Yesterday, Lou Lumenick posted a piece for the NY Post on a new book called Our Movie Houses: A History of Film and Cinematic Innovation in Central New York. This got me thinking about oldie movie houses and movie theaters before the huge, crisp megaplex experience.

I grew up in upstate New York. I remember watching Interview with the Vampire at Proctors Theater, and better yet, I remember hitting the Northway Mall's Cine 10 for $3 screenings in chairs so old they reclined into perfection, as long as you didn't move around and make them squeak a lot. They weren't old movie houses, but they weren't today's cinematic incarnations either.

Even today in Toronto, I flock to the Bloor and ignore sound problems and flaws for a grittier moviegoing experience. Sure, I love seeing some blockbusters in IMAX, or on other sweet, high-tech screens, but the experiences I remember are the less-than-slick ones. The charm of the simple indie theater has never died for me, no matter how crisp the pictures get in new theaters. No matter how much the sound envelopes me.

Is it the same for you? Is there an old movie house you love, or mediocre, ill-kept theater that you can't live without? Or, do you praise the end of that flicker of dust on a lens?

categories Movies, Cinematical