Sunday, November 17, 2019

Double Feature........

8:36 am - Sunday - November 17th - Ramona, CA - 77° F, 16% humidity, wind 7 mph out of the east......Santa Ana condition coming!  Clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 89° F.

When was the last time you went to a theater to see a double feature?  Back in the 60's every theater offered a double feature on their 'single' screen whether it was a walk-in theater, or a drive-in  theater.  Typically there was an 'A' and a'B' movie.  They used the 'A' movie to draw you in to see the 'B' movie, which was usually the first movie shown at a double feature.  Many times I actually liked the 'B' movie better than the 'A' movie.  Gradually, over time the double feature disappeared.  With the advent of multiplex theaters you can once again choose to see a double feature, only you have to co-ordinate between the screening times of two movies you wish to see, and then pay for two separate movies.  Back in the 60's it might cost you $2.50 to $4/person to see a double feature, but today it can cost you upwards of $25-30 bucks per person to see two movies at a multiplex theater, even with student, or senior discounts.  TLE and I have not been to a 'double' feature since we first dated back in the late 60's.  There are several movies out right now that we want to see, but two in particular grabbed our attention......'Midway' and 'Ford vs. Ferrari'.....both of those movies were playing at the Angelika Film Center and Cafe in Poway Saturday.  Wednesday evening I opened my Angelika app on my phone and bought tickets (with assigned seating) to see 'Midway' at 9:55 am, and 'Ford vs. Ferrari' at 12:50 pm.  In between those movies we planned to have lunch at the Angelika Cafe.......



.....we arrived at the Angelika around 9:20 am, got our free cup of coffee....yes, coffee is free Saturday morning....and went out to their alfresco dining area to sip our coffee, and relax before the first feature.....


.....by the bye, they do have very good coffee!  We leisurely strolled into theater #5 around 9:45 am to our assigned seating (seats 10 and 11), reclined our seats, and got ready to be entertained......


....what a way to see a movie!  We both really enjoyed Midway.  The battle scenes made you feel like you were right there in the cockpit with the pilot dropping bombs on aircraft carriers.  I love seeing well done historical movies....sometimes real life is more interesting than make believe.  We were out of the theater by 12:15 pm, and placed our orders for our food.  Within 5-10 minutes we had our food, and had plenty of time to enjoy our choices....a Caesar Salad for TLE, and a bacon cheeseburger for moi chased with a chocolate peanut butter stout brew......


.....next up was Ford vs. Ferrari, which details the life and times of Carroll Shelby, who actually won the 24 Hours of LeMans in an Austin Martin.  He was the first American to win that race.  Ford Motors decided  in the 60's that they wanted to develop a race car which could compete with Ferrari at LeMans and win.  They partnered with Carroll Shelby, the builder of the well known Cobra, to build the Ford GT40.....



......it took a couple of years, but they finally won LeMans over Ferrari in 1966, and the next three years.  It still remains the only American built car to win LeMans.  In 1966 the first three finishers were Ford GT40's....



.....this is the best racing movie I have seen since Gran Prix back in 1966 (starring James Garner and Eve Marie Saint).  We were out of the theater around 3:30 pm, and found a Cobra car show in full swing in the parking lot.  How fitting, right?



We made a quick stop at COSTCO to pick up my prescriptions, and were on our way home by 4:30  arriving there a little after 5 pm.  What a great day spent with The Lovely Elaine.....thanks for stopping by!


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