We are fortunate enough to still have an independent cinema in our town. We are a smallish seaside town and Vue or the others would never come here, in fact the nearest is a good hour away.
I love movies, I used to think everyone does but I have met quite a few people that don't as a rule. I was thinking about writing this post today about how although I think I will watch all sorts, but actually, it isn't true anymore.
I won't watch horror movies anymore but I loved them as a youngster. Pet Sematary? I loved that movie, watched it a few times, I wouldn't watch it now. 18 rated movies? I would think carefully before watching one, I can count on the fingers of one hand how many I have watched in recent years. Wolf Of Wall Street was admired rather than enjoyed.
But general family, action, adventure, thriller, military, romance, fantasy, I lap it all up.
When I was small I remember Dad taking me to watch Star Trek, far too frightening for me
I remember my big cousins taking me to see The Jungle Book and then being gently teased because I was crying, I was mortified
I remember the saturday morning 'Kids Session' for 50p to keep us off the streets I suspect. There was the Pearl & Dean music, cartoons, The Red Hand Gang serial and then a movie, with great excitement if it was new. There were sweets and I can't remember their name, in a box with chocolate covering and soft centres and I could never decided which flavour to get.
I remember going to see Pretty In Pink 3 times in one week with my friend and desperately wanting to be Andie, I still listen to two songs from the soundtrack regularly! Pretty In Pink by The Psychedelic Furs and If You Leave by OMD in case you are wondering.
I remember going to see Jurassic Park with my boyfriend and taking his little brother and sister to see it.
I remember trekking across London with my best friend (it was after dark and we hadn't been out at night before) to go see Trainspotting at the only cinema we could score tickets. The Tube was covered in the characters faces and the orange advertising they used. Even now after all these years the Underworld Born Slippy music plays in my head as I think of it. That track is still listened to frequently...I see a pattern.
A local family ran the cinema for about 30 years as a true independent but ticket sales eventually meant they had to close the doors as it was so run down, it was a horrible vicious circle to see.
A smaller independent chain called Merlin took over and renovated it from 1 big screen to 4 screens. One large auditorium, 2 smaller rooms and then what we call the Cosy Cinema, leather sofas and chairs, a proper table for your popcorn and plenty of legroom.
We know we have struck gold when the film we want to see comes up with the magic Screen 7 (I must ask why it is called that when there are only 4!)
They have a Movie Magic card so you get money off, even more on particular days and times. And we try and go as often as we can to support them and because we love it. I would ideally go every week and just watch what was on, we used to do that as teens as it was something to do, but it isn't always possible. However we do go once or twice a month.
Last month we went to see Insurgent. I wasn't blown away but it was ok. It was in Screen 7 though so it was all the better for that.
Do you enjoy the cinema?
More scrapping for challenges on UKS this one was for the Simple Recipe Challenge devised by Leo. I always look forward to doing this one and it went perfectly with The Nest papers from Webster's that I have been cutting to death.
I have another question. How on earth do you peel off and place the bling correctly, if you look at mine you will see it went wrong, it looks like a tired octopus, but it looked great on the cellophane. Any tips gratefully received as I think they are lovely, and I have some more