I’ve been watching a documentary series about the history of film. It’s fascinating. It looks at films from around the world showing how each era had its own influences and influenced future eras. It is getting me to look at movies in a new way. I have always loved movies. As a child and teenager, I walked to the local movie theater every weekend for the children’s matinee. I could see two movies for a dollar and could see the same two over again if I wanted. I probably saw all the Disney movies as well as The Three Stooges, even James Bond and The Beatles’ movies. I was saddened to learn that iconic theater that had been open since the 1920s had closed. I have many fond memories from there. At home, my parents also loved movies. Dad liked the old movies, often in black and white. Mom liked watching the 4:30 pm movie on weekdays. If given a choice, Mom and Dad would often choose a movie over a TV show. I saw all the movies from the 30s, 40s and 50s in addition to the new ones being made.
Later, I was within walking distance to the Spectrum Theater in Albany, NY. My partner did their maintenance and got free movies for us. Once again, I was able to pursue one of my favorite pastimes. When I moved to Petersburgh, NY and became a senior citizen, movies at a theater in Bennington, VT, only a half hour drive away, were only five dollars. So, I went fairly often. Then the pandemic hit, and I stopped going to theaters. Watching movies at home is certainly convenient, but not the same as sitting in a theater. I missed the theater vibe. Unfortunately, the pandemic also affected my business adversely and left me on a limited income making the price of today’s tickets unaffordable for me. Recently, my partner and I decided to go back to our favorite theater in Bennington and were pleasantly surprised to learn that they did a number of upgrades including installing recliners with heated seats. The price of tickets went up a little to six dollars plus extra for the recliners, but they are still affordable. Now I’m just waiting for the great movies to be released. And, if you love movies like I do, I highly recommend watching The Story of Film - An Odyssey on Amazon Prime.