I love movies! And for comfort Tinseltown can’t be beat. Plus it’s got that food court right outside with Indian food and bubble tea.
On the other hand…
I called Taytay up to see if he wanted to go see Superman Returns (7/10 by the way) with me for a matinee. He suggested the Rio Theater on Broadway and Commercial and I said “sure.” When I went to see Sophie Scholl with Stephane we passed it on the way and he pointed out that he wanted to try it, so I was doubly interested. Imagine my surprise and delight to find out that I only had to pay $5. Then imagine my surprise to find the guy behind the concession was the owner (Mukesh Goyal) and asked us what kind of movies he should show. We talked about Pixar and how Cars was popular in the suburbs (he cited Surrey) and in the States more so than Vancouver proper because it’s about, well, cars, and specifically Nascar. I told him that the films that normally get me out to the theater are the big blockbusters or something that falls squarely in my interests. Other things I usually wait for DVD (and to my shame I still haven’t seen Owning Mahowny or Capote). Then imagine my further surpise when I noticed they sold wasabi peas and other Dan-D-Pack snacks and Coke Zero in the bottle. Then imagine my further further surprise to find super comfy seating with armrests that can be folded back out of the way. Then imagine…etc etc to find the answer to Toren’s be all and end all Toren’s theater complaint–just before the show, the projectionist came on the PA to say hello, point out that the theater has 20 digital Dobly speakers, that it’s independently owned, and that they don’t show ads. That bears repeating.
I ejaculated (verbally). Friends, help me support this wonderful, wonderful theater. Go see Superman Returns there. They also have a balcony and regular pricing is $8. Also it’s got authentic red curtains (no ads includes no slides – the curtain is closed until the trailers start), Chris Woods would approve.