Cheap Trick at Budokan and Eastside Business Plans

I first trekked to Redmond Town Center a few weeks ago to experience Gold Class Cinemas, which is a high-class recliner warehouse that also shows movies and serves cheese dip. It costs a bunch of dollars to watch a movie there, and—gotcha!—liquid cheese is extra. Fair enough, Redmond wealthies! Fair enough. Last week, I again trekked to Redmond Town Center to watch a movie in an expensive room with fancier-than-normal chairs, but this expensive room with fancier-than-normal chairs is NOT Gold Class Cinemas. It's called Big Picture Redmond.

Two! Two niche movie theaters for the fancypants elite in the SAME WEIRD OUTDOOR MALL. Now, I'm no economist (or even a person who knows one single tiny baby thing about economics), but this seems like maybe not the best business plan in our currently robust and thriving and livelihood-gobbling Great Depression part deux. You know?

Anyway, my friend and I were there to see Cheap Trick: Live at Budokan, a concert film that until now was only available on Japanese TV 30 years ago. But first, we needed to eat. "I talked to the lady at Big Picture," my friend told me, "and asked if they serve food. She said there's a 'limited bistro menu,' but that they 'concentrate mostly on popcorn, candy, and cocktails' and she 'thought we'd be happier exploring the many wonderful options in the surrounding mall.'" So, they have food, but please do not try and eat it. 'Kay. Again with the business plan.

In the surrounding mall, we settled on a restaurant called Pizza Schmizza, which is basically like a regular pizza restaurant, only with more schmizza. The Don Ho features giant pineapple wedges and a "sea of cheese." They serve chewy bread logs called "dipsticks." Both the men's and women's restrooms feature children's shoes creepily glued all over the ceiling. Everyone inside Pizza Schmizza seemed on the verge of tears. It was schmevastating.

And then, the movie. Did you know that Cheap Trick are my favorite band? ME FUCKING NEITHER. I learned a lot about myself at Redmond Town Center, it seems. The thing that's so satisfying about watching Cheap Trick in concert in 1978 (aside from the beautiful, fluffy hair) is that they are just good at their goddamn jobs. Nothing is exploding, there's no giant robotic iguana or a Pegasus on fire descending from the rafters and peeing confetti all over the crowd to signify rock and roll or whatever. They're just a really fucking good live band. Plus, there's Rick Nielsen (Dear Rick Nielsen: Can I interest you in a child bride named me?). I was shamelessly delighted every time he flipped up his hat or stuck a guitar pick to his face or wiggled or otherwise moved about in any way. I could have watched two more hours of that dude. He is my favorite schmuman. recommended


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And you are how high right now?
Posted by JF on December 17, 2008 at 8:37 PM · Report this
oh, the most!
Posted by Lindy West on December 18, 2008 at 12:06 AM · Report this
where will you recline next week?
Posted by meags on December 18, 2008 at 11:23 AM · Report this
I love Pizza Schmizza! So bizarre!
Posted by Marcel Duchump on December 18, 2008 at 12:28 PM · Report this
big picture has been there 4 years and in belltown for 10 years, so yeah, i guess the model kinda works.
Posted by jj palmer on December 19, 2008 at 4:34 PM · Report this
so you completely enjoyed your experience but are still trashing the theatre? obviously their business plan is working since you ended up there and discovered a band you love..a movie theatre that plays concert dvds? count me in!

check out the big picture in belltown for a speak easy atmosphere.. although they are quite often sold out. :( but you're SO RIGHT weird columnist this idea MUST be failing
Posted by stephen mcmahan on December 19, 2008 at 9:38 PM · Report this

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