The AMC Century was remodeled a few years ago (along with the rest of the Century City Shopping Center). It is one of the better multiplexes in Los Angeles for me (due to prices, proximity, and movie times), though it does seem to be slipping of late (in terms of projection quality). The good: --Usually a good sampling of mainstream and independent films (plus in the fall, this theater often gets the movies playing only in NY and LA). --Large variety of times (including early times), so you can see a movie early and get on with your day. --Stadium seating throughout; no tiny screens like the old AMC Century. --Like other AMCs, $6 a ticket for shows before noon. --Free parking for the first 3 hours. --Popcorn (when fresh) is good. The bad: --The automatic kiosks don't record your movie watcher points, which forces you to go to the counter (ugh). --Can be quite difficult getting a ticket/seat during peak times (this place is often super busy). --There have been some projection problems recently; usually, it gets fixed before the previews end; but one movie I went to recently was pretty much out of focus the whole time. --The IMAX screen isn't a real IMAX screen (it isn't a big screen like the one at The Bridge). Best moviegoing experience at this theater (pre-renovation): Black Hawk Down (2001). Pre-renovation celebrity sightings: Nick Stahl, Halle Berry. Best moviegoing experience at this theater (post-renovation): Children Of Men (2006). Post-renovation celebrity sighting: Judd Apatow.
The Vista was once of the one great theaters in north-central L.A. It's one of those old movie houses with carved figures on the walls and art deco engravings on the ceilings, etc. About 10 years ago, the Vista was refurbished and it is an amazing place to see a movie. A big screen and new seats are a big plus. The high ceilings with new paint and polished sculptures give the place a classic style that you just don't see in movie theaters anymore. Also, there is plenty of room to stretch out. I am just over 6' tall, so I'm usually cramped in movie theaters. In this theater, you can literally stretch out completely. It's unreal how much leg space you have. There is no other theater like this, and watching movies can be a relaxing, comfortable experience without added expense like you get with the Arclight and other "specialty" theaters like that. Stereo sound, etc. too.
you get what you pay for, I mean you don't expect an AMC kind of place for payin $6 fee..it's a steal really. were there to watch a movie for an hour or two not sleep on the floor and a have a picnic. the dirtyness of the seats kinda bothered me tho, expect to get bed bugs out of them. it's the perfect place to watch movies if ur in a big budget. I wouldn't come here all the time tho, the neighborhood seems sketchy and ghetto at night. so keep a look out if ur plannin of watchin movies at night. me and friends made a little joke cause there's this one dude inside that seems to incharge of everything, sells popcorn,tickets, open the front door, turn on the projector..hes either the owner or the only guy workin there lol. overall I give it a 3 out of 5.