Friday, May 04, 2012
SJ and I recently ventured downtown into the land of movie palace movie watching with a screening of Chinatown at the Orpheum. As you can see by the photos, going to the theatre used to be a glamorous evening out with bright neon marquees and opulent chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The Orpheum seats nearly 2,000 people and has a huge balcony [where we sat] that offers a perfect view down to a massive screen. I love watching films from the balcony. Talk about "old school."
Some people claim that we've progressed as a society and civilization through the decades. Well, I sort of disagree. Compare the Orpheum with the soulless, charmless multiplex and it's pretty clear that in terms of how we watch films--we've seriously digressed. I wish I could see every single movie in a place like the Orpheum, but sadly, this was a rare screening in a theatre that is currently known for live music more than movies. At least the theatre is still being used, unlike so many of its brethren from the 1920s in downtown cities across America.
Posted by Joshua Blevins Peck at 6:30 AM