Friday night, my daughter and I wanted to go to a movie. I'd heard good reviews of Melinda and Melinda, Woody Allen's new film (my review below), but as of that night it was playing at only a few theaters - one of which was the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood, in the Cinerama Dome. After going online to get the film times, I reserved seats in the middle of the theater.
Amoeba Music: We parked in the lot next door to the Arclight, then walked over to Amoeba Music, since we had a bit of time to spare before the movie. Oh man! Amoeba is music and D.V.D. nirvana! I had to ask myself why exactly have I driven by a million times, met people who've worked here, heard about it and, yet, have never gone inside? With so little time before the movie, I couldn't even begin to explore all that they had available - there was just too much. Though I did buy Beck's new C.D., and then went upstairs to discover that they had a killer documentary D.V.D. section. Lover of a good documentary ("Crumb", "The Last Waltz", Bob Dylan's "Don't Look Back," etc.) that I am, I know exactly where I'll be heading next time I want to buy any.
The Arclight: I could really get used to reserving movie seats online. We were able to head right in the middle of the theater, where I always like to sit, without having to worry that someone else was going to snag the seats first. When my daughter went to get a snack I didn't have to throw down some territorial marking, like a coat or purse, in order to make it known the seat was taken. People simply looked to their tickets and found there seats without having to stand in the aisles arguing with friends and loved ones over the best seating, or over who would have to ask the entire row to move down and make room. It was all very painless.
Here's my review of Melinda And Melinda.