Saturday, October 05, 2013

Laurelhurst Theater lobby accoutrement, the expected and the unexpected

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Accoutrement is defined by Merriam Webster Online as equipment that is used in a particular place or for a particular activity. On the right near the door, complete with colorfully lit front panels, the Laurelhurst concession counter represents to-be-expected equipment in a movie theater lobby. The booths on the left, while not originally something folks expected to find at their neighborhood theater, have become expected in many vintage movie houses which have adapted themselves into the realm of survivor, offering patrons the whole evening-out experience with more substantial food and drink prior to the first-run or vintage movie of their choice. Pizza, wraps, salads, micro beers, PBR, wine, popcorn, candy, cookies, soda, iced and/or hot tea, coffee, OJ, lemonade, bottled water, non-alcoholic beer.

At the self-service area at the opposite end of the concession counter, you complete your coffee, tea, water and/or pizza prep before taking a seat in a lobby booth or at a narrow table inside the theater before your movie begins. Self-service might not seem like it goes with the fancy-sounding word accoutrement, but, with the proper equipment in place, I think it is certainly expected here and there when out and about in Portland. What about where you live?

Once you've finished devouring and/or drinking and before you leave the theater, the Laurelhurst offers you the choice of how to dispose of your detritus--here in the lobby and at the back of each theater. Portlanders expect this accoutrement throughout the city, in venues where table bussing is done by the patron. I have never seen anyone get bent out of shape about sorting their own--I've come to appreciate the opportunity. I especially appreciate the signs above each bin which make the whole process très facile.

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