I saw a movie at the Cinemark Oakley yesterday. I won't be returning to the cineplex, for several reasons.
First, the prices are $1 more per item than anywhere else. $8 for a matinee! $6 for a small Coke! Plus I didn't like how the refreshment area was laid out; it was confusing.
I could live with the higher prices if there hadn't been two other things bothering me. One is that the interchange off of I-71 is useless. Basically, you can get OFF of 71 to go to either Cinemark or the big box stores, but you can't get back ON the interstate. You have to find the signs for the interstate, of which there are not enough, and then keep driving around in ever increasing concentric circles until you finally get on a ramp that goes on forever so you're not sure if you're in the right place or not.
The third is hard to explain. Even though everything in the neighborhood is brand-new (both businesses and apartments), there is plenty of car traffic, and I even saw a few joggers, the place seemed eerily deserted and kind of gave me the creeps. If you had gone to the theater in the evening and came out after dark and weren't familiar with the area and its weird roads, you'd be driving around forever and get more and more freaked out.
(As a contrast, the now-closed Western Hills Danbarry was down a long dark crumbly driveway in a so-so neighborhood, and I NEVER felt that way coming out of there after dark.)