Life Imitates Art

July 16, 2011

The Opera House in Shepherdstown, WVa

Copyright 2011 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Was in Shepherdstown, West Virginia a week or so ago and happened upon the movie Midnight in Paris, whose main conceit involves a writer (Owen Wilson) who longs for 1920’s Paris.  While not a fan of Woody Allen (for a number of reasons), the story seemed interesting and I was curious as to how Hemingway and Fitzgerald would be portrayed.

The movie was playing in the Shepherdstown Opera House, a restored building that houses a quaint one-screen movie theatre.  The seats were old, hard leather, and the screen was set back from a small stage.  This was quite a difference from the ten-screen multiplexes where the sound from the adjacent theatres bleeds into the movie being viewed and you sink almost to the floor in the cushioned chairs.

Inside the Opera House theatre

Copyright 2011 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Watching this movie in such a setting was like the patrons  had joined Owen Wilson on a trip back in time.   And a quick trip it was as there were no printed tickets and thus no ticket-taker and, after having climbed a few steps, folks walked directly down a single aisle to their seats.  This was far and away different from the maze of modern movie establishments that  require directions in order to find the correct screen.  Quite a pleasant experience, actually, and one worth duplicating.

Take care.

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