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Last Indie Standing
Ann Gardner | Via Latina

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Unhappy about the loss of Flower Hill and La Jolla Village Landmark theatres? Try La Paloma Theater on South Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas for fun. La Paloma retains the rustic feel of an old time movie theatre, is very reasonable ($9 for seniors) and is showing some current films. Recently I had a choice of Love and Mercy, In My Dreams, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, all somewhat indie films showing in other theatres “far distant” from Del Mar. Last weekend the family saw “Meru” an amazing climbing film touted on PBS. And although the theatre had a nice sized audience we were able to find parking on the main street in front of the theatre.

And before or after the movie you can experience the vibes of a real live, functioning Main Street. Take a stroll on either side of old highway 101 (with sharro lanes) to explore thriving commercial establishments that range from the high end Gardenology to the second hand, Cash for Clothes; from the long established Italian restaurant with table cloths, to juice bars crowded with all ages that seemed to know what acacia was. I didn’t and asked a middle aged man in line. He looked at me in amazement and sneered “fruit!” I eventually found just what I needed to get me through a dinner time showing: a quinoa salad at a smart looking fast food place called Sonima Wellness Center. After seeing “Meru” the family happened onto Roxy Restaurant just as one of us said “Boy, would I love a Milk Shake.” We slid into an empty booth for shakes and sandwiches before walking back to our parking spots, vowing to keep our eye out for upcoming attractions.

A heads up if you decide to go: the box office is open only minutes before the feature is shown (they are not closed), and during Love and Mercy I had trouble distinguishing between the sound of the train passing behind the La Paloma Complex (Encinitas has a great transit center with lots of parking) and the music of the Beach Boys who played at our own Powerhouse Park years ago with the occasional passing Amtrak Train sounds.


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