A Theatre in Paris

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A account of a young girl's trip to the movies by herself: what she thinks, experiences, feels and loves.

Submitted: February 24, 2014

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-September 23, 1926

 

The air was chilly.  The line was small.  A little girl stood in the near back of the line.  She was bundled up into many layers and only her bright blue eyes showed.  There was an astounding sparkle of excitement deep within them.  As the girl stepped up to buy her ticket, she handed to the man inside the booth, two coins.  They sparkled and glittered with the cold, blue sky.  The girl received her purple ticket and slowly walked through the theater’s heavy doors.

As she entered into the warm building, the smell of hard candies and fresh, buttery popcorn burst into her nostrils.  She passed the concessions without a glance and walked across the red carpet.  When the girl reached the lady in the apron, she handed her the ticket.  The lady pointed the girl over to the left, where her movie was to be played.  Now, the girl started to unwrap herself, removing layer after layer of warm, knitted scarves.

When she finally finished removing her covers, the girl softened out the statics in her light brown hair.  She gazed up at the big block letters that named the movie she was to see.  ‘Le Voyage dans la Lune,’ A Trip to The Moon, it said.  Such wonder and impossibility that was!  Yet such creativity!  The girl smiled slightly to herself then stepped past the open doors into the dimly lit room.

The girl slipped into one of the middle rows of chairs and sat silently for a bit, kicking her feet.  Her eyes were focused on the dark screen, noticing nothing else around her.  Then, suddenly, the big screen flashed millions of gray flecks.  It flashed for a bit, black and white and gray.  The first screen showed some words:

 

Le

Voyage

Dans La

Lune

G. Melies

Star -*- Film

Paris

 

It had begun.  The child watched with smiles on her face as she flew through the screen and into the black and white movie.  The men wore funny hats and wigs, clothes and faces.  But most importantly, one man with a large, white beard had the strangest idea she had ever imagined.  He wanted to fly to the moon!  The man’s actions and movements were so defined, it was not hard to tell how much he wanted to try it.  The other men and women seemed to think he was crazy at first, but then, they agreed and started building the rocket.  The stage was set!

The girl’s eyes were filled with anticipation as she watched them enter into the now finished rocket.  Before she knew it, they were taking off.  As the man lighted the fuse, the huge cannon spat them into the stars.  The rocket flew and flew.  When it finally came to rest, it smashed into the Man on the Moon’s face!  At this, the girl laughed right out loud.  The poor Moon! 

As the six brave men ventured through the moon’s cracks and crevices, they met many the strangest things.  Once, the six fellows fell asleep and the beautiful goddess of the moon made it snow upon them, waking them up.  Another time, they met the freakiest group of people the girl had ever laid eyes upon!  They were called Selenites, creatures that lived on the moon and had strange features.  They were quite terrifying but thrilling at the same time.  The travelers were captured and brought before one of the Selenites, the one that looked like a king.  The man with the big, white beard jumped upon the martian king, threw him to the ground and escaped with the rest of his human friends.

They ran all the way back to their rocket, five of them climbing in right away.  The same bearded man grabbed a rope and pulled the whole rocket off of the moon.  They fell all the way down to the earth, landing in the ocean.  The floating rocket was tugged ashore by boat, finally home from its adventure.  There was a marvelous parade later where a very important-looking man gave each of the pluck explorers a crown, and a large, golden medal with the face of the moon upon it.  There were tons of happy, dancing people.

Finally, to the surprise of the girl, a man dragged out one of the martians on a string, showing him to everyone.  He was still scary-looking, but there was a comical look about his actions.  When the parade was over, a large statue was up righted with the words, ‘Labor omnia vicit’.  Everyone danced around it, feeling accomplished with their first exploration of the moon.

The final scene finished with:

FIN

G. Melies

Star -*- Film

Paris

Never had a girl been so thrilled in her life.  Everything the six brave astronomers did, she had done the same thing.  Her imagination had exploded, expanding not only her child-like thoughts, but also her creativity and possibility of things.  As the girl stood up to go, she turned once more to the screen, gave a little curtsy, and rushed out with a flourish of her wool skirts.

The girl made it to the exit of the theater with the memories of the movie still in her head.  She didn’t even bother layering up again and rushed outside into the chilly air.  She was alive and imaginative.  There was absolutely no way she could wait to tell her mother and brothers.  So, as she skipped home, she stopped everyone she met on the road and told them what an amazing story ‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’ was.

FIN


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