Movie magic

There are a few places along the mountains where you can catch a movie. They range from cosy cinemas offering independent film releases, to larger theatres where the latest blockbusters are on show.

Recently I headed along to Mt Vic Flicks on a Sunday night to catch a newly released Australian movie. For me there is something about this cinema in particular that is both enticing and comforting. As I walked in on a fresh autumn night, I was immediately drawn to the brightly lit snack bar where there was freshly made soup on offer (tomato, lentil & coriander with buttered bread as an option). I wasn’t even aware I was hungry until I smelt it, and happily sat down with a cup full of steaming, fragrant soup. It was delicious. Around me other movie-goers were enjoying the choc-tops which are also made on site. The cinema is locally owned and it has a great, friendly atmosphere.

There is something quite special for me about the sense of timelessness that comes with watching a movie in a theatre. You are here for a specific purpose. There are no interruptions (usually) and you can allow yourself to really focus on the movie, letting it have all of your attention instead of the disruptions that may happen if trying to watch something from start to finish at home.

I like watching the trailers, tossing up if any of the upcoming shows are of interest. Then, as the lights dim, I settle into the red vinyl seat and let myself get lost in the storylines, the swirl of music and dialogue and action. There is something too about the shared experience of watching a movie with others, even if most of them are strangers. Knowing that your reaction – of shock, amazement, humour – is a communal one. And when the movie came to an end, there was a bit of loitering amongst the theatre-goers, keeping a watchful eye on the credits in case there were any more surprises to be had.

Do you go out to the movies?

[Photo:  glimpse of the snack bar at Mt Vic Flicks]

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5 thoughts on “Movie magic

  1. I do go to the movies. Not often. The last movie I saw was the latest Star Wars. Our local cinema doesn’t sound half as nice as yours. Some of our seats are in unmentionable condition unless you pay top whack to go into the VIP seating area. People talk a lot while the movie is on and so the movie sound level is turned up to deafening. Probably why I don’t go that often, but still. 🍁

    • Fair call, and I think a lot of modern cinemas are the same. There is usually someone in the cinema who is more interested in having a chat than actually watching the movie which makes me wonder why they bother …

  2. Yup I feel similarly. I love taking myself out for a “date” at the movies. Where I just choose something that I want to see and then go see it. Maybe I’ll do it tonight… 🙂

  3. We don’t go often but when we do go it’s the luxury theater. We can order food and drinks (including hard cider and beer ) from the concession stand and have it brought straight to you in the theater. In the theater, you have these luxurious reclining chairs so that you can kick your feet up and settle in. Then you have the tables that are attached to these couches where you can put your food, so no awkward holding of food. Which, allows us to give thumbs up or down to the previews 🙂

    • That sounds great – very luxurious which I’m sure enhances the whole movie-going experience. Thanks for sharing – now I’m a little bit jealous!

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