If you ask me, there's just no substitute for the silver screen. There's just something I love about seeing a movie in the theater. Maybe it's the overpriced but oh-so-buttery popcorn. Maybe it's the giant screen and wall-shaking surround sound. I don't know what it is that draws me in, but I know it's powerful enough not to let the high ticket prices deter me.
David and I have always been fairly regular moviegoers. In the last year or so, we've made it about a twice a month routine with his sister and brother-in-law. In the last couple of months, it's been much more often than that. Summer blockbusters, after all.
I've even begun seeing movies more than once in the theater. This is a practice I used to avoid. However, both The Proposal and Ice Age 3 have been repeated in the last little while. (To be fair, I did see them both with different people that the original viewing. And children were even involved for Ice Age. More on that in a minute.) Harry Potter will also get an encore in IMAX format.
I've even found joy in going to the movies by myself. Some people think this is weird, but you generally don't talk to your companions much during the movie anyway. When I have to travel for work or when everyone else wants to see something I have no interest in seeing when there is something I definitely want to see just a few doors down, I don't mind a bit to watch solo.
Some movies (those over 2 1/2 hours or those of marginal interest to me) are still reserved for the Netflix list. (Yes, our movie buff lifestyle absolutely carries over the the DVD realm!) It just seems that a night at the movies is a night well spent. It doesn't require a lot of planning, it doesn't require anyone to clean their house, it doesn't require anything but $8.50 a person.
My favorite recent movie trip involved taking BonBon and Skywalker to Ice Age last week. First, I asked SW if he wanted popcorn. He replied "I'm not really a fan." (He's 6) BB (she's 4) then answered that sometimes she likes it, sometimes she doesn't. She then squealed "I want THOSE!!!!!" and pointed at the candy case. Followed by "What are they?" They were Twizzlers, by the way. (Did she get them? See photo.) We got settled into our seats (as a non-parent, this was actually more of an ordeal than I had anticipated) and waited for the movie to begin. Of course, every preview that was shown was followed by "I want to see that!" As the movie began, I gave BB a handful of popcorn. I figured a handful would be a good start since sometimes she likes it and sometimes she doesn't. It didn't take her long to realize that movie theater popcorn is in a league of its own! I frequently felt a tiny little tap on my arm and saw her pointing to her empty popcorn napkin. She ended up eating almost as much of it as me! SW literally sat on the edge of his seat the whole time. (He was much too cool for the booster seat despite being barely able to see over the seat in front of him.) They laughed hysterically throughout. And, for us big kids, it was just as fun the second time around. The best part was to see movie magic in action for SW and BB.
Side note: The best non-movie part was stopping by Starbucks afterward and having SW tell us he didn't like coffee because it makes you cough. I said "No it doesn't" and he replied "Then why do they call it COUGH-ee?" Valid point, kiddo!!
I only have two real frustrations with my movie going. A) The local theaters are kind of "old-school" (read: non-stadium seating, sticky floors, one person working the concession stand.) Therefore, a 45 minute drive to a "good" theater is usually required. B) The 4-6 messages to remind you to turn off your cell phone. (Including one theater that sends in an employee to remind you in person.) I understand it is annoying. However, it's not fatal. Well, unless a person near you gets annoyed and kills you. Nevertheless, one or two reminders would probably suffice. Having a 20 foot tall former American Idol David Cook remind you is a little bit of overkill. Other than that, the movies make me happy!!
I don't know what's next on the agenda (other than HP in IMAX) but I think it's safe to say that David and I should have our picture in one of the Coming Soon frames along the wall at the theater.Don't worry Cleve, the Saturday matinee ticket taker at Breckenridge Village, you won't have to miss our smiling faces for long!