Tron (and why home theatre is so popular)

I don’t see a lot of movies in the cinema, so call me slow if you like, but I think I’ve worked out why big TVs and DVDs and Bluray are getting so popular.

Cinema tickets

Freaking $18.50 for an adult, $13.50 for kids? (And this is at 10am on a weekday — I don’t know if their pricing varies at peak times.) Plus $4 each for Choc Tops, and $3.90 for a bottle of water. $61.40 for a movie with a snack? Gordon Bennett.

The silver-lining is there was only one other person in the theatre, sitting right up the back, so we got pick of the seats.

And the movie itself? Spectacular, but not deep. Enjoyable but not utterly brilliant. A little like the original, in fact.

Bentleigh once had a cinema

I lived in Elsternwick once, and since then have always envied residents there. Everything’s there: supermarket, lots of shops, restauraunts, train or tram to city, bus to the beach. And a cinema: The Classic, which originated in 1913, and thanks to investment and renovations in the 90s, survives (and thrives) today.

Bentleigh, where I now live, once had a cinema, next to the station. What became Bentleigh Hoyts originally opened in 1928, and ran until 1984 — later than I thought it might have survived. From the looks of the photos, a marvellous art deco building. A little bit of the facade on Nicholson Street survives, but it’s now offices of a real estate agent.

Bentleigh Hoyts

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What a shame it closed. We have heaps of real estate agents. A cinema would have been terrific to still have in the neighbourhood.

(Prompted by a Twitter post that popped up in my Bentleigh feed.)