I Miss the Movies
How often do you go to the movies?
I miss the movies…..
I remember when, not so long ago (it seems, for me anyway) going to the movies on the weekends and holidays. It was a big event. When I was a kid (I am 42 now) I really looked forward to going to the movies with my friends and occasionally even my parents. Popcorn was a dollar or two, sodas 85 cents. I mention the cost of popcorn and soda really just as a secondary issue. We would plan days ahead and couldn’t wait. New movies weren’t released as often either. Maybe one or two a week, I think. A gang of us would meet and we would let our friends in the back door if we couldn’t scrape up enough change for admission for everyone. We loved hopping theatre to theatre, spending the whole afternoon just messing around. I think for the most part it isn’t the same anymore.
I think it started with the VCR (remember that?) Everyone wanted one, what a great invention! Slowly but surely ‘movie’ night consisted of running to the video store and spending much too long trying to choose a movie, it seemed we had so many choices! Then we had the worry of the late rental fees. How much did we pay for those? But it was fun. We would bug our parents until they took us and then go home and all watch a movie together. Mom or Dad would have the job of running by the video store to return our movies before work.
About the same time cable networks became widely available, then we HAD to have cable or we might die! Slowly, slowly the visits to the movie theatre began to decrease. Our parents didn’t have to pick us up and drop us off at the theatre; we could just wait for it to come out on video or on cable. Soon enough, visits to the movie theatre were reserved for the blockbuster hits almost exclusively. I think by now I should get to my point…..
I still go to the movies, and even now, it is fun for me. My kids, on the other hand, they are harder to please. There are long discussions about which movie we will see, because of course, our neighborhood theatre has 16 different movies to choose from. Will it be 3D or not, animation or not, so many choices make it too much work for my taste. I usually stay out of it, and wait for the meeting to adjourn. Then we pile into the car, by now my husband and I are a little frazzled.
We arrive at the theatre and my husband fights with the movie ticket dispenser for a while and when the tickets magically pop out of the machine, we go in. It is actually fun for us. The huge movie stadium, bright lights, and awesome sound can be exciting just on that level. The new movies are fantastically made. It is amazing what they can do with special effects now. But I do miss the movies…..the movies of my youth. The old excitement just isn’t there like it was. These movies now will be available in a few weeks streaming on the web. We are able to view movies on our; computers, cell phones, Ipods, Ipads, mp3 players, and who know what else will be next. So when I say I miss the movies, it really is that I miss the thrill of the once, special event that it was to go to the movies!