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Fandango Movie Theatres Offer Cool Movies and Atmosphere at Valley Plaza Mall

20 May

One of the coolest things to do in Bakersfield when the weather heats up is to go to the movies. Fandango Theatre at Valley Plaza Mall is located at 2000 Wible Road, Bakersfield.  Offering 16 movie times and tickets daily, they show current blockbuster films all day long. The matinees are between 11:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., and are priced at $5.50 for all patrons. At 5:00 p.m. ticket prices change to $7.50 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and children. For more information go to www.fandango.com or call (661) 833-2230.

Fandango Movie Theatres offer cool family entertainment.

Fandango Movie Theatres offer cool family entertainment. Photo by: Wanda Winkler

You can grab a bite to eat while watching the movie. Candies, hot dogs, sodas, and of course, buckets of hot buttered popcorn are available in many sizes and prices, depending on your appetite.

Hot dogs, buttered popcorn, and sodas are delicious movie snacks.

Hot dogs, buttered popcorn, and sodas are delicious movie snacks. Photo by: Wanda Winkler

One of my favorite movies playing this weekend is Iron Man Three, 3D. It is the latest film in the trilogy and is full of adventure and famous stars like Robert Downing Jr., and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Iron Man Three in 3D is dynamite

Iron Man Three in 3D is dynamite. Photo by: Wanda Winkler

Opinions and Comments about the movie were mixed.

“I really liked the first Iron Man the best because it was original and started out fresh,” Cameron Denny, 18, said.

  “For me, Iron Man Three is the best one so far,” Jackie Morgan, 28 said. “I think Robert Downey Jr. is so cute, and I love to see him in action,” Morgan said. 

Other action packed movies playing this week include: “Star Trek into Darkness,” which comes in 3D, and “The Great Gatsby” also available in 3D, “Pain & Gain,” and “Peeples”. Many of the people that work at the theatre also get to watch the movies  that are playing.

Manny Evangelista, 21, loves his job at Fandango.

Manny Evangelista, 21, loves his job at Fandango. Photo by: Wanda Winkler


“I love my job at Fandango’s because we get good benefits, and nice discounts on our tickets. The people are very friendly and I like to greet them and help them with directions,” Evangelista, 21, said. He has only worked at the theatre for six months but he plans to stay there for a while.

You can also stay cool by walking through the air conditioned stores and restaurants next door to Fandango’s at The Valley Plaza Mall. Famous department stores offer excellent window shopping as you walk a mile or two just strolling the enclosed hallways. It is fun and the miles can add up by walking from one end of the mall to the other once or twice a week. There are no “mall walking fees,” so it might be more economical for people looking for inside walking with the added comfort of central air conditioning, to go to the mall. There is also disabled parking and bathrooms for wheelchair assisted persons. For more information go to: www.valleyplazamall.com or call: (661) 832-2436. Valley Plaza is located at 2701 Ming Avenue, Bakersfield.

Walk inside the air conditioned mall to stay cool.

Walk inside the air conditioned Valley Plaza mall to stay cool. Photo by: Wanda Winkler

For other great malls in your area go to: www.mallseeker.com. This site assists in finding malls and providing a list of stores that are located inside the mall.


Catching a Movie at Maya Cinemas Bakersfield 16

13 May

Catching a movie is an affordable and fun way to stay entertained in Bakersfield. Maya Cinemas is a local movie theatre that offers much more than blockbuster hits.

Hotel California Pays Tribute to The Eagles

12 May
Family Fun When You Bring Your Refreshments

Family Fun Begins When You Bring Your Chairs and Refreshments

Hotel California Plays Tribute to The Eagles

Hotel California Pays Tribute to The Eagles

Hotel California’s Tribute to the Eagles is Family Entertainment

With the temperatures in the high 80s at 8 p.m., Bakersfield families enjoyed cooling-off with an outdoor concert at the Bright House Networks Amphitheater. Located at 11200 Stockdale Hwy., the amphitheater is unique. It is a gathering place for families to enjoy outdoor picnics while listening to a concert, sitting on the grass or bringing their own chairs. Adults are allowed to bring wine or beer, provided they check in with authorities and get the proper wristband permit. The amphitheater is located within walking distance of fine restaurants like P.F. Chang’s, California Pizza Kitchen, and Café Med. For more information on events call (661) 852-7777 or go to: www.bakersfieldamphitheatre.us.

Hotel California plays "Life in the Fast Lane"

Hotel California plays “Life in the Fast Lane”

The only problem with the concert is that several people thought The Eagles were really going to be playing and not a band named Hotel California. “I’ve never heard of a band named Hotel California,” Hermano Gonzales said as he left the park.  “I thought the Eagles were going to be playing,” Gonzales said. He indicated that the name of the band was not as clear as it could’ve been, although it was advertised as, “Hotel California gives tribute to the Eagles.” Most people stayed and enjoyed their evening regardless of the band’s name. “This is not the Eagles–only a salute,” Brian Carrici ,55, said. “I go to all of the shows in Bakersfield. The first show I ever saw was in 1971-72–The James Gang. In fact, Rare Earth will be playing June 8 here at the Amphitheatre and I intend to go to that concert as well,” Carrici said.

Hotel California is a band's name and they pay tribute to The Eagles.

Hotel California is a band’s name and they pay tribute to The Eagles.

