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Thu Dec 25, 2014, 11:01 AM

Last Night I Went to the Movies...It was a Wonderful Time....

It was an old movie, playing Christmas Eve in a fairly new movie theater, and it was a new print of the movie. I got there early enough to get a great seat in the fifth row, but that seat was elevated enough, and far enough from the screen, so that my eyes were in perfect alignment with the screen. The screen enveloped my vision. My entire view ahead was this huge screen. The sound was clear and not too loud. Just right..and the movie came on.. "It's A Wonderful Life" ..In a movie theater, black and white film, with 50 to 75 other people out that night in 39 degree cloudy weather...

And I really enjoyed this experience. From the beginning to the end.. that film took me away to that man and his family's view of what dealing with others is all about. Mr Potter, the villain, was the antithesis of this family, Potter was so full of hate and greed that it flowed into all of us watching. At the end, everything was ok, as I knew it would be. I had seen it so many times that I lost count, as had the people in front of me who I talked briefly with. We had all seen it before, but this time seemed like the first. That film shows what humanity can strive for and I had a wonderful time.

One last thought.....seeing it on the big screen was an event in itself. That is how movies are really meant to be experienced.

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Reply Last Night I Went to the Movies...It was a Wonderful Time.... (Original post)
Stuart G Dec 2014 OP
Tobin S. Dec 2014 #1
grasswire Dec 2014 #2
Stuart G Dec 2014 #3
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2014 #4
Logical Dec 2014 #5
Stuart G Dec 2014 #6
Logical Dec 2014 #7
nirvana555 Dec 2014 #8
Logical Dec 2014 #9

Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 01:20 PM

1. I dig that movie, too, Stuart.

I saw it for the first time a couple of years ago with my wife. She was amazed that I'd managed to live 40 years without seeing the film.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 02:02 PM

2. sounds like a wonderful xmas eve.

Did you think of the Koch brothers?

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Response to grasswire (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 02:58 PM

3. I guess I didn't think of them

The two of them and their hatred for people, probably are worse than Potter. But Potter is in a story, Koch brothers are real. And greed and hatred are for real..

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 04:08 PM

4. Big screen is key to the experience, I agree.

Your seat sounds like a perfect place to be.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 05:07 PM

5. Many DUers will be mad the theater was open. nt

 

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Response to Logical (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 05:11 PM

6. I am very glad that the theater was open last night.

Those of us who were there really did have a great time.

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 05:20 PM

7. I would be also! I love Xmas day movies!! nt

 

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Response to Logical (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 06:18 PM

8. The first time I saw it I was 24 years old. I'd been sick and my son (who was 6 at the time)

and my mom went to our church's Christmas Eve Candle light service so i was by myself. There were just a few channels in those days (I'm 57 now)and I was looking around for something to watch. I just happened upon it and it has had a lasting impression no other movie has ever had. How cool to see it on the big screen. Good Going!

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Response to nirvana555 (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 25, 2014, 07:24 PM

9. Wow, great memory! nt

 

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