“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

A word about movie theatres ...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

People have been talking about the end of the movie theatre for a long time. First they said the VCR was going to kill them. Ditto for the DVD. Ditto for the Internet. But they're still there. Here's why:

Think of how you feel when you leave that dark theatre, after the end credits have started rolling. When you emerge into the lighted lobby your senses feel slightly surprised (Oh! Light!) and there's this feeling of fresh calmness, like having just woken up from a nice sleep. You feel as if the rest of the day is a fresh canvas, and that you've somehow recharged during this 2-hour rest. There's also this barely perceptible feeling of light-headedness and a semi-numb tingling sensation you feel from head to toe, something like a very-slight electric current ... and it doesn't matter what movie you've seen. (Perhaps it's a circulation issue?)

I honestly can't think of anything that replicates the way I feel when I walk out of a movie theatre.


Anonymous Susan said...

Better yet, the Tampa Theater in Tampa, Florida. I have a shirt that says "Megaplex, Schmegaplex." There's no experience like seeing "Gone with the Wind" or "It's a Wonderful Life" in those velvet seats surrounded by dim lights and architecture unmatched by the cinemas of today...

May 20, 2009 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Susan: I'll be sure to check it out next time I'm in town.

May 20, 2009 at 6:21 PM  
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