|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Wednesday, January 03, 2007 |
( 1/03/2007 10:16:00 AM ) Bill S.
"HAVE FUN STORMING THE CASTLE!" – Read in the morning paper today that our local moviehouse, the Castle, is closing after a little more than three years of business. I've written about visiting the Castle Theater before: a retro-fitted movie theatre that had couches and love seats in place of regular theater seating, it was a comfy forum for movie watching. Though I no longer go to the movies as frequently as I did ten years ago, I genuinely enjoyed the Castle. Among the movies that I experienced in the smothering comfort of the theatre's couches were A Mighty Wind and Bubba Ho-Tep: quirkier flicks that frequently got ignored by the big chain companies. But sometime within the last year, owner Ben Slotky ceased booking the odd grown-up movies, replacing the theater's weekend matinee movie offerings completely with family features that had already been played out in the area chains. (Last feature that my wife and I saw there was Revenge of the Sith.) Nights were replaced with stand-up comedy and big-screen viewings of Monday televised sports; though it still had a big ol' marquee, the Castle was just barely a movie theater anymore.
Still, we'll miss it. The whole thing may've been a quixotic financial endeavor – especially in these days of bigger and louder high-def home theaters – but it was still a neat nite out . . .