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The past two days in Hollywood have been a rapturous vacation from San Diego multiplexes. Sunday night saw the sparkling presentation of a 60-year-old dye transfer, 35mm dual projector 3D print of Martin and Lewis' Money From Home. The screening was part of the 3rd World 3D Film Expo held at the Egyptian.

I slogged up the 405 this morning to make a 10:30 press screening of an IMAX 3D presentation of The Wizard of Oz at the gloriously refurbished TCL Chinese Theatre. I'll have more to say about the joyous experience in a later post, but for now I want to focus on the one thing San Diego screens have over anything on Hollywood Boulevard.

As tasty as the right-eye/left-eye presentation at The Egyptian was, the spongy pre-popped corn at the concession stand should have had Chester Cheetos' picture stamped on the bag. Even at the relatively low cost of $4 for a medium bag the stuff was borderline inedible.


Ditto for The Chinese. Not to sound like an ingrate -- TCL popped for the corn and soda -- but the Chinese has got to stop cooking the seed in sunflower oil. The second you walk in the theatre, the vaporous stench of the non-volatile oil explodes inside your nostrils. To make matters worse, instead of a sprinkling of pulverized popcorn salt, both theatres top the corn with what appears to be Kosher road salt.

San Diegans may have mundanely efficient cement bunkers in which to watch movies, but damn if we don't know how to pop corn. The packing material that passes for popcorn at AMC and Edwards goes down easier than Blvd. corn. And as far as Landmark's Ken Cinema goes, come for the popcorn, stay for the movie.


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Scott Marks Sept. 17, 2013 @ 12:22 p.m.

Shirley, I loves ya', but with all due respect, you type like I pee!


shirleyberan Sept. 18, 2013 @ 12:33 p.m.

Sorry Scott - I have (almost) always lived close to the Ken Theater. When I was a kid and wanted a good escape they started showing foreign films. You made me think about how that left me sour. Can't type and don't like subtitles. That went on for years as I recall.


shirleyberan Sept. 18, 2013 @ 1:32 p.m.

And Since I know you want to know - my first movie at the Ken, my mother had the flashlight usher-dude in my face in the middle of "Fantasic Voyage" (1966) My friends were going and she told me not to, but I did; she practically dragged me out. Bad scene. Maybe 10 years ago, being very sophisticated I went to "The Cherry Orchard" and couldn't connect it to what I had read - so slow, drawn, vague. I really would rather read the play at home, and let those that like to suffer sit through, Love.


Yankeedoodle Sept. 18, 2013 @ 4:52 p.m.

Shirley: In August, the Ken showed a wonderful movie about honeybees. Some of it was in German, but hardly anything taxing to read. Scott had recommended it in the Reader and we loved it.


shirleyberan Sept. 18, 2013 @ 5:35 p.m.

Thank-you Yankeedoodle - I'll watch Scott's reviews for a new one and give it another try.


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