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Best Budget Movie Theater Phoenix 2011 - Pollack Tempe Cinemas

Pollack Tempe Cinemas

Pollack Tempe Cinemas

1825 E. Elliot Road

Tempe, AZ 85284


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There is only one way to describe the lobby of Pollack Tempe Cinemas: jacked-up. Michael Pollack (you might recognize his name, since it's on practically every strip mall from here to Tucson) has a big, odd collection of movie memorabilia and life-size figures, and it's on display for all to see. If you can get past it, you'll also get to see not-quite-new-releases at bargain prices — just $3, and $2 on Tuesdays. You can't beat that. Be sure to bring cash, because Pollack Tempe Cinemas doesn't take plastic and their ATM doesn't always work. But the A/C's cranked low, the seats are comfy, and you can't see Pollack's collection from the theater, just a nice, entertaining movie.
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Greg Skinner
Greg Skinner

We go to Pollack's occasionally, but as a former theater worker, their projection and the prints they have are fairly poor overall. We like to hit the Picture Show Theater at Superstition Springs Mall, which is a dollar less than Pollack every day (including $1 on Tuesdays) and they have excellent presentation quality, as they are 100% digital, mostly in 2D but with 3D showings available for only $2 more. So we're going to go see Cars 2 again this weekend in 3D for $4 a person, and don't need to bring cash, as they take credit and debit cards for admission and concessions.