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Pop Corn, Red Vines, Bon Bons or Beer?

One of the classic scenes in Pulp Fiction has John Travolta talking about all the cool things Europe has that aren't available in America. One of those was being able to order a beer in a movie theatre.

The Reading Cinema (formerly Pacific Theatres) tried this at their Gaslamp Quarter location. Advertisements popped up in small local periodicals, for what they were calling "Cinema 21".

It lasted one day -- Saturday, May 16th.

They had planned for it to go all summer, on each Saturday night. If all went well, they'd get their own liquor license and continue year round; possibly on additional days, too.

An anonymous source told me, "From what I understand, we were going to wait to see how it worked before applying for expensive permits."

I saw that Duncan mentioned this in one of his columns a few weeks back. And there have been stories about this other places.

I was bummed for two reasons. One...I got invited to a party someone was throwing there. That got cancelled when the beer serving stopped.

The other reason is, although I'm not a beer drinking (or much of any kind of alcohol, really) it seems people should be allowed to have alcohol without it being so difficult.

Someone that works at House of Blues told me how hard it was for them to have "all ages" shows, because of the worry about under age drinking (now at those shows, under 21 is restricted to staying upstairs).

I remember when I was 15, talking my friend into driving to the Wiltern Theatre in L.A. to see Steppenwolf and The Guess Who. They were coming here a few days later (and the now defunct Bacchanal on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard). But knowing I couldn't get in there, we made the two hour drive.

I guess the argument can be made that you should be able to go two hours during a movie, without a brew. But couldn't you make that argument for the candy, too?

I have a friend that hates how loud it is when someone is trying to open Red Vines directly behind them.

Oh well. Maybe a time will come when adults can act like adults, and be treated like adults. And if someone gets out of line, worry about dealing with that one individual, and not making rules/laws that affect society.

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One of the classic scenes in Pulp Fiction has John Travolta talking about all the cool things Europe has that aren't available in America. One of those was being able to order a beer in a movie theatre.

The Reading Cinema (formerly Pacific Theatres) tried this at their Gaslamp Quarter location. Advertisements popped up in small local periodicals, for what they were calling "Cinema 21".

It lasted one day -- Saturday, May 16th.

They had planned for it to go all summer, on each Saturday night. If all went well, they'd get their own liquor license and continue year round; possibly on additional days, too.

An anonymous source told me, "From what I understand, we were going to wait to see how it worked before applying for expensive permits."

I saw that Duncan mentioned this in one of his columns a few weeks back. And there have been stories about this other places.

I was bummed for two reasons. One...I got invited to a party someone was throwing there. That got cancelled when the beer serving stopped.

The other reason is, although I'm not a beer drinking (or much of any kind of alcohol, really) it seems people should be allowed to have alcohol without it being so difficult.

Someone that works at House of Blues told me how hard it was for them to have "all ages" shows, because of the worry about under age drinking (now at those shows, under 21 is restricted to staying upstairs).

I remember when I was 15, talking my friend into driving to the Wiltern Theatre in L.A. to see Steppenwolf and The Guess Who. They were coming here a few days later (and the now defunct Bacchanal on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard). But knowing I couldn't get in there, we made the two hour drive.

I guess the argument can be made that you should be able to go two hours during a movie, without a brew. But couldn't you make that argument for the candy, too?

I have a friend that hates how loud it is when someone is trying to open Red Vines directly behind them.

Oh well. Maybe a time will come when adults can act like adults, and be treated like adults. And if someone gets out of line, worry about dealing with that one individual, and not making rules/laws that affect society.

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I remember as a kid, being so excited to sit in the parents old Ford Pinto station wagon, excited to be watching a movie thru the windshield...only to fall asleep and miss 3/4 of it (oh..the days of being 7). I'd wake up as my dad was carrying me into the house.

June 10, 2009

If you remember the Point Loma place, let us know. The promise of good pizza doesn't always 'deliver' but it's always worth a try.

What Dreams...granted, it was pretty sap-enstein, with a few interesting scenarios and good digital cinematography. I did like all the scenes of wading around in goopy Impressionist and Van Gogh-esque paint--makes one feel better about being dead.

Those little tinny boxes you placed inside the car were funny, like listening to a cheap Chinese radio under the covers. But it's all nostalgia now...

June 10, 2009

Oh, that painting scene blew me away! It was so beautifully shot. It was a shame that after that scene, it quickly went down hill.

And yes, those little boxes in drive-thru's were interesting. I seem to recall my dad spending 10 minutes trying to figure out the best way to hang it from the window. And...these were days before cars all came with cup holders. Not sure what the folks did with their drinks.

June 10, 2009

We generally spilled them in our laps, and over the picnic blankets. Oh the days...

June 10, 2009

Californians are a lil' retarded. Beer at the movies is no problem at all in Texas:

http://www.drafthouse.com/

What a great chain. Saw Ironman there last year, with food and beer. Mostly a young male clientele (given the type of movie and the proximity of UT Austin), who ordered and consumed very quietly. The only sounds I even heard were at appropriate moments in the film.

It was heaven.

June 8, 2009

We had a movie theater here in Tijuana that served alcohol. I just learned that they closed, an apparent victim of these economic times.

Sad days.

June 8, 2009

Last week I caught part of "Christmas on Mars," in the middle of the night on Sundance, and was very impressed--want to see the entire film! Looked up an interview with writer/director Wayne Coyne, who says he intended the film to be seen in a comfortable, casual atmosphere, and a venue where people could drink and smoke. Nice!

June 8, 2009

anti- what a tasty menu! If you're on your way to the concession, score me a side of fried pickles, an artichoke pizza, and a bottle of La Crema ;)

June 8, 2009

Artichoke pizza at this place in Point Loma...dang, can't remember the name of the place, it's great.

I wish there were more drive-ins. Last time I was at one, maybe 25 years ago, the technology was so much better, you could hear the film on your car stereo. Remember those crappy boxes you used to have to stick in your window?

Anyway, wonder what the laws would be about drinking a beer in your car at a drive-in, when technically, that would be "drinking and driving" or "having an open container of alcohol" in your vehicle.

My friend got us free tickets to see this horrible Robin Williams movie called What Dreams May Come. The manager that got us in, well...her sister sat right behind us and said hello and they talked briefly.

We had both smuggled in Dr. Pepper, and when he was opening his can, you hear that big sound that is obviously a can opening.

Well, he didn't realize the cup holders really were just a big hole, and his can slid threw, hit the ground, and rolled all the way down to the front of the screen. Everyone could hear it. A few people laughed.

This woman told her sister that we smuggled beer in, but he quickly told her "No, it was the person in front of us."

I would've just said "Un...no, it was Dr. Pepper. But if you didn't charge $5 for soda, we wouldn't be smuggling it in."

June 8, 2009

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