Many years ago, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel filmed part of the opening of their show in front of this historic theatre. This place is like taking a step back in time. The man auditorium is huge with a painted ceiling. This was the classic place to go when I was growing up because you could get into see movies for a buck. The chairs were a little cramped, but it was worth it because of the price.
We would spend the time before the movie started staring at the mural high on the ceiling trying to figure out what pictures you could find.
Unfortunately, for a time, the Theatre was falling into disrepair. The new sound of the movies did not match the sound system. The management has changed and improvements have been made. The Pickwick used to be a second-run movie house, but now gets first-run movies. There are now smaller, less-impressive, theaters behind the main auditorium.
The prices are a bit higher now, but still generally cheaper than most of the larger chains. It's worth it all to see the giant marquee and walk up to the ticket booth and pay outside just like the old days.
The Pickwick's stage is big enough for plays and concerts as well. They also have special showings of classic movies and even a live organist at times.