Monday, August 2, 2010

Movie Matinee



In the 90s, I was a high school student and went to the movies almost every weekend. This was back when you prayed a tall person didn't sit in front of you, orange and brown carpet lined the walls, and tickets averaged $4. Going to the movies was simple and hassle free. Today, the movies is synonymous with large crowds, long lines, and struggling to find side-by-side seats. This weekend, Jimmy and I intentionally sought out a theater off the beat and path. We were delighted to find that such theaters have the retro charm of the 90s that we love! We avoided crowds, shared buttered popcorn and enjoyed the movie Salt. I relished in the fact that we were 2 of 8 in the movie room, so I even got to kick up my feet. Thank you "dive" theaters around the country for keeping the movie experience simple and nostalgic.


Attached arcade!




All the classics


Vintage light fixtures and concession stand


Old lighted movie titles


No lines!

49 comments:

  1. I would adore going to a theater like this. I miss when movies were intimate date nights; not mass crowds of youngins' in the way while waiting for their parents to pick them up.

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  2. oh I love going to the movies too and this quaint little theater looks absolutely adorable...perfect for date nights! ♥

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  3. I miss those days when movies were cheap! :-) Awww the good old days lol look at me sounding way older than my 27 years!!! Ha ha

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  4. Oh, I just adore movie theaters that feel old timey. It's so much more enjoyable than some commercial multiplex.

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  5. Hey Marcie Girl! Fun pictures! Oh the 90's, what memories! Going to the movie was such a treat! Junior mints and fire stix! It is really expensive to take 4 kids,dood thing we have a few dollar movie theaters to hit!
    Hope you have a wonderful Monday!
    Smoochies
    gi gi

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  6. Everything about that looks great!

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  7. Ohhh, this looks like so much fun! I love going to movies late when the crowd is thin.
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  8. that does look like a really fun theatre! movies here cost 15$!

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  9. GOing to the Movies is so expensive. when we lived in Denver between two tickets , 1 popcorn and 1 large drink, we averaged about 25-30 dollars! so we did like you, we found old theaters that offered the 'old feeling of going to the movies' and tickets were cheaper,and sometimes they had foreign movies which brings me to my question, i haven't heard of the movie Salt, how was it?

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  10. Awesome, lovely photos!! I know, I don't like going to movie theaters as much anymore. But I only go if its something I really want to see now.

    <3 Kelly

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  11. hey Marcie,

    thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello. you are such a doll!! i loved your blog.. and your header. it's so cute :)

    love.xoxo

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  12. A movie for four bucks - those were the days ... now that's how much it costs to rent a DVD!

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  13. Even the sound seems different in the older theatres.....kind of like listening to a record versus a CD. A different quality.

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  14. Oh how was Salt? It's on my list along with Inception. Need to catch up...
    Super adorable post and brings back my 90s memories of going to the movie theatre as well!
    naina

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  15. There is nothing like a vintage movie theatre! I love the pictures you shared. I tend to go to the dollar theatre near me, although it is usually packed, it still has that vintage feel I love!

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  16. I'm always looking for theatre's just like this.
    In New Orleans (where I'm from) they have two that are just like this.
    We have yet to find the same charm in Philadelphia.
    We haven't seen any movies since we've been here though.
    I've been wanting to see Salt.

    XOXO,
    T

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  17. looks like a cute place! I can't remember the last time I was in a theater with stadium seating, I was probably in middle or high school. But we still have a few drive-ins and those have that old fashion feel.

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  18. Movie nights are the best!
    That theater looks so cute


    xx

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  19. i love the old school theatres...they remind me of my childhood.

    thanks for sharing.

    xx
    http://seejaneworkplaylive.blogspot.com/

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  20. I love theaters like this one. Yay for no lines. I usually go in the afternoon around 2 or 3, especially when I get off during the week...everyone else is at work and I usually sit alone. :) Best feeling ever! :)

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  21. My boyfriend and I always happen to go on matinee night when the movies are only $4. We are always surprised because we never plan it. Its the best night to go :)

    xo Lynzy
    http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com
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  22. Aww I love old, little movie theatres....This one looks so wonderful:) We have a little one in the next building....Its an art one and it has weekly showings of French movies...I love love love that place:))

    Kisses sweetheart and wish you a sunny, happy and fun Monday

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  23. That is the cutest movie theater! I love all the retro details!

