92 years old and never been inside a movie theater.
Hard to believe, but true, until yesterday.
After her family made a pit stop for some popcorn (“I eat a lot of popcorn,” she said), Doyel roamed down the hallway to the movie of choice: “Earth,” a Disney film that captures the journey of three animal families. It was the perfect movie for Doyel, who often watches the Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel on television.
Her daughters and granddaughters and great-granddaughters thought she should see a movie so they toted her to the cinema house to see Earth.
Her eyes lit up as she surveyed the lobby – the movie posters, the arcade games, the concession stand, the long hallways that housed a dozen different films. It was an extraordinary scene to Doyel, who only heard about movie theaters growing up. At that time, movie houses were tiny, and people talked about black and white, silent films, she said.
“This is beautiful,” she said. “I thought it’d be smaller … I didn’t know it would look like this.”
She liked it.
“I don’t want to wait until next Mother’s Day” to come back, Doyel said when the movie ended. “… It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my life. I don’t blame anybody for spending their money to see something as pretty as that.”
Nobody asked her why she had never seen a movie before.
I’m guessing she is afraid of the dark.