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Old-fashioned vibe at Reading Cinemas

by Ryo Miyauchi

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San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is known for its thriving nightlife culture. But instead of heading down there for the bars and clubs, why not stop by for a flick? For your downtown movie night needs, the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 is on Fifth Avenue.

The interior of the two-story building has the classier feel compared to other popular theaters, such as AMC Theaters or Regal Cinemas. Reading Cinemas is a bit different in its setup as well. The first floor is a spacious lobby with concessions, and all the theaters are on the second level.

The great part about Reading Cinemas is the variety of programs it offers. One unique program is its “Forty Foot Films” series, in which the theater shows beloved cinematic achievements on the big screen. “Dirty Harry,” “Ghostbusters,” and “The Red Shoes” are some of the famous titles featured this year. Each showing has trivia games about the featured flick, and attendees can win prizes if they correctly answer the questions.

Currently for Halloween season, Reading Cinemas is hosting the Hitchcocktober event, showing director Alfred Hitchcock’s renowned hits every week. The Gaslamp theater has one show left for the event-the 1963 horror thriller, “The Birds.” For those interested in watching the classics “Vertigo” or “Psycho,” the Reading Cinema Town Square 14  on Clairemont Drive will be showing those masterpieces on selected dates until the end of October as part of the tribute to the master of suspense.

Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 is the downtown spot for a relaxing movie night or a great getaway for silver screen enthusiasts. If the groovy night lifestyle of Downtown San Diego becomes tiresome, there’s always the theater around the block.

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