This store has two things going for it. One, the guy who runs it is pretty cool. And while the selection he carries isn't all that great, you can always special order stuff through them. Two, it's the only game in town. Seriously, it's the only comic store in Saratoga. What are you reading a review for? There's no other option.
The Cable Car Cinema has three truly magnificent features. First, they show great movies. (One would hope so... they are a theater, after all.) Two, you sit on couches. Exceptionally comfy couches that make it dangerously easy to fall asleep while watching. Third, free refills on popcorn. You can gorge yourself on popcorn for as long as you're there, and they won't say a word. It's fantastic.
One of two truly great theaters in Providence, the other being the Cable Car. The seats are exceptionally cramped... evidently the owner believes his customers to be mainly sardines... but the movies you see there are worth the strange combination of numbness and shooting pain that will travel through your legs for two hours.
The music box offers a broad range of films, from silent movie era to cult hits of the eighties. They do it with style, in a massive old-timey theater complete with velvet curtains and, when appropriate, live organ music. Yes, organ music. They're that awesome. It's a bit of a haul to get to on public transportation, especially if you're seeing a midnight movie and want to be able to go home afterward, but is well worth the trip.
This theater is a trade-off. On one hand, you get absolutely incredible movies. Sometimes they're even the only theater in Chicago showing a given movie. On the other hand, the prices are creeping up on ten bucks per ticket. On top of that, the student rate doesn't apply on weekends when, if I'm not mistaken most people are likely to be... y'know... seeing a movie.
Given the horrifying lack of decent produce anywhere in Hyde Park this store is absolutely essential to the quality of life for anyone in the area. If it ever went out of business, I wouldn't be surprised if everyone in Hyde Park developed scurvy within the week. And I don't think anyone wants that.
I mean honestly... scurvy. That's what pirates get.
Additionally, the home-made guacamole and salsa at the deli counter are the sum total of all that is good and decent in the universe.
One of those stores that carries every item even remotely related to health-nuttiness. They have whole walls full of powders and pills and teas and so forth for everything that can conceivabley go wrong with the human body, but the best part of the store is the people who work there. The big vitamin bar on the left-hand side of the store is stocked with folks who know what they're talking about, and can make reccomendations according to your needs.
If you ever have any need for vinyl, studded clothing in your life, (and I think you know that you will,) this it the place to go. Outrageous clothing in general is pretty much their stock-in-trade, and boy do they do it well. I have not yet seen them carry an ankle-length leather coat covered in metal spikes and pink feathers, but would not be overly surprised if they had one in the display window. The prices are very high, but no moreso than they would be at any comparable store. Probably even a little lower than a major chain like Hot Topic or something.
They sell every kind of candy you could possibly want. They have those smooshy mint things that taste kind of chocolatey, but lord knows where the chocolate is, it must be mixed in... they have those gummi coke bottles... they have wasabi peanuts... they even have an ice cream bar built in. Going here is like being a kid in a... oh, if only there was an apt metaphor to be used here...
The prices are good enough that if you live nearby, you have to seriously worry about winding up fat and toothless.
Absolutely the best place to go if you want to find books, comics, and magazines you previously had no idea existed. It's like the indy/mini racks at Chicago Comics led a mutiny and took over the store. Whole swaths of the store are devoted to local artists, and they only carry the good stuff from major publishers. If you walk in and grab something at random off the shelves, you have a 90% chance of it being eminently worth reading.