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Friday, December 23, 2005

A Sucker Born Every Minute

Posted by on December 23 at 10:04 AM

The Seattle P-I reports that with the merger of Loews and AMC, downtown’s Meridian 16 Cinemas are going to be sold.

The question is: Who will want to buy what is quite possibly the worst place to see a movie in America?

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The bathrooms are too far from... anything. You can, however, get into them without buying a ticket, which is a good thing to know if you're downtown and your kid needs to go.

It's not just the bathrooms that were poorly planned. The theaters are small, ditto the screens, and each auditorium lacks a decent slope -- especially annoying since the back of every seat is far too tall. I've never enjoyed watching a movie there.

huzzah! I hate that place. I'll go anywhere else to see a film - hell, even up to the new Alderwood Lowes...but for good ol fashioned movie magic, nothing beats the new Majestic Bay.

All decent experiences I've had at Meridian 16 involved sitting in or as close to the back row as possible. Yes, the screens are dinky, but the seats are wedged right up against 'em, and by aiming for the back I've been able to approximate the experience of, say, sitting in front of a giant flat-screen TV without discomfort. But yeah, that place is doomed, unless they come up with some zingy twist, somehow making a virtue of the venue's 16--count 'em--16 deeply imperfect screening spaces.

SM Film Fest (with "Grand Canyon" playing on every screen forever)? A new jail (with "Grand Canyon" playing on every screen forever)? There's gotta be something...

The last movie I saw there was "Trainspotting," so that shows how long it's been. After seeing a couple of movies where I, a tall man, had my view blocked by other patrons and got a neck ache from looking up at the blocked screen, I vowed never to go there again.

It never really mattered because no decent movies were exclusively at the Meridian 16.

I dearly hope Regal buys the place. Their tacky '80s roller-coaster graphic intro is a perfect complement to the Meridian 16's overall aura.

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