All about go­ing to the movies

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Re­gard­ing “The Moviego­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence” [June 4]: I re­call when we took our young daugh­ter to a ret­ro­spec­tive show­ing of the Vin­cent Price hor­ror clas­sic “House of Wax.” Be­cause it was the first 3-D movie I saw as a kid (and the first one she would see) I re­ally talked up the spe­cial ef­fects. Thirty min­utes into the movie, she turned to me and asked, “When do the spe­cial ef­fects start?” David Macaray Row­land Heights

“The Moviego­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence” ar­ti­cles were a de­light to read, but ob­vi­ously the writers have never been to the Hol­ly­wood Bowl.

If they had, they would not be so dis­turbed by a quick tweet or text (yes, they do bother me at the movies). At the Bowl, there are those who not only tweet and text, but ac­tu­ally make calls. If they are not talk­ing on the phone, they are talk­ing to each other. While they are talk­ing to each other, their wine bot­tle is rolling around on the con­crete. If all that is not bad enough, they are hum­ming or singing in another mu­si­cal key and sound like cats on a fence. Ron Theile Santa Mon­ica

It’s great that the New Bev­erly Cin­ema is hav­ing such suc­cess since Quentin Tarantino took the theater over [“A Lov­ing Home for Films”]. I used to fre­quent the place when I lived in Hol­ly­wood, and I still get over from the Val­ley about once a month.

I con­fess I’m nos­tal­gic for the old days when on a given night, an old John Wayne western like “The Shoo­tist” might play to a ded­i­cated au­di­ence of maybe half a dozen of us, spread com­fort­ably through­out the 228 seats. Some of those seats were in sad shape.

My fa­vorite mem­o­ries of those sparsely at­tended nights in­volve a deep grum­bling voice that would of­ten erupt in the mid­dle of a fea­ture. This cur­mud­geon would be loudly crit­i­cal of the movie or the cast. It was leg­endary Hol­ly­wood tough-guy Lawrence Tier­ney, now de­ceased. In 1992, Tarantino cast him as the leader of the gang of crooks in “Reser­voir Dogs.”

Maybe Tarantino was in­spired to cast him be­cause he too was sub­jected to Tier­ney’s out­bursts in the old New Bev­erly. Paul Robert Coyle Val­ley Vil­lage

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