Ryan and I took advantage of yesterday’s sunshine to walk around the neighborhood.  Once again we are in a neighborhood with a tossed salad of architecture and sculpture.  Some of the buildings themselves are works worthy of just staring at.  Additionally there are a bunch of independent shops close to walking distance.  One of which is a great independent bookshop down the hill where there’s no rush about your brousing and the people are friendly.  If they knew our names we’d name it CHEERS.

As we are walking about the guy at the counter asked us if we’d like to see a free movie that night.  He had a promo ticket to CRAZY HEART.  Karma’s interesting–just hours before we had been talking about how we’d like to see this movie.

These free tickets took us to a new part of town that’s nestled within a neighborhood–a small area of restaurants and one of the first neighborhood motion picture houses in this city of ours.  Opened in 1915, the place is full of character and what I’d presume is the original decor although not the original water damage to the ceiling.  IE it was full of ambiance.  Remember when doors were padded and had the buttons like quilt-tacking over them?  These doors still had that in a lovely red leather/faux leather.  The ceiling had guilding and the marble pillars on the sides looked old and authentic.  Despite it’s original look the sound quality and picture quality were excellent.  Free early previews really bring out an interesting assortment of folks-young/old hipsters/folkies.

I’m hesitant to say too much about the film because it officially opens this weekend(?) and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who is going to see it.  In general we really enjoyed the film.  Good script, GREAT acting.  Our only downer on it was that the love story was a little unbelievable but I’ll leave that to you to decide.

So, Ryan’s idea of a little walk ended up being a little adventure.  There are lots of nooks and crannies in this city.  I’ll be fun to see what else we discover.  Especially when the weather warms up.

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