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"Soho House...tends toward films with a Manhattan theme"The chorus of "the comfort of your own home" always seems to strike a particular chord in this country (with all the unavoidable slumping box office talk, we do wonder why there isn’t more discussion of the fact that, given the choice to do any activity (including dating, shopping, and, yes, movie-watching) in one’s pajamas from one’s couch with a pint of Häagen-Dazs in one’s hand, that’s probably the way one is going to go).

So how to get people to put on some pants and get out to the cinema? That New York Times piece on movie theaters for grown-ups (not the naughty kind) isn’t up anymore, but on the topic of people attempting to provide a new, improved (or old, retro) moviegoing experience, Dana Calvo at the LA Times checks out the booming drive-in movie business in Texas, including the Crossroads Drive-in:

[Owner Steve] Rodman charges adults $5 for a double feature ($4 for kids and retirees), and he sells about 400 tickets a week. He doesn’t accept credit cards, though, just cash or personal check. The concession stand offers free refills on soda and popcorn, and a small crock pot keeps cheese in a warm goo state for chili dogs.

That sounds so good to us right now. Teresa Méndez at the Christian Science Monitor looks into "dive-in," summer outdoor screenings by a pool, popular in locations ranging from Roeland Park, KS to the unbearably exclusive SoHo House in Manhattan (which "tends toward films with a Manhattan theme, like anything by Woody Allen or ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’," and also probably offers a better chance of scoring some coke in the bathroom).

And Dan Neil at the LA Times attends a near-empty screening at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and pens a probably-not-that-premature obit to the grand old theaters:

It’s hard not to envy our parents and grandparents their moviegoing experience. It’s true, they didn’t have digital light processing projection and THX sound, cinema’s blue pill of sensory overload. But what their theaters had was a sense of occasion.

Our ideal theater is a massive old one, with a balcony and rows of crumbling seats. We’d sneak a bottle of wine into an eccentric late-afternoon double feature, and share it with friends who’d serendipitously happened to show up to watch the same films. If you know of such a place, do let us know.

+ Going out to a movie (LA Times)
+ Moviegoers get into the swim of things (Christian Science Monitor)
+ Where’s Sid when we need him? (LA Times)

[Update: that New York Times article is currently up at the Chicago Tribune]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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