Revolutionary Road and the New Shattuck

My wife and I saw Revolutionary Road at the newly refurbished Shattuck tonight. I’ll start with the film, then tell you about the theater.

After a romantic prologue where an attractive couple meet and fall for each other, Revolutionary Road plunges you into a severely unhappy marriage–all the worse because the couple clearly still love each other. Thirtyish in 1955, the two are caught between their youthful, non-conformist dreams and the responsibilities of parenthood, made all the worse by the pressures to conform to a suburban norm. And the way they react to that pressure is making them incompatible. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, so romantic in Titanic, give raw, scraped-to-the-bone performances. Easily one of the best films of the year.

But not a date movie.

This was my first time at the Shattuck since Landmark started remodeling it. The concession stand looks nicer, and there’s a lovely hardwood floor in front of it. Best of all, inside the auditoriums, they’ve given the seats a major upgrade. They’re wide and extremely comfortable, with plenty of legroom. Landmark has obviously decided to reduce the number of people they can jam in front of a screen to make everyone happier.

No love seats, but they’re still working on the balconies. And no bar yet, either.