My family and I will be attending something special tomorrow evening. The latest get-together of those who’ve experienced the outdoor joy of another Mission Tiki Drive-in…
This is the next entry in a Theatre… a Movie… and a Time, a series that was begun here. It will be a special record in this ongoing mini-memoir of…
Here, I head-counted a half-dozen patrons enjoying the movie as it drew down to the last of its scenes. I bounded upstairs in time to execute a proper changeover. Nothing out of the ordinary, really. All was well, yes? It was…until I went down again. As was my routine to see that no exit doors were left ajar, this occurred a mere 5 minutes later.
So, what were the lessons gleamed while employed there? Scrimping was a way of life for independents. The economics of the movie theater in the mid-70s hadn’t changed much since the 30s and 40s either. Studios made their money from the box office — and theater owners made theirs from the concession stand.
This is the next entry in a Theatre… a Movie… and a Time, a series that was begun here. As I’ve stated before, “… what really kicks off an entry… most of the time is other bloggers.” In this case, Monica’s guest post over at Tyson Carter’s site, Head in a Vice, had the honors. Her look (published in the U.S. on Veteran’s Day) at one stellar epic by a master of cinema kicked off this memory download.
“This is truly one of the most epic Japanese films of the Feudal era. The fabric of story that Kurosawa has weaved creates an awe dropping experience that completely engulfs the viewer in a web of deep-rooted plot. It doesn’t overwhelm you to the point where you are sitting there wondering who is who and what just transpired. It’s laid out in a way that one can fully understand the characters and where their loyalties lie.”
This is the next entry in a Theatre… a Movie… and a Time, a series that was begun here. I’m sure this will come as happy news for some, but we’re almost done with my week of posts on The Exorcist. With what happened back in ’77, there had to be a redemption coming. At the very least, for the franchise, the story, and ultimately for those who returned to the movie theater. Fortunately, it came from the one closest to the source.
Mr. Dryden: “Lawrence, only two kinds of creature get fun in the desert: Bedouins and gods, and you’re neither. Take it from me, for ordinary men, it’s a burning, fiery furnace.”
T.E. Lawrence: “No, Dryden, it’s going to be fun.”
Mr. Dryden: “It is recognized that you have a funny sense of fun.”