Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Universal City Walk and 300 at the IMAX

Sunday evening was dinner and a movie at Universal CityWalk.

Not just any movie: 300.

Not just any showing of 300.

300 on the IMAX.

I headed out with my roommates, Kimanh and Serena, and our friend Adam to catch a bite at one of the many restaurant offerings of Universal CityWalk. We settled on a restaurant 3 out of the 4 of us had never tried:Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. It's one of those restaurants that takes a theme and runs with it (yes, there's a bad Forrest Gump pun there). We lived up to the restaurant's shrimp theme by ordering from its assorted shrimp entrees.

After dinner, we headed out to a luckily short wait in the winding line outside of the AMC Theatre. We had been nicely told by the parking attendent that the show was already sold out. Luckily with some foresight and set back (we originally looked at the 7:00pm showing which was already sold out), we utilized the powers of the internet and bought tickets online beforehand. Our friends Jeff and Pat met up with us for the movie portion of the evening.

The IMAX experience definitely lived up to the hype - nothing like capturing large battle scenes, beautiful people, and intricate CGI scenary on a massive screen. My opinion might be a bit bias, as former epee fencer (and I use the term "fencer" very, very loosely), I'm a huge fan of sword battles...which this definitely had plenty of.

Having not seen 300 on the usual movie screen, I would imagine that it's pretty impressive still, but the IMAX experience was definitely worth it. And its preview got me hyped for Spiderman 3 on the IMAX (FX for Venom and Sandman on IMAX, anyone?)...even if reading flashing title slides on a screen that massive was a bit disorienting...

-Charity Tran, ExperienceLA Web Coordinator

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