When i was on holiday in Miami i decided to go & see a film at the theater at CocoWalk (aka The Grove). The film (Post Grad with Alexis Bledel, Rory from Gilmore Girls) had been out for a while so i didn’t expect a lot of other people in the theater with me. But i didn’t count on being the only one (!) there when the film started. Hmmm okay, never experienced that before. Heaven! You can laugh when you want, comment on stuff out loud and just do what the heck you like, within reason of course.
After about 15 min. a guy came in, decided he needed to sit only 2 row’s away from me & he kept looking at me over his shoulder, at one point he just stared at me for over a minute. Weirdo alert!!! I could see he was holding a beer and even if i didn’t see the can, i knew he was/ had been drinking ’cause you couldn’t miss the oder he brought in with him. Thinking this was going to be a dreadful experience, the film started & luckly the guy just watched the screen and laughed at the most unfunny moments in the film (just like i said weirdo!).
When the film was done he quickly left, leaving me alone in theater again. Perfect, because i just wanted to just stay a little while longer. Not to think about & reflect on the film (it was good just not great), but i wanted to take in what it feels like to be in a theater all by yourself. The theater wasn’t so spectacular looking as the one on the photo above, but an empty theater has a magical feeling. It’s like Lyn Gardner of The Guardian describes it, it’s like a netherworld between real life and the life of the film or an eerie twilight world between everyday life and a make-believe one.
Walking out trough the doors & out into the foyer, that magical feeling was instantly gone. Only the beer smell was back… together with the smell of old (rotting) popcorn & sweaty feet!
* A song from the musical Annie
– Post inspired by Nsmbl