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Throwback Thursday #33 – Going to the Movies

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday. Lauren is hosting the first of our abbreviated April posts. Head over to her blog to get the details, and then join in!

This week’s prompt is: Going to the Movies

My post follows.

Going to the movie was a big deal when we were kids. We had one indoor movie theatre, but it was a thirty minute drive into town. We had one drive-in theatre out on a rural road that was only fifteen minutes away.

The drive-in was only open during the warm summer months. In the mountains, the evenings can still be rather cool so the season is short. In the winter when the drive-in was closed, the marquee posted this message:


I am pretty sure I saw the movie The Pirates of Blood River there. I remember the scene with the piranha very well.

When we lived with our grandparents, I was often sent to chaperone my sister and her boyfriend on their movie dates. I remember he drove a black El Camino (maybe a ‘62) and my sister would be in the middle, and I was sitting by the passenger door.

This particular drive-in did not have swing sets up front like some other drive-ins at the time so I was a full on pain in the rear I am sure! Every time he kissed my sister I counted the kiss OUT LOUD. I can remember him giving me a quarter to go to the concession stand just to get rid of me for a few minutes.

When we returned home, I always reported back just how many times my sister and her boyfriend kissed. Of course that did not count all the times I was sent to the concession stand! I should have raised my rates.

Are you a talker in the movie theatre? Did you know it is a cultural thing? When I think of talking in movie theaters I remember my children watching Mystery Science Theatre 3000. The lead characters were tortured by being forced to watch old B movies. The characters watching the films always talked over the audio. Did you watch? Were you a fan?


Movies Vs. Books

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Day 333

We do not watch movies nearly as much as we once did. It seems like our priorities are such that dedicating 2 hours to a movie challenges how frugal we are with our time. We tend to watch a movie or two when the grandkids are here.

Saturday evening we found a movie we both wanted to see — The Bookshop. The movie was a bit slow to start, but there was something about it that held our attention. As we often do, when the movie ended, we wondered if the movie was based on a book.

So, a little Google search revealed the 2017 movie was based on the book by British author Penelope Fitzgerald. We were both interested in reading the book so we thought about trying to find a hardback copy.

Penelope Fitzgerald wrote the book in 1978 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction, a literary award for best original novel written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom. This is a prestigious award and might be one of the reasons this book is priced beyond our reach.

I am not a fan of paperback books, but since this one starts around $40 for used and $100+ for hardcover, we might just opt for getting this one on Kindle.

There are very few movies that are ever able to do the book justice. Might be an interesting post for someone who is well-versed on such things. That would not be me.

What title pops up in your mind when you think about the quality of a book Vs. the movie of the same name?