Cinema Le Casino. This is our local picture palace in Lavelanet. Fairly splendiferous, non? The close-up photo is so you can a) admire its very impressive sponge-painted exterior, and b) note the name of the current movie: Batman: Le Chevalier Noir.
Peter had been panting to see this so off we went for the first showing, 4 p.m. on a weekday. Worldwide, this is the big film right now, I'd joked about having to join a lineup that went right back to the traffic island (which is just across from the cinema). In fact, we were the only people in the very sumptuous, red-velvet-seated auditorium initially. Then, a trio of teenage girls came in and sat some rows behind.
This was the first French movie theatre I'd been in since I was seventeen and saw a James Bond --"Je m'appelle Pond. Chums Pond"--film in Paris. So...a few notes. No savagely overpriced popcorn and Coke stand. No previews. Just straight into the main feature.