It's awards season, which always finds me reminiscing about movies and special movie memories, movies that have made me laugh and cry, movies that have inspired me, and those that have provoked me.
|Carol with one of her favorite movies|
One of my favorite movie memories is being one of about half dozen bored kids on a blazing, hot summer afternoon. My friends and I were following the time honored directive, "go play outside." While we were figuring out something to do, a calm, cool, collected mom emerged from an air conditioned house. "We're going to the movies," she announced. Serendipity! Off we traipsed our way up Flower Avenue in Takoma Park. Along the way we bombarded said mom with questions. "What movie are we seeing?" "What's it about?" "Can we get popcorn?" "The Sound of Music, you'll see when you get there, and yes you can have popcorn if you brought your own allowance money to pay for it" came the replies.
I will always remember settling into the seat, in the comfortable, cool darkness of the Flower Theater. When the movie started, the huge screen, the vivid colors and the wonderful sound of music was such a visceral sensory experience.
|Historic Flower Theater in Takoma Park, MD,|
circa 1962 (Montgomery Planning)
Then I started to ask other Olney Library staff about their favorite movie memories.
Our fearless leader, James, recalls seeing The Transformers. He was told by his parents he'd be allowed to take one Transformer action figure with him to the movie. One. Not two or three. One. Life is tough.
Circulation manager Joyce remembers seeing The Parent Trap with her mom. She loved the movie soooo much, she convinced her mom to stay and watch the next showing. This was ok, they didn't clear theaters after each showing back in the day.
During February, Olney Library will be displaying and celebrating great movies. Anyone who comes to the Info Desk and shares a movie memory with us will receive a free pencil or book tote! So revisit an old favorite or watch a movie you've always wanted to see, but have never taken the time to watch. Make a marvelous movie memory.
Please enjoy the pictures of our Olney staff with some of their favorite movies.
"My favorite movie has it all-- adventure, love, action, friendship, vengeance, and Rodents Of Unusual Size. What other movie can say all that? Just The Princess Bride."
"I thought Selma was a great movie. Everyone should go see it."
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: "The story was very interesting, I wanted to see what happened at the end of the movie. And I like the actor, Chris Pine."
Irrational Man: "I like the actors and music, and the scenery is beautiful."
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