I'm sitting in the cinema writing this. Don't worry, the film hasn't started yet, so I’m not offending anyone or breaking any rules. In fact, the lights haven't even dimmed - they are still playing slides.
Still playing slides! Funny that they still do that in 2014, albeit via power-point or something similar. But then, why not - the basis for the whole experience is about 100 years old. Some things have changed… some things have not. No, I’m not old enough to remember that far back!
It's a good day to 'go to the pictures'. Gloomy, raining, midweek, early evening. Stopped for a bite to eat on the way (Pie & Mash), rocked up to the theatre without booking first, wrestled with the decision of buying popcorn and/or pick & mix (chose neither)... this is all pretty old school.
We are at the Vue Westfield Stratford city. Screen 5 to be precise. I like it here. It's far from home, yet still less than an hours journey. It think this might be the most recently built cinema complex in London. Which translates to a very good quality screen, projection and environment. And, due to Stratford city being a little bit chavy, slightly cheaper than it’s counterpart across town in Shepherds Bush.
I’m tired of 3D, so we've elected to go 2D, also known as ‘normal’. I never walk away from 3D feeling I enjoyed the film more for it. Just that I have a slight headache and pay about £3 more for the privilege. Instead we went for a VIP seat at the Extreme screen. Combined with the digital projectors they have here, it’s a good looking picture. And fairly big too.
Sound just came on. It's pretty good... and loud.
Lights are dimming. A shame there are no curtains to open. Where’s the showmanship? I doubt anyone cares any more...
Here come the trailers! Time to put this away...
Next: Days of Future Past