Saturday, November 9, 2013

Going to the movies

The movie I had been waiting to see was finally out, so off we drove to The Villages to see '12 Years a Slave'.  As soon as I heard about this movie I downloaded the book on my Kindle to learn more about this.

It is based on a true story of a free black man in the 1850's who was kidnapped and forced into slavery on a plantation in Georgia.   I've attached the trailer here in case you haven't heard of it.  Yes, this is Brad Pitt like you've never seen him.

This film was directed by Steve McQueen and showed the ugliest sides of slavery and the inhuman treatment inflicted on them.  Parts of it were truly hard to watch and it's impossible to fully comprehend the horror of living this way.

We had not yet ventured into this part of Florida and were amazed at the beauty of this community.  It is a golf cart community and everywhere we looked it was beautiful with people buzzing around in their golf carts.  Each golf cart seemed to be tricked out more than the other one...think "pimp my ride" done in golf cart mode.

The Rialto 8 Theatre was a treat in itself.  The tickets were ordered in what appeared to be an old fashioned box office window and when you entered the lobby it was like entering a movie set.

The ceilings had clouds painted on them and there was a tree in the lobby with tiny white lights.  The lighting was dim and gave a sense of intrigue and adventure.  And when we finally got to our theatre room we were greeted with plush leather recliners that leaned back. 

The general advertisements and announcements flashed on the screen and I was thinking the screen was a bit smaller than normal, which was fine since the room itself was not huge.  And then the curtains parted to reveal the larger screen.  Do you remember the curtains opening at the beginning of the show?  This brought back such a flood of memories for me.

It was truly enchanting and we look forward to returning again to explore it further.  On the way out of town Left Brain spotted a JoAnn's Fabrics and promptly pulled in so I could get the material needed for some projects I'm working on.

It was one of those perfect days where everything just seems to glide along smoothly...sure makes up for those days when nothing goes right. 

Long Live the Queen of the Movies


  1. I love the sound of the little theatre. Hubby and I used to drive all over Florida each year when we were there but we never came across this place. It sounds like a great place to watch a movie. Yes, I remember the curtains opening at the beginning of the movies when I was a little kid. I also remember that the leading movie stars would be there in person for an opening (premiere). We got to meet Betty Davis and a few others. Hmmmmm, those were the days!! You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

  2. It's still not here. GRRR. Love the old movie theatre. I loved the excitement of the screen opening and remember those were the days when they just asked you not to talk during the movie not turn off your cell phone... LOL