I’d often heard about this mysterious little movie theater in nearby Hermosa that’s open a few days a week. Last night, I finally made plans for a big Thursday night out — to see some new release called Avatar. I actually asked my friend Cheryl (pictured here) if we needed to get there early. Luckily, she knowingly said no. I’ve been to exactly one movie since I moved to Costa Rica, since the next closest theater is about 30 minutes away. Skeptical, I wondered why we never hit up this little gem. Was it always too crowded? Or decrepit? Upon arrival, exactly five minutes late, we waltzed into a completely empty theater. Am I the last person on earth to see Avatar?! There wasn’t even anyone around to take our picture together — so I made Cheryl pose alone. (I don’t know why it makes me laugh so hard, honestly I don’t.) I thought it was going to be packed. There was so much leg room that we couldn’t even put our feet up, if that’s what we were inclined to do in what turned out to be such a beautiful theater. And our $6 ticket included a free soda or beer. Thirty minutes later, the movie started, with six other people in the audience, including four of our friends who’d come to meet us. Starving, they’d ordered dinner next door. Their food was later served by two waiters on real plates with silverware. This place not getting more action, in a sleepy little town with little else to do, is a complete mystery to me. But I’m not complaining; I finally got to see Avatar — a mere 168 days after its US release.
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