your phone’s ringing, dude.

kudos to the plaza theater for staying relevant in the days of megaplexes, netflix and corporate run art-house theaters. the main thing the plaza has done to stay profitable is to create a whole host of “experience” events that combine a movie with other elements to create a night people will pay for. generally these include older movies that people love to see and may never have seen on a big screen.

last night i checked out the plaza’a flicks and giggles which takes place on the last tuesday of the month. the gig is they have a live comedy performance, usually a stand-up, show some trailers for classic comedy movies and then show a classic comedy flick.

thanks to tessa i found out they would be playing joel and ethan coen’s classic the big lebowski which is probably my favorite movie of all time.

what a blast. the comedian was decent, they showed trailers for fletch and raising arizona both of which would be great movies to have for flicks and giggles in the future, and then i got to see one of my favorite movies on the big screen. what is it about seeing a movie you love on the big screen after years that is just great? i dunno, but for $10 it was a bargain. i’ll totally check it out again.

7 Comments so far

  1. annie on November 26th, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

    Oddly enough, I think I was behind you on Moreland. (won’t out your vehicle on Metblogs, but based on your stickerage, it HAD to be you.) And when you turned on Ponce, I thought, Hmm, wonder what he is doing over that way?

    also love The Dude. And the Plaza.

  2. Will (atl_will) on November 26th, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

    The only reason I am not a regular fixture at these Plaza events is that I am an idiot.

  3. james hervey (jeherv) on November 26th, 2008 @ 6:04 pm

    yah, will, me too. i will be checking them out more often for sure.

    and annie, i am sure that was me. as you point THAT combination of stickers is probably one of a kind. seriously, what were there like five mccain voters in all of east atlanta?

  4. bking on November 28th, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

    Going to the Plaza for Lebowski was a lot of fun. My bro got mad that I didn’t remember to invite him, until I pointed out that he went to see Casablanca at the Fox last summer without me. Between the Plaza, the Fox summer flicks, and the Landmark, Atlanta’s a pretty good place to be a film buff, I guess. I’m not, though – I like big pricey Hollywood extravaganzas.

  5. james hervey (jeherv) on November 28th, 2008 @ 6:32 pm

    thanks for going with me. remind me to talk to you abour "nerdcore riding"

  6. rashid on November 30th, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

    I went to the Plaza a few months ago to see Eraserhead on the big screen. I would have paid 50 bucks for the privilege.

    I’m definitely gonna be on top of this in the future. Amazingly, I saw Lebowski for the first time this year (finally shaking untold amounts of ridicule) but I would have loved seeing it on the big screen. Raising Arizona too, that’s actually my favorite Coen Bros film.

  7. james hervey (jeherv) on November 30th, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

    ya’ll keep your eye out for "nerdcore rising" on friday. i’ll be posting more about it later in the week.

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