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.
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.
The crowd murmurs with excitement, crunching on popcorn and sending out their final texts before turning off their cellphones. Then the lights dim, and all eyes affix to the starlet’s illuminated face, already wrought with emotion that will build in the 90 minutes to follow.
This is the scene that takes place again and again as Jurupa 14 Cinemas screens 3-D masterpieces and other films fresh from Hollywood, where trees are actually just cardboard cutouts. To enhance the movie-watching experience, Coca-Cola freestyle soda machines let drinkers combine flavors for more than 125 different fizzy concoctions that pair with candy and popcorn.
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.
• For $33, you get one ticket for the performance on Thursday, August 25, at 8 p.m. (a $63 value before fees, or up to a $66 value online, including all fees). • For $36, you get one ticket for the performance on Friday, August 26, at 8 p.m. (a $69 value before fees, or up to a $72 value online, including all fees). • For $33, you get one ticket for the matinee performance on Saturday, August 27, at 2 p.m. (a $63 value before fees, or up to a $66 value online, including all fees). • For $44, you get one ticket for the evening performance on Saturday, August 27, at 8 p.m. (an $85 value before fees, or up to an $88 value online, including all fees). • For $36, you get one ticket for the matinee performance on Sunday, August 28, at 2 p.m. (a $69 value before fees, or up to a $72 value online, including all fees). • For $33, you get one ticket for the evening performance on Sunday, August 28, at 7 p.m. (a $63 value before fees, or up to a $66 value online, including all fees).
The cozy confines of this 721-seat theater welcomes two shows to its recently renovated stage. Musically induce mind travel with a listen to Swingin' the Benny Goodman Songbook, a revue of 1930s jazz standards made famous by the King of Swing. Starring jazz vocalist Terry Blaine, pianist Mark Shane, and clarinetist Allan Vaché, the classic tunes may induce jumping, jiving, and surprise visits from bootlegging ghosts.
At Starlight Cinemas, cinephiles can get up close and personal with their favorite celebrities without worrying about security guards or the electric force field that keeps Ralph Macchio from aging. Two movie tickets grant Groupon holders and their companions access to any 2-D or 3-D movie (subject to availability), projected in pristine HD digital in every auditorium. A large tub of popcorn fuels buttery snacking during trailers, and a free refill ensures patrons have snacks to eat during the feature or to toss over their shoulder during startling horror scenes. Though not valid with this Groupon, each theater is equipped with full concessions should guests feel the urge for sodas, candy, or other popular cine-fare. Check Starlight Cinemas’ individual websites for current listings and showtimes.