Best Local Chain of Second-Run Movie Theaters
Grand Cinemas Crossroads 6, 4811 E. Grant Road, 327-7067; Grand Cinemas Grand View 4, 265 W. Valencia Road, 746-1823; Grand Cinemas Oracle View, 4690 N. Oracle Road, 292-2430
Whether you're looking to catch up on a 3-month-old blockbuster or simply see last month's box-office bomb before it flees town, the locally owned and operated Grand Cinemas are da bomb when it comes to serving movie fans on a tight budget. The folks over there boast "the best movie value in town," and it's tough to argue when you can see everything from Coffee and Cigarettes to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on the cheap. The two-theater chain grew to three recently, when co-owners Kent Edwards and Scott Cassell acquired the former GKC American theater on North Oracle Road. Ticket prices are just $3 ($2.50 for seniors and kids), and Mondays and Wednesdays are Dollar Days, when you can get popcorn, sodas, hot dogs and pretzels for just a buck each.