Thursday, September 5, 2013
The Last Remaining Seats is a program of the Los Angeles Conservancy, where older classic movies are shown on big screens in the historic movie houses in Los Angeles. I think my husband and I got onto this in its early years, almost accidentally, because my son, rather inexplicably, fell in love with Laurel and Hardy. Parents are willing to go out of their way to witness their small boy laughing with reckless abandon. Broadway in Los Angeles was lined with theaters at one time and some of them still remain, some restored and some repurposed. Just a few years ago, Broadway was mainly a shopping district filled with new immigrants and cheap electronics. Trendy hipster restaurants are popping up now.
I'm an older person now. I don't even wait around for people to ask me what it was like when I was young. I tell them. I didn't like history when I was a kid. The first time I was interested in history, my grandparents were already dead. And I thought about how the world must have looked to them, as World War I began or as cars took to the roads.