Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Woman in her Thirties Watches Old Movies

It's day two of my 'lady of leisure' summer. Well, not really. But while many of you out there get office supplies, working desks, and are not threatened every day by gang violence, I get my teacher summer. I plan on milking it for all it's worth.

One of the first items on my to-do list for the summer was to go here to the old movie house down the street to see a classic film. When you live in a certain area it's really difficult to make the time to do the touristy things that the area is known for. I only got to Alcatraz earlier this summer for the first time after about a billion times being in San Francisco. There's always laundry to do, and Jon and Kate to watch, and well, you know how it goes.

Yesterday morning, while on a walk (I told you-- lady of leisure) I saw on the marquee that the following films were playing last night at the old movie house: 'Citizen Kane' and 'Singin' in the Rain'. Holy hell, I thought to myself. What to choose? I'd seen both several times, so I wound up choosing the one that S, my AP English teacher in high school, would have appreciated more.

'It's a double feature!' the woman at the ticket booth said. 'Stay for "Singin' in the Rain"!'

There is something about an old movie house that brings out the nostalgia in all of us. There was an actual pipe organ being played at the front of the theater before the movie started-- no previews. People clapped for the organist after he finished 'Give My Regards to Broadway'. It was so entertaining that I forgot to be embarassed that I was by myself in a movie theater (now if that isn't 'woman in her thirties', I don't know what is).

I'll spare you all the review of the film. Suffice it to say everyone must see it at some point in their life. There is a reason that it's often called the greatest film of all time, and that reason has a lot to do with Orson Wells and all those shadows he liked so much.

When I got home I sat for a few minutes in front of the TV before going to bed. 'Intervention' was on and, pardon the pun, that show is like crack for me. But last night it just didn't live up to its expectations. I began humming 'Moses Supposes' and wondering when tap dancing will make its comeback because really, it must.

Damn, I thought. A woman in her thirties should always stay for 'Singin' in the Rain'.


  1. When I lived in SF, I went to the movies by myself all the time! In my twenties! I loved it... there were never any arguments over what to see and I didn't have to share my popcorn. On another note, I've never seen either of those movies. Which is just silly.

  2. Love that story. I first saw that film during a film class in college... in Dr. Di Mare's class... wink, wink.

    And Kim, shame on you! If you didn't have a newborn I would order you to go rent it immediately. As it stands, I know two-hour blocks of free time are reserved for sleeping. :)

  3. enjoy your "lady of leisure" summer! I am also a teacher & cherish summer break. Good for you for going to the movies by yourself, I haven't done that before, it sounds lovely! And, I haven't seen those movies either....shame on me!