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Film Festival Classic Movie Night A Great Success

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Posted: Monday, February 10, 2020 11:40 am

The Coronado Island Film Festival kicked off its 2020 Classic Movie Series last week with a screening of Dr. No at the Village Theater. “Dr. No,” released in 1962, is the first movie in the James Bond series. The film starred Sean Connery and the female lead (the first Bond girl) was played by Ursula Andress.

Thirty minutes before showtime, I arrived at the theater and there were about 50 people in line. The doors opened and Film Festival volunteers greeted the moviegoers. The theater was packed – I saw only a couple empty seats. Sitting in the seats were Coronadans of all ages – people in their 90s to teenagers who came out to watch the movie that is nearly sixty years old.

After a short presentation by Film Festival leaders, the lights dimmed and the 1946 Bugs Bunny cartoon, “Baseball Bugs” was shown on the big screen instead of the usual movie previews. The cartoon was hilarious and the audience loved it. The main feature established so many of the things we have come to know in the James Bond series: the iconic theme music, James ordering his martini, James cheating death multiple times, and James saving the world from Dr. No’s evil plan to disrupt the launch of a Mercury rocket.

The packed theater made me think back to when I was in high school in the mid-1980s, when the Village Theater hosted dollar movie nights on Mondays -- a double feature for $1! The theater has been remodeled since then; the days of torn vinyl seating, mended with duct tape, and sticky floors, are long gone. The theater is beautiful and still serves as a gathering place for Coronadans of all ages.

Many thanks to the to the Coronado Island Film Festival team of volunteers for creating such a special evening for the people of Coronado.

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