As far back as I can remember, one of the highlights of summer has been going to the movies. Escaping the oppressive heat in a darkened theatre, I would fall into a story and be somewhere else. I always therefore associate cool movie theatres with summertime.
We’ve been cautious about taking the kids to the movies. They’re still young, and R, especially, is sensitive to some story lines. The Jungle Book, for example, was a cartoon that scared him–even though he knows the story well. Watching movies at home, after we’ve previewed them to make sure they are OK, has been a smart tactic for us. We have found many flicks that the kids (and us) just love, including Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Cars, and Madagascar.
With Disney unveiling the new cartoon in the Cars family, Planes, this week, we decided to embrace summer and take the kids to a movie theatre for the first time. And, since it’s us, we decided to combine the trip with ice cream.
A top option for ice cream and the movies is the Capitol Theatre in Arlington. This is an old school movie theatre: no stadium seating, nothing fancy in the theatre itself, but adults can purchase a glass of wine or a beer along with popcorn and the theatre offers interesting shows, like a recent John Hughes retrospective.
On the ground floor, the theatre runs the Capitol Creamery, its in-house ice cream shop that features Richardson’s ice cream and Richie’s Italian ice. The kids broke with our ice cream tradition, opting for blue raspberry ice. “This is the best frozen ice ever,” G proclaimed. “Because it’s the best at turning my tongue blue.” That’s a ringing endorsement in kid speak.
Thankfully, the theatre was filled with families of small kids, which made the loud questions from G and R the norm. We all liked the movie (though, for me, it still takes a back seat to Cars, which is so good), but I could have done without the 10 minutes of commercials beforehand (what happened to just coming attractions?). The kids, perhaps because of their ages, missed some of the PG elements, though they clearly picked up on the messages about why being there for your friends is important and why bullying is wrong. They laughed a good amount, and both declared only one scene, when Dusty, our hero, was underwater, scary.
Overall, a successful first trip to movie theatre! I have a hunch we’ll be back, especially since Planes 2 is already scheduled for a summer 2014 release.
One of my goals from attending BlogHer’13 is to write more often. Writing is a muscle, one of the speakers explained, and the more you use it, the stronger it will become. So, to that end, I’ve joined NaBloPoMo this month. NaBloPoMo is a daily (weekends are for free writing) blogging exercise centered around a theme. For August 2013, it’s, appropriately, hot. The daily writing prompts can be found here.
Disclosures: None! We paid for the ice cream and movie ourselves.