Back in the old days (ok, I'm aging myself here), going to the movies wasn't just about sitting in a cookie cutter theater, watching Coke ads and Fandango puppets, while wondering if the dorks behind you would stop chatting long enough for you to hear what's going on.
It was about an experience. Getting dressed up. Going somewhere classy. And not having to tap into your children's college fund to do it.
That is the kind of experience the Riverview Theater looks to bring back. With their very well maintained theater, glamourous in it's restored retro glory, ONE screen (yes, count it, just one), and authentic buttered popcorn, not to mention the fully reasonable $3.00 price, the Riverview is one of Minneapolis's true treasures.
Offering a wide variety of films daily, usually running the gamot from kiddy flicks in the matinee hours, to more indy-artsy fun stuff in the late evening showings, the Riverview has something for everyone.
While the seats don't recline, and if you're long legged you'll leave with a cramp, the authentic auditorium seating is enjoyable and promotes a sense of moviewatching community that you don't get at the other chains.
Even more interesting is that once in a while you'll get more than just a cheap movie there. This week, they played all three Lord Of The Rings movies, back to back, uncut, starting at 11:00 am, for just $6.00. Where else? And when the Packers cream (I mean, play) the Vikings, you can watch the game on the big screen. Usually for free.
Everyone needs to go to the Riverview at least once in their life, or Minneapolis experience, and if you're a resident, this place is definitely worth supporting!