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Oct. 18th, 2005

Tonight's special movie was Alice's Restaurant.

I love the theater. I think it's worth going for that...and the cartoon!...and the free popcorn! and the restroom.

I don't think the film has aged well. It's just freaky and badly made and badly acted. But as a time capsule it does have value.

The restroom. Back in the old days, as in 1940, restrooms had "rest" as part of the picture. There used to be a long couch in the entry room to this one, at least in the women's room. This part is larger than the area where the bathroom stalls are. There are only three stalls - making me wonder what women did, or if they maybe didn't need to go as often?...and there are two sinks. I think the plumbing is all that has changed. New faucets but not new sinks, and I'm not sure the toilets are new, don't seem to be.

Although it's inconvenient and small I hope it doesn't change any time soon. Even the tiles are original.

Here's a pic of the outside at night: http://www.locallinks.com/san_luis_obispo/SLO_pics/SLO250/A80081.JPG (no, I didn't take the picture). I did not find pix of the inside online. I believe I will bring my camera in with me next time.


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Oct. 19th, 2005 09:45 am (UTC)
I do love Alice's Restaurant the performance rather than the film. Almost all our old cinemas have gone or been converted into multi-screen things some of them with theatres as small as your front room.

The first ever purpose built cinema was built in our town, called the Electric Cinema and built in, I think, 1909. Its now a general indoor market.
Oct. 20th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
I have never seen the play. I tend to prefer plays to movies in many ways. They can be "talkier".

I suspect this theater is very rare in that so little has been changed in it. Several years ago the owner at that time tried to convert it, to divide it in half, but the city took the unusual move of designating the interior a significant cultural resource. I'm really glad now. And ways have been developed to make use of the space, like this current little "film festival" - a series of "counterculture" and "cinema verite" films from thirty or so years ago, complete with really old cartoons and free popcorn. They've got me hooked.
Oct. 19th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
It's time..
I guess its time for me to watch the movie again. The first time I saw it was in a theater, with the sweet scent of marijuana wafting through the air. It was viewed as sort of a statement of what was wrong with our priorities, and where we were going. I'll have to see it again, just for the memories.
Oct. 20th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: It's time..
Yes, it may be worth seeing again. Especially to see if you view it differently now.
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