Before modern cinema, the term motion picture referred to tossing children’s artwork out the window. Hold on to your finger paintings with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a movie outing for two at Alco Capital Theaters in Boynton Beach (up to a $30 total value). The outing includes:
- Two general-admission tickets (up to a $17 value).
- One large popcorn (a $5.50 value).
- Two sodas (a $7.50 value).
This Groupon is not valid for opening-weekend movies.
Alco Capital Theaters illuminates eight large-format screens with first-run films accompanied by sweeping scores in dynamic digital audio. The theater’s schedule caters to audiences of all ages, proffering films such as the gritty The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the whimsical The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn in 2-D and 3-D (3-D films require an additional $3 fee). Patrons sit back in comfortable stadium seats while sipping bubbly soda and snagging handfuls from a shared popcorn bucket. ADA listening devices are available for those with hearing and visual disabilities to ensure ample enjoyment for all, and convenient parking saves guests from the hassles of street parking or mastering the art of vehicle levitation.
Alco Capital Theaters
The aroma of salt and butter fills Alco Capital Theaters in Boynton Beach. Manager Larry Forbes has worked in theaters for three decades, having started out projecting midnight rock flicks at a drive-in in Fort Lauderdale. He therefore balances a sentimental attachment to film with the practical aspects that make it good for business. "If there's a problem and you have a technician—which we do onsite all the time—you can fix it immediately," he points out. Although the majority of work is projected from film, the theater's eight screening rooms are not warehouses for nostalgia. Digital and Dolby 3-D projectors deliver sharp pictures and immersive experiences to stadiums of 1,500 lumbar-supportive seats, as digital speakers and ADA listening devices make eardrums quake.
During the winter, moviegoers prepare for the upcoming awards season with a full slate of Academy Award–nominated films. On some summer days 700–800 kids will flood the theater by 10 a.m. for adventure flicks and romantic comedies, and when things slow down in the fall, Forbes fires off notices of indie premieres and director Q&A sessions to members of the Movi-E Mail Club, who have chatted with director Susan Seidelman and burgeoning stars from The Palm Beach County Film & Television Institute. On federal holidays, the staff host a special matinee for students, and every Tuesday they pile free popcorn into reusable plastic buckets and vacant laps. The theater's dedication to its audience extends to special requests—Forbes remembers slipping a man's wedding-proposal video into the previews one night. Although he doesn't remember the film, Forbes does remember the woman's answer: she said yes.