|Address:||6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028, USA|
Went there twice during my vacation in LA. First was for In the Heart of the Sea in regular 3D. Decent enough. Then was the big reason I went to the Chinese . Star Wars 7 in IMAX 3D Laser. The venue lives up to its reputation, no doubt. And the staff inside worked greatly to make sure the experience was awesome. Though I deduct one star because of the hassle of getting in. I bought the ticket online with fandango using my VISA-card. Great seat and everything. But when I was there two days before the screening I tried to get the ticket printed the machine just said there was some error in locating it. I asked the woman in the ticket booth. She tried the same card and the same confirmation nr. Nothing to be found. After a while a co-worker informed her that tickets can only be printed the same day as the screening. Fair enough. She apologized and was very friendly and helpful throughout. So the day of the screening came and I was there about three hours early. Good for me I did that. The same thing happened. Same error message. I went to the booth and a very much more tired lady was there. She tried again. Nothing. My phone died so I couldnt get the confirmation code. I searched for a solution. The only one available was to buy a charger at one of the mobile sellers. So I spent $20 on that and stood there by the street plugged into the wall waiting to get enough charge to get that damned confirmation number. Once I got that I returned to the booth. She tried again but still nothing was available. She asked me to see the box-office upstairs. And so I did. And the same procedure there. That lady got hold if the manager who gave the go-ahead to just give me a written ticket. While the lady downstairs didnt quite have the same polite and cheerful attitude as the one I met the day before, she did point me in the right direction and the problem was solved. Great. Now to get in. I now had about 90 min until the screening and I went to the alley that is the main facade. Noone there. The alley was filled with the usual metal bars that form a labyrinth for the people in line. But noone was in line. And no staff were there. Looking around I found no point of entry at all. I hang around the entrance until maybe 30 min before the start when FINALLY someone came out and showed us were they wanted the line to go. Again. Hreat location. And inside everyone and thing was top notch. But wow. It did demand quite a bit of effort to get inside.
With Fair prices, a surprisingly friendly staff and all sorts of memorabilia spread throughout T he TCL automatically has a lot going for it. For me, it seems to be my official last hope for an above awful movie experience these days.Ive given up on all of the others (Amc, Regency, Pacific, Regal, etc etc). All for one very important perk. No, not the huge beautifully lit screens, nor the Perfection that is the TCL IMAX experience. No, I come here for something that no other theater in Los Angeles can offer.... The sound. The freaking sound. I had completely given up; Bullets had become tiny pathetic "pew pew pews" and voices nothing more than sad little whispers. No treble (like the song), pointless amounts of base and NO VOLUME. But NOT here!! TCL gives me what made me love movies in the first place: The experience. Every single bullet, explosion and.... Sentence, is heard AND felt. And thats the way it should be, you go to a theater to escape. To be engrossed in anothers vision. You cant do that if you are "aware". So please TCL, please, for the love of God and movies, please please PLEASE DO NOT LOWER YOUR VOLUMES ON YOUR SHOWINGS I BEG YOU! Because this is it :( And as for anyone that has ever complained about volume levels being too high/loud in other theaters,,, I Sincerely hate you. You do not go to a movie theater to hear breathing. You have ruined all the other theaters in this city, please do not ruin this one. TCL 5 stars, best theater in the city in my opinion.
I had a tour today and loved the tour guide - five stars for him! I have not seen a movie here, but give a slightly lower score due to allowing hustlers out in front of such an iconic place. I had one guy before the tour come up & give me a CD then expecting money. I gave him a few ones given he pushed it on me - I did not want his crappy music (and for all I know its blank or not his). He gave me attitude, wanting a $20. After my tour of the theatre, another guy tried the same thing. I tried saying no, that I had someone pushy before. He then expressed sympathy, "someone did that? where is he? thats wrong" and at first I started to buy that he might be different. Only then as he talks me up, Im soon surrounded by a few others. They all then start piling CDs on me and asking for $20. In contrast, I had a Captain America and a black Marilyn pose for pics and ask for $5. I am not a well-off man but I dont mind giving out a few bucks here and there, and the actors were very nice. But with the CD pushers, I ended up throwing the CDs back and storming away. I did not care for any CDs to begin with, but I might not have minded given $5 to a couple. But a horde all asking for $20? Such an esteemed institution like this needs to do something to get these jerks away from here, because even though Ive seen some great reviews of the movie experience, I dont think Ill be coming back if I have to deal with more of that. Props to the tour guide though.
Theaters nice, not idiot proof through. $22 bucks for a ticket on Fandango plus $2 for parking to see the silhouettes of random fools who decide to get up and walk infront of the screen while the movies playing. Youd think everyone would have enough common sense and human decency to take a piss or visit the snack bar before the movie starts instead of creating a distraction once its already started. The seating on the lower level ought to have been designed to force people to exit from the left aisle. And the hand rail running down the middle steps crops the screen for people sitting in the L row. Its a major eye sore. The one thing they can do for people to remedy the a**holes leaving their seats during the movie is enforce a strict stay in your seat policy and lock the doors so these jerks cant get back in. That or incorporate a quick intermission. But Im sure even if they had intermission these same a** clowns would still find reason to leave their seats while the movie is showing. Yeah you fools who got up during the 7 oclock showing on opening night of Logan. I watched each and everyone of you and fantasized about kicking you in the crotch. I even recognized your faces when you got up to leave when the movie was over. Dont think your bs goes unnoticed.