Sizing Each Other Up
MB Cinematheque: 2,800 square feet.
O Cinema: 5,000 square feet.
Edge: O Cinema. But Cinematheque’s 15-by-20-foot HD screen is still big enough for getting your Sundance on.
Take a Seat
MB Cinematheque: 75 plush, stadium-style seats.
O Cinema: 50 stadium-style chairs.
Edge: Cinematheque. Plush trumps non-plush every time.
MB Cinematheque: A live screening of the Oscars. With Coppola wines.
O Cinema: Mississippi Damned, a gritty story of one family’s struggles against poverty and addiction.
Edge: Cinematheque. Indie doesn’t have to mean downer.
The Concession Stand
MB Cinematheque: Nespresso coffee, gourmet sandwiches, white-chocolate-covered popcorn.
O Cinema: Popcorn, bottled beer, Chilean merlot.
Edge: O Cinema. If you’re going to watch one family’s struggles against poverty and addiction, beer helps.
MB Cinematheque: Film buffs, socialites, Scandinavian tourists.
O Cinema: Artists, DJs, gallerinas, indie types.
Edge: Push. Pick your poison.
MB Cinematheque: The Charlie Chaplin classic Modern Times.
O Cinema: The critically acclaimed Four Lions, a dark comedy about British suicide bombers.
Edge: Cinematheque. When you have the chance, always go Chaplin.