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Goodrich Kalamazoo 10

June 12, 2011

  • 820 Maple Hill Drive
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49009
  • (269) 345-7469
  • Website

Exciting day for us.  We went out to breakfast and, after a nap, went to a movie.  There are several out I want to see right now and I’ve tried to get J to go for the last few weekends, but she hasn’t felt up to it.  She was feeling pretty good this particular Saturday night so we decided to go out.

The movie she wanted to see was Bridesmaids.  We had our choice of theaters because all three are playing it, but the choice was made to just stay close to home.

The Goodrich Kalamazoo Theater is just off Main Street on Maple Hill Drive.  I drive that portion of Main Street all the time and never had any clue where the theater actually is.  You can’t see it from Main Street even though it’s only a block off.  As far as theaters go in Kalamazoo, I like the Rave downtown.  J didn’t feel like going downtown and the tickets are a little cheaper at Goodrich.

The Goodrich Kalamazoo 10 isn’t one of the big, new fancy theaters.  The outside is a pretty plain design with a small parking lot directly in front and a larger parking lot to the north.  Being a Saturday night in June, the theater was pretty full yet we were still able to find a parking spot fairly close main entrance. 

We headed to the ticket counter to pick up two tickets.  The adult evening tickets are $7 a piece so entrance for the two of us was $14.  Not awful and better than both of the other theaters in town.

Moving theater popcorn was the plan for dinner, so after getting our tickets, we headed to the concession stand.  We got the Large Couples Combo which was a large popcorn and two large drinks for $14.  J also got a bag of Twizzlers so the final total was a little under $18.

The thing I really like about Celebration! Cinemas is that they don’t butter or salt the popcorn before they give it to you but instead have a butter and flavoring station.  Goodrich doesn’t have that.  They just asked if wanted butter or extra butter.  I went with butter.   They also fill up your first drink.  I got a Pepsi and J got a Root Beer.  Pop refills are free and they have a fountain machine facing outward from the concession stand so you can do it yourself.  Popcorn refills are $.50 and you have to go back to the counter and get that done.

It seems like it doesn’t matter what theater you go to, the popcorn always tastes the same.  I have yet to figure out what the secret it is, but it’s always so delicious.  I love movie theater popcorn.  I wish there was someplace other than a movie theater you could get it.

The auditorium we were in was much nicer than I was expecting.  They do have stadium style seating which I honestly wasn’t expecting.  I thought this theater looked old enough that it would just be auditorium seating.  Does anyone actually remember when only the really fancy theaters did the stadium seating.  When I as growing up, which wasn’t all that long ago, only the really expensive Chicago area theaters had the fancy seating arrangements.  Now it seems like they all do.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to use it, but once again, the restrooms are outside of the theater area.  You have to go back past the ticket taker in order to find the bathroom.  What a pain in the ass.  Who ever thought that was a good idea?

The movie?  Eh.  Not what I was expecting.  I was expecting more of a slapstick, female Hangover.  It was way too deep.  The thing I learned though was that there is only one state trooper in the whole state of Wisconsin and apparently, official misconduct isn’t taken too seriously there.  I really thought I was going to like Bridesmaids.  I love Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph, but this movie was not what I was expecting.

I have a feeling we’ll be going back to the Goodrich Kalamazoo 10 next time we want to see a movie.  The theater was much better than what I was expecting and the price is cheaper than the other two theaters.

Large Popcorn

Large Popcorn

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