Thursday, October 7, 2010
The Laemmle Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills is very small movie theater with only three screens. One of the theatres is fairly large, but the other are tiny and don't have many seats. If your movie is playing in one of the small theaters, and you get there late, you'll be sitting very close to the screen. That's a problem here, because the screens are set very high on the wall, so you'll be looking up the whole time, which makes for an uncomfortable viewing experience. The screens and the sound systems aren't great. However, most of the films that play here are independents and documentaries that don't have a lot of visual or sound effects, so you don't need a large screen and THX sound system to fully enjoy the films. As with most Laemmle theatres, the crowds here tend to be older and quieter than what you get at the blockbuster movie houses like AMC and Pacific Theatres. The Music Hall 3 is great place to concentrate on what you're watching without having to listen to hundreds of other movie goers chatter with each other during the film and ruffle through their candy and popcorn bags.
As for parking, the Music Hall 3 has a paid garage at 140 Doheny Drive, just south of Wilshire. Parking there after 4:30pm on weekdays and on Saturdays is $3.00. On Sundays, you can park for $5.00 at 135 Doheny Drive parking garage. However, if you go to evening movies and don't want to pay for parking, you can usually find free metered parking on Wilshire, a few blocks west of the theater, and on some of the side streets. The further west you go, the more metered spots become available.
Theater address: Laemmle's Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 90211
Theater phone number: 310-478-3836
The AMC Avco Center is a four screen movie theater in Westwood, located on Wilshire Blvd, just a few blocks away from Westwood Village. It's an old theater. The seats aren't very comfortable and the screen and sound quality aren't great. I don't regularly see movies here, but I sometimes use it as a backup, when a movie I really want to see is only playing locally at AMC theatres and is sold out at the AMC Century City. What I like about the Avco is that there are plenty of seats, and the movies rarely sell out here. It's a great way to avoid the crowds, parking issues and lines that you get with the bigger movie houses.
Parking for the Avco is fairly convenient. If you don't mind paying to park, there's a garage behind the theater that charges around $3. I almost always find parking on Glendon Ave or on Westwood Blvd, south of Wilshire. Both are a short walk to the theatre. If you're going to a movie after 8PM, you don't need to feed the parking meters.
Theater address: AMC Theatres - Avco Center 4, 10840 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Theater phone number: (310) 475-0711