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“Mall, what mall?”
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Midtown Cinema
Ranked #3 of 13 Fun & Games in Harrisburg
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Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Mall, what mall?”
Reviewed 26 February 2014

This is an old converted commercial building that received a BIG infusion of public money under the former emperor's decades-long reign in Harrisburg. Politics aside, it's a unique venue in which to catch a flick. The theater is divided into 3 viewing rooms. The biggest seats perhaps 100 (at most); the smallest probably less than 50. The screens are small, too. Still, the viewing experience is extremely intimate. It's much like how I imagine going to a private screening in someone's extravagant home theater. "Back in the day" (3 yrs?) this was THE place to catch odd ball films that would never make it to the mall. More recently, there are fewer quirky films and more that are mainstream...often simultaneously running at the mall. You won't get a Disney or Dreamworks film at the Midtown, but I have caught a couple french animations that would otherwise never be seen in Hbg.
It's a shame that the restaurant(s) directly across the street has not been successful. More than one iteration has failed. This is a real loss. It was a true pleasure to be able to park adjacent to the theater, walk across the street for dinner and then just cross back to see the movie. It is still possible to grab a bite at the nearby Brothers Pizzeria at the corner of 3rd & Reiley. The food is good, the service is friendly and the place is clean.
Problems with crime in Hbg have likely taken a toll. It's tough to get people to come into the city, if they are worried about violent crime. Nevertheless, my wife and I continue to patronize Midtown Cinema. We rarely go to the mall theaters.

Visited January 2014
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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, United States
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great throwback cinema!”
Reviewed 20 January 2014

This cinema shows great movies. It is clean, spacious and has a retro feel. I love this cinema! It is great to go back in time to see great movies in a fabulous cinema. Prices are great and parking is no problem. The seats are spacious as well. I will continue to be a patron of Midtown Cinema.

Visited October 2013
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Millsboro, Delaware
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“The place for indie films”
Reviewed 5 January 2014

Midtown Cinema is a hidden gem in Harrisburg. It shows independent films and foreign language films that you can't find elsewhere in the area. It is just a little place, but boasts three intimate theaters and a lobby and snack bar with specialty coffees, candy, and of course, popcorn. The theater management changed a few months ago; there were changes made in the decor and schedule. I don't care for the new colors in the lobby, but I'm not going there for that. I do wish they still offered trivia, because it was a nice gathering of people and lots of fun.

Visited January 2014
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