Saw “Inglourious Basterds” at the Carmike theatre on Saturday, and was definitely not disappointed. It was QT at his best, as usual. If you’re not a QT fan, there’s probably no point in trying to convince you to see it. If you ARE a QT fan, then you know what I’m talking about. It was, quite simply, awesomely stupendously amazingly amazing. Worth the wait!
And speaking of the movie theatre…got an e-mail from someone on Friday that read:
Just curious if you have any comments about the Tribune story talking about bats at the local theater. I think it’s pathetic that a town of this size has a such a low rent quality theater. My son and I go to the theater quite a bit and there are so many problems with the place I don’t know where to begin. Staff is poor, the movies don’t start on time, the signage at the theater is wrong, high prices, the list goes on and on. I’m now going to see more movies in Helena at the Cinemark theater. Christ… bats flying around in a movie theater. What a joke.
First, I’ll note that we did not see any bats at the theatre on Saturday afternoon. There was a public health warning posted on the door to the building about four of the auditoriums being closed due to confirmed bats or bat sightings. On a lark, I asked the ticket-seller if anyone had asked for tickets to see “Batman.” She was not very amused.
But regarding our Great Falls movie theatre: in my seven years here, I’ve been there perhaps two dozen times. Every time, I have appreciated the “stadium seating,” which is common nation-wide now, but still very much appreciated. Cup holders – nice tough, considering that it wasn’t so long ago that they were a novelty. Never had a problem with the actual viewing of the movie, either – sound, picture, lighting, etc. So on the few occasions that I do venture forth, I’m usually pretty happy with the actual movie-watching experience.
On the other hand…the snacks are over-priced – which is a given, but still ticks me off; the staff is almost always surly or bored or completely indifferent to the concept of “customer service”; the lines at the snack stand are ridiculous; and the quality of the popcorn varies between “tolerable” and “ack – can’t even eat it.”
And the coming attractions – unbelievable. Start time for Saturday’s showing was listed as 12:45, but the movie didn’t start until about 1:10. That’s nearly 25 minutes of previews and ads! They’ve got a captive audience, and take full advantage of it, unfortunately.
And the sad thing is that there’s no competition. There is no other choice in Great Falls. Granted, it could be worse — when I lived in Enid, Oklahoma about 10 years ago, the only game in town was a 60s-era theatre with flat seating and scuffed screens — so I appreciate that we have a modern movie house with nice seats and lighting and picture quality. But it sure would be great to have a nice movie theatre that actually cared about customer service, hired pleasant people who smiled, and served reasonably-priced snacks.
Again, I don’t hit the theatre too often — Tim Burton, Quentin Tarantino, an occasional super-hero flick — but when I do, it would be great if the entire experience was as awesome as the movie itself.