I read Watchmen some years ago after being profoundly surprised to see a “graphic novel” rated as one of the Top 100 Greatest Novels by Time Magazine. I thought it wasn’t bad, but as someone who never read superhero comics as a kid, I’m not sure I completely grasped all the parody. My girlfriend and I don’t tend to go out to the movies much (due to the expense), but with all the special effects, this one seemed like it would be worth seeing on the big screen. We took that to the next level and decided to hit the IMAX.
Now comes the bizarre part — the nearest IMAX to us is in a furniture store. Yeah, that’s right — Jordan’s Furniture, quite possibly the most diversified furniture store on the planet. I’d love to see a case study about these guys! Here’s what it looks like when you walk in:
If you look closely, you can see that there’s actually a trapeze cage on the right! (It goes well with the Trapeze School that’s located in the building):
Which goes well with the Fuddruckers, the Candy Store, the massive IMAX theatre, and the arcade that are all scattered around in this uniquely psychedelic experience:
I’m not sure I entirely understand all of it, but we did have to walk through the entire “furniture” portion of the store to find the theatre. And on the way out, we sat on one of the clearance couches and talked about how much we liked it! I guess there’s a business model here somewhere…! (By the way — disappointed with the movie. It starts out relating some interesting back stories, then fizzles in a anticlimactic ending that fails to effectively wrap with the same depth it started. In retrospect, I think that’s how the novel worked, too — it’s just one of those books where the author didn’t know how to end things properly.)