Academy Cinemas

Best Second-Run Cinema, August 2009

L.A.’s second-run cinemas are predictably seedy: One projects movies on a too-small screen, another’s toilets are consistently broken, and a third charges a whopping $7.50 a ticket. Then there’s the six-screen Academy Cinemas in Pasadena, where films only a month old are shown for $3 a pop ($2 for matinees) in a well-maintained venue.