Gardena Cinema

★★★★☆
  • 14948 South Crenshaw Blvd.

    Gardena, CA 90249

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  • 310-217-0505

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The Gardena Cinema was the greatest experience I've ever had at a movie theatre. It is one of those mom and pop movie theatres. If you miss any part of the movie and wish to watch it a second time you are welcome to stay. It is dark and cozy as well.

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★★★★★

The Gardena Cinema was the greatest experience I've ever had at a movie theatre. It is one of those mom and pop movie theatres. If you miss any part of the movie and wish to watch it a second time you are welcome to stay. It is dark and cozy as well.

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I don't know what happened to the previous person, but I've always had a great experience at the Gardena Cinema. The theater is still the way it was 30 years ago, except with better sound. They haven't split it - They've kept the original integrity of the building which makes it feel so retro. The family that runs it has always been friendly and kind, even let me slide when I didn't quite have enough money for the snacks, which by the way are much much cheaper than the mall. They've always had an A-rating with the health department inspections for as long as I've gone there. Sometimes the carpets are stained, but that's to be expected when the munchkins are spilling their sodas and stepping on their buttery popcorn. Luckily, the stains don't remain there for long... which leads me to believe that the magic carpet fairy cleans it once in a while. The place is really kid-friendly because the bathrooms are easy to find and there's a payphone in the lobby... and no hoodlums hanging out for no apparent reason... makes me feel they are safe.

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★★★★★

I don't know what happened to the previous person, but I've always had a great experience at the Gardena Cinema. The theater is still the way it was 30 years ago, except with better sound. They haven't split it - They've kept the original integrity of the building which makes it feel so retro. The family that runs it has always been friendly and kind, even let me slide when I didn't quite have enough money for the snacks, which by the way are much much cheaper than the mall. They've always had an A-rating with the health department inspections for as long as I've gone there. Sometimes the carpets are stained, but that's to be expected when the munchkins are spilling their sodas and stepping on their buttery popcorn. Luckily, the stains don't remain there for long... which leads me to believe that the magic carpet fairy cleans it once in a while. The place is really kid-friendly because the bathrooms are easy to find and there's a payphone in the lobby... and no hoodlums hanging out for no apparent reason... makes me feel they are safe.

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The carpets in the Cinema are dirty and tend to smell. The customer service is nonexistant. The snack bar has repeatedly sold us stale popcorn, semiflat sodas, and hotdogs with hard buns. They will ask you to leave if you complain, and

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★★★★★

The carpets in the Cinema are dirty and tend to smell. The customer service is nonexistant. The snack bar has repeatedly sold us stale popcorn, semiflat sodas, and hotdogs with hard buns. They will ask you to leave if you complain, and

Pros: Never crowded

Cons: Dirty smelly carpets, lousy food at the snack bar, No Parking

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My husband and I had been going to this cinema for over 10 years, being more and more disillusioned with the cleanliness and staff as the years went by, but we wanted to support our local businesses, and it was close to our home. On 6-3-07 we went in to see a newly released movie, we paid for 2 tickets, then went to the snack bar and bought a large coke and a large popcorn. Behind the counter were 3 teenagers one of who took our order. We walked into the cinema 10 minutes before the movie was to start, there were maybe 10 people already seated. The carpet is filthy, stained and smells. under the small chairs is concrete. When we sat down, I took one drink of the coke, and handed it to my husband, who took a drink. He said it felt light, so he took off the lid. It was half full. Our popcorn was stale. He went to ask for a full large coke, since we paid 4.00 for the half that we had. We ended up being kicked out of the theater. That's right, when he asked for a Full soda, from the teen behind the counter, who said it must have been full of foam, the manager stepped in, and basically accused us of lying. When my husband asked for his money back, he was shown a NO REFUND sign, that's when he got angry, he asked what kind of business were they running here, and was asked to leave. He came and got me, we put their full popcorn on the counter, and I was given a refund for our tickets only. The movie had not even started yet. The manager then followed us out and threatened to call the police, which we were happy to talk to, but it was an empty threat, just like our semi flat, half full coke. He finally went back inside with his cell phone and we left. We ended up at a real cinema at the Galleria South Bay, with cold full soda, warm popcorn, and a clean theater. We will never go back there again, and we will not recommend it to any else, for 2.00 more, you can go somewhere that appreciates it's customers.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I had been going to this cinema for over 10 years, being more and more disillusioned with the cleanliness and staff as the years went by, but we wanted to support our local businesses, and it was close to our home. On 6-3-07 we went in to see a newly released movie, we paid for 2 tickets, then went to the snack bar and bought a large coke and a large popcorn. Behind the counter were 3 teenagers one of who took our order. We walked into the cinema 10 minutes before the movie was to start, there were maybe 10 people already seated. The carpet is filthy, stained and smells. under the small chairs is concrete. When we sat down, I took one drink of the coke, and handed it to my husband, who took a drink. He said it felt light, so he took off the lid. It was half full. Our popcorn was stale. He went to ask for a full large coke, since we paid 4.00 for the half that we had. We ended up being kicked out of the theater. That's right, when he asked for a Full soda, from the teen behind the counter, who said it must have been full of foam, the manager stepped in, and basically accused us of lying. When my husband asked for his money back, he was shown a NO REFUND sign, that's when he got angry, he asked what kind of business were they running here, and was asked to leave. He came and got me, we put their full popcorn on the counter, and I was given a refund for our tickets only. The movie had not even started yet. The manager then followed us out and threatened to call the police, which we were happy to talk to, but it was an empty threat, just like our semi flat, half full coke. He finally went back inside with his cell phone and we left. We ended up at a real cinema at the Galleria South Bay, with cold full soda, warm popcorn, and a clean theater. We will never go back there again, and we will not recommend it to any else, for 2.00 more, you can go somewhere that appreciates it's customers.

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The Gardena Cinema is a really nice theater. They have two private balcony rooms thats glass enclosed and sound proofed from the main theater so the rest of the theater wont hear whats going on within. They rent these rooms out for parties. They used to be called crying rooms specifically for the use of mothers with babies who may cry during the movie.

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★★★★★

The Gardena Cinema is a really nice theater. They have two private balcony rooms thats glass enclosed and sound proofed from the main theater so the rest of the theater wont hear whats going on within. They rent these rooms out for parties. They used to be called crying rooms specifically for the use of mothers with babies who may cry during the movie.

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I remember going to the Gardena Cinema as a kid with my friends. We always had a great time watching movies at this theater. It has one big screen thats 35 feet wide. The place was family owned at the time, I believe it still is and that always makes a difference to me in terms of quality service.

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★★★★☆

I remember going to the Gardena Cinema as a kid with my friends. We always had a great time watching movies at this theater. It has one big screen thats 35 feet wide. The place was family owned at the time, I believe it still is and that always makes a difference to me in terms of quality service.

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The best snacks to buy...like the buttery-est popcorn Ive ever had. The screen is HUGE, too bad theres only one of them in there. The seatting range is also very good and they have the best movies to show. I wish I lived near it, that way I wouldnt have to wait in line to see a movie, because it is always filled when I get there.

They also have a special area to sit if you come in groups, like a school field trip.

5
★★★★★

The best snacks to buy...like the buttery-est popcorn Ive ever had. The screen is HUGE, too bad theres only one of them in there. The seatting range is also very good and they have the best movies to show. I wish I lived near it, that way I wouldnt have to wait in line to see a movie, because it is always filled when I get there.

They also have a special area to sit if you come in groups, like a school field trip.

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