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V.22 No.46 | 11/14/2013

Reel World

To the (I)MAX

Reel World: From Con-Jikan days to IMAX nights, our weekly look at all the cinematic happenings around Albuquerque

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Film

The Day the Movies Died Without Warning in 3-D

The UA Winrock Theatre 6 quietly closed its doors a week ago.

Turn off your cell phone.
Turn off your cell phone.

Sunday, July 21, 2013. That’s the day I met my brother at the Winrock 6 to see Pacific Rim in 3-D. Not to ruin the movie for you or anything, but Pacific Rim is about giant robots fighting giant reptilian monsters, and 3-D movies are about making everything look like a View-Master while giving you a low-grade headache.

The hallway.
The hallway.

It was great seeing a monster movie with my brother. But it was a bittersweet monster movie when Jade, the popcorn scooper, informed me that we were catching it on the very last day of business for the Winrock 6.

I liked the Winrock 6. In fact I prefered the Winrock 6 to many other theatersnot only because it was closest to my house, and not only because I had seen tons of movies there with my wife and kids over the past 20 years, but also because it was one of the only theaters left in town with a quaint Mom and Pop feel to it. Sure, it had six screens and was affiliated with a gigantic corporate string of Regal Entertainment theaters, but still felt small, and it still felt Albuquerque. And Albuquerque lost a little chunk of Albuquerque that day.

The lobby.
The lobby.

The Winrock 6 employees aren’t just being kicked onto the streets, Jade assured me. They’ll all be assimilated into shifts at other affiliated theaters in town. So, that’s nice to know.

A giant mega-plex theater is under construction in the parking lot just to the south, and it, too, will be closer to my house than all the other theaters. But it won’t be open until December. And things will, as always and once again, never be the same.

Jade.
Jade.
news

The Daily Word in Detroit, Texas, Iraq

The city of Detroit has filed for bankruptcy.

Gov. Perry successfully signs sweeping abortion restrictions in Texas. Meanwhile, in New Mexico, pro-life supporters seek to add restrictions in a state that has absolutely none.

Fancy shmancy "fake farms" dotted all over Bernalillo County taking in huge tax breaks.

Suicide bombing leaves 20 dead in an Iraqi mosque.

Dash-cam footage shows diabetic woman with dangerously low blood sugar being dragged out of her car by Santa Fe police and thrown on the ground.

The Isotopes have made Forbes' list of Minor League Baseball's Most Valuable Teams.

Remember how excited we all got about the new-and-improved awesomesauce Winrock Town Center? Well, it's still four to six years away from completion.

"Malicious fecal distribution."

Today's Events

Matt Knudsen: American at Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre

A performance by the actor and comedian.

Alto Street • acoustic at The Cowgirl BBQ

An Evening at Downton Abbey at St. James Tearoom

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