Recently five friends got together on a Friday night. We drove about an hour out of town and met at a small town cafe for dinner. It was a mom and pop operation. Some of us had BLTs and some had a meatloaf sandwich. But the main course of the evening was after dinner, when we went to a movie at a historic theater. Originally built in 1922 as a silent movie theater, it was renovated in the late 40’s in the Art Deco style and is now run by a local historical preservation and community service group.
A trip to the movies there is much more than just going to watch the movie. A lot of hoopla goes on before the movie. All the ticket stubs go in a big hopper that is turned with great ceremony. Winners are called up to receive prizes based on the movie. We were there for The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, an old Don Knotts classic. The prizes were a can of Bon Ami, ghost peeps, and “Atta Boy” buttons. The person who had traveled the farthest also was called up to put a pin in a map that was rolled out and to get a prize, too. Before the movie, you get to stand for the National Anthem and then watch a classic cartoon. The concession stand has prices closer to the old days than nowadays.
We laughed our heads off at the silly movie. What good medicine! You see, one of the friends is fighting ovarian cancer. For the third time. We laughed a lot, but we are serious about making good memories. Have all the fun you can and spend all the time you can with your friends. The memories will last forever.