Problems With Violet Crown

RECEIVED Mon., July 18, 2011

Dear Editor,
    Cave of Forgotten Dreams “is can’t-miss material, especially … [in its] 3-D version” writes your movie reviewer Marjorie Baumgarten [Film Listings, May 20]. Too bad it was showing at the Violet Crown. The first Sunday that it was showing, we drove down to the Crown from Georgetown to find out that the theatre only holds about 20 seats, it was sold out, and the price for two senior tickets was $28. They don’t seem to want to recognize seniors there, and didn’t seem to care if we saw the 3-D movie or not. I later found out that features during weekdays were priced at only $9 each, but still with no senior discount. So, we tried it again this Friday, July 15. We again drove from Georgetown to the Downtown Crown and, this time, found that our showing was canceled.
    We got a refund, but wasted most of the day and a lot of fuel. No senior discount, extremely high ticket prices, and unreliable service. The Violet Crown sucks. There will soon be a time when even the trendy people hanging around the theatre will find a new place to show off. Nothing will make me happier than seeing the Crown close its doors.
Pete Vera
   [Marjorie Baumgarten responds: We're sorry to hear you had a bad experience at the Violet Crown. Based on your complaints, I'd like to offer some general tips in regard to attending screenings there: Make advance reservations online (especially if you plan to go on a weekend evening). Although each of the Violet Crown's four theatres seats about 50 people, you can reserve the exact seats you want online and there is no service charge to make the reservations. Plus, the venue charges only $1 for 3-D glasses instead of the $3 most other theatres charge. Seniors and students may not get a discount, but at least everyone gets four free hours of Downtown parking with validation.]
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