Orange County, California
February 26, 2001
I was surprised Disney bought it because it is relatively small. But they've got it in good condition, including the paint on the intricately designed ceiling and the chairs which were, surprisingly, comfortable. Oh yeah, when we walked in, there was a guy up on stage playing one of those old organs. It was huge and it, too, looked newly painted. It was bright gold.
I was there for the last showing of the movie Evita with sing titles, but it seems they do these special sing-a-long movies all throughout the year at 10 PM on Friday and Saturday nights. The next sing-a-long movie scheduled is Mary Poppins, starting March 16, 2001.
After we sat down, the ushers came around and handed out props for the show. Then, they had a comic, dressed up like Juan Peron, do a little monologue for us. When the movie started, we just followed the song titles at the bottom of the screen so, throughout the movie, the audience was able to sing-a-long with Madonna and Antonio. (I was surprised at how many were so into singing showtunes, however, I was in West Hollywood.) But that wasn't all. Obviously, it was okay to make jokes and wisecracks throughout the movie, and we had a good audience. Everyone either kept laughing or singing the entire time.
The movie started a little late, what with the antics beforehand, so we got out just before 1 AM. The tickets were $9.00 each, or just like five bucks more for VIP tickets (in first, free parking, center seating and something like free popcorn). Either way, a bargain for such a fun, interactive movie event.
From journal An Evening in Hollywood