After visiting the Sun Studios on Friday morning and Shiloh on Friday afternoon, we drove to Birmingham, which was the original destination. (Had a friend coming to help me do some serious work on my house. Lives in North Dakota. Traveling by train. Thought he was coming around Aug. 5 or so. Delayed by work on his end and had to push it back about 10 days. Told him something like, “Well, the thing we gotta do in Birmingham–which was originally gonna be a nice break in our labors–is only happening on Aug. 18th.” Decided if we were going to do it, I better meet him somewhere along the way…Then decided the best meeting point was probably Memphis…Then realized it was all going to happen during Elvis Week…Sometimes these things work out.)
Anyway, what was happening one day only in BIrmingham was that their restored movie palace, the Alabama Theater, (which I blogged about a few weeks back) was showing Gone With the Wind on Saturday night.
The movie you probably know–though I can tell you that I had experienced it on the big screen three times previously (not to mention a couple of dozen times on VHS or DVD, including the time I watched it with the sound off and the time I listened to it with my eyes closed, all in a feeble attempt to understand Ms. Leigh’s genius for complex narrative, which no other actor has come close to matching in any medium that leaves a permanent record, though she herself got in the ballpark another time or two) and if you haven’t seen it in a place like the Alabama Theater, you haven’t really seen it–so I’ll leave you with a tour of the theater itself…(Photos courtesy of Dan Watson as per usual)
And, everywhere you look…details, details, details….
Thus ended the Southland Tour…Now my photo-happy friend and I are faced with several weeks of drudge work replacing my warped and rotted hardwood floor. The happy dream is over! But it sure was fun while it lasted…and I’ll always have the memories.