With the vast selection of movies available on TV now and with the big screens to watch it on, I forgot about actually going to a theater. I wasn't fond of the sticky floor, the fake butter on the popcorn and the effort of gong somewhere.
I can't even remember the last time I saw a movie in a theater.
The theater we used to go to finally closed and was replaced by a new one attached to a nearby shopping mall. It looked lovely from the outside, but I didn't consider actually going there. Until this week. I'm not sure why I agreed to go. Was it the need to go out in the world, the fact that tickets were cheap, or the movie was based on an Agatha Christie book that I had tried to read several times and never found out who did it. ?
When we walked into the building, I felt like I was a stranger in a strange land. The snack bar was more elaborate then the old popcorn, candy and soda offering from the old theater. I was glad I wasn't thirsty because the array of drink dispensers with all kind of things to choose from was actually overwhelming. No more ticket booth-- just machines. And no more tickets--its all on your phone now.
The theater itself was an improvement over what it replaced. There were buttons to make the seat recline and a little table for your snacks. I declined the recline. It was after nine and I was afraid too much comfort would send me off to sleepy town.
Since it was late on a Tuesday night, the theater was mostly empty.
The movie finally began and with the big screen and the dark room, I got lost in it. I forgot about time and all the things I needed to do. No one interrupted with something they needed right then. It was a complete escape.
A Haunting in Venice is very loosely based on the book I kept trying to read. A major character in the book isn't even in the movie. I enjoyed it anyway and it turns out the killer was the same in the movie and the book the book that was called HALLOWEEN, even though the circumstances were different.
When it was over and we walked out in the parking lot, I felt refreshed and understood all over again the appeal to going to a theater to see a movie. Next up BARBIE.