Going to the same movie theater and seeing the same kind of movie over and over gets boring. Fortunately for Salt Lake City moviegoers, the Broadway Centre Cinemas offers a refreshing change.
In the heart of downtown Salt Lake City sits a small movie theatre offering “small” movies. The Broadway Centre Cinemas show primarily independent and award winning foreign films, films that larger movie theaters often fail to show.
“We offer a selection of movies the others do not,” Andy Wijaga, operations manager of Broadway said. “Half of our films come straight from Sundance and Broadway is the only place in town to find them.”
Each movie is hand selected by the Salt Lake Film Society, a group that aims to promote diversity of film expedition and creation in Utah. That doesn’t mean there isn’t star power in the films they choose. Broadway is currently showing “The Tree of Life” starring Brad Pitt and also “Midnight in Paris” starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.
The movie selection is only a portion of what separates Broadway from other theaters; the atmosphere is also part of the allure, starting with the location. The theater is tucked away amidst the hustle and bustle of Salt Lake City’s Broadway street. The size of the theater is relatively small (6 theaters) compared to the Megaplex Gateway across town (16 theaters). The size however adds to the charm.
“The theaters are intimate and small,” avid moviegoer John Fiens said. “The whole experience of the Broadway Centre Cinemas is unique and certainly worthwhile.”
A variety of shops and restaurants are in the theaters vicinity. Notably, bordering the theater, The Copper Onion, a restaurant recently voted one of Salt Lake City’s best new restaurants, not only satisfies its visitors appetites, but offers a movie discount making the night on Broadway affordable. The Copper Onion along with the Broadway cinema makes a great combination for dinner and a movie.
Another incentive for taking in a movie at Broadway is the concessions. Broadway offers a wide range of snacks and food. Aside from the typical soda and popcorn, they offer imported chocolate, espressos, boutique style sodas and Pie pizza. Not to mention, the cost of food at Broadway is on average about .75 cents cheaper than other movie theaters.
Parking, which can often be a nightmare downtown is pleasantly convenient when viewing a movie at Broadway. Within walking distance, a parking structure provides plenty of space for parking. A complimentary validation stamp is available at the concessions, saving visitors the $8 parking fee. Be sure to bring the parking stub into the theatre to get it stamped.
For good movies, good food and fun be sure to check out Broadway Centre Cinemas. Bring along a student ID for a discounted movie ticket.