Box Office Poison
It is my strong opinion that this country is suffering. I’m not talking about economics or politics. I’m talking about Hollywood. The movie theater has long been an important part of American culture. We would hop in the car and go to the theater or the drive-in. Awaiting us was a feature the likes of which we had never seen. We had dynamic actors with unique story lines. It was a treat. Every time I went to the theater it was a new experience, an adventure.
Fast-forward to today. Now when we drive to the theater we have the choice of 20 different movies. Almost every one of those movies has a plot you remember from thirty years ago but it’s just a little different. As if that wasn’t enough we have been forced to endure remake after remake of our classic movies. I think it started around the time Steven Spielberg decided it was a good idea to replace the cops’ guns in E.T. with walkie-talkies which he ultimately ended up regretting. Or, in 1997 when George Lucas altered the cantina scene in Star Wars starting the “Han shot first” controversy.
Can you imagine a Hollywood board meeting today?
“Ok, Johnson. Which beloved American classic can we
ruinrehash this year?”
Maybe these production companies and directors aren’t just out of touch hacks. Maybe they genuinely feel that we want these movies. Or maybe they really are just out of ideas.
A “Gateway” of Hope
There’s one thing that we can all agree with in all of this, though. We love our American classics, just not necessarily to the point where we need them redone with new actors and 21st century special effects. Leave our movies alone. That’s where the Gateway Theatre gained my respect and I’ve seen other theaters in our area doing similar things. The Gateway Theatre at 1820 E Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale is playing Rocky Horror Picture Show in all its glory on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays of the month. Original. Not a remake. Not remastered for 2017. Just the movie.
Of course, that’s not to say Rock Horror was not a victim of rehashing. Just last year FOX put out a made for T.V. “tribute” to the original cult classic. You may remember that happening a mere 6 months ago. Myself, I wish I could forget about it.
What better way to cure our modern box office woes than seeing our favorite movies on the big screen feeling that nostalgia creep up our spines and put smiles on our faces? Movie fans are passionate. The movies become like family to us and, like any family member, we will defend them. We don’t need our favorite movies redone, Hollywood. So, let’s leave the nostalgia to our small local theaters like The Gateway.
Not Your Average Theater
Besides being awesome and screening Rocky Horror Picture Show 3 times a month, the Gateway is usually showing a variety of lower budget and indie movies. Having a theater that shows these smaller movies is a privilege. Much like my favorite “up-north” movie theater the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Houston Street in Lower Manhattan, this theater shows the movies you just can’t see anywhere else. The movies they show don’t always have a big budget and they’re not always award winners. The important thing is that we have a place in our city to see unique pictures to relieve ourselves from Hollywood’s mass produced nonsense they have been churning out recently. We are reserving hope for you, Hollywood. We’re waiting.
Until then, go and check out some new and unique pictures at The Classic Gateway Theatre or check them out on a Saturday night and catch Rocky Horror Picture Show in its original cult classic form.