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Lousy films in SCV

Posted: May 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Why do we not get fine films out here in SCV?

Who is the nazi film police who decide that we get “Godzilla” in three theaters (and one of them IMAX) and X-Men in two theaters?

Why don’t we get fine films like “Ida,” or “Belle” or “The Immigrant,” etc?

Who is it really who decides what our entertainment should be?

Who is it that thinks we don’t appreciate or deserve or understand quality?

I would like to know.

I know there is a petition going aroundtown to get a Laemmle out here, but I will be dead and gone by the time that is decided.

Why must we go to the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles for our entertainment?

I guess SCV doesn’t want our money.

Well I will continue to go to LA and SFV for my entertainment of quality,

When I want a thrill or a laugh I will go to Town Center.

Thank you.


ricketzz: Posted: May 26, 2014 7:03 a.m.

If you want big city amenities and services you must live in a big city. There are likely not enough of you (us) to support art films full time. Maybe a Midnight Movie or something to test the waters? I just live a year in the past and enjoy films on Netflix.

BrianBaker: Posted: May 26, 2014 7:14 a.m.

"Why don’t we get fine films like 'Ida,' or 'Belle' or 'The Immigrant,' etc?

"Who is it really who decides what our entertainment should be?

"Who is it that thinks we don’t appreciate or deserve or understand quality?

"I would like to know."

It's called the "free market". Evidently there's not enough demand out here to financially support a "fine art" cinema house.

You can circulate all the petitions you want, but if Laemmle (or any other company) decides that their theater would just go bust out here, they're not going to shell out the cold, hard cash to open one in the first place.

"I guess SCV doesn’t want our money... Well I will continue to go to LA and SFV for my entertainment of quality".

Now you've got it! Your own "free market" response.

chefgirl358: Posted: May 26, 2014 8:44 a.m.

The same reason we don't have Michelin star fine dining or many other amenities that other cities have.

SCV is not exactly a cultural stop on the map and the reason for that is that the majority of residents do not want to spend the money for those things. That's why Bristol Farms folded in a short time and the lovely restaurant Melisse. I worked at a chain restaurant here at the time (of Melisse) and they did a survey of our community and found that people here want to pay for burgers, pizza, beer and soda and were not willing to shell out money for haute cuisine. This goes to follow with haute couture clothing as well, which is probably why we just get $.99, Dollar Tree, and Walmart stores. Our community will not support those high end businesses. As much as a few folks might welcome them, it's not enough to keep their doors open and create a thriving business. We can't even get Nordstrom's and Cheesecake Factory to come here for goodness sakes.

There is no one person or group of persons keeping these things out of our town, our town simply won't support them and until that changes, you're going to have to trek elsewhere for what you want. --edited.

tech: Posted: May 26, 2014 9:43 a.m.

What demand exists locally for this class of films is being met on the big screens in the homes of residents.

chefgirl358: Posted: May 26, 2014 11:38 a.m.

Wait a few months and you can get just about any film you want on pay per view for $5.

tech: Posted: May 26, 2014 7:30 p.m.

Precisely, chefgirl.

lars1: Posted: May 26, 2014 8:52 p.m.


There will never be any good restaurants in santa clarita.

for example: yardhouse. I have been to the one by staples, and the one in palmdale. that's right palmdale! they are also in Northridge, Oxnard, and soon to thousand oaks. NOT HERE!.

Apparently the only deals restaurants can get are very long, expensive leases and cuts (percentage of the profits). the city is making the same type of expensive deals for its events. Not many restaurants or businesses will bend to those strong arm tactics.

Maybe the "arts" people in the city will spend taxpayer money on building a fine film movie house. The city will charge $50 to cover their expenses.

ricketzz: Posted: May 27, 2014 6:57 a.m.

I'm afraid of restaurant food.

therightstuff: Posted: May 27, 2014 7:05 a.m.

The SCV is still being punished for the local filmmaker who produced the anti-Muslim movie. As we know, that film was solely responsible for four murders in Benghazi.

Trackmom: Posted: May 27, 2014 8:20 a.m.

We will all go hoarse tying to explain "free market" to the author, Ricketzz, Lars1, and all the other cast of characters that will be voicing this question. Why don't all of you get together and open your artsy movie house, or "upscale restaurant" in will have a hands on answer as to why we don't have them, or why they don't last long. Some people are visual learners.....good luck, at least you will have the best seats in the house for a few months.

17trillion: Posted: May 27, 2014 9:36 a.m.

"Why do we not get fine films out here in SCV?"

