It was always one of my favorite things to do. Dinner and a movie. In a good old fashioned theatre. Popcorn with butter and a bubbly soda. Cute husband. Great Plot.
Life is good. But, things have changed. Especially in light of recent shooting events here in the U.S. and the recent terrorist attacks on “soft targets” and entertainment venues in Paris. Case in point.
My daughter calls me today and says “Mom, I won’t be going to a theatre to see a movie for awhile. My friends and I went last night and there was a strange man with a black jacket who went to the side of the theatre to stare out and survey the crowd. Two girls ran out, ducking their heads. We slouched down in our seats and were afraid to leave. Movie security came in, but just stood in the back. Because it was dark we weren’t sure who the guy was. I was afraid we’d get shot. It turned out ok, but I was freaked out. Like I said, I won’t be going to the movies for awhile.”
I responded calmly to my daughter as she went on explaining her experience while simultaneously feeling my stomach fall to the floor. This is what it’s come to today, I thought to myself. A “new normal” has kicked in – especially for our children.
And a lot of questions are running through our minds too. Do we need metal detectors greeting us at the multiplex? Would an increased police presence help? Should federal or state governments pass legislation of some sort to give moviegoers a greater sense of security as they pay to sit in a dark theater with strangers? Do we let our kids go see movies by themselves on a Friday night anymore?
Articles from the Huffington Post to the Washington Post have addressed safety issues in movie theaters and proposed new security measures. A lot of discussion and debate but for the moment, no big changes.
So, do you go to the movies? Your decision. For now, though, I’ll take my husband, popcorn and bubbly soda and park on the couch tonight. Netflix and the Home Theatre experience is just the ticket for me.Share This Post