristone Cinemas' screens. First they arrive at Terra Vista 6 Cinemas and Jurupa 14 Cinemas, a location that also houses a lounge pouring out beer and wines. After the flicks have thoroughly entertained eyes at both theaters, they move to Tristone's three other movie houses. But Brea Plaza 5 Cinemas, Simi Valley 10 Cinemas, and Temeku Cinemas don't just specialize in second-run showings—they also present the occasional classic film in its twenty-fifth, fiftieth, or three-hundredth showing.
Surrounded by sky-obscuring trees and spookily secluded mountain towns, the Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival delights audiences with marathon screenings of horror and science fiction movies submitted from all over the globe. The schedule overflows with indie and high-production films that run the gamut from gleefully campy to nightmarish. 11/11/11, which foretells the entry of evil through a portal unlocked by the date, premieres on opening night of the festival in grand fashion with a premiere party on either side of the screening. For an additional $5 cover, Saturday's special screening of the 1983 classic Sleepaway Camp is prefaced by a costume party with live music, karaoke, drink specials, and more. To scrutinize the levels of horror and believability of plastic vampire teeth, the festival enlists a crack-team of notable judges, including Harry Manfredini, the man responsible for the anxiety-ridden scores of the Friday the 13th series. Veteran filmmakers and aspiring actors alike can attend a host of free workshops, such as the participatory Triage for Scripts, a 60-minute foray into the world of screenwriting and military medicine.