It's not to say that our 'hood is unacceptable, but having a more direct commute to the working world makes life much easier. And having a three screen movie theater within walking distance seals the deal for us. When D-Money and I lived in Tarzana, we were a five-minute walk from the local multiplex and a quick drive from an independent movie place in Encino. In Chicago, we lived in Lincoln Square for a while and loved taking in movies at the Davis, which cost $5 per ticket - perfect. If we stayed in Chicago, we would've hunkered down in LS or headed out to Oak Park with its architectural history and - yes, you guessed it - movie theater on the main drag.
Not so much to ask for, right? Will it happen? We can only hope. And play the lottery a little more often.