A better question would be, why do so many people completely fail to understand simple economics. I was at the theater this weekend taking my kids to Godzilla and noted there were lines of people waiting to get into the NEXT showing of X men. I'm not saying X Men is intellectual or anything or that I would wait in line, but the theater was making a killing unlike what would happen if they ever showed some of the artsy fartsy crap you mentioned. Waaaaa...why don't they show better movies...waaaaaa!

ricketzz: Posted: May 28, 2014 7:56 a.m.

Trackmom, I did not ask why. I gave the same explanation that the "free market" (another impossible to define loaded right wing term) people did.

I don't work well with others. If I wanted to be entrenpre-neural I'd start a punk band.

stevehw: Posted: May 28, 2014 11:57 a.m.

"SCV is not exactly a cultural stop on the map "

You can say that again.

AlwaysRight: Posted: May 29, 2014 4:21 p.m.

Let's face it. Most folks would rather see "Sharknado" than "Ida" any day. C'mon- sharks flying through the air and eating people? Tell me you don't want to see that....

ricketzz: Posted: May 30, 2014 6:43 a.m.

There is plenty of culture here, but an artistic vibe is lacking. The only kind of art that flourishes in excessively politically conservative places is usually murals (vandals), posters and other politically themed work. Artists don't flock to places where the thinking is stereotyped and predictable. What's the difference between Ojai and Santa Clarita? Answer that and you may start to acquire an artist's viewpoint.

17trillion: Posted: May 30, 2014 8:45 a.m.

I saw Sharknado, although it was by accident. I have to say it was so bad it was almost good.

"What's the difference between Ojai and Santa Clarita? Answer that and you may start to acquire an artist's viewpoint."

Well, for one our city is approximately 32 times the size of Ojai. You could fit the entire population of Ojai into a few apartment complexes in Canyon Country. Do you ever think about what you write before you hit post?

bobforte: Posted: May 30, 2014 9:30 a.m.

It's like when "everyone" was insisting "we" wanted a Nordstrom's out here.

17trillion: Posted: May 30, 2014 11:05 a.m.

The only thing I want is 200 less traffic lights. Has anyone had the pleasure at stopping at the one on the Old Road and, I think, Silver Spur, where Vons used to be? It's completely absurd to stop at a light when there is nobody going the other way, perpendicular to the Old Rd. Sometimes I see people running that light, but not me of course.

chefgirl358: Posted: May 30, 2014 1:07 p.m.

Ojai doesn't have any big box stores or chain restaurants besides a couple of fast food places for starters, even the grocery stores aren't the usual. The city also doesn't approve hardly any new building projects. So much so that they turned down government money and were facing fines (not sure what the outcome of that was) for not meeting government standards for low cost housing. The government wanted them to build high density apartments and the whole town, including a REAL city council, voted NO! For not meeting those standards they faced lesser govt money / funding for other things, but they didn't care. The residents AND their council are hardcore about keeping to their small town and artistic vibe with independent shopkeepers. I love Ojai. We almost moved there a year or two ago but it's just too far for me to work so we have to settle for visiting frequently, and we do.

Ojai has fantastic food, stores, art galleries and just an overall great vibe.

THOSE are a few of the major differences between Ojai and Santa Clarita.

CaptGene: Posted: June 1, 2014 8:15 a.m.

I too saw Sharknado, and it was one of the funniest things I ever saw. It was fun to watch because you weren't sure if the actors were tongue in cheek or if they really wanted you to believe them...sorta like watching an Obama speech.

AlwaysRight: Posted: June 3, 2014 2:34 p.m.

In Sharknado, one of the characters throws away a crowbar. In the next scene, they walk over to a building with a locked door and ask "how are we going to get in this door?"

Their plan for stopping the tornados is throwing bombs into them. From helicopters.

The movie was designed to be bad and it challenges the viewer to ascertain how bad. That is what makes it fun. Again, like watching the Obama Presidency.

ricketzz: Posted: June 5, 2014 7:16 a.m.

This is to the point of absurdity. You can't make a real joke just by using "Obama" in the punch line. That is the level of Aggie jokes and typical of a mediocre mind. Whether your lobotomy was genetic or voluntary I don't know, but I do know Obama is way smarter than you are.

CaptGene: Posted: June 5, 2014 9:27 a.m.

I agree racketzz, the real joke is not Obama, the real joke are those that still support and defend him. That being said, Obama's presidency is still laugh out loud funny.

AlwaysRight: Posted: June 9, 2014 6:54 a.m.

Ricketzz- lighten up, baby! We're just talking bad movies here with poor plots, bad execution, and terrible scripts. Like the Obama presidency....

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