There is no place in the world, to me, that can show a movie like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The only place in the world that can deliver the classic old fashioned movie palace atmosphere is the Garde Arts Center in New London, Connecticut. On February 16th, this critically acclaimed and award winning movie brought in people from all over to see the film in this of a kind atmosphere.
While the ushers were receiving their final instructions the popcorn was being popped as the bartenders prepped their stations. The patrons started to fill up the box office lobby anxiously waiting to get inside. Several of them had stopped at the box office to pick up a ticket for the movie. In the box office lobby they were looking at advertisements for upcoming events like Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin on March 3rd and Air Supply on March 10th.
When the doors opened the lobby filled with people where they were delighted to see advertisements for upcoming shows like David Sedaris on April 14th and Popovich Pet Theatre on March 16th. While others spoke about the upcoming movies coming to the Garde like Phantom Thread on February 28th and Darkest Hour on March 1st. Several people were walking by the Garde to see posters for upcoming movies leading many of them to stop and look at posters for The Shape of Water on March 9th and I, Tonya on February 18th.
In the lobby, as well, were representatives from Atlantic Broadband. The sponsors of the Garde Arts Winter Cinema Series were wearing royal blue shirts handing out mini basketball stress balls to patrons. Some of them stopped to answer questions about what Atlantic Broadband had to offer and the movie they were about to see.
As they made their way into the theater country music played while photos of upcoming events, like Andrew Bird on March 2nd, flashed on the screen. When the time came Phil Micalowski, president of the Board of Trustees for the Garde, came to the stage. He gave a warm welcome to the seven hundred and fifty three audience. After announcing the future movies for the weekend, The Post on February 17th and I, Tonya on February 18th, he took his seat leading to the movie to begin.
Once the movie started everyone was glued to the screen. There were people who were laughing at times, then crying at others. When Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ended there was applause by the audience. When the lights came back on many people in the audience stayed behind to watch the credits to see all who were a part of making this masterpiece.
In this traditional movie palace there were people who were pleased with a night out at the Garde Arts Center. The local nonprofit arts center was able to give everyone a movie to watch in a traditional movie palace. There truly is no place like the Garde Arts Center in New London, Connecticut could provide.