There was a time when AZADI CINEMA offered Tehrani the best seat in town, but it caught fire one late evening and burned so badly that nothing was left standing in its wake. Many plans were put on table for the reconstruction of Tehran's most elaborate movie theater. None have been realized yet.
Today, FARHANG CINEMA holds the torch for cinema lovers. It is among the few movie theaters operating on the city's uptown. It recently remodeled to carve out two more halls out of the original one-hall design. It has an excellent sound system and has been holding late night showings of foreign movies for the past couple of years. It also boasts a video club open while the projectors roll.
Since it is the only uppity multiplex, it is always crowded and ticket reservation is not as easy (for which you need to go to the ticket office in person; no phones, indeed). Popular movies, like Mom's House Guests, will have backlogs of up to 2 days. But this movie theater has two other advantages that still make you want to wait: 1/ It has a small parking, which is still help to those who can't park on the main street, and 2/ seats are comfortable and their distance from the front seat ideal, if the movie on the screen is not.
Signs of prosperity
I wrote last week that the number of MUSIC ACADEMIES have increased many-fold in just over a year. I now realized that the number of many things have increased in this city over the past year. It used to be that for filling a late night prescription you had to commit yourself to a journey around town. Only a few 24-hour drugstores existed and it was impossible to get down the list by visiting only one of them. Last week, when my mom became ill, I was asked to go to an all-night drugstore. I habitually buckled up for a journey, but my sister told me there was one just around the corner. When I went there, to my surprise I even found an ALL-NIGHT DENTIST on the second floor.
From then on my antennas started picking up other service centers and I couldn't stop counting them: POOL HALLS, GYM and BODYBUILDING DENS, COMPUTER and ENGLISH CLASSES, private DANCE and YOGA SESSIONS, etc. In fact, there is no end to this torrent of new centers, be they educational, medical, sportive, occult, or musical. Now, if this isn't a sign of prosperity, what is?
Countdown at the traffic light
Bridal Transport Rites
Mehr Month Mayhem
To all Tehranis: the FIRST OF MEHR is upon us. Mehr it is called, meaning love, peace, and compassion, and it signifies the first day of autumn, the autumnal equinox, when Zoroastrians of this land celebrated the start of a new year. But modern-day Tehran celebrates Mehr with more traffic, more noise, and more pollution. Yes, SCHOOLS will open and everything else, including the streets, will be locked.