View From a Height
Commentary from the Mile High City
Wednesday, September 01, 2004

The Movie Manor 

Last night, I sat in the hotel with multiple movie screens out my window. No, not an urban motel looking out on a multiplex, but the Best Western Movie Manor Motel in Monte Vista, and the screens are several stories high. The drive-in came first, and then the owners built the hotel around it. They pipe the sound from one into the room, Muzak-like, and the other comes in on FM radio.

I admit, the idea has lost a little bit of its luster since the 1950s, when the motel was first built. The screen itself doesn't look much bigger than a TV, and we get close-to-first-run movies on cable all the time now. Certainly better than "Little Black Book," and "Alien vs. Predator," which sounds as though Kerry is suing Edwards. So the novelty of watching a Movie in the Privacy of Your Own Motel Room! is gone.

Still, for some reason, it's kind of cool. Would have been cooler with an Arnold film, though.

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