Small Town Theaters
Didn’t you just love the movies when you were a kid? Saturdays with the matinees, classics and cowboys. But it all disappeared with the coming of TV, then Comcast, iPods and Smartphones. Wouldn’t it be great to have our small town theaters again? Well, maybe we will. Some people think the time has come for the old to become new again.
How many of you like old movies? Most of the Cinemas in the United States have gone our of business, shut down due to online films and DVDs, but after enough time passes some old entertainment can become popular again. That might be true of classic films. How many of you remember when we looked forward to going to the theater to see the latest movie? I do. The dark theater full of people, the big screen and the delicious smell of popcorn. It was wonderful. It’s something that perks you up and makes you feel alive. Then our home town theater shut down and we had to go to the next town to see a movie, then that theater shut down. What a let down.
But movies might be making a comeback. After staying home watching TV movies and CDs people look forward to going out to a theater to see a movie that you can’t find at Blockbuster or on Comcast. Old classics could possibly draw many movie lovers into the theaters. One such theater run by Michelle Hampton in Shady Springs is a good example. She says, I find that patrons want to come out and mingle. They like old classics they saw years ago and they enjoy seeing friends and neighbors there. It’s almost like a party. People have their iPhones and iPads but being out socializing is becoming more important to people today. It’s the shared communal experience.
With all the gadgetry people are more isolated today than ever before. We go to Facebook, email and texting but as far as face to face encounters, we are more alone than ever. Time will tell if theaters will ever become the hub they were before. I hope they make a come back.