Me: Hey man wanna go see Wedding Crashers at nine?
Friend: Yeah, sure. Where at?
Me: Lee Highway Multiplex
Friend: Oh sorry man. I can't. My bullet-proof vest is at the cleaners.
You laugh, but that means you haven't been. If you like watching movies in squeaky seats, sticky floors, and gun toting 19 year-olds then this is the theatre for you.
The theatre itself looks like an other ordinary theatre. There's an arcade and even a snack bar with it's own Ben & Jerry's stand in the lobby. The theatre also boasts the fact that they're the only theatre around with a digital screen. Sounds great right? But once you get to your movie screen these questions usually pop up:
"Where's the stadium seating?"
"Why is this screen so blurry and grainy?"
"Where can I sit where I'll feel safe?"
"What's this sticky stuff on the floor?
And during the movie you'll hear conversations like this...
Ring, ring. "Hello?... Yo homes, what's going on dawg?... Nah, just chillen. Watchin some whack-ass movie. What you up too?... Fuuck dat... Shit, did you hear what happened to Jamal?..."
But what always gets me is I've been to this theatre several times (mainly out of convenience) and everytime, I see at least one kid get through with some kind of weapon. Meanwhile...
Theatre Worker: You got ID?
Me: You serious?
Theatre Worker: Can't let you in to see this movie without some ID?
Me: I'm 25.
Theater Worker: Still need to see some ID?
Well at least they're cracking down on underage movie goers.