A Bad Day With A Camera

Joyland Theatre

Movie theatres are one of those things I can’t get my head around these days. Yes, I know what they are. Yes, I know what they do. But why aren’t they dead yet?

Joyland Theatre Sign, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-11

I went to them as a kid because I had no choice. If you wanted to see a new movie or a movie without commercials in it, you went to a theatre. It was a real treat for me when home video became a thing because I only had to go to a theatre once-in-a-while to see a big ticket film. I could watch most of what I wanted in the comfort of my home. Theatres became an unpleasant occasional necessity.

Fast-forward two decades and I am watching everything I want to at home from an incredible array of streaming choices. I have a super high quality, large flat screen, a bangin’ sound system, a carbonator for drinks, and a badass popcorn maker. I need a movie theatre the same way a fish needs a bicycle. I figure that theatres should have gone the way of the video store, as those are mostly superfluous as well.

Coming Soon, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-11
Theatre Entrance, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-11

Maybe the same diehards who collect vinyl go to theatres. Maybe movie goers are extroverts looking for other people to annoy (that’s what the last movie I went to over a decade back was full of). Maybe movie theatres are where aliens meet to plot the colonization of the planet because humans stopped going there over a decade ago. I don’t know.

What I do know is that the last theatres disappearing won’t surprise me. It won’t sadden me, either.

The images in this entry were made using a Canon EOS 20D paired with a Canon 70-300 EF IS USM f4-5.6 lens.

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