|Address:||21275 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014, USA|
I love the Oaks Theater. I am a tremendous advocate for the preservation of spaces such as these; structures which serve as a very great catalyst in society. Places of romance and simplicity and character; the true progress in society. Sadly, since the theatres reopening in 2009, its auditoriums have been a mess; seats in disrepair, burned out lights, sticky floors, and rails in dire need of paint. The restrooms are horrible; roofs leak during rain, and when I pointed this issue out to Jackie over a year ago, all she said was, "these rains!" To date, the ceiling has not been fixed. For years, I attended shows here and spent a ton of money on concessions, in the hope that my support would make a real difference. To be blunt, I am so not feeling it, and refuse to see anything here again until things change. Sadly, if this old community house shutters, it WILL be for a lack of trying, Thats why it pains me very much to write that the houses owners dont seem to care, and whenever somebody asks a question or offers a suggestion regarding promotion and theatre upkeep, owners Art and Jackie Cohen accuse them of harassment. Rather than address my own concerns, Art the other day did just that -- accuse me of harassment. As well as ban me from contacting him through Facebook. If is simply impossible for one person to do everything, if this house is to have a chance at survival. I have been repeatedly ignored for years. I just wanna help; we all do; and nothing happens. It took years for them to decide to raise money via Kickstarter, and I had been suggesting it for three. And in the end, it was just for digital film; nothing for the seats, restrooms, or doors (which need to be made ADA compliant!). I post on the De Anza College FB group, and tell others at De Anza about the Oaks, and have in the past gotten remarks like "they show first-run movies now?", etc, etc. For whatever reason, Art is extremely against the idea of promoting on the De Anza campus across the street. They cannot rely solely on FB and Twitter; a couple thousand FB users are not gonna save any business. They are blessed to be in the vicinity of high schools and a renowned college; use that! Apple has that enormous new campus; promotional possibilities are endless! The theatre need to do everything it can to help outside groups who opt to host special screenings at the Oaks. They need to listen to their employees; give them daily business updates; be willing to accept help, alongside creative ideas for promotion. Jackie used to be really nice to me; after I began making suggestions, she suddenly became extremely cold and almost angry. And thats entirely worrisome, if we are considering the long-term possibilities for the playhouse. Which are endless. I am not a cruel person, and I would like to believe that deep down, both Art and Jackie truly care for the old and widely-beloved playhouse they purchased in 2009. They just need to show us. Theatres around the nation have invested a lot in order to survive; in the end, their continuous and boundless enthusiasm and their intensely passionate perseverance has paid off in more ways than one. A "lot" more. Meanwhile ... at the Oaks... To be blunt, I am very worried. To be even more blunt, with all that has been going on -- or rather not going on -- coupled with the ways I have been treated, I am very suspicious. Something is going on.
A Private User
great movies, slightly to very second run. but some hardly at all. nice, comfortable theatres. the old school style before stadium seating. delicious popcorn and snacks and cheap movies, what more can you ask for? i cannot ethically pay $10+ for a movie. and i like to watch movies too much to pay those prices, so cheap theatres are the greatest thing ever! the only weird part is buying the membership card. i think the price should always be what the member price is and do away with the card system which is a pain to carry around. all in all, i am so happy bluelight exists! they are fading out in california, the dollar theatres. i just came back from portland, where there are over ten theatres where you can see a movie for 1-3 dollars. and to top it off, most sell pizza and beer, too! you can see why i wont pay 12 bucks to see a movie i cant even have a beer during!
H. Chris Chen
I remember going to this theater when it was still The Oaks and man was it a terrible experience every time. That being said, I love the direction the new owners have taken it. Showings are generally of movies that may not be showing anymore at the mainstream theaters so its really for the person that either dislikes the huge crowds at first-run theaters or those who missed the first run and are still looking to watch it on a big (albeit not AS big) screen. They also show less-mainstream movies which is another plus. The biggest draw I feel is the pricing. Its drastically cheaper than a first-run theater so you can enjoy a flick that you might not necessarily want to pay full price to watch. Definitely enjoy Bluelight Cinemas and will continue to support them.
Three stars is a balanced review for Bluelight. It is family owned, the staff is really friendly, they have $2 Tuesdays which is a great option, the food is good movie food at better prices, and they have a good variety of new and 2nd run movies to see. Id give 5 stars for the culture around the place. I just cant overlook the fact that the actual movie experience is so sub-par though. The theaters are old and one of them is actually sloped backward (opposite of stadium) so kids cant see over the seat in front of them, even without a person in it. The seats are really worn, screens small, sound old, and overall just an old theater. A few critical facility updates would really put this place back in the running though.
Bluelight cinemas in Cupertino has 5 old style movie theaters; slope seating, stereo sound and screens about 2/3 the size of current theaters. They do have first run movies as well as some close to coming out on DVD. I go there for $2 Tuesday. Youll need their punch card to get this price- $5 for 10 punches adding 50 cents to the price of the movie, a real bargain since even the bargain shows in regular theaters are around $7. Yes they sell candy soda and popcorn. No early morning shows as they open noon ish with the last showing being around 9 PM. Some movies you just need to see on a big screen VS your TV screen.
A Private User
I was watching a movie here and partway through, the sound just went off. One of the audience members had to go outside and find an employee to get the problem fixed. we waited a few minutes and the sound was back on, but they didnt rewind it so we missed a few minutes of it. Then throughout the movie. the same thing happened again another 3 times. Needless to say, we were very displeased. They did, however, compensate each of us with a free movie pass. They really need more employees to keep up their maintenance though.
This is a very small theatre that shows second run films and foreign movies. The seats are reasonably comfortable and the sound is fine, no IMAX experience here. This is a good place to see movies late into their runs in a theatre atmosphere on a big screen. I go here if I want to see a non-special effects driven movie. The snack bar isnt the best, it has a very limited selection, but that doesnt matter much to me. Something you may want to be aware of.