320 East 2nd Ave., San Mateo, CA | Directions 9440137.566195 -122.322503
Neighborhoods: Central San Mateo, Downtown
A Long Cold Wait – This place is the same as every other multiplex around. The one main drawback to this particualr theater is that they make you wait in line outside before you can get in the movie, no matter what the weather is like. So if you get there early you spend your time shivering outside for a half an hour while the ticket guy inside lets other people go in without waiting. This happens every time, if they don't reorganize their system I may stop going there.
looks great, but audio issues – I was so happy to see a new theatre close to home because the next closest one in Redwood city is such a dump. The new one in San Mateo looks great inside and out. The gateway and murals were a very nice touch. My only problems were that the walls are thin between the theatres and you can quite clearly hear the movie playing next door when there's a quiet moment during your movie. Also, they only take cash and there's no ticket machines which is ridiculous. This creates lines and forces you to use the ATM before lining up again to buy the ticket. Or bring a big wad of cash if youre paying for a group.
The New Megaplex in Town – The waiting has FINALLY paid a new movie theatre venue just up from where I live! The 12 plex theatre I would compare to the Century 20 up in Daly City. The theatre is nice overall but.... I found the lobby small & I could just imagine how choatic when the theatre is busy on weekends!
Also in downtown San Mateo, the parking can be a bit challenging.
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