CEC - Cinema West Theatre Movie Showtimes

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4710 4th Street SW

Mason City IA 50401 map


Seating: Stadium

Listening Devices available

Accessible to Disabled Audiences

Prices:adult: 8.25, senior: 6.00, child: 6.00

User reviews on CEC - Cinema West Theatre

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    Cinema West is extremely overpriced for the quality of its staff and theatres. They are always under staffed and the staff they do have is always dismissive. They will have two people in the ticket booth with nobody in line to buy tickets while they have one or two people running the concessions with twenty people in line, even though they have at least four cash registers. When the manager is around in the evening and they have an additional person working concessions he doesn’t seem to care if some of them just stand around talking to each other while people are waiting in line missing the first ten minutes of their movie. The floors in the theatres are sticky. The seats are tiny and uncomfortable for people over 5ft 6in tall. You have to be careful about were you put your hands since there is usually gum or worse under the armrests. The seats sometimes smell funky. The temperature is always too hot in the winter, but nice the rest of the year. The worst part is that the Popcorn tastes terrible; its like cardboard with oil on it, there is always a good amount of mostly uneaten containers (paper bags) of it in the trash at the theatre exits after the movie. They quit selling the big pretzels which were my favorite, but do sell overpriced donut holes, nachos, and a couple other things that I can’t recall because I ignore them after seeing the outrageous prices.
    They only have one 3D theatre out of 10 theatres total, and they usually have the family friendly/kiddy movie in that one. 8 out of the 10 theatres are very small screen, yet you have to spend the same amount of money for tickets to the movies played on them. Often times even on opening weekend they will put a movie in one of the small theatres, hit or miss on that. None of the signs on the outside tell you if your movie will be on one of the two big screens or the other eight tiny theatre screens, sound quality is quite bad in those smaller ones too.
    They get away with this because they are the only theatre in town. Though that shouldn’t be an excuse.
    My advice; If you can wait for it to be out on DVD in four months then wait and watch it in the comfort of your own home.

    The movie ticket prices are

    $8.25 for evening shows (anything after the 4 o’clock showings)
    $6.50 matinee (noon to 4 o’clock showings)
    $6.00 senior citizen
    $6.00 child (12 and under, even though a 13yo can’t go to a rated R movie they are charged as an adult, it’s not like they have different sized seating)
    $2.00 extra charge for very uncomfortable 3D glasses that you must hand back to the staff that is standing in the doorway after the movie.

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