|Address:||9701 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018, USA|
Muvico 18 was one of my favorite theaters, however it was recently purchased by Carmike Cinemas and is already showing signs of becoming just another movie theater that has too many screens and all of them showing the same thing. The last visit prior to my most recent visit was a bit awkward. Everything had changed, the employees were wearing bright green T-shirts, as opposed to the dark colored button-up shirts, sometimes with vests or jackets, that the Muvico employees wore -- gimmicky, maybe, but it added to the mise en scene of the theater, if movie theaters could have mise en scene. The CSRs even seemed to care back then, but now it feels just like going to an AMC -- "what movie? $24." Also, on that last visit, I had six rewards tickets for general admission, but the majority of the time that I went there, it was for the VIP area so that I didnt have to sit next to obnoxious teenagers who just became old enough to see R-rated movies on their own, but were still not old enough to not wanna make out loudly through the whole movie. My most recent visit was for a matinee for a movie that I didnt want to pay to see, so I figured Id use a few of my rewards tickets and catch it in the general admission section. They slid my card and said "Theres not enough points on here for even one ticket... did you reactivate your card already?" Then they haded me a printout that was all hand-cut and said that I had to register my card on the new Carmike system. When I logged in, I still had the same amount of points that I had with Muvico, but it turns out that now you have to spend about $320 to get a free movie ticket and you can only get a maximum of 20 points per 3-hour visit for buying a movie ticket -- so if youre going to the VIP section, where youre most likely going to spend $50 for two people, youre only getting 20 points for that. Cheapskate in me, maybe, so lets move onto the next complaint... ...they seem to have gotten rid of all the fancy technology that was already installed. Now, instead of touchscreens, they have these Point of Sale card sliding machines installed next the same touchscreen displays, but all of those seemed to be sitting at a kernel panic screen or the touchscreens were disabled. This forced me to go to the ticket booth... Not that I dont like dealing with people, its just that like with Self-Checkout at Jewel (which is also being phased out), Im way quicker than the employee who has been doing this for 6 hours already and really just wants to go home already. Its not just the PoS technology either. The movie I saw was in 16:9 aspect ratio, but the curtains were drawn for 2.39:1 -- all the way open. On top of that, all the trailers were displayed in their OAR inside of 16:9 with the curtains open... so different shades of black were all over the place. Really distracting. Sound. This theater had some really good sound, which was one of the main reasons I kept going and kept spending so much money there. The sound systems had crisp highs and deep lows without being overbearing. Those same systems are still installed, but I think they may have turned them up too high one time because in the screening room I was in, it sounded like there was a blown speaker. I had never been in this screening room, it was a full-GA screening room, so maybe it had always been like that. It was also quite distracting. I also dont recall seeing the artwork on the wall in this screening room, I was under the assumption that the wall carpeting provided acoustic treatments, so maybe the wall carpeting was removed or replaced. The sound was okay, but a bit annoying, and not what I remember. This theater used to be an out of the way trip for a great quality presentation. It seems to be moving in the direction of just a standard cinema. I think Ill head over to ShowPlace ICON from now on. EDIT: Muvico also used to show non-Hollywood and foreign films. I dont recall seeing anything other than Hollywood movies in their lineup for this week.
Everything is great I like I can eat in the show and order food everything is perfect but wat is terrible is that the tickets and food is so over priced I mean 10 dollars for a candy why are u guys doing that to ppl movieco should be ashamed of there selfs changing ppl 7 times double then a store ppl cant afford this I mean take your family to see a movie lets say u your wife your son and doughter family if 4 want pop corn and drinks guss wat thats about 50 dollars and tickets by the times u get a movie ticket and get your pop corn and candy your spending 150 dollars now I can go to long horn steak house eat great under 90 dollars now go to the movies well your looking at 300 just to eat and see a movie how sad shame on the ppl who run movieco familys cant afford it anymore I mean ok 125 for candy ok not 7 dollars and pop corn 20 dollars and a drink shame on u guys wow the world is coming to be unbelievable shame familys cant afford it anymore wat a shame this world is getting very bad
Not sure how people can provide a bad review from one experience. Ive seen 120 movies at Muvico in the past 5 years. It is still one of the best theaters in the Chicago area for its size, quality and diversity. Muvico was the first all-digital theater in the area and has some of the best projection in town. Seats and spacing per person is also above average for the area. Pricing is on par with AMC (lower in some cases) and still much lower than a Chicago city cinema. Free parking with validation is a nice addition and one reason why I continue to visit. If Muvico did a better job of conveying the no talking/no texting policy (and enforced it) Id give them 5 stars. If you give this theater a bad rating than you really havent been to other area theaters.
Wow. What a cruddy and terribly overpriced movie theater. First off, dont let the name fool you, this is not a dine in movie theater. There is a concession stand where all food must be bought. While there was no line and no orders pending, it still took a few minutes for the chef to be bothered to start our order. The seats in the theater itself are covered in stains, with some arm rests ripped and most others frayed. Despite the advertising, there were not any recliners. The building has not seen a renovation in years, and has clearly maintained its original 1970s decor. Tickets are $20, which is crazy given the aloof staff, drab enviroment, and decrepit seating.
The concept of this place is great and overall its a nice theatre. My wife and I like the "Bogarts at the Premier" area upstairs because you can reserve seats and its 21 and older. Which is nice if you are either short on time or if you want to see a PG-PG13 movie without teenagers texting and talking around you. The downside I would say is that although they serve food and drinks the food is pretty bad. The theater is not as up to date as some of the AMCs but its overall a good viewing and sound experience. The chairs are also very large and comfortable especially in that upstairs area.