In Summary
  • While I was watching the 3D movie, I had to duck on more than one occasion as the cars seemed to be headed towards me.
  • At one point I stifled a scream as a missile ‘missed’ my face by inches, but I quickly composed myself and shifted uneasily in the well cushioned seats.
  • My arrival in the city as a first year university student coincided with the release of a movie that claimed to define the art of eroticism. This is not something that my catechist back in the village would have approved of.
  • I therefore arrived in the theatre at dusk using a back street lest someone who knew me from the village went and reported about the ‘dangerous’ content I was watching.
  • The entry procedure was a sheer nightmare. In the theatre, hawkers sold food and snacks and blocked our view; some people chewed noisily and discussed the movie loudly, some couples o cuddled and were on the verge of being carried away in the heat of the moment.

A lot has changed in the entertainment industry, especially for those who like watching movies.

Recently a friend of mine who understands my painful transformational journey from the slopes of Matimbei Village to the leafy suburbs of Nairobi offered to take me to watch a movie. It is a new release featuring a popular Kenyan actress, and I thought I should go and support the industry even if I have just a fleeting interest in movies.

A LOT HAS CHANGED

I was mesmerised by the transformation that the movie theatres have undergone. As my friend left me gawking at the screens showing the upcoming releases, I had this feeling of being in a surreal situation. He seemed well versed with the admission procedures, and I could see him paying for and picking the tickets, getting soft drinks and popcorn like someone who regularly visits Hollywood.

He also handed me what he explained are 3D glasses. Later as the movie started, I sat mesmerised by the effects of the glasses as the actors seemed to speak in my face. On more than one occasion, I had to duck as the cars seemed to be headed towards me. At one point I stifled a scream as a missile ‘missed’ my face by inches, but I quickly composed myself and shifted uneasily in the well cushioned seats.

FIRST EXPERIENCE

It reminded me of my first experience in a movie theatre. I had just moved from the village to a local prestigious university located along Uhuru Highway for my first year. We did not have much to read for the first few weeks apart from the dictionary and logarithm tables, therefore we had plenty of time to get ourselves oriented with the big city.

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