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All Her Ducks in a Row

Saturday afternoon  my friend and I came out of the theater where we’d just seen Philomena.   A young girl had lined up all of these rubber ducks on the edge of the table in the lobby.

She said she’d won them at the arcade, 6 for a dollar.   I asked if I could photograph them.

Looked up the origin of the saying “having ones ducks in a row”  found  several claims  at  Wise Geek

It is in the small details but might come from-

*duck pin bowling

*ducks flying in formation

*carnival game targets.

Ducks in a row

ducks in a rowGrainy phone photo but you get the idea

and here is how much a family of four spent at the concession stand at the movies today.

cash register

So thinking about the cost of popcorn at the movies and why it seems so much….. why yes, there’s actually a book written by an economics professor (Richard McKenzie)  on this topic   Here’s the ABC News Story on Why Does Theater Popcorn Cost So Much  by Nick Watt on Nightline- says- Americans eat a billion pounds of popcorn a year!  

(and it is a 1300% markup at the theater)


Vampire’s Assistant at Midway Theatre, Forest Hills, Queens

A theatre lit up at night attracts my eye. (Is it theater or theatre? This sign ends in tre) I see theaters transformed and repurposed all the time so want to preserve the genre before they all disappear.

I shot the Midway Theatre  when I visited my sister in NYC and we went out to Queens on the subway to meet friend Matt and eat at Just Like Mother’s Restaurant. You can read a blog about the mostly Eastern European fare, see some Borscht-  if you click on the name.

I took this about three years ago (11/2009) but came across it when I was looking for a response to a weekly challenge and since theaters are a vanishing breed, I like to photograph them, read what’s playing.  Thought this was an interesting selection.  Always like to work on my night photography and think about how I would change the settings next time.

Midway Theater Queens


Pittsburgh Filmmakers Harris Theater Downtown

Refurbished and renamed in 1995.

Saturday night and the neon lights glow.  We’re waiting for Steve to get the car in the parking garage. No tripod but a slim tree trunk, the cable remote.  Evokes another era.  I realize I’ve photographed at least 3 other vintage movie theaters. Pittsburgh Filmmakers screens the Film Festival here and at Regent Square and Melwood.  Another restored theater  in Wisconsin(click to see)


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