But I did get out today. Mom and I went to see Disney's The Kid (is that the real name?) at the new Roxy theater. Charming movie — 'nuff said about that. Bruce Willis is at his charmingest, and the kid could charm the socks off a house elf. It's a kid-friendly take on the theme of Frequency. I liked both movies, actually, and don't think there's any need to compare them. This one was just about right for the intended audience, I think.
But I want to talk about the theater. It's the first time I've been there since it opened this spring as the second theater in the county with stadium seating. The other one is in Rohnert Park, and so I walked in with that in mind. The main lobby of the Rohnert Park theater is huge, but the Roxy has a small lobby just inside the entrance and another more spacious snack bar and arcade area upstairs, where about half of the fourteen screens are located.
Plush red carpeting is everywhere, including the walls. We took the escalator up to Theater 13, and as soon as we walked in we noted that it's a much smaller room than any in Rohnert Park. The seats are lower in the back, and the rows are therefore much closer together, so you lose the ability to walk down any row as if it were an aisle. The seats also rock, not in the sense of rock and roll but rather in terms of being like rocking chairs. There's no good reason for this, but it's all right unless you have a hyperactive (or even normally active) child sitting in front of you. Or behind you, or on either side.
Ah, but the screen is huge, the picture is bright, and the sound is ... well, it's loud, as you'd expect, but one of the papers I read today mentions that the decibel level has been turned down twice since the theater opened, due to customer complaints. Apparently in a smaller room, 6.0 is quite loud enough for everyone to hear every pin drop. They started at 7.2 and lowered it to 6.8, but after more grumbling from deafened patrons, they've toned it down to the minimum level.
For all the minor carping, it's still the best facility in Santa Rosa. Plus, they validate your parking ticket, so I will definitely be back. But I'll probably go to Rohnert Park just as much, out of both loyalty and the allure of shorter lines.