As a handful of you know, I grew up in the Midwest. Back in Iowa, as a teenager in my hometown (which, to many people’s surprise, was a large town, comparatively), had just a few things to do. The options were as follows: drive aimlessly through the countryside either with friends or alone; cajole some people into going bowling, an activity that I hate; or go to the movies. The movie theater in my hometown is a growth amongst a decaying giant — the mall. Yonkers and Menards and Cookies Etc have faded from existence there, leaving only some empty fountains and middle-aged ladies getting in some air-conditioned exercise. And the movie theater.
The Plaza 9 was the only theater for miles that played any decent movies, and even then, my options were limited to blockbuster hits. I'll go as far as to blame this theater for preventing me from getting into movies until streaming came into existence. It wasn't until I moved to Portland though, that I realized that the movie theaters of the Midwest were doing things thoroughly wrong.
The first time I went to a movie in Portland, I wandered into Cinema 21 and was delighted to discover that I could order a cookie and hot tea without getting a skeptical look from a teenage concession stand attendant. My enjoyment of the movies has only increased since that moment.
Ordering a slice of pizza and a mug of beer to have while I watch a movie in the theater is one of the greatest joys in life. It is a simple joy, one that I didn't realize could bring me so much satisfaction. So, here's to you, Beer and Pizza at the Movies. You should be everywhere and I'm horrified for those that have never experienced the wonder of your existence.