Most people who know me, know I love reading and writing which are the obvious hobbies of mine. But, one of my major joys in life is watching movies.
I don't have cable or an antenna connected to my TV to pick up what few channels there are. Instead I?have shelves of movies (DVD and VHS alike), and when I get home from work I pop in a movie.
Even when I'm visiting my dad and brother back home, that's what we do we watch movies.
It's not uncommon for people who know my family to say, "That's all you guys do is watch movies."
And, chances are if you don't understand what I'm talking about, I'm probably quoting a movie.
I'm not very particular when it comes to movie genres either. I love cheesy horror films and B-list sci-fi flicks which have been filmed on an extremely low budget. And on the other hand nothing beats a good tear-jerker or rom com (romantic comedy) chick flick.
All I?know is that watching a movie makes you a part of something different with each plot and each genre.
I don't know about you but there is nothing more magical than watching a scary movie and as a result being afraid to leave the couch for the next three hours.
Or, popping in a classic like "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (which is my all-time favorite movie) and feeling like you're sipping a coffee and staring in the window of Tiffany's, right along with Holly Golightly.
If you're bored with life, stressed or even when your content; a well-made movie can make you forget about reality for a couple of hours.
I don't know of many other things which have that kind of power.
Growing up, the nearest theater was at least an hour's drive away, so anytime we were able to see a movie in theaters was a real treat.
Theaters create an experience. I still remember specific movies my parents took me and my siblings to as kids ("Lion King," "Home Alone 2," "Jungle to Jungle.")
Then, when my older sister got her driver's license we got to watch movies at the theater a little more often. I remember going to see "Toy Story" with my sister when it first came out. She and I went to see the other two sequels together as a tradition.
After I started driving I got to go even more often heading to the nearest theater with my best friends to see ridiculous movies after spending hours in the nearby mall.
Then, when I moved to Mankato to attend college it all changed.
All of a sudden, I was in a town where there were three movie theaters and I?was able to see a movie whenever I felt like it, even on the opening night if I wanted.
When the "Dark Knight" was released to movie theaters, I saw it five times within the first five days.
Now, I live in Blue Earth and I?have to say, I am even more pleased now than I was when I moved to Mankato.
Faribault County has two great movie theaters, which we are extremely lucky to still have.
Kiester is the home to Kee Theatre which was kept alive thanks to a lot of support from the community.
It isn't uncommon for me to head down to Kiester to see a movie alone. It doesn't matter what movie is playing, because I know there is an experience waiting for me.
Then, as if that isn't enough for you, we also have the Flame Theatre in Wells. Another small-town theater that managed to stay in operation despite the expensive digital upgrades taking place in the film industry.
We're rather lucky to have two affordable, well-managed theaters right here in our communities.
So, before you head to the nearest multi-screen theater in a larger town, check out the Flame Theatre or Kee Theatre to see what they have playing. They play new movies and you won't have to travel far for entertainment and a sense of community.
Talk about a great experience, a few dollars for a movie ticket and a few dollars for some snacks and as a result you have a priceless memory for the rest of your life, and movie quotes to memorize and interject seamlessly into conversation to confuse your friends for years to come.
I'd say that is money well spent, and spent locally.