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Format of Palo Alto Online Movie Page:

Original post made by bru, Crescent Park, on May 25, 2009

Here is the Palo Alto Online movie page: Web Link

The Palo Alto Online movie page is formatted by movie
name. Meaning that a movie is listed, alphabetically,
and then the theaters where it is playing are listed
underneath with the times to the right.

Somehow this just seems wrong. Most times I go to movie
by location, or want to see what is playing at the
Stanford, or Aquarius ... by the theater, by how far I
have to go, or how crowded or nice the theater is,
or what kind of movies I know that theater plays.

If you want to know all the movies playing at the
Century 16 for example, you have to scan the whole
page, and rescan, and it is more difficult to hold
the alternatives in your mind when they are all over
the page.

Does anyone agree that they should change the format
to list the movie theaters and then the movies playing
at each theater? Who thought of the current scheme,
I have never seen it before, and I think there is a
reason why.


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Posted by Tyler Hanley
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on May 28, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Tyler Hanley is a registered user.

We are in the process of upgrading our online movie pages. The new system will allow users to view movie times by both film and theater, so you will be able to search just the Century 16 or Aquarius, for example. This should make it easier for people interested in seeing what's playing at a particular theater.

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Posted by bru
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 28, 2009 at 12:47 pm

bru is a registered user.

That's great news, thanks.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 28, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I hope it doesn't go totally by theater, I usually want to see a particular movie and don't really mind which theater I go to so it makes sense to me to have it the way it is as well as listings by theater.

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Posted by bru
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 28, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Yeah, but it is so much easier to scan a page for a movie than to scan for a list of what is playing at a given theater.

For instance the Stanford theater is within my walking distance. I do not know what is going to be playing so I have to scan the whole page to find the Stanford often in different spots because the movies are different names and will move around alphabetically.

On the other hand, most movies you can tell what theaters they are going to be at so a quick scan of the theater that has the type of movie you are looking for will likely give you results - and the theater scans alphabetically all the time, so it does not move all over on the page.