She 'only' say 272 films on the big screen last year
At a time of declining national movie attendance, Stacey Ferdinands cares deeply about the movie-going experience. She works a day job in television programming and served as the head of the late, lamented Peachtree Film Society. But her passion is seeing movies of all kinds on the big screen. Last year was an off year for her: She "only" saw 272 flicks on the big screen.
Do you have any rituals when you go to movies?
It depends on the theater, but I usually like front-row center. I don't like anything to be between me and the image, and I like it to fill my field of vision. Three years ago I stopped watching movie trailers, and now I enjoy the movies much more; if it's a comedy, I haven't already seen the jokes. I used to cover my eyes and ears when the trailers came on, but my boyfriend said that people behind me were making fun of me, so now I just go outside the theater until they're over. Also, I have a lot of theaters' numbers stored in my cell phone, so if there's something wrong -- if it's not loud enough or they didn't turn the lights down -- I can call and complain from my seat. The movie theaters hate that.
Where are the best places in Atlanta to go to the movies?
My favorite art house is [Lefont] Garden Hills, because they have superior projection and presentation. I go to Landmark [Midtown Art Cinema] more often just because they show more movies, but sometimes you can hear trucks driving by and some of the theaters have a musty smell, especially if you're sitting in the front row. My multiplex fave is [AMC] Parkway Pointe, because that's where the Peachtree Film Society screened. Plus, it has some of the best projection in the city and a slightly higher caliber of audience -- they tend not to talk as much.
Movie attendance fell in 2005. Do you think it was due to the quality of the movies, or the movie-going experience?
I think the mainstream films were not very good last year, but there were plenty of high-quality independent and foreign films -- I guess people just didn't seek them out. The experience can be really bad. I would never see a film I care about on a Friday or Saturday night, because people don't pay attention and talk on cell phones all the way through. I saw Soul Plane on a Friday night.
Little harsh, in'it?
Oh that's right...I DID say enjoy yourself.
Go to hell Kombo!
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