I have visited the Ohio Theatre in Madison, Indiana. What an interesting building! I went to see The Lone Ranger there and out of all of the places I've watched this movie in, the Ohio Theatre is the most appropriate. It is a large old theater in the downtown of a community, and was probably once the place where many epics were shown.
The Ohio Theatre was built in the 1930s and is run down now but clean and quiet and pleasant. The lobby has old wrinkled carpeting and the restrooms are downstairs and they are not handicap-accessible. The bathroom toilets and floors have not been updated since, well, I suppose, when the building first opened, but the sinks seem recently installed. The auditorium itself is huge with many seats that are very comfortable and there is plenty of leg room, with a screen that is big but not enormous. The owners are raising money to convert the equipment from film to digital, and I hope that they are successful. The theater is very dark inside, especially if you come in from bright sunlight.
Ed Miller is throwing out his regular schedule of second-run movies at the Parkland Theatre this weekend, and is instead showing three religious epics: Ben-Hur, The Passion of The Christ and The Ten Commandments. The showings are free. I plan to see Ben-Hur because I imagine it will be awesome on a big screen! http://www.parklandtheatre.com/
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.)