In the bal­cony

The Coast - - THIS WEEK - — Eve­lyn White, Hal­i­fax

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.

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