To the editor:
Lawrence has one theater. One sad, old, uncomfortable, dirty theater. I went to see “Jurassic Park 3D” there last night, and several things jumped out at me. The façade of the building reflects the overall feeling of Hollywood Theater 21: run down, poorly maintained, and bizarrely mismanaged.
Going to see a movie is a challenge. You never know what door you can enter, because they seem to randomly lock them, making getting inside a sad game of musical doors.
Once you get your ticket, either from the ’90s era self-ticket kiosk or the subway conductor behind the glass, you enter the lobby. Usually dirty and staffed by unpleasant teenagers, you notice there is no advanced soda fountain where you have tons of drinks to choose from. No, you have to wait in lines. I mean, wait … in … lines. Once you get to the theater, you better be under 6 feet tall, or you’ll be cramped.
Lawrence needs a new, nicer theater. The Hollywood 21 is for saps, I tell you. I hope the purchase by Regal Group means an upgrade, if not a complete rebuild, but the comment by a Regal employee that Southwind is “exceptional” is baffling and lowers my hope for change.