A theater playing back-to-back films, exploiting sex, violence, and other extreme subject matter.
A lot of members here surely don't remember the golden age (If one can call it that) of Grindhouse movie theaters. A true grindhouse theater was a theater that was once a grand theater, probably built in the 20s or 30s. In the late 60s to late 70s, they had become old, in a state of dis-repair. They survived by showing cheaply made horror movies, crime movies, or badly made science fiction. (Starship invasions, anyone?) Often these films had no big names stars, poor special effects, bad acting, bad writing, and lots of action, blood and guts. And they were terrific, if you had the right sense of humor. Today, most if not all of the Grindhouse movie houses have fallen to the wrecking ball. Two in my area were the old Newton Corner Paramount, and E.M. loew's West End Cinema, right near the old North Station. That one even had the funky pizza/sub shop next door, for an after-movie treat.
So, who digs a good grindhouse movie? Some of my faves:
-Starship Invasions. (With Robert Vaughn? Holy smurf!)
-Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. Did any teenaged male who saw this not have a crush on Susan George?
-Blacula. ("You will be... Blacula!") Vampires can have visible dental work? Who Knew?
-Beyond the door. Great rip off of the Exorcist, itself a Grindhouse movie, but with a big budget. Anyone for cream of spinach soup?
-The incredible melting man. Actually great makeup effects, but totally silly everything else.
-The house that vanished.
-The last house on the left.
-Let's Scare Jessica to Death. Actually very creepy in its own way.
-Gone in 60 seconds. The original please. Perhaps the best chase movie ever filmed.
Those are some of mine. These are great for viewing with a group, after an off-season group ride. Break out the pizza, popcorn and brewskis.