Very sad news yesterday, about the sale and presumable closure of the Harvard Exit. (The story’s still developing; we’re working on learning more about future plans for the theater, and for the Varsity.) A lot of us who’ve been going to the Exit for years — some of whom are calling and emailing me today — have a special fondness for the theater, with its gracious living-room of a lobby, the elegant lines of the auditorium, the popcorn that for some reason seemed a little bit tastier there than at other theaters. I remember taking the bus up to the Exit while an undergraduate at U.W. and feeling terribly sophisticated; no other theater in town (except, on a smaller scale, the Seven Gables) had that kind of panache. I remember seeing “The Shining” there and getting terribly freaked out; I remember “Diva” running there for a long time (that was the Exit, right?); I remember countless SIFF screenings there . . . but mostly, I remember that lobby.
Got any favorite Harvard Exit memories? Pass them along in the comments.