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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 1, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Back to Cinerama

OK, who’s been to Cinerama since it reopened two weeks ago? I went there last weekend, to catch a matinee of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I,” and with the exception of a ridiculously slow parking-ticket machine in the lot adjacent to the theater, all went swimmingly. I didn’t have the nerve to try the chocolate popcorn — I’m kind of a purist that way, though if it hadn’t been so crowded I might have asked for a sample — but the regular popcorn was fresh and tasty, and the prices at the counter refreshingly retro. (A decent-sized popcorn and Diet Coke for $6 — beat that, multiplexes.) And the movie looked and sounded great, sparkling from the theater’s new screen. I know everyone complains about Cinerama’s seats, but honestly I wonder if some people are thinking about the old seats — the current ones, replaced about two years ago, aren’t anywhere near as recline-y and bouncy as the previous ones (which I and my back remember all too well). Cinerama’s not a stadium-seating theater, so the sightlines aren’t perfect and I wish there was a little more legroom, but overall it’s just a remarkably pleasant place to see a movie. And I haven’t even tried a cupcake yet. Anyone else catch “Harry Potter” there? What did you think of the place?

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