UltraStar Cinemas cossets moviegoers in cushy seating as they enjoy Hollywood hits alongside buttery servings of popcorn. Film buffs can peruse the current showtimes 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.
The historic fountain at the east end of Balboa Park’s El Prado pedestrian walk is a lure for visitors, thanks to its majestic and cooling spray. But a quick turn to the right is the entrance to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, another local draw. For the young, it’s a two story, interactive science playground. For the young at heart, there are sophisticated displays, rotating exhibits and the new, NanoSeam IMAX Dome Theater. Films splayed across the 76-foot wraparound screen plunge viewers into the depths of the sea and out into space, through jungles and between skyscrapers around the planet. Resident astronomers also create new shows monthly, using the latest SkyScan System software. The café near the entrance takes care of hungry visitors with a modest menu, a few tables indoors and patio seating in front of the fountain.
Armed with a quartet of newly installed digital projectors, Moviemax Theatres invites audiences to get lost in the magic of the silver screen. Digital surround sound further enhances the escapism, and a fully stocked concession area keeps guests from wanting to nibble on the hair of the person in front of them.
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.
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.