Oscar season is in full swing, and I have to admit I'm very anxious to see how it turns out this year. We went to see "The King's Speech" and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush win. I haven't been this excited about the Oscars since "The Crying Game" was nominated for multiple awards or when Kevin Spacey won the best supporting actor for "The Usual Suspects". I can still picture him in his white tuxedo, with his mom as his date. Can you tell that Kevin Spacey is my favorite actor?!?!?
Going to the movies used to be a big part of my life. I have so many fond memories of going to the movies and incidents that may have occured around that. The small town closest to where I grew up has a single screen, and the family that owned it were a bunch of cheapskates. They not only wouldn't spend any money on upkeep, but they also never, ever got first run movies in. I remember seeing Star Wars when I visited my sister in the summertime, and it didn't show up at the theater at home for months! In the summer you sweltered and in the winter you froze because they wouldn't turn anything on. And the bats--how could I forget the bats!! Going to a horror or science fiction movie had an added twist thanks to the bats who were flying around in the theater full of patrons. Seeing "Scanners" with bats flying around the movie theater was quite the experience.
There were several incidents over the years that make me laugh, but two in particular stand out. My friend Wendy and I both really wanted to see "All That Jazz" but it had an R rating and neither of us were 18 yet, so we talked my mom in to going with us. When we got to the theater, my mom sat towards the back and Wendy and I moved down towards the front. We waited..............and ended up being the only 3 people in the entire theater. Part way through the movie, my mom had a coughing fit and thinking we were funny, Wendy and I both turned around and said "quiet in the back!" We thought we were funny anyhow. ;)
The other one was when my sister and I decided to go see "The Blade Runner". As I said before, the family that owned this theater were cheap but the price to get in wasn't. We went to the local convenience store and bought pop and candy bars and stuck them in our purses to take in. You can imagine my embarrassment when I went to open the pop can, only to have it slip because of the moisture, and it rolled, the whole way down the aisle of the theater with me running after it. When I finally retrieved it and got back to my seat, my sister was laughing so hard she had tears running down her face, and then proceeded to nickname me "The Can Runner". Gee thanks Sis!
Unfortunately over the years, our trips to the movies have become few and far between. However, one huge advantage of our move is we now live within 5 minutes or less of two (yes two!) MULTIPLEXES!!! And they don't have bats either!! We have actually been to the movies three times since we moved, probably more than we had in the whole previous year. Hopefully we will get back in to our movie addiction now that it is more convenient. And you'll be happy to know that the movie theater in town changed hands (twice) since the cheapskate family, and is now owned by a man who not only loves movies, but loves the theater and has been painstakingly restoring it. And the bats are gone too!