Thursday, April 17

The best job? At the movies!

Movies have always been a big part of my life. When I was 16, I got a job at a local theater, the Plaza (it's torn down now, but there's a nostalgia shot at left). My friend Ruthie started working there too, and we spent many a summer night sitting around eating popcorn and hoping no one would come for the 9pm shows so we could leave early.

What was the best, though, were the free movies. Not while we were working, of course, but any other time, we could get into any theater in town. For free. The theaters all had this "understanding" and you just said you worked for another local theater, and you were IN. I don't think I paid for a movie in Chapel Hill, NC from 1993-2002. Seriously.

I totally recommend this summer job. Anyone else have a good one? Oh, the bad part was the uniform, which looked something like this:



Not cute.

8 comments:

Amanda Ashby said...

Wow, now that's a waistcoat!!!! One of my friends worked at a big movie theatre in town and she often managed to sneak us in!!!! Btw, there is a suburb in Brisbane called Chapel Hill, right next to where I grew up!

Shelli said...

Happy to find this blog! When I was in high school, I worked at a department store. Not sure I'd recommend it as a great job. I think a theatre would have been a very cool place to work. I love watching movies.

Sara Hantz said...

I always wanted to work at the movies so I could see them for free. And the theatre.

And as for that waistcoat.... omg...... hahahahaha

Jessica Burkhart (Jess Ashley) said...

Poor Melissa having to wear that outfit, LOL. :) But it's kinda cute. If you squint...

Alyson Noel said...

All through high school I worked at a department store. I don't remember getting anything for free (unless bunions and blisters count), but then, I don't remember wearing a vest either!
Very jealous about the free movies though. . .

bevrosenbaum said...

What--no picture of you in the uniform?!

Melissa Walker said...

Thanks for the sympathy, guys. Photos of me in that outfit are few and far between, but I promise to scan one in if its found....

Melissa Walker said...

it's! it's! that's a big pet peeve of mine. oops.