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.
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