Cinema | Wenatchee, WA | 2016

Lump them all together. A thousand cable channels, hundreds of satellite TV and radio stations, dozens of streaming services, scads of video rental machines, gazillions of $5 DVDs in discount stores. For me, none has delivered the visceral, sensory impact of watching a good ol’ movie in a nearly dark room on a huge honkin’ screen. Really. At the movies, laughter has been louder. Suspense more intense. Tears more free to gush. Why would someone trade those emotional peaks — generally life-enhancing, sometimes life-changing — for the anemic experience of viewing a powerful story on a smaller (even teensy) screen? Wait … it’s a puzzle we can solve later. The movie — shhh! — is about to start.