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Comment Archives: Locations: Culture & Entertainment: Theaters (film)

Re: “Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18

I hated this place so much I never went back.

I had to run some errands and, as it happened, got to the theater 20 minutes early. Not knowing better I went inside expecting to spend a few minutes in quiet contemplation. Unbelievably, full-screen TV commercials were screaming at the audience. I walked the halls to avoid hearing loss until the movie was ready to start and then sat through 15 minutes of previews. When the movie finally started the sound volume was about as loud as I could stand and the sound coming from the next theater was loud enough to follow the story there, too.

Posted by Not a Harkins Fan on 12/03/2016 at 8:51 AM

Re: “De Anza Drive-In


8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Benzino Coleone on 06/11/2016 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Century Gateway 12

Great theater! Bring your sweater. Their air conditioners work great too.

Posted by Reel Inspiration on 05/19/2016 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Century Gateway 12

I love this theatre. I really wasn't expecting it to be so nice. $3 movies - $!.50 on Tuesdays - friendly staff, good snacks and the place is really well maintained and clean.

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rebecca Roka on 02/17/2014 at 8:50 AM

Re: “The Screening Room

This may be a wonderful theater when they're open, but last night some friends and I went down looking forward to the 7pm show of The Great Beauty indicated in the Weekly to find the place closed with no indication of anything anywhere except an upcoming "horrorfest." We should have been forewarned when we called ahead and got a recording that was made back in November, with not a word said about current or upcoming shows, but we figured they were just too busy to update their message. This was probably a mistake on the part of the Weekly rather than the Screening Room, but it was frustrating.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by movie and downtown Tucson fan on 01/04/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “The Screening Room

I've gone to many films there in the past several months, and while I expected to watch a good movie, usually ended up watching a really great one. The Screening Room is a Tucson treasure! So looking forward to AZUFF there in Sept.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by grandma8 on 05/31/2012 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Century Gateway 12

Don't bother calling Fandango for ticket prices. The recording says it will give the theater's phone number but it doesn't. Century Gateway is also not in the phone book. So don't bother with this theater, you will be very frustrated and get no info what so ever.

2 likes, 31 dislikes
Posted by can't get info on 05/29/2012 at 9:07 AM

Re: “The Screening Room

A wonderful theater with an amazing selection of indie films. The Screening Room is a valuable cultural asset.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Geoff Ryan on 04/28/2012 at 1:28 AM

Re: “The Screening Room

This is a great small theater for independent film.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by ContentTBA on 01/09/2012 at 7:35 PM

Re: “De Anza Drive-In

My girlfriend and I were just passing through Tuscon from Connecticut a few years back and happened to be lucky enough to see this place. What a little gem embedded in the big city! I don't think I enjoyed a movie as much as I did while we were there. I was just surfing the net recently and found out that it had closed down. What a tragedy. Hopefully people find the time to resurrect it because it was such a great movie experience. Nothing like watching a movie outdoors on a warm summer evening.

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by castle on 01/16/2011 at 5:13 AM

Re: “De Anza Drive-In

Gone but not forgotten. Tucson's last surviving drive-in theater closed abruptly on October 3, 2009. The DeAnza Corporation announced it was closing only 3 days before.

It had been offered for sale every year since at least 1999 when a Denver man tried to buy it and run it as a drive-in theater.

The DeAnza folks just abandoned it and did very little maintenance and zero promotion so it had become very shabby. It still had a loyal clientele though, and depending on the movies, business could be brisk on weekends.

Vandals speeded up the demise by covering every inch of the buildings with graffiti. Plans were underway to use the property as a fundraiser for a new drive-in but in response to the neighborhood and police complaints, the development company leveled everything and fenced in the property in March 2010.

Hopefully some day soon, another will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes and Tucson can once again enjoy movies under the stars.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by gcohn on 10/17/2010 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Century El Con 20

Customer service needs improvement both at the box office and concession stand. The supervisor of the concession stand was too busy sitting on the counters eating Cheetos and talking to an underling that was cleaning the popping machine to actually help someone in line. She doesn't seem to appreciate the fact that she has a job, where as those that were working in the area seem to have appreciated my recognizing the fact they were doing all of the work. For the price of a ticket you would think that they would be more appreciative of your business and retaining it for future shows. I'll likely drive out of my way before returning. (Thursday night ticket seller - Common courtesy, please and thank you would be a start.) The theaters themselves are well maintained, but the bathrooms could use more than a quick cleaning.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by 9 LYVES on 11/19/2009 at 1:35 PM

Re: “De Anza Drive-In

Bye bye...

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by AmericanErrorist on 10/02/2009 at 7:49 PM

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