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Old 01-14-2010, 06:10 AM
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Last week I went to the Regal movie theater (formerly known as Hoyt's) on Route 78 just south of Bethlehem to see Avatar with one of my sons. We went there instead of the Rave, which is closer to us because we were running late and were worried about good seats at the Rave. We couldn't believe how empty the theater was - we watched the most popular movie out there with about two dozen other people! Before the movie they showed bad commercial after bad commercial for about 15 minutes and then four previews that started at the time the movie was supposed to start. And the price for admission? $9! No surprise to me if this place closes.

The Rave in the Promenade shops is great but parking is not always easy, they also aren't able to show the smaller independent movies that I end up renting on DVD. One smart thing you can do to combat the high price of admission is to pre-buy tickets for $6 each at AAA if you are a member. I usually buy ten at a time since I have a teenager who goes to the movies pretty often.

My favorite local spot is The Emmaus theater Welcome To The Emmaus Theatre! mostly because of it's retro feel. This place was built in 1909 and when you walk in you can easily imagine silent films being shown.

What's your favorite theater?
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Old 01-14-2010, 10:17 AM
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I go to the Hoyt every few months and have also noticed that it is usually empty, even during prime times. I don't know how they stay in business either. Rave pretty much stole all of their customers when it opened. I only go because I don't like dealing with the crowds of teenagers at Rave. Hoyt used to be pretty busy prior to Rave's arrival.I also like the Boyd in downtown Bethlehem, it's cheap and somewhat charming, although they only show one movie at a time as it's one screen.
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Old 01-14-2010, 11:20 AM
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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Most of the time I end up going to the Rave to see a brand new movie or to see a movie that isn't showing at any other area theaters. For the movies that have been out a few weeks I usually go to the AMC in the Tilghman Square since it is closer to where I live.

Also speaking of old theaters, I have a few fond memories of going to The Roxy in Northampton. I loved the old theater atmosphere there!
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:21 PM
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My favorites used to be the cheapies in Trexlertown and in the Whitehall Malls. One of those use to have the deep reclining seats, I couldn't remember which one. Too bad they're both gone.

Shankweiler's is a great place to go for something different, a blast from the past. I went there once this past summer for the first time in years.

Emmaus is a nice little theater. I think it's funny that they built the place next to the tracks, so you will hear a train or 2 during the movie.

I rarely go to the movies anymore, they are overpriced, the previews are excessive, and a lot of the movies today are pushing some sort of political agenda.
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:17 PM
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I went to the movies in NJ over the weekend to see Avitar and my ticket was $15 for adult and $10.50 for children. Or something like that, cost $36 for one adult and 2 kids. It was the 12:30 showing on Sunday. I almost fell over. It was more than usual because of 3D and digital??? Great movie, glad I saw it even at that ridiculous price. It was also a Regal movie theater in Manville, I think.
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