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While visiting Tijuana you might consider taking the opportunity to go to the movies. You will find prices of admission and refreshments are roughly half to two/thirds (42 pesos -- say $4.70 in dollar at night, less during the day [6/2002]) what theaters in Alta California charge. A couple major cineplex chains have multi-theaters in various parts of town. One of the most popular -- and convenient for the tourist -- is located at Plaza Rio shopping center. It sits ensconced at the southern end of the mall, up a pair of escalators. It packs 'em in with like fourteen screens. Midway down the mall, between the fastfood hamburger joint and the open plaza, there is also a super-luxury film theater (with three screens and big comfy chairs). This plush place charges about seven dollars to get in. Both plexes have two-for-one pricing on Wednesdays. Wednesday nights can be Really CROWDED -- so don't go then if you're claustrophobic. But if you want to experience contemporary film crowds up close and dense, then.

Most film theaters have bag check desks, so you won't need to carry your backpacks into the theater (sala) if you're hiking and day-touring. Wait to receive your check-number card, of course.

Clean, large restrooms are one of the big amenities of these modern cineplexes. But on Wednesday nights there is often a line waiting to use them.

There is another plex in the river zone, the CINEMARK on Sanchez Taboada up towards the end near the minarete of the former Agua Caliente vanished ex-casino -- just a few distractions here on the textual way, like the movie theater, a little more difficult to find if you don't know the way, but with lots of parking either in front or across the side street (which connects with the boulevard near the twin towers, by the way way way). There are some decent food spots sharing the location. "Charco de Ranas" (the Frog Pond) serves tacos and drinks -- including beer -- for reasonable prices with quick service, and there's a Peter Piper Pizza (that's the name) if you come with kids, and back down the big street is a coffee shop -- VIPs. There is also a very fancy Spanish or Argentine or something restaurant behind its elegant entrance nearly across the big street from VIPs.

In addition to most Hollywood movies, the latest productions from Mexico, Spain, and other latin countries are usually screened in Tijuana -- often films that never get to the U.S., or, in the case of award winners like Y tu mamá también, months before they finally get shown in California. Hollywood movies, as well as other English or French films, are most often shown in their original language, with subtitles -- except for children's films (like the chickens, that pig, the adopted mouse, or the extra-terrestrial re-release -- all of which we have seen in Tijuana) which get dubbed into Spanish, probably because it is thought the audience includes children who can't read that well yet.

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If you have a taste for really low budget raunchy comedy and bloody action films ground out by the Mexican B-picture industry, as well as classic Mexican westerns and dramas from the "silver era," embroidered with an eclectic selection from old/new Hollywood and international pictures, drop by the Cinelandia 2000 in the back of the Mercado Popo by the corner of 2nd & Niños Heroes, diagonally opposite the cathedral. Hidden back in the interior of the block is an old movie house like something out of Cine Paradisio but with one important difference -- it may look ancient but it is actually only a couple of years old. After a fire in the early 90s, the old movie theater was completely rebuilt -- to look OLD! This little house is nicknamed "el piojito" -- the lice-pit -- but neither of us has/have seen any such critters. Maybe we been lucky, eh? The sound system is awful -- when INSITE artist put on his project here in 2000, they brought (and took away again) their own speakers. That project also left behind an attractive little neon sign up in the corner, on the left of the entrance. This place is a cracked and dusty gem that can be of great value for anyone studying the film theory of Norma Iglesias. It has (April/May 2002) recently been closed for renovation -- we'll let you know what changed (hopefully the SOUND).

Older and middleaged Tijuanenses still talk about the ancient movie palaces that used to grace downtown, where Mama and Papa would take all the kids with a basket of tortas and maybe they would watch both movies twice. Several of these old monsters still sit in moldering silence, some have been converted into giant retail stores, and one has been recently remodeled (after a disgraceful career as a porno house) and is now running feature films -- mostly Hollywood and some Mexican -- for a little over three dollars. We speak of the Cine Latino, at the corner of 5th and Niños Heroes, well worth stopping by if only to check out the posters and see if it's anything you want to see. If it is, then buy your ticket at the corner ticket booth -- ah, the old style still lives -- and head on in. A small selection of refreshments, again at prices far below those you pay in Stateside movies.

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