“I’m someone who believes the only way to see a movie is in a big theater, on a big screen, with a big bag of popcorn.”

Today is sweatshirt weather. It’s cold and damp with rain expected. Two days ago it was in the 80’s; today is 61°. I’m thinking of staying close to home. The Science Fiction channel has cold and ice movies, perfect choices for the day. Yeti is now attacking. Keep in mind he doesn’t like pepper spray. It infuriates him, and the last thing any of us need is an infuriated Yeti.

No plumbers, electricians, EMT’s or the like have darkened my doorstep in a couple of days. I think the proverbially black cloud has passed. I pity the person above whom it looms.

Today is a perfect movie matinee day. I’ll buy my ticket for a quarter and use my nickel for vanilla Turkish Taffy or a Sugar Daddy. They always last a good part of the movie. I wonder what cartoon they’ll show first. Bugs Bunny is always a good guess. I, however, am more of a Daffy Duck fan. The paper said the movie today is It Conquered the World. There better not be any ugly monsters or scary aliens as they’ll be screaming girls all over the theater. I, however, am never one of them. I love being scared. I know the back seats will be filled early. That’s where the teenagers go to make out. I always sneak a look at them on my way to the bathroom. Too bad they’re missing such a good movie.

It never occurred to me back then that my mother spend under a dollar to get rid of us all afternoon. I figure she thought it a wise investment. We had to walk up town, wait to buy a ticket, stand in line to buy candy, pick a seat, watch the movie then walk back home. She had the whole afternoon to herself or with my two little sisters. It must have seemed like heaven.

It’s sort of funny, but I’m back to matinees. They’re cheaper and far less crowded on a weekday. I buy popcorn and a drink. The theater is always filled with people my age, just like back then.

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12 Comments on ““I’m someone who believes the only way to see a movie is in a big theater, on a big screen, with a big bag of popcorn.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Weather reports in Dallas are boring between now and Labor Day weekend. It’s the same every day, It’s going to be very hot and dry with temperatures at, near or above one hundred degrees.

    Now you know why having sex in the afternoon is called a ‘Matinee’. For a quarter per kid a man and a woman could enjoy each other for a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon. The quarter included a bag of popcorn. I haven’t thought about ‘Bonomos’ vanilla Turkish Taffy bars in years. I wonder if they are still being made. Unfortunately, if I ate one it would pull out all of my expensive dental work.

    The Saturday afternoon kid shows were wonderful for the kids because the movie theaters were one of the first places to get air conditioning. The show was always three or four cartoons, a short film and then a double feature. These were not first run movies they were retreads and B movies. I never liked the scary ones and hid under the seat or went to the bathroom. In 1953 my family went to see ‘The War of The Worlds’. I still can’t watch that movie or the remake because the memory of the nightmares from my childhood still bother me. The proliferation of alien invasion movies was also a product of the cold war.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      You know, I never did realize why sex in the afternoon was called a matinee. I got the afternoon part but not the reference to the Saturday’s of my youth.

      They were always teenagers, never men and women. Most were under sixteen and didn’t drive.

      I don’t even remember when mine got air-conditioning. I know it was later than most.

  2. Mario B Says:

    Cute nostalgic comments. T’was the same up here in Canada. Thanks.

    • Kat Says:

      Mario,
      Life was simple when 30cents brought an entire afternoon of food and entertainment.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Much the same weather over here today but with lots of rain, something they said shouldn´t appear here at all 🙂 🙂 🙂 I have the latest Narnia movie to watch if I like to, but strangely enough I have had to do things all day. I guess I´ll see it tonight instead.

    I don´t remember when they stopped showing cheaper matinée movies over here, but I loved going to them. They never showed any cartoons so it was the commercials we loved to watch 🙂 We didn´t have commercials on tv back then.

    I´ve started a fire in the stove and it´s time to make some tea I feel 🙂 By the way my favorites were and still is Wile E. Coyote and the road runner 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      Right now it’s in the 50’s and still raining. Is that The Dawn Treader? I only saw the first two.

      I could use a fire right about now!

  4. Zoey & Me Says:

    I remember those Saturday Matinees too. Popcorn and Sugar Daddy’s were on my list too. A gang of us would go together if it was a western. I think I saw Westside Story 10 times on the big screen. But we were in the burbs so had to have a parent drives us to the theatre. Good memories today Kat.

    • Kat Says:

      Z&Me,
      We always walked except if it was raining then we could coerce my dad into giving us a ride. Lots of us went together or we’d run into friends there. I saw a lot of Roy Rogers!

      I even saw West Side Story in Ghana in Accra. It had two movie theaters.

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  6. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    I never thought of sex in the afternoon as a matinee! I think we only went to Matinees in the summer, when it rained and I was younger..I barely remember them, although one theater was next door to where my parents had their store.
    Glad the dark cloud has passed, maybe it didn’t move on to someone else– i like to think it evaporated. Now on to ( drum roll) the music!
    Waving,
    Lori and Meow

    • Kat Says:

      Lori,
      We went mostly in the winter. The summer was usually too nice and too busy for the movies.

      It’s raining today but it is a real black cloud!


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