This is the next entry in a Theatre… a Movie… and a Time, a series that was begun here. Since Rachel and I have reviews loading in the tubes for another of our parallel posts this week, I thought this memory dump should precede all that and plow the road. You’ll note, only the widest of images is fitting for this combination of theatre and movie. Close all watertight doors before diving in, though. 😉
March 2, 1990: there was one time when a book of fiction made its way into my work and movie-going life. Tom Clancy’s first published novel, The Hunt for Red October, was that novel. Among the IT department cohorts that began filling the spaces around me at the job in the mid-to-late 80s, this was the techno-thriller paperback that made it across most of the analysts and support staff desks nearby. Mine, too. Tech-geeks are a strange lot. Not only do they work in technology, they want to read more about it.
With the announcement the novel was to be adapted to film later in the decade, a bunch of us tech-heads lit up on the news. You had discussions who they’d pick for the leads, and how it all could go terribly wrong up on the screen. And when the release date crept closer, about ten of us computer geeks set about planning and pre-ordering tickets for the film’s opening day. Enjoyed working where we did, but this somehow became more important. We thought we might as well make it memorable.
Since few movie palaces in the Los Angeles area are as unique than the famed Cinerama Dome Theatre, why not do this there, I suggested? Didn’t take much convincing, plus it wasn’t that far from the workplace. So, on this date I and a couple of others left a tad early from the job and got there in plenty of time to hold places in line for the rest driving up. All for just a chance at good seats inside the iconic geodesic dome. Landing almost center row, and half way back of that enormous curved screen, we (and the movie) made this moment all the way awesome.