Again, another small post.
That means something to me.
I love going to the movies. It's something that both Joe and I enjoy and we try to fit in a movie every week. We've done this for well over forty years now and we're not slowing down. My becoming a wheelchair user didn't even enter into the equation with this one. Most theatres are now accessible. We do have to deal with people who sit in the 'companion' seat on a fairly regular basis. Most are fine with moving, some are really difficult about it - but this doesn't even cause us worry. It's just part of the deal.
Well, we went to see a movie over at Legacy Place and they've got this amazing theatre there. It's beautiful and set up to make movie going classy. I like it. What popped our eyes though, was going into choose a seat. They had one whole row where there were two seats then space for two wheelchair users, two seats, then two spaces for wheelchair users, two seats then two spaces for wheelchair users then two seats. All the seats had the blue wheelchair guy right on the headrest above the words, companion seating. That means I had three different options for seating. I got to watch a movie, for the first time since I became a wheelchair user, looking at the screen dead on. I have become used to seeing the movie at an angle from one side or another.
But dead on!
It changes the movie experience.
On leaving we both spoke more about where we sat than what we saw. We had been given options! They had ensured that other patrons knew what seating was what. Now don't you worry there were still a couple of hundred seats for the non-disabled, setting this row up in this way didn't take anything from those who walked. But what it did do is say, 'Hey, welcome,' to everyone.
I saw a movie straight on.
A good day.