...and our local movie theater re-opened. Destroyed in a fire close to two years ago, our sweet little twin theater is back. But better. Think ArcLight, shrunk-to-fit. There are actually fewer seats than before, wider, cushier, set on a slight incline so the expensively-coifed head of the person in front of you won't interfere with your viewing pleasure. The screens are upgraded, the sound is better, there's a fancy marble lobby, fancier snack menu.
The great thing is, ticket prices haven't changed. Still twelve bucks. Amazing anywhere, let along in a town where new landlords are busily booting out decades-long tenants in a rush to double and triple their rents.
These pix are from the launch party night. Warm evening, balmy breeze, great band, great food. No major celebs, alas, unless you count the realtors and hair dressers recognizable from their publicity shots. John Evans and Alison Reid, owners of Malibu's glorious indie book store, Diesel, sipping Champagne with Karen Duffy Walker Gindick, Iowa girl extraordinaire.
A gala opening for a twin theater. Ahhh, Malibu.