Friday, 17 August 2018
Mamma Mia and Prezzos
Small WI didn't have a meeting with speaker in August, instead last week we went to the Regal cinema in Stowmarket to see Mamma Mia - Here we go again. Lots of folk in blogland have been to see this already so I won't write much about it here. I enjoyed it despite not being a huge fan of Abba music. The screenplay is written to fit with the music and goes back and forwards between the 1970s - before the original film, and up to date. A few tears may have been shed - after all, it is about recent loss of a partner. Someone in blogworld had said stay to the end of the credits, so we did and it was a short off screen moment with Alexei Sayle.(edited in to say I've been corrected and it isn't Alexei Sayle but Omad Djalali - oops!)
What was more interesting to me was being in the cinema where I spent so many Saturday nights when I was 14, 15 and 16. We used to go whatever was showing..........and often a short film as well as the main film, it was 3 shillings (15p) down the front and then in the interval (yes, lady with ice creams on a tray) we would sneakily move up the back to any empty seats...... it was 5 shillings at the back. Last week we went to a 5 o'clock showing which is classed as a matinee so it was £5.95..........from 3 shillings to £6!
The cinema has been modernized several times since the 1970's and a few years ago it had a big rebuild at the back of the stage to make it better for live theatre shows.
Colin wasn't a film fan so I think we only went to the cinema a couple of times since we married.
My sister in law and her husband have a Loyalty card pass (£90 for a year each) so they go to quite a lot of films without having to pay any extra...........might be an idea for winter afternoons if I need entertaining. (Just done maths.......would need to go to 15+ afternoon films to save any money - doubt there would be 15 I'd want to see in a one screen cinema)
The cinema hasn't really changed much, it's still small, independent and local with car parking adjoining.
After Mamma Mia we walked across the car park to what was once a pub called the Dukes Head now it's a Prezzos. I'd not been to a Prezzos before and might not bother again! The food was OK but 4 un-spicy prawns in what was supposed to be a "Spicy Prawn and Basil Pesto Penne" was a bit disappointing. Nice for a change from cooking but quite expensive.
A good evening out.