Oct. 13, 2017

What do you think?

I watched Channel 2 News tonight. They addressed the slow demise of movie theaters. It’s kind of sad.

I remember, as a child, my mother gave us fifty cents and dropped us off at the Parkview Theater on Spencer Highway in Pasadena. I have great memories of spending the day watching a movie, a cartoon, and then a totally different movie. Most of you will find this shocking, but this scenario occurred in one single theater without stadium seating. <smile>

Channel 2 interviewed today’s theater owners who voiced their concerns regarding the struggle to keep movie theaters open and profitable. Eliminate movie theaters? Naw! Could never happen…. or could it?

After all, renting movies from places like Blockbuster are certainly part of the past. I can remember trying to rent specific movies at Hollywood Video only to be told there was a waiting list for certain titles. The movie rental stores caught on quickly and purchased multiple copies of the same VHS tape to please the customer. Then came DVDs. As technology advances, time changes. Or is it the other way around?

Being a stay-at-home mom with a single-income family and three kids, a rental was the only way we could afford to watch movies with our boys. Wait. That’s not totally true. Parkview Theater turned into a Dollar Cinema making one last ditched effort to stay alive.  Despite a $1.00 entry fee for all movies, all the time, the plan failed.

I love going to the movies. I love the big screen, the movie popcorn, and I happened to like the stadium seating; especially with their reclining chairs. I feel very special in a movie theater setting. We laugh. We cry. We cringe. We celebrate. Nowadays, we even praise Jesus since more Christian-based movies are being released.

I guess it doesn’t matter where we watch our movies. I think what bothers me most is that we are giving people, especially kids, permission to be anti-social and anti-family. If everyone can stream anything they want to watch on their tablets or cell phones, when will we spend time together? When will we be irritated by that person one row in front of us who ignores the message to turn off cell phones? Yea, I know you’re out there. I see you in that dark theater with that bright little screen.

I remember watching a Will Smith movie entitled, “i,ROBOT.” Robots took the place of human beings. It felt very sci-fi to me at the time, but who knows? It could happen. We may all go to our rooms, stay in our rooms, watch whatever we choose to watch alone, and only come out when our robot has dinner ready for us. Or the robot just might serve us supper in our secluded bedroom? That way we can finish watching our movie alone because the entire family is in their own rooms doing the same thing.

Sounds like a lonely existence to me.  What do you think?