Before Covid I used to savor going to the Regal Cinema.
Not any more, and it isn’t just that I don’t recognize safe crowded in with dozens of other people not wearing masks.
It is also because there are fewer films to see, and almost all of them are available streaming at home, which precludes the need to go to a theater at all. I found that I rarely missed going out to see a film, because so several of them were at my fingertips already. Then the local cannabis dispensary and its smokers lounge decided to host a biweekly film evening, and found that I could not resist the urge. The lounge was only of moderate size, however had squeezed in enough chairs for thirty people to comfortably enjoy the film and smoke cannabis freely. The projector showed Half Baked on the wall, so it felt a little enjoy a real Regal Cinema. In truth, I don’t suppose Half Baked is genuinely wonderful unless you smoke cannabis throughout the entire film, so that’s what I did! That is what everyone did, and collectively every one of us must have burned through many ounces of OG Kush through that film. I advised that for the next film evening they show a better film about marijuana, perhaps Dazed and Confused, or Humboldt County. There was genuinely no reason they were restricted to showing films involving cannabis – they could literally show any film they wanted! I hope they start taking requests, because there are a lot of classic films I would enjoy to watch at the cannabis dispensary.