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The Great Kittitian Experience [Mar. 8th, 2003|11:41 am]
Catherine Fischer
Last night Kevin and I had the quintessential Kittitian experience: we went to the movies to see Daredevil. First of all, the movie theater (there’s only one on the whole island) tried really hard to look like a movie theater in the States, but all the upholstery is moldering and torn, and there are more shiny gum spots than carpet on the floor. Also, only the balcony was open – the cushions of the seats down below had all been taken out and piled sloppily on the stage, below the screen (which was really wrinkled at the sides – you could see all of the grommets not attached to anything). Just as well; I heard from other students that the main floor is home to a really thriving population of roaches. The main concession offered at the concession stand: beer. But they wouldn’t let you have the bottle, because the locals evidently have a tendency to throw them over the balcony…

But here was absolutely the BEST part: right in the middle of the sex scene, there was an abrupt, jarring little intermission film – shown backwards and upside-down! And then the lights came up, all at once (there was no fader – when the lights went out, they went out, and people still walking around were caught in the dark), and I laughed until I cried. True to form, when the movie came back up (all at once with simultaneous blackout), it wound up slowly, to show the “morning-after” scene – kind of ruins the mood, don’t you think?

Alas, that shoddy half-assed way of doing things seems to be endemic to St. Kitts. I think we’ll rent DVDs from now on (there’s actually a place on the island we can do that). Still, it was worth the EC$20 for the entertainment value – I haven’t laughed that hard in ages.