If Life Was Like a Movie, All Movies Would be This Good

I’ll admit it. I don’t live in the city.

I live in the East Bay, and so many of the things that I do, like, and write about also happen to be in the East Bay. I will also freely admit that I have to have a pretty compelling reason to brave the traffic and cross that bridge, so I’m always looking for a good time close to home. When I lived in Los Angeles, my partner had a friend who lived in Hollywood and refused to believe that anything of value happened more than 10 miles away from her home in any direction. That was the cut off line for her, and maybe you have one, too.

If that’s not the case, or if you, like me, are taking advantage of the cheap rents and available parking of the East Bay, then you might be up for some movies tonight.

If you’ve never been to the Parkway in Oakland, you’re totally missing out. It’s so good I almost don’t want to write about it, because it’s already hard enough to get a good seat in the place. To illustrate why this place is so fantastic, let’s go through the list of some common reasons people have for not going to the movies:

  • There’s nothing good out!

All lies. There are plenty of good movies, old and new, being played in theatres across America. The Parkway is one of these places. In fact, tonight is the Oakland International Black Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender film festival. There are several feature length movies, and a bunch of short films on the program. If that doesn’t float your boat, they are also showing a rockumentary called Festival Express, Richard Linklater’s long overdue sequel, Before Sunset, Anchorman, and I, Robot. The Parkway is also home to an award winning Rocky Horror show, as well as the hip-tacular Thrillville.

  • I’m tired of dealing with screaming babies, or fifteen year olds making out in the seat in front of me.

No joke. That’s why the Parkway rocks. On most nights admission is limited to 21 and over. However, because it’s a fact that parents like to go to movies, too, every Monday night is Baby Brigade. Babies get in free. Those without babies might want to choose a different night.

  • Those seats just aren’t comfortable. And the food is freakin’ overpriced. And it sucks, too. I may as well sit at home on my couch and drink beer.

Or you could go out and sit on your couch and drink beer. It’s true. The Parkway is filled with couches and tables. You can order a pizza, some fresh popped popcorn, nachos and, I kid you not, really good beer, and kick back in the comfort of your own home. Sort of.

Actually, it’s better than your own home. There’s no catbox that needs cleaning. You can’t hear your neighbors thumping bass stereo. Your mom’s not going to call in the middle of the best part of the movie (unless you don’t turn off your cellphone, jerkwad).

But, whatever. If you don’t want to go support small local business and watch worthwhile entertainment, that’s fine with me. That leaves more couch for me, anyway.

2 Comments so far

  1. Brian Lam (unregistered) on August 18th, 2004 @ 12:19 pm

    Its totally cool to write about Oaktown.
    Its like SF’s Brooklyn…or maybe Queens.
    Either way, I think we can agree its borough-ish.
    More please!

  2. AlexK (unregistered) on August 20th, 2004 @ 2:37 am

    Sweet! I can do that. There’s actually more to this area than high crime rates and an Ikea. Believe it…or not!

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