The only movie theater in town closed for good on Sunday. The OC Register has the details but you can fill all that in with the usual reasons: business decline, digital projection conversion costs, demographic changes, gentrification, etc.
I’m not a big nostalgia person, but this hits hard. I’ve seen at least 100 movies there. No exaggeration. The math just works out that way when you’re a restless kid without transportation and are tall enough to avoid getting hassled for anything that wasn’t rated G. Our oddball next-door neighbor was the projectionist. Local speculation was that he was the way he was because of seeing the same movies over and over again.
Everything played there: Oscar nominees, foreign, indie, Cheech & Chong, animation festivals, Schick Sunn Classics, if a movie had some sort of distribution it inevitably played there. My dad and I saw Airplane! there on opening night and I’ve never since seen an audience lose their minds so complete like that.
The last showing was Guy Ritchie’s remake of The Man From UNCLE. It’s nice to see anything that’s on film and not digital.