Last night, my brother and I saw Pixar's new film Wall-E. Between Alameda's gorgeous new theatre and the film, It was a beautiful experience.
First off, the theatre. Sadly, in this age of megaplexes, the classic old movie houses are disappearing. In San Francisco, the old Alhambra Theatre (a beautiful morrocan design) is now a health club. The beautiful art deco Alameda theatre has been in disrepair since it went out of business in 1979. Since then it has been a roller skating rink, a gymnastics studio and an abandoned building. It reopened this year, improbably restored to it's art deco glory. The lobby is beautiful, with gilded fixtures and ornate roof tiles. My favorite story are the chandeliers.
The theatre's original chandeliers were stolen when the theatre closed. No one knew what happened to them. When it was announced that the theatre was reopening, the chandeliers were anonymously returned. A thief with civic pride!
The theatre is beautiful, but it cost the city a pretty good chunk of change, and is independent (ie not a chain theatre, which is very rare in the Bay Area.) I wonder what that means for it's ability to continue to get first run films without bleeding money? The bottom line is, I can walk to the movies in a beautifully restored art deco theatre with a lobby that makes me want to wait for my movie, and I'll definitely be spending my movie going dollars there.
Oh yeah, the film. Wall-E is Pixar at it's best. It has a story to tell, and a message. It's actually a much darker film than I was expecting. It also finally washes the taste of Cars out of my mouth.
I am amazed at how much life and emotion they give these inanimate objects. I am also amazed that the first hour of the film contains almost no dialogue not from Hello Dolly. In fact, there were one or two instances in the beginning that definitely made me think of the opening of Fallout. It's also the first Pixar film to include live actors, in a neat touch.
This is a children's movie that has so much to say. There is no chance that adults will become bored during this film. Joe-Bob says check it out.
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