If you want to get out of the house but aren’t sure what to do, one of the most favorite pastimes of those that live in Bakersfield is going to the movies. Pacific Theater is one of the choices you can choose to go to.
Pacific Theater is located at 2000 Wible Road, Bakersfield, CA 93304, right next to the Valley Plaza. Before or after your movie you can enjoy a stroll through the Plaza and then go out to eat at one of the mall’s many eateries (including Red Robin and Que Pasa). The theater is also known as Reading Cinemas and Valley Plaza 16 since it is by the mall.
The Pacific itself is very large and you can easily spot it from the road. The Box Office is right in front of the theater and typically opens 30 minutes before a movie starts and 30 minutes after although I took my youngest son to a child’s movie on a Saturday that started a little after 10 and thirty minutes before it was to start, the theater had not opened yet. Luckily in that case I had used Fandango and didn’t have to wait in line to get the tickets. So for most cases, if the first movie of the day starts at 10:30, they would open at 10 AM and if the last movie starts at 9:30 PM, the box office would be closed at 10 PM.
There are several doors on each side of the box office. The lobby is not like other theaters where you give your tickets right when you get in. Instead you enter the lobby, can play in the arcade, are able to order your food, etc. Then when you’re ready to enjoy your movie, you walk on the left hand side of the theater where someone is waiting to take your tickets and direct you to what theater room you are going to. If you use Fandango, you can skip the box office and give your printed confirmation that you printed from home to the ticket taker. He or She will then walk over to the side wall, scan the code and print your tickets out.
The staff I’ve encountered has been very polite and helpful. When I was last there my son wanted butter on his small popcorn but I couldn’t get the machine to work. The ticket taker walked over and showed us that you have to hold it down longer sometimes for it to come out.
The concession stand prices are outrageous… but all movies are like that since that’s how they earn most of their money. But I noticed that they were even higher on most of their concession items than Maya Cinemas which would be a point for me not to go to this theater if I wanted to purchase some goodies. They do have “specials” on concession items such as days where hot dogs are $1, etc. Thursdays are “Baby Boomer” days where anyone 55 or older can get a ticket for $5 dollars and they’ll also receive a free 46 ounce popcorn. Fridays are “Student Fridays.” Tickets are $5.50 and they’ll receive a free 85 ounce popcorn with student ID. If you have children, you may be interested in “Reel Kids B4 Noon.” Tickets for kids 3 to 11 years old are $5 dollars and when you buy one kids tray, you’ll receive one free. Sunday is “Family Sunday” and hot dogs are $1 dollar and popcorn is $4 dollars.
Once you go past the ticket taker, there is another concession stand straight ahead. It is not always open. They usually open it during busy times. The bathrooms are on the right side of the wall when you walk in past the ticket taker. The bathrooms are usually always clean and have lots of stalls.
The theater rooms themselves are very large and roomy. The chairs are comfortable. The exits are visible, which is good if there is an emergency.
There is ample parking and if you are handicapped, there are several spots close to the theater.
Tickets are $8.50 for evenings and $5.50 for matinees.
For more information, call Pacific at (661) 833-2200.