Saturday, January 13, 2007

SouthSideWorks Theater Has Sunk...

To go to SouthSideWorks Theater, you have to pay for parking and pay a little extra for movies. For the first year or two they were open, SouthSideWorks had an advantage - no pre-movie commercials. So it was worth it.

Unfortunately, this is no longer true.

SouthSideWorks now subjects its customers to an excrutiating pre-show barrage of noise called something like Preflix. Preflix advertises Pepsi at you, plays very loud noise and is an awful excuse for pre-show entertainment.

In fairness, SouthSideWorks isn't showing genuine commercials. Once this Preflix thing is over, they go straight to trailers. But, sorry, Preflix is even worse than standard commercials because it's too loud and hideous.

We went to SouthSideWorks to see Children of Men - a brilliant movie that I highly recommend. But I can't recommend SouthSideWorks anymore. I guess we've made our last trip there.


ClickNathan said...

Southside Works in general disappoints... when I saw them first beginning to build that area, I was thinking - cool, expansion for Pittsburgh, growth, development, proof that this city isn't dead... but that place, and the new East Side development between Shadyside and East Liberty, well it's all about bringing the malls into the city.

Which is precisely why I live in the city. I don't want to live in a suburban blah that is just like every other suburbia from here to California. I see empty buildings scattered between storefronts in Shadyside, the Strip, Lawrenceville, and I think "man, I wish they'd put some more stores in there or galleries or bars or something" but instead they rip down existing stores or warehouses and put in chain garbage.

I see a Pittsburgh on its way to becoming the next San Fran of the 60s or Seattle of the 90s, the next Portland of today...but then I see this sort of thing and start to wonder if I should stick around...

Laurie Mann said...

Heck, I moved to Pittsburgh twice by choice... ;->

One reason I like the South Side it that it's a an interesting mix of local stores in one area with the chain stores up the street.

Of course, back in the '70s, Shadyside was like that. It's been mostly taken over by chain stores and restaurants (well, not completely, but partially).

I think it's generally better for neighborhoods to encourage a mix of local store/restaurants and national chains. Frankly, the coming of the Home Depot, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's to East Liberty has been more positive than negative. For nearly 20 years, East Liberty was completely economically depressed (did you know there used to be a big Sears in Penn Circle?). Now, it seems like it's starting to turn around.