Last Saturday night Caity and I went to see “Hysteria” at the Terrace Theater. I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it, not necessarily because it’s a chick flick, but more because of the content — vibrators. A movie (loosely) based on the invention of the vibrator to be exact… in the Victorian era. Can you sense my enthusiasm? According to Caity, Guilty Pleasures, the area’s “Toys R Us” of porn and adult toys, was hosting a premier party with giveaways and prizes. Nope, this won’t be awkward–not at all! I was fully expecting to be the only male in the entire movie theater.
The “party” was at 7:30, so we left the house to get there by 6:30 and make sure we got tickets and good seats–not knowing what to expect since this is our first time going to this theater. When we arrived, the outside of the theater did not look like much, except that it was really really small. But upon entering, my world turned right side up again as I noticed a big shiny BAR. That’s right people. A movie theater that serves BEER, wine, and champagne. My kind of theater. They also happen to carry one of my favorite beers, Shocktop, which was really making the night look better.
The lobby was dimly lit, but had a very warm and cozy feeling. The entire theater only had 4 screens, which I really liked since it felt more personal than a larger 18 screen theater.
When we got into the theater, there were maybe 100 seats at most. The first 4-5 rows were all tub chairs, and the last 6 or 7 rows were regular movie theater seating. As we shuffled in to the empty theater, I was more and more concerned that I was going to be the only guy. As we sat down, Guilty Pleasures people started bringing in prize bags to give away as part of the night’s fun. People began piling in the theater, and thank my lucky, stars, but there ended up being at least 10 other men. On the other hand, we were probably some of the youngest people at the showing. I still don’t know how I feel about that. Once the theater was full, the Guilty Pleasures started handing out raffle tickets and the audience was told that all of the bags contained a vibrator along with some other goodies except for three of the bags, which contained a sticker that read “I Love Hitachi!” The people who picked the Hitachi sticker in their bags won a free Hitachi Magic Wand. In case you haven’t heard of it, the Hitachi Magic Wand is supposed to be the creme de la creme of the “massager” world. Notice I say massager. No need to get the wrong idea–we just love a good back rub. Needless to say everyone, including Caity and I were a little excited about the possibility of winning a Hitachi Magic Wand.
Caity’s raffle ticket number was called, but sadly, she did not pick a bag with the Hitachi sticker. She did receive a bag with lots of other goodies though, and after the raffle was over, they started the movie.
The movie was hilarious! Maggie Gyllenhaal was amazing in her role. I happen to have a little crush on Maggie so I am a little biased. I won’t give away all the details of the film, but despite being based on the invention of the vibrator, it was really enjoyable and I definitely recommend that everyone go see this movie. You may not want to go see it with your parents or your children, but even your spouses will enjoy it. Heck, there is even a little history woven in there!