Back in July I kicked off a feature where I planned to review the different movie theaters in the L.A. area with an inaugural review of The Landmark in West L.A. The idea was essentially stillborn because I didn’t think it would be very interesting to anyone who doesn’t actually live in Los Angeles. I might pick it up again or I may not. I’ve noticed however that I still get search hits to my original review. Since I’ve been back a few times since then, I think it’s only fair to update my further impressions. They’re not great.
The good news is that there is more lobby seating, and they moved the straw containers so you can get one when you get your drink instead of having to contend with the Condiment Island of Pain, Suffering and Slowness. The auditoriums are still top notch, though the last time I was there, the screen seemed a little small for the size of the room.
The bad news is that, contrary to what I’d been told, you can’t print out your ticket in advance. You have to pick it up at the box office or one of the kiosks. I’m not a fan of the extra step. Call me impatient. Also, there still aren’t enough bathrooms. Finally, and this is most disappointing of all, the concession stand is a huge roadblock when it’s busy. If you’re someone who goes on a weekday or if you don’t buy popcorn, this won’t be a problem, but if you like a snack and you go on a weekend. Be prepared to wait.
The problem I think is that all of the fancy snacks they brag about require some kind of preparation time. The cashier keeps disappearing back into the kitchen to heat something up and the line takes forever. If they’re going to be fancy, they need a new system. More microwaves and more people running them.
I’m lowering their grade from A- to B. They’re still pretty good, but I won’t go out of my way to go there unless I’m already dying to go to Apple Pan across the street (which in case you’ve forgotten has the 2nd best apple pie in Los Angeles). Otherwise, Arclight remains my first choice.