This is the next entry in a Theatre… a Movie… and a Time, a series that was begun here. It’s becoming a habit, or synchronicity… whatever, for these records to unexpectedly skip up the chain. [spouse: “you mean there’s a plan?“] I say this because I read a blogger friend’s excellent and personal film retrospective. Thus, we have today’s post. So, a thank you and shout-out goes to christian and his Retro-View post of a genre-classic for inspiring just that.
The AVCO Centre Cinemas:
May 27, 1979: I’m going to dig myself a hole, for sure, if I reference who accompanied moi for this recollection. So, I won’t mention the
girlfriend person I took to see Ridley Scott’s Alien. Unlike others in this series, AVCO Centre Cinemas complex was not some unique or beautiful (let alone iconic) edifice, either (though it does have a haunted history).
Even so, it was in a part of town, Westwood Village near U.C.L.A’s campus, that fast became the place on the westside of L.A. to take a movie date to back then. Many a date would be spent in this district. Before or after she-whose-name-who-must-not-be mentioned. For all that, the truly indelible part of this memory was the film itself.
Alien was massive hit day one upon its May 25th release. No question. That the film had audiences jumping out of their seats and screaming at the screen was part of the appeal. It drew me. We went to Sunday’s sold out late show (the one right before the sold out midnight screening) on the cusp of Memorial Day.
Surely, I’m not the only one to recall when this motion picture made an impact on my movie-going psyche. Without question, those impressions commenced when this notorious scene arrived… and the amounts of popcorn that flew unexpectedly from their containers that night, from the stunned and startled patrons, is now the stuff of legend.