Tuesday 14 February 2012

Valentine's Day

Two of the nastiest words in the English language:  Valentine's Day.  Bah, humbug!

Well, that's what some people think. Here at the Charm School, we would never express such an opinion. On the contrary, we highly esteem every expression of Twue Wuv.  Sorry, True Love.

And we're not alone. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain of Austin, Texas, have already revolutionized cinema-going. They offer a food and drink service inside the theater. The seating is arranged with rows of cabaret style tables in front of each row of seats, with an aisle between each row to accommodate waiter service. Customers write their orders on slips of paper, which are picked up by black-clad waiters moving quietly between the rows.

They also do theme nights. Like Water for Chocolate sessions featured a dinner matching the meals shown on screen. 

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And, best of all, they enforce a strict policy on behaviour in the theatre. No, repeat no, children under the age of six allowed. Nor are unaccompanied minors. The cinema also prohibits talking and texting during the film. Anyone who violates this policy is subject to warning and removal from the premises. (And a big round of applause for common sense and good manners!)

On February 14Valentine's Daythis year, they are hosting the Princess Bride Quote-Along and Feast.  

The Cinema said this:  
We love this movie every bit as deeply as Westley loves his Buttercup, and so when we discussed launching our very own Alamo Signature Wine collection, we immediately knew that we had to start by featuring none other than THE PRINCESS BRIDE. We partnered with the good people at Helms Workshop to produce artwork for two varietals, and this February we are pleased to introduce the world to The Bottle of Wits, featuring an Inconceivable Cab and the As You Wish White!

The Feast opens with MLT (the second greatest thing in the world), followed by Screeching Eel Salad and Seared R.O.U.S.. Dessert consists of Twue Wuv Twuffles.    I leave the closing words to the Alamo Drafthouse:
So come to the Alamo, cozy up with your very own Buttercup or Westley, and indulge together in a sumptuous feast paired with wines that are perfectly matched to the derring-do, sharp wit, and butter-melting romance of THE PRINCESS BRIDE.
You could do a lot worse.


nathanmarch said...

Did you catch Susan Mitchell's rant on cinema etiquette in today's Indaily?

Her tone is a bit shrill but I agree people talking in the cinema are selfish and inconsiderate!

Henry Sheppard said...

I'm afraid the manners gulf is now so wide only public beheadings will stem the tide. I rarely attend a cinema, preferring to watch a film on DVD in the comfort of my own home. A rash of people playing with their phones cured me of the cinema.

As for people who go to movies they know nothing about, then complain about content: I saw 'The Power of One' when it came out. Great film. Afterwards the mother of a young child complained the film wasn't suitable for young children. She had decided to take her kid along because... wait for it... the poster had a picture of an elephant on it!

Malcolm said...

At the Trak Cinema at Burnside everyone else seems to be over 60 and they are as good as gold.

Kathy said...

I agree that people spilling food, chatting, and letting their phones light up is frustrating for someone who has travelled to the place, paid for a ticket, and tried to lose themselves in the big screen.

As long as we are not going to be purists and insist on a church silence. A movie audience is a great democracy and all people should be able to sigh and laugh and cry together.

My daughter went to a Twilight screening at the Moonlight Cinema and when Edward came on the screen everybody made swooning noises. (Let's not get technical here, there is no such thing as a swooning noise unless you count the thud; I'm sure you know what I mean.) It was a great moment.

Kathy said...

At the Gold Club at Marion you book your seats beforehand. When you go to the cinema there is a special Gold Club area like a nice hotel lounge and you order your dinner and at what point in the movie it will be served. You are personally conducted to your enormous seat, twinned with only one other seat (but the arm rests are so wide you have trouble even holding hands). Then you spend your evening trying to watch a movie around a waitress walking to and fro with strongly scented dinners. Wonderful luxury but not great if you want to get caught up in the movie.