I love old movies. You know the ones… the ones that take you back to a bygone era when going to the movies was cheap (or at least cheaper than it is today). A time when stories were sophisticated not complicated. When the best of Audrey Hepburn or Sidney Poitier could inspire our senses and challenge our way of thinking.
I was not around to see the old Russell Theatre, but I imagine it to be the best place to watch those old movies in Glace Bay. Something that I feel lacking in the town today is an old movie house like the Russell Theatre, where you could step inside and time travel for a couple of hours. It would also be an excellent place to host a local Oscar party (just saying).
Present Day Movies
I ventured to the movies last week with my niece and nephew for a viewing of Sponge Bob Squarepants in Sydney. This was my first time in a movie theatre since Covid 19 quarantined us all. The only thing that has really changed is the wearing of masks, and that now there is a designated entrance and exit. Oh yes, and the spacing between seating. Not too many changes though to notice it being different. I didn’t notice a thing.
Reflections on Movies
I am told that the old Russell Theatre was destroyed by fire back in 1921. The fire not only destroyed a central hang out spot, but a place to be transported away from reality for a couple of hours. We still get that same suspension of belief in the movies we watch today. The movies are bigger, grander, and can pack a mean punch at the box office. Covid 19 may mean that we cannot pack in to the theatre as close anymore however,… but really is that such a bad thing?