You gotta love the Aussies. If for nothing else then for coming up with a wonderful nickname for the movie theatre (The more rundown, the more fleas for the scratching!)
There is nothing like sitting in a darkened Cinema, preferably the front row balcony of some magnificent Movie Palace of the Studio Era (1920-1955) waiting for the curtain to rise on a tale of wonder, romance, mystery, laughter, horror, or action.
Too bad most of those places have given way to the Multiplex and the Get lost and never find the exit ever again-plex (20 or more screen communities, in 1 building, that you need a map to navigate around in.) that you may enter too young to see an R or NC-17 Epic, but will be too old to care by the time you finally leave.
My favorite of the Movie Palaces in the Los Angeles area are GRAUMAN'S CHINESE in Hollywood (The Courtyard is only the most important reason, not the only reason, that it's my favorite.), The EL CAPITAN across the street (Best front row balcony view in town!), and The BRUIN in Westwood (2nd best balcony.).
The architecture of these 1920's era Palaces is awesomely and lovingly detailed, inside and out.
Part of the charm of these places is that they don't have enough restrooms to accommodate rush hour [The last minute rush, before film time, the after credits mad dash and most critically, the mid-film crisis (The 15 min. break in between the halves of a 3-4 hour opus.)].
So plan accordingly (Ladies especially!)! :-D
To see most films, however, you still have to head to the Multiplex.
REGAL, EDWARDS, CENTURY, AMC, LANDMARK, KRIKORIAN, and CINEPLEX ODEON, among others, provide plenty of wonderful choices all over Southern Ca..
If you want to go to one of the places, locally, where you need a map then head out to AMC at The Block and Century Stadium, in Orange, Kirkorian in Buena Park, AMC Fullerton 20, Century Bella Terra in Huntington Beach, Edwards at the Spectrum in Irvine, Edwards Aliso Viejo and the Regal Foothill Towne Center in Foothill Ranch.
If anyone knows of Historic Theatres in the OC, that I can visit and plug the experience, please let me know!