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Tried to see a Movie Tonight

 
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Showed up at the theatre with my daughter about an hour before show time and they had only 2 seats left, not together.  I guess they're all purchased on-line these days, well in advance.  I bit the bullet and signed up for a $#@&ing account just to go see the damned thing tomorrow.  

Obviously I don't see a lot of movies and I wouldn't have bothered if it wasn't one of the last things I'll get to do with my daughter before I move, but I think it's a crock.  Ima little pissed.
 
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I remember those places, where you used to have to pay to see a movie. Luckily, lots of movies are available for free and kids even know how to get the other ones for free. The screen is smaller, but if you sit close to it, it's not bad. And there's not usually anybody kicking the back of your chair.

If theaters had chickens, they wouldn't have to clean up so much popcorn.
 
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Yeah, that's why I haven't gone to a theatre with her for years.  But we've got a coupon for admission for 2 and drinks and a popcorn, and it would be nice to do something like that again.
 
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My wife wants to go see the new Godzilla movie. I love Godzilla, but the real Godzilla is a guy in a rubber suit, made by Toho studios in Japan, not this computer generated Hollywood dinosaur crap masquerading as Godzilla. Can't fool me.

Oh yeah, I'm dreading going to the theater.

That's my opinionated rant. I feel better now getting that out.
 
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Lol, yep, I'm like a public service!
 
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My last trip to movie was sold out. In the pouring downpour rain! I suspect the theater was half empty but sold out because of onine buying. Waited an hour for next showing (raining hard, wanted to wait it out) and had to do the 3d version which i do not prefer.
 
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They show movies for free during the summer in Beacon Hill Park. There's also free movies at a mental health facility, where they encourage patients to mix and mingle with others from the community. I don't know if they've ever shown One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This place isn't like that, and I think all are free to come and go as they choose.

My attention span is perfect for the little snippets offered up by YouTube. I have watched an hour-long thing by Geoff Lawton, but I'm more likely to watch things in the 3 to 10 minute range starring Stewie Griffin.

I watch Ted Talks and political humor with my oldest daughter, sitcoms with my youngest daughter, and all sorts of interesting how to things of a building or farming nature with my fiance. After we've learned all we intend to, we return to Stewie Griffin.
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I learned a long time ago that when watching movies with females, it's best to let them choose the subject matter. I took my ex-wife to a few movies that she didn't like for one reason or another and there was so much venom directed my way, you'd think I had directed the thing. So now I play it safe. I let them all pick what they like, and a good time is had by all. I have the ability to make a big Dutch oven full of popcorn without burning one kernel. All three have come to expect popcorn and other treats. Dark chocolate covered almonds microwaved until they are soft, dried fruit and perfect popcorn done in a mixture of butter and olive oil, help to create a more authentic movie experience. Just for fun, I should start kicking the back of their chairs.
 
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Wow, an hour before and only two seats not together?! I would be frustrated (to say the least!) as well.

Over the weekend, we squeezed in going out to a movie in Missoula. I was telling my son (who LOVES movie going) about it and and especially about the theater and he asked "was it assigned seating?" No. He said all the theaters near him (he's in the Seattle area) are assigned seating now.

We went to Missoula's Roxy theater:  http://www.theroxytheater.org/. How could you not like this place? It's a small, independent movie theater with only local community ads, organic popcorn cooked in organic coconut oil, and funky indy or retro movies.

We saw this:

which I highly recommend even just for the gorgeous videography.

I hope going back the next day was a nice time for you and your daughter, Timothy!
 
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Thanks, Jocelyn, we had a great time.  The theatre's been completely redone with power reclining seats and great visibility.  Not sure I'd go back, though.

When my daughter was growing up we had an independent theatre about a 10 minute walk away.  It had two screens and cheaper tickets and concession stuff.  We always tried to go to that theatre to support the local owner and it had a pretty good clientele base, though I'm not sure if they ever made a lot of money.  The owner sold the tickets and ran the projector while two teenagers ran the concession stands.  The walking there and back was always fun and we'd get to talk to the neighbours that were out.

How was the movie?
 
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The Biggest Little Farm was really great. Thanks to Julia Winter for recommending it to Paul! If you have any family or friends who might not understand how you're trying to work *with* the weeds and wildlife, this movie is an excellent primer for how a farm can benefit from working with nature.

Some of the way the movie presents the problem, and then how the farmers "discover" the solution, seems a bit hokey to some of us who have been doing permaculture, or regenerative systems, or full-farm-eco-system solutions all along, but it's still very enjoyable. It's also an inspirational story about the 8-year evolution of a farm - and how much can be done if you have a huge wad of cash up front (investors).

It's fun to support independent, local businesses. Though some times it's hard. We've been here 6 years and I have tried dozens of times to find a movie at The Roxy that I want to see enough to make a trip in to Missoula for it. (And/or felt I had the time to go in to Missoula for a movie.) Finally The Biggest Little Farm was that movie so I can now say that I've been to The Roxy. I'm happy I did in many ways!

 
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We don't go to the movie theaters and haven't for years now, we just find the BlueRay or DVD and watch our movies on our medium screen TV, it  just works out far better for us since we are so fond of being in crowded places.
 
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When we do go to the movie, we hit the theater in Chandler. Tickets are $5 and and we can get 2 large pops and a popcorn for not much over $10. It's usually only crowded on opening weekend of a highly-anticipated movie. We've had similar luck at other small-town theaters.
 
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I am new here, but I wanted to chime in. I don't get to the theater often either, though I do watch movies at home. I thought you guys might be interested in a film called Leave No Trace. It's free if you have Amazon Prime. It's about a dad and his teenager daughter who live off of the grid. It shows cool details of them growing their own food, foraging for herbs and mushrooms, and battling the elements. It's a bit slow, but if you don't mind that it's pretty interesting and emotional.  If you guys have any other suggestions for me of films that depict sustainable/off-grid living, I'd love to hear them.

 
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I very rarely go to the movies either.  It's just not worth the very many hassles associated with it when I can watch something in comfort at home. But occasionally there will be a movie that inspires me (usually in combination with good company).

Jocelyn, that looks like a great movie.  I will have to look for it at the library and request it if they don't have it.

Thanks for the recommendation, Casey!  I was on the fence about trying it; now I will.

My farm-related / doing a lot of things right media recommendation is The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball.  I enjoyed the book and read the blog for quite a while (it appears to have been abandoned awhile ago but a lot of good stuff there): http://www.kristinkimball.com/the-dirty-life
 
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