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ACODECO Chief (Unknowingly) Recommends XXX Movie Theaters For Poor People

EntertainmentThe Spanish writer Baltasar Gracian said: "The first step of ignorance is to presume to know." We say this because last week the Director of the National Authority for Consumer Protection and Competition (ACODECO) Pedro Meilan, while speaking on the program "Defend Your Rights" on Telemetro, said Panamanians should be aware of the entertainment they can afford, and he even recommended movie theaters in Calidonia and Santa Ana.

During the interview the reporter Aracelis Leoteau questioned Meilan about the rising costs of living in the country, saying not only are the costs for basic food items increasing, but the increases also extend to other areas such as the cost for cell phone service and entertainment. Regarding the recreational facilities of Panama, such as cinemas, Meilan replied: "There are cheaper cinemas ... There are cinemas in Calidonia, Santa Ana, maybe you dont know because you have not gone over there (referring to the journalist Aracelis), but that is reality, there are movie theaters where people have access ... There is the 'Variety', which is in Santa Ana." Meilan ended by saying Panamanians should make adjustments to pay for the entertainment their pockets can afford or consume.

So, we toured the movie theaters in Calidonia and Calle 17. One afternoon, a team from "Mi Diario" was given the task of touring the different movie theaters Meilán recommended to Panamanians as the cheaper options he deemed fit to attend.

The first one we went to was the "Apollo Cinema" located in Calidonia, in the neighborhood of San Miguel, what we saw outside on the door of this theater was a sign saying "Adults Only" and all of the films being shown were "triple X". The person in charge of this movie theater blocked access, saying they did not allow access to the press, so they would not "disdain" the contents of the movies they were showing.

Given this refusal we then went to the "Teatro Tropical", located close to the Office of the Social Security on Calle 17 in Santa Ana. There we were able to enter the "lobby" of the premises where there was "musty" smell and something else that was there to greet us. We also saw some men who were walking around the area as if they were waiting for something. In this theater also we found that all of the posters promoting movies both inside and outside had sexual content with titles like "Nympho," "In your dreams," and "carnal attraction" to name a few.

We also went to the Santa Ana park and there we saw that the movie theaters "El Dorado," "Amador," and "Variety" were all closed and no longer operating. Another aspect to report is that the only two theaters still standing in these sectors, the "Apollo" in Calidonia and the "Tropical" in Santa Ana are located in areas with a high degree of exposure to theft.

Our question is - Do the poor families of the country only deserve access to these types of movie theaters? (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: Whoops. A "musty smell" and guys standing around the lobby like they're waiting for something? Well, that's my definition of wholesome affordable family entertainment, by golly! But seriously, folks. There are no good movie theaters in the areas of Calidonia or Santa Ana. These smaller local movie theaters that were built 70 years ago can no longer compete with the huge "multi-plex" 12 screen jobs at the malls. I see this as a great opportunity for the government to step in, buy a couple of these old theaters, fix them up, and run them basically as a non-profit service for the poorer communities. Animated films for the kids on Sunday afternoon, cheap popcorn, that sort of thing. In my hometown the old theater where my parents took me to see Disney movies when I was a kid, is now known as the "Paramount Theatre, one of the areas finest examples of community support for restoration of a Downtown Landmark, and for the extensive cultural development of the City and the area." The theater went out of business at the end of the 70's, the building was taken over for back taxes, the municipal city government ran if for awhile, and now it's become profitable as a venue for stage productions and live bands. Anyway, this kind of thing has happened at many small town or local movie theaters around the world. I think Panama as an opportunity to do something good with these properties.

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ACODECO Chief (Unknowingly) Recommends XXX Movie Theaters For Poor People
Authored by: Ivan Perez on Friday, March 16 2012 @ 11:22 AM EDT

This idea is very interesting. It´ll bring more points of approval to this President. Certainly the multiple use of those places just might work.

ACODECO Chief (Unknowingly) Recommends XXX Movie Theaters For Poor People
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 16 2012 @ 07:42 PM EDT

Great article, thanks. Those mall movie theaters have really started to bore me.

ACODECO Chief (Unknowingly) Recommends XXX Movie Theaters For Poor People
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 16 2012 @ 08:18 PM EDT

My eyes were tearing from laughter by the time I finished reading this article.
Just picture the innocent people taking this advice, bringing kids and candy and everybody is looking for fun, then when they arrive one of the kids says, "mommy, what is xxx?" And, whomever heard of people waiting for something? Like what? Im just using the dark side of my imagination, hahahha
Please somebody make a movie, parody about panama and all of these articles and political situations summed up in one comedy movie, Ill be first in line!

ACODECO Chief (Unknowingly) Recommends XXX Movie Theaters For Poor People
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, March 17 2012 @ 09:36 AM EDT

Great idea Don! It's good for the community, good for the country's image and all that.
A suggestion however on economics: the lower class keep complaining about the rising cost of living yet they seem to forget the reason for the huge jump in the past two years has been the even bigger jump in the basic minimum wage and the number of people covered by that requirement. Over the past five years or so the min wage has gone from $285 to about $450 - so to bitch about a 25 cent increase in bus fares seems unjustified.

ACODECO Chief (Unknowingly) Recommends XXX Movie Theaters For Poor People
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, March 17 2012 @ 10:05 AM EDT

The City just lost two affordable movie houses this month. Both the Ahlambra's (SP?) one on Trasismica and the other on Via Espana were closed because they were not making money. I'll miss the one on Via Espana, I could walk there. Last night we drove to Multiplaza. Arrived 40 mins early and the movie we wanted to see was sold out. The place was a zoo...pay day in Panama.

ACODECO Chief (Unknowingly) Recommends XXX Movie Theaters For Poor People
Authored by: oldmanandthesea on Sunday, March 18 2012 @ 09:00 AM EDT

The last thing the poor people of Panama need is to watch xxx movies. While drinking seco and screwing is one of the few pleasures the poor people have, they don't need any more encouragement for the latter. They have enough kids as it is. Of course if the CD were to give them free passes it would help them come election time.

Clyde Jenkins, who's xxx rated himself