Buyer in the wings for Strand
Friday, March 5, 2010
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Here’s hoping the wings of fate make efforts successful to bring to life the historic Strand Theater in downtown Dover.
A Page 1 story in the March 1 issue of Foster’s Daily Democrat titled, “Strand buyer in the wings,” has raised hopes the silvery screen that has entertained generations will soon be lit up again.
Like many theaters across the nation, the move to home theaters with VHS tapes, DVDs and now Internet, helped shutter the Strand late last year.
In so doing, it brought the curtain down on many memories — that first date in the balcony, a front-row viewing of Blazing Saddles with the guys, sneaking candy bought cheaper down the street past an usher.
But those are memories. What reviving the Strand will really mean is introducing a younger generation to something new while preserving a bit of Dover history.
Hi res with a 1080 I or P television can’t replace the experience of a movie theater — and shouldn’t be viewed in that context.
There’s something exciting about standing in line to see a movie for the first time on the really big screen, waiting to buy a ticket, judging how much butter and salt to put on the popcorn at the concession stand and, yes, even complaining about the price of a box of licorice candy.