Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Nick- one of my favorite spots in Columbia

If you have never been to The Nickelodeon theater, I challenge you to go soon. It will be moving to a new location, (the old Fox Theater on Main St.) next year, so you have limited time to catch a flick in the quaint spot where it currently resides. It is a non-profit movie theater that brings to town movies that we would never get to see elsewhere in Columbia, for instance the movie I saw last night: World's Greatest Dad.
This movie by writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait--(think the crazy dude with the weird voice from One Crazy Summer)--debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and stars Robin Williams.

I really enjoyed the film. It is a super-dark comedy and there are moments when you love and hate almost every character in it. Williams is brilliant in his role; I can't think of anyone who could have played his character better.

My favorite scene is a bit reminiscent of my favorite scene from The Graduate, when Dustin Hoffman's character plunges underwater and Simon & Garfunkel's The Sound of Silence begins playing...except in this movie Robin Williams' character plunges into the water to the tune of Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie...the quintessential "man being re-born by water" bit. Different types of baptism in each movie, but love it just the same.

My favorite quote from the movie is when Williams' character acts as narrator and states something to the effect of: "The only thing worse than being alone is being surrounded by people that make you feel alone." Go see this movie, it's at The Nick until Thursday, October 8th.

Back to The Nick--it has been around since 1979 and is the only non-profit theater in South Carolina. They have 2 film screenings each evening and an additional matinee 3 days a week. They typically run a film for 1 week, with Opening Nights occuring on Wednesdays. The ticket prices are very reasonable at $7.50 general admission in the evening and $6.50 matinee, and they offer student and senior discounts of $1 off. You can also become a Member of the Nickelodeon for $30/year, as I did, and pay only $5.50 for a ticket.

A couple girlfriends and I have started going to see almost every movie they screen and eating at Which Wich right across the street before the movie. It's a great, affordable night out with the girls in Columbia, and you can feel good about supporting the arts in Columbia as well.

In short, the Nick is a gem and I can't wait to see the new theater in 2010!

Image credits here and here

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