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There is nothing better than watching a movie on the big screen.
Célia Jiménez here, thinking of the excitement that the residents of Soledad must be feeling as a cinema prepares to open in the city for the first time in over 30 years.
This story reminded me of the traveling theater who came to the small farming town where I grew up in Nayarit, Mexico, every harvest season. The theater did not show any Disney movies or trending Hollywood actors. No, they were all low budget Mexican movies. Most concerned the police and drug traffickers and the main actors were the Almada brothers. For those who don’t know, the Almada brothers are Mexican actors who have been the protagonists or antagonists of hundreds of Mexican films. Mario Almada himself has appeared in over 300 films.
Soledad mayor Anna Velazquez says she remembers when she went to the city’s previous cinema, which closed in 1989. She remembers going there with her godmother and watching movies in English or Spanish. She says she made several memories with her own family while going to the theater with her sons. “We’ve always been to the movies and I have so many fond memories of my boys and the movies and watching Disney movies that were coming out.”
Velazquez added that having a theater in town will benefit young people and adults.. I can support that. A theater offers teens another place to hang out with their friends. I went to the theater a lot when I was in high school (I was 14 the first time I went to a conventional theater). My friends and I went to the movies almost every Wednesday (when tickets were half price for students) to watch the latest releases.
Velazquez says many in Soledad didn’t think the city would have a theater again. But on Friday, October 29, that will become a reality and residents will be able to enjoy the big screen in their hometown. The film lineup of the early days of this new theater includes the new horror film Last night in Soho, the thriller Drink and family comedy Clifford the big red dog. Given Monterey County’s large Spanish speaking population, I wonder if Premiere Cinemas would consider showing films in Spanish in the future.
If you want to see what’s going on at the Soledad theater you can visit premierecinemas.net. And if you want to share your theater memories with me, I’m just an email away.
-Celia Jiménez, editor, [email protected]