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Seattle Times letters to the editor

November 9, 2008 at 3:09 PM

New movie theater

Oh, the luxury

I just read your story about the opening of the new Gold Class Cinema in Redmond [“Redmond’s new movie house a first-class ticket,” Entertainment, Oct. 31]. I wish the new owners a successful business operation, which might be quite a feat during these difficult financial times. It sounds like a very exciting experience.

However, it comes to mind that this is a “rub your nose in it”-type example of what is going wrong with this country.

There are people out their losing jobs due to many circumstances, who can only sit back and wonder how to put food on the table for their family or keep the roof over their heads. I would imagine paying $695 for a bottle of wine would not be a stretch for some in our area, but probably doesn’t sit very well for some when they go to the grocery store, use coupons and buy the bargains just to perhaps have enough money left to pay their heating and insurance bills (if they are lucky enough to have insurance).

It would be delightful for “people who need to escape” or “those people who appreciate extra service” but in my opinion there are a whole lot of people out there who would enjoy doing the same but cannot afford $35 just to see a movie. Many cannot afford even to take their children to spend a day at the zoo.

I am a “child” of the Depression Era and my parents enjoyed a movie occasionally. A ticket even included a chance to win a set of dishes.

— Cheryl Edelman, Bellevue

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