The title featured above is not only the title of my blog, it is also a song-title of a 60’s song performed by the Drifters. The song defines what going to the movies is all about. Or to put it into different words, used to be all about. Because the romantic version of going to the movies is long gone. By looking at the lyrics of this song by the Drifters we learn that going to the movies used to be a completely different experience than it is now. Let’s take a quick look at the chorus of the song:
“Saturday night at the movies, Who cares what picture you see
when you’re huggin’ with your baby in the last row in the balcony?”
If I go to the movies on a Saturday night, I do care what movie I will see. In the 60’s you’d probably go the cinemas for a nickle and a dime, nowadays you need to be making more than just Joe the Plummer to see one. In Holland you pay for your movie but if it’s in 3d you pay extra and when a movie lasts longer than 2 hours as well. “Hugging with your baby in the last row in the balcony”? Now I can tell you one thing about the last row on the balcony. There are a lot of things going on there and I can assure you with the current generation of teenagers we have now, hugging ain’t one of them.
Another verse continues “and the popcorn from the candy stand makes it all seem twice as good”. Sounds good doesn’t it: a candy stand. There is no way in hell they are referring to the hypermarkets we have to stroll through. The popcorn you’d get in the 60’s were modest buckets, nay cups of popcorn that would tease your tastebuds and would make sure you have something to nibble on. The buckets of popcorn you get now are so big that the amound of salt your body has to cope with completely dries you out. You would actually NEED a gallon of one of your favorite softdrinks to avoid getting Hypernatremia.
It creeps me out that there are actual people in the audience of a movie theater that, after 6 subsequent warnings to turn of your mobilephone, still manage to get it ringing and yes answer it as well. Most of you don’t realize this but these people can actually vote! People answering a mobile phone in the cinema are most of the times also the same people that bring a friend that can’t really catch the clue of a movie and needs to have an heads up every 5 minutes about a certain plotpoint or storyline. I had the prevelige to watch “The Return of the King” sitting next to someone who’s friend never saw the first 2 parts. Frodo throwing the ring in Mount Doom was the least of my worries in those 3 hours that followed.
Saturday night at the movies was a romantic datenight. Now it’s as romantic as Paris and the Eiffel Tower at night. In the back of your head you have that romantic view of the Eiffel Tower but in reality you have to pass 63 immigrants selling you all sorts of crap before you can even reach the damn thing. A movietheatre balcony contained hugs instead of handjobs and silent “ohhh’s “ and “ahh’s “ you could hear from a person being amazed by an actors performance are now drowned out by the sounds of mobile phones ringing. Football hooligans can get an stadium prohibition, why don’t movie hooligans get them? I have a suggestion to everybody that is reading this blog. It may sound a bit crazy and I feel almost ashamed to even bring it up. But let us all use the movie theater for the thing they are designed for…..wait for it…..yes sir-ee bob watching movies!