One of my favorite movie theaters will be closing in January. The building is going to be torn down and supposedly will be replaced by a retail establishment (as yet to be determined). There is no historical ot cultural significance to this theater. It is not a landmark, nor do I have specific memories tied to it. So why is this seemingly benign event bothering me? Let me count the ways:
1) They feature under the radar movies. Critically acclaimed, foreign, documentaries- movies that I love to see but are not shown in a traditional cineplex.
2) The seats are large and comfy, with decent legroom, and most importantly, stadium seating. As I’m short, I appreciate being able to see the screen instead of someone’s head.
3) They serve hot tea. My beverage of choice is tea. Very few theaters serve tea. The combination of tea and a movie is intoxicating.
4) An usher comes out before the film starts and welcomes us to the theater. The usher tells us that they will come back into the theater 15 minutes after the film has started in case we have issues with volume, picture quality or temperature. I like this. It makes me feel cared for in an often uncaring world.
5) The theater is easily accessed by public transportation. This is important during bad weather when movie viewing is highly desirable. It is also a nice walk on a pleasant day.
But most importantly:
6) The theater is in the middle of a virtual food Mecca. All types of cuisine, all price ranges, casual to trendy to fancy. It’s perfect.
So why is this the most important reason?
I love quirky movies. I embrace sub titles. I look forward to learning about something new. The husband though…..not so much. His passion is not film, it’s food.
So I approach my husband as follows:
Me: There’s an awesome documentary about cats in Istanbul out in the theater.
The Husband: That’s nice.
Me: I read about an awesome Sri Lankan place. They have this dish called roti, which is where they take the roti, cut it up, and sauté it with this marinated chicken. It’s right around the block from the cat theater.
The Husband: What times the movie and do we need reservations?
And everyone is happy.
Until now. Cause this perfect theater is closing. But until the credits roll in January, I’ll take advantage and savor the moments. And start looking for theaters with good restaurants around them.