may 1, 2000. 1939 – 1946: I went to the "Col" every
Saturday — was there with my father & brother to
hear about Pearl Harbor. A special treat was to
occasionally go to the Alexandria on a Sunday. The Orpheum
& the Fox were big time. I went occasionally as a high
school student, and also to drive-ins.
The 60’s and 70’s: My film haunts were the Avenue,
the Castro, SFMOMA, Pacific Film Archives, the Palace (the
same as the Pagoda — midnight shows with the Cockettes,
Lady Divine, & Mink Stole), the Powell Theatre, the
Nickolodeon (1972 — a hippie-artist happening Tuesdays,
after midnight @ the O’Farrell), tiny in-home theatres
in SF & Oakland, the Hula Palace (mid 70’s).
I hate the new theatres!
Multiplex movie theaters stink! More malling of
America, dehumanizing of communities. I remember great
foreign films at the Surf, other films @ the Metro, Cinema
21. I miss sitting in the front row seats of the loge.
People were courteous because they all lived in your
community & everyone knew someone. San Francisco was a
community then. Multiplexes bring in a crowd that has no
connection to the neighborhood. One can always hear the
movie next door. People are rude, eat, chomp loudly,
belch, use cell phones, wear hats, crack gum & get
nasty if someone says anything.
AMC is filthy. Went to the one on Van Ness recently and
gum was all over the seat; popcorn, cake on the floor. The
workers could care less.
The whole city is one big frat party! Starf__ks and
multiplexes make the city worse.