We joined the history making crowd and went to see X-Men3 on Memorial Day this week, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. My DH and I are both big fans of the comic book genre, particularly if they're based on the old comics.
Seeing the movie in our reclining stadium seats was quite a bit different from what it was like to go to the movies when I was little.
For one thing, there was an usher who walked you down the aisle, with a flashlight in hand, and helped you find a seat, because they were always crowded. Then, the floors were always super, super sticky! By the end of the movie you had trouble picking up your feet, what with all the drinks that had been spilled all that day. It wasn't unusual to have popcorn thrown overhead during the movie, either. If it got bad, the usher would come and evict the culprits, but usually a few choice voiced complaints from one of the husky movie goers was enough to stop the tom foolery.
On more than one occassion, I had to swap places with somebody in order to be able to see, because I was always shorter than the person in front of me. Not only did we get to see the feature movie and the previews, but we also got to see a newsreel and a cartoon. That was quite a treat in itself.
The only time I remember ever sitting way down front was when I would go to the Saturday matinee with the boy downstairs in Chicago at the neighborhood theatre to see the Westerns. We'd sit so close we'd be looking straight up through the whole thing! Only a kid could enjoy that. And we'd go to the theater by ourselves, too, with no concerns at all about safety. My grandmother wasn't the least bit worried about us, and we couldn't have been but about 10 years old.
Nobody had to worry about us seeing something in a movie that we shouldn't see, either. It wasn't until the 60's that writers started pushing against the censorship codes.
Why, I remember being embarrassed as a teenager, going to see Pillow Talk with a date! And I still remember the scene in Suzie Wong when she said, "Zip Up, Wobert!" as being so shocking as the time.
Back then the tickets and concession stand goodies were so cheap that we always bought popcorn and Coke. It's only been as an adult that I've broken the habit, simply because I'd rather spend the money on something else.
Well, I've rambled on long enough. What are some of YOUR early movie memories? Did you get to go by yourself as a child? Do you remember the sticky floors? What was your favorite cartoon? Come share yesterday's memories with us.
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