Other events coming this summer include:

Martina McBride-June 28

Air Supply-June 29

Summerland Tour-June 30

For more details go to www.ticketmaster.com

or like Bright House Amphitheatre on www.facebook.com/Bright-House-Network-Amphitheatre

Power Rankings: Bakersfield’s top movie theaters

29 Apr

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re bored and on a budget just like me. So how do you stay in town and have a good time? For starters, you can see a movie.

Want to see a movie right now? Check out movie times, even buy tickets here: http://www.fandango.com/bakersfield_ca_movietimes

When it comes to watching a movie in Bakersfield, there are really only three options. I’ll rank them for you right now.

If you want to see a movie in Bakersfield, go here. Just look at it. (Photo from bluefier.com)

If you want to see a movie in Bakersfield, go to Edwards. Just look at it, Greek gods could live here. (Photo from bluefier.com)

  1. Edwards Cinema (9000 Ming Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93311 Phone: [661] 663-3042): If there’s any place to be when you’re in the mood for a movie, it’s here. For starters, it’s a sight to see on the inside. It’s clean, and there’s an awesome bathroom upstairs if you’re willing to make the 30-second trek. On the outside, it’s just as good. The Edwards Cinema is located in the Marketplace, the biggest social hub in town. It’s in a nice part of town and there’s all kinds of food everywhere, which is always a plus. The only down side to this location is that on Friday nights, the place is crawling with eighth graders.
  2. Reading Cinemas (2000 Wible Road, Bakersfield, CA 93304 Phone: [661] 833-2230): This places second on my list just because it’s better than what’s next. I like this one because it’s close to the mall, just in case you want to spend a lot of money when you’re done with your movie. Good luck finding a parking spot in the same time zone, though.
  3. Maya Cinemas (1000 California Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93304 [661] 636-0484): This place is nice and spacious on the inside, complete with the best arcade selection on the list. If you’re going to see a movie here, go in an armored car… or a tank. Your movie-watching experience would be untouched as far as your satisfaction is concerned. That is, until you go outside. The Maya isn’t exactly in the best part of town, and is known for the robberies that go on in it’s parking lots.

These are my top three movie theaters here in town. However, there are two more that need mentioning: The Dollar Theater and Regency Theaters at the East Hills Mall. These are great if you’re feeling adventurous and brave or you want to shake off a terrible date.

Here’s the link to buy tickets at Edwards: http://www.fandango.com/edwardsbakersfieldstadium14_aaede/theaterpage

Movie Night In Bakersfield

28 Apr

Looking for something entertaining in Bakersfield? Well you can never go wrong with a new released movie which can only be seen at the theater. Bakersfield has several great movie theaters and in this blog will help guide you to the theater that suits you.

  • Edwards Cinemas (Courtesy of yelp.com)

    Edwards Cinemas (Courtesy of yelp.com)

    Edwards Stadium 14 always has a great selection of new released movies and is located in a great area. It is located on 9000 Ming Avenue. This theater offers a great atmosphere for all and is close to a few restaurants and grill which you can enjoy before of after the movie. The service is excellent, its very clean, and the value is great. The price for tickets are as follows: Child admission is 7$, Senior admission is also 7$ and General admission for adults is 10.50$. Movie times can be found on Fandango and you can also buy tickets online.

  • Maya Cinemas (Courtesy of yelp.com)

    Maya Cinemas (Courtesy of yelp.com)

    Maya Cinema 16 is also always a great choice because of its location near down town Bakersfield. It is located 1000 California Avenue. If you are seeking comfort this would be the best choice because of their reclining seats. The customer service is great and the theater is very clean. The ticket prices are low, the food is good and its a great investment when wanting to see new released movies. The prices for the tickets are as follows: Child admission is 6$, Senior admission is also 6$, and General admission for adults is 9$.

  • Reading Cinemas 16 (Courtesy of Google Images)

    Reading Cinemas 16 (Courtesy of Google Images)

    Reading Cinemas 16 is a great choice for those looking to go to the mall and who are looking  to enjoy a movie. This theater is located within walking distance of the Valley Plaza mall on 2000 Wible road. This theater is also quite popular and attracts many people creating a great atmosphere. It is very clean and the service is also excellent. This theater has the cheapest tickets and is a great theater for the value. The price for tickets are as follows: Child admission is 5.50$, Senior admission is also 5.50$, and General admission is 8.50$. Movie times can be found on Fandango and you can also buy tickets online.

The Best Seat in Town

24 Apr

One of America’s favorite pastimes is going to see a show.  Whether you’re watching an action, drama or family feature; there’s fun for all at the movies.  One of Bakersfield’s newest cinemas is Maya Cinemas 16. 


Maya Cinemas Bakersfield 16 is located at 1000 California Avenue. Open 7 days a week 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Maya Cinemas often hosts specialty days including: family, senior, and classic series day.


Allyson Johnson, 17, purchases her ticket to “The Croods” for the 8:45 p.m. showing. “I love Maya Cinemas because it’s the newest theatre in town and gives me something to do on a boring weekday night,” she said.


Tyler Scott, 18, takes movie tickets on Monday evening. Elizabeth Perez, 20, and Stephanie Montoya, 19, visit Maya Cinemas for a late night showing of “Oblivion.”



Maya Cinemas offers a full snack bar that sells the buttery icon that’s synonymous with the movies. They also serve drinks, pizza, ice cream, and candy.



Tyler Scott, 18, has been working at Maya Cinemas for 1 year. In addition to redeeming tickets near the front door he also works the snack bar. “I love working in the theatre, i get to see all the movies I want,” he said.