Originally Posted by jeahrens
I haven't hit B&B either. Feedback from friends has been that it's "good"
The new IMAX in Waukee has gotten some really good reviews from friends/coworkers. A bit pricey, but they really liked it. Haven't tried it yet myself.
We went to B&B on Saturday for Avengers. My review notes (theater, not film):
- Lobby was enormous and open, great flow
- Had to get a beer at one concession stand, snacks at another - neither had a line, though, so it wasn't that big of a deal
- free refills on popcorn and soda, regardless of size
- concessions were fast, and good
- self-serve soda machines, not enough, so there was a little bit of a backup here, but not as bad as Noodles & Co.
- Ticket-taker was the friendliest person I've had contact with in weeks - A+++
- We saw on one of the bigger screens, but not the 4D room
- Picture was crisp and clear, if not a hair dim, but not annoying
- Film broke halfway through the movie
- Just seeing if you're still reading
- Minimal previews and ads
- Great sightlines
- Restrooms were literally 5 feet from the theater, handy during a 3 hour movie
- Comfortable, heated seats (almost expected today)
- Sounded really good, but was quieter than I'd have liked
- No sound bleeding from other screens, but still, quiet
Overall it was a good experience. Especially the flow of traffic, and lack of lines. That's my biggest complaint with the theaters in Ames right now, is the lobbies are a disaster, lines, lines and more lines. The things they do to fix the lines make them worse. With an industrial and systems engineering school so close by, you'd think they could find a way to fix that.
Basically, though, by the time I drive to Ankeny to go to B&B, I could've waited through the lines at the theaters here. Once the lights go down, there's not much of an advantage, except maybe the bathroom proximity, though the mall theater here is close, but the Cinemark in Ames you have to practically go to the parking lot to pee.
I don't know. If I lived in Ankeny I'd be excited about it. But I live 20 miles north of Ankeny, so I'm indifferent. It's worth checking out, though, if you're not far away. It's a nice place, and I enjoyed the experience.