By Jennifer Christensen, Contributor
Choosing a movie theater is easy for University of Nebraska Omaha students when there are three different theaters located just minutes away.
Aksarben Cinema, Midtown Cinema and Dundee Theater each offer movie patrons a different experience.
Aksarben Cinema is located on 2110 South 67th St., right across the street from UNO. Shawn Metzler, general manager at Aksarben Cinema, said his theater receives steady business from UNO students due to its location and a feature that sets it apart from the competitors: an open bar.
“We have an open bar for those of age, others don’t,” Metzler said. “We also are an all-digital theatre.”
Metzler said student pricing is another feature that draws in UNO students. Student pricing is available from Sunday to Thursday night, with tickets reduced to $7 from the standard $9. While Metzler said he sees a strong showing of UNO students coming in to the theater, the cinema isn’t just for students.
“There are a good number of students that come in, but we have a good mix,” Metzler said. “Young, old, everybody.”
UNO student Allison McMickell said she prefers going to Aksarben Cinema.
“It’s very clean and the seats are comfier,” McMickell said.
UNO student Shane Cavlovic said he likes to go to Aksarben Cinema and Midtown Cinema. “They both serve booze so I like them both,” Cavlovic said.
While Calvovic enjoys both theaters because they serve alcohol, each theater does so in a different way. Midtown cinema, located at 3201 Farnam St., offers its customers a unique movie-going experience: a movie with their choice of food, drinks and alcohol.
P.J. Root, assistant manager at Midtown Cinema, explained how the theater complex is unlike most theaters.
“We are a full dine-in theater,” Root said.
Root said when a patron buys a ticket, it reserves them a seat for the Cinedine experience. Cinedine includes a complete food, drink and alcoholic beverages menu. There is a push-to-call button located next to the seat and a waiter comes and takes your order. The cinema also features two lounges.
Root said the theater offers student discounts that draw in UNO students.
“We are the only Marcus Theater to offer student discounts,” Root said.
Students can purchase tickets for $8, reduced from the regular $10 ticket price, and on Tuesdays, the theater offers a $10 pizza deal, he said. While Midtown Cinema’s Cinedine experience sets it apart, the Dundee Theater has its own calling card.
Dundee Theater is located at 4952 Dodge St. Isaac Reilly, theater employee, explained how Dundee Theater differs from its competition. Most films playing at the Dundee Theater are smaller independent productions and movies that receive a lot of Oscar buzz.
“We show films that the other two don’t show,” Reilly said.
Movies rotate in and out of the one-screen theater, and how long each will play depends on patron response.
Reilly said he sees a fair share of UNO students. The Dundee Theater also offers student discounts. Student tickets are $6.50, marked down from the regular $8, he said.
“We are the only one-screen theater in town,” Reilly said. Besides that distinction, Reilly said, there is also another aspect that makes Dundee Theater a fun place to go.
“Were located right next door to a bar,” Reilly said. “Also, we show midnight movies.”