This is the next entry in a Theatre… a Movie… and a Time, a series that was begun here. Chasing the continuing Versus AFI: 10 Top 10 arc I have going this year, currently centered on the Fantasy genre, it was only fitting I’d chronicle another film in this theatre-memory series. I can feel my nostalgia Spidey Sense kicking in…
Kim: “Hold me.”
Edward: “I can’t.”
December 1990: as I’ve noted in this series, the area of Westwood Village (the small college town/district to the south of the large U.C.L.A. campus) was a regular haunt for me in my younger days. With a dense amount of unique film theaters and various eateries clustered together for students, visitors, and tourists alike, it was the movie date hotspot for a certain time during the 70s and 80s.
And while our newlywed status lasted, my bride would accompany moi for all such excursions there.
This probably led she-who-must-be-obeyed to attend motion pictures she may not have taken in first-run, or at all. Still, having her with me on those occasions I wouldn’t trade for a month of Sundays. She is special, this one. So, sitting next to my bride watching Edward Scissorhands only added to the moment and the memory. She not quite the Tim Burton fan and all, I take a supreme compliment and/or commitment.
Bringing my wife to the Bruin Theatre was just icing on the cake. Studios from time-to-time still have movie premieres there to this day. Some will even bring out the arc lights. But since this beautiful hall is in the shadow of her landmark sister theater right across the street, this one is outshined too often, unfortunately. It’s too bad. Patrons who once graced her auditorium, years ago, would note the murals there that kept them company in the dark as they glowed.
They’re sadly painted over, now, but at least her doors remain open and you can still catch a movie there.