In the balcony
Tara Thorne’s “The end” is an excellent piece about the demise of The Oxford Theatre (Shoptalk. September 7). I will long remember the eager group of seniors at The Oxford for the screening of Maudie that I attended. Among them was the elderly woman who ascended to the near-empty balcony (because we always arrived early). She took one look at my partner (again, visualize the empty balcony), semi-glowered and announced: “YOU’RE IN MY SEAT.” She soon chilled and sat in the seat next to my partner, and it didn’t take long for them to become fast friends.
Then there was the younger woman near us in the balcony who kept getting up (with the flashlight activated on her cellphone) to help many seniors find a seat in the by-then darkened theatre. For sure one of the best movie-going experiences I’ve ever had. A true community gathering.
A shame that The Oxford is closing. And too bad that To Kill A Mockingbird is not among the classics that will screen as the curtain comes down. It’s a superb film with a time- less message about truth, honour, courage and dignity.