7.05.2010

Cheesy Teenage Vampire movies -- in Grown Up Style

Ok, so I must admit - I am a fan of the Twilight movie series.  No, not in any way, shape or form because of the "superb" screenwriting or "stellar" acting.  Rather, I like the series because for 2 hours, I can turn my brain off, not think and just enjoy an uninterrupted dive into the overly dramatic and ridiculous Bella - Jacob - Edward love triangle.  I have fond memories of seeing for the first time the original (and painfully boring) Twilight movie as one of my & Mr. Bama's first long distance dinner and a movie date movies (long story).   However, the first time I saw New Moon was in a movie theatre.  BAD decision.  I was surrounded by a wide range of squealing preteens, high schoolers, college sorority girls and obviously bored- with-their-real-lives 40 year old moms.  I couldn't tell you what happened during the first 30 minutes of the movie (well, not really, since I did read the books) because every single time a guy showed up on screen, shirt or sans shirt, the whole theatre erupted in a high pitched squeal.  Not my idea of a great time.

Fast forward to the second to last weekend in June.  My momma and I were walking around the fabulous Shops at Canal Place and to my joy, we passed the newly renovated and opened Theatres at Canal Place.  I then gasped at how gorgeously nouveau-deco fabulous the theatre looked after its renovation:  Smooth, shiny, sleek surfaces, gorgeous lighting, an attached posh gourmet restaurant and snappy looking employees that honestly looked like they really enjoy their job.  I vowed to find out more info about this beautiful destination once I got home.  I then found out that this new theatre is amazing.  Why?  Well, because a) you can actually have a full dinner at your  theatre seat.  b) dinner is served by waiters who come to you at the touch of a button c) you have a choice of tasty alcoholic beverages that you can drink while watching your movie d) you can reserve your seats online and e) no one under the age of 18 is allowed admittance.  YEEAAAHOOOOO!!!!  finally, a theatre made for me!  Most importantly, I found out that they would be breaking from their mantra of  "we only play indy and artsy movies," to show Eclipse.  It was at that moment that I whipped out the credit card, made reservations for the Saturday, July 3rd showing and then sat, back, ecstatic that I would be able to enjoy my cheesy teenage vampire escape in non-squealing bliss. 

and oh did I

I was pretty darn frazzled once we arrived at the theatre (EssenceFest + Annual NEA convention + driving past the NOLA Convention Center to get from one side of the city to the theatres on the other side of the city = unhappy, p.o.-ed New Orleanian).  But as soon as I entered that cinematic mecca, the stress fell away as I was able to sip my Zinfindel as Bella and Edward angstfully looked into each other's eyes repeatedly. I shoved gourmet Parmesan and black pepper flavored popcorn into my mouth as werewolf Jacob and his pack fought off an evil newborn vampire army.  Mr. Bama and I ate a delightful pizza as Edward and Victoria had a rather nasty altercation (I wont get any farther into details for those who haven't seen the movie).  Mr Bama enjoyed the experience, not because he likes the movies (fact: he does not) but because he knew he could drink all of the Abita Ambers he wanted to drown out the poor dialogue that usually drives him mad.    He was a little peeved that they were out of his crack, err, Reese's Pieces, but the beers i think made up for it.  Needless to say, it was the most wonderful theatre experience I've ever had -- and unfortunately I think may have ruined being able to see movies at any other theatre.  But I think I can suck it up and take it, as long as it holds the "squeal."
If you're in NOLA and want to have a GREAT movie going experience, then check out:
http://www.thetheatres.com/

2 comments:

Marisa said...
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Marisa said...

i love this theater even though i have never been and I must go now....i gave you a bloggy award btw :)

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