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  24. Looove those older movie theaters! Especially when they're fully stocked with all the best goodies! What a fun weekend adventure :)

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  25. Looks like so much fun! I always try to go to old theaters I think they have so much more character :)

    xx
    Jessie
    http://87life.blogspot.com

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  26. How cool! We have a couple of those around here too and I just love going to them. It's almost as if you're stepping back in time.

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  27. we have a few of these in NYC and it just so makes the movie experience sometimes!
    Glad you found something old but new :-)

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  28. How fun! It's been ages since I've seen a movie at the theater - it was totally 90's for me :) You're so right about the changes!

    P.S. Thanks for the birthday wishes!! Looking forward to keeping up with you!

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  29. Makes me think about Ridgemont High - just back in H/S hanging out with friends and going to the movies!! How times have flown..

    XOXO
    Kiki

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  30. Oh how fun!!!!! That looks so lovely!!!!

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  31. PS-Dont forget to enter my giveaway!

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  32. "Back in the days when I was young I'm not a kid anymore. But some days I sit and wish I was a kid again."
    -Ahamd

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  33. "No lines" -- That's like a luxury where I live!

    Happy Monday!:D

    http://allthingsmarie.blogspot.com/
    Beauty. Fashion. Interior Design.
    & Life According to Marie.

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  34. Marcie, I am totally with you on this. I rarely go to the movies because of all the crowds. Sitting elbow to elbow with a stranger isn't my idea of a good time. But I love those old run-down theaters that are always empty where you can go to avoid the lines. When I'm in Fresno, we always go see movies at Broadway Fair for that exact reason!

    xo
    Valerie

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  35. Marcie this is awesome. I have to agree - the little tucked away theatres are the best...and even better when empty and you can put your feet up.

    I've been wondering about Salt - will perhaps have to give it a go!

    xoxo,
    Carrie

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  36. Wow I want to go !

    Want to follow each other - I'm already following you!

    vintagepoppa.blogspot.com

    alice h
    xoxo

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  37. I actually prefer to see movies during the week for this very reason. Nothing like a tuesday matinee! :) I do have a couple of smaller theaters near by, in case I want to catch a flick over the weekend. The big theaters are just too much to deal with.

    xoxo,
    Bren @ Chasing Beauty

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  38. Marcie, this pace is so dang cute! I love it! Nice one finding it.

    Rachael

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  39. Great idea to give the theatre an old-style feel

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  40. Dive theatres are sooo cool. They just closed ONE here, but we still have a $1 theatre! Needless to say, it's AWEsome.

    p.s. I'm your newest follower!

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  41. This is the CUTEST theater! I love old school theaters. I still love going to the movies. I used to go all the time as a kid and now I'm still hooked. Long lines are terrible but this new theater in Chicago, Kerasotes ICON has assigned seats so you can roll in 3 minutes before and still be in a great seat!

    http://pursuitofllt.blogspot.com/

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  42. So awesome. It kind of makes me sick that movies cost upwards of $12. Don't even talk to me about IMAX. What a nightmare.

    Glad you guys had a nice time--it looks like so much fun!

    Melanie@UnravelledThreads

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  43. Oh how wonderful they still exist! I went to one a year ago on the south coast of NSW and it was full of character and charm. I agree the experience is so much nicer! :-)

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  44. I LOVE theaters like this! We've found a couple off the beaten path. We've even found a couple where we can eat real (albeit not very good) food and drink beer :)

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  45. I love this, whether i'm going to a movie alone or with someone- i love agood movie date!

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  46. I love a good movie!!! and such a cool theater. :)

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  47. I have had a great visit with you and your previous posts. Your place here is very inviting!
    Why am I hungry????
    Grilled cheese is truly my favorite!!!
    thanks for the fun!

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