Rants and Raves

Tell us what you love or what bothers you about Healdsburg.


What makes you happy and proud to live in Healdsburg and what drives you crazy? Give us your rants and raves, but please keep it clean and to the point. I'll start things off:

I love, love, love our Healdsburg Plaza and the that will start in about a month and continue throughout the summer. There is such a friendly vibe and people are just out having a good time and enjoying the music. Blessings to all.

Now for the fishbones. Parking at the Is it just me, or does anyone else feel as if you're taking your life in your hands when you drive in there to get your mail? Why can't there be a rear exit lane so that cars are not going out at the same time as others are coming in?

Your turn. What's a problem that needs to change? What's something nice you've noticed around town and want to acknowledge?

Kimberly Flowers April 02, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The Raven Movie Theater kicking kids out on Saturday and Sunday afternoons -- that's our rant! We went to see The Hunger Games yesterday at 3:30pm and were told we couldn't see it with our young son because it was only showing in the "Hollywood and Wine" theater for 21-year olds and over. You've got to be kidding me! It was a Sunday afternoon; it's a teen/'tween movie; but, because of this ill-conceived marketing gimmick, we had to take our business south of Healdsburg to the Airport Cinemas. So much for supporting local business. This has happened to us twice now over the past year because we check out movies on our mobile apps and they don't inform readers about The Raven's crazy 21-and-over theater. This really should to be changed to accommodate Healdsburg families.
Keri Brenner (Editor) April 02, 2012 at 05:35 PM
@Kim Flowers: Thanks Kim for your comment! One of Healdsburg Patch's youth bloggers had mentioned this policy at Raven Film Center before, but this is the first time we've seen it in action. Wonder why the Raven was showing "Hunger Games" in the "Hollywood and Wine" section? Anyone have an answer?
meghan April 02, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Probably because Adults wanted to see the movie as well, without the constant chatter of 15 year olds. There are plenty of over 21 readers of the series.
Gretchen April 02, 2012 at 07:40 PM
My daughter has also had the experience of making plans with friends to go to a weekend movie and been turned away because it was for 21 and over. This is so frustrating, she checked it out online and it did not state that it was showing in the wine theater. She gathered friends and arranged for parents to drive them into town, not always convenient when you live in the rural areas, as so many of us do. The Raven should at least show the same movies in different theater rooms if they are not going to specify age limits. I understand some people don't want to watch movies with chatty teens but let's not keep them from a weekend movie in their hometown.
meghan April 02, 2012 at 09:27 PM
The subject matter of Hunger Games is definitly not for "tweens", more for older teens, young adults. It is about 12-18 year olds forced to kill each other in an arena. The Raven might have thought that was a good reason to put it into the 21-and-over section. Definitly agree that there should be specific age information for each of the movies, kinda weird that there isn't. I think the concept of the theater is great, there are also theaters that allow mommies to bring their young babies so they can see movies too. Good thing we have so many options in Sonoma county, where as some places don't have a single theater within there reach.
Keri Brenner (Editor) April 02, 2012 at 10:58 PM
@Meghan: Thanks for your notes. Yes, it's possible that the Raven felt The Hunger Games was too graphic for younger kids so they put it in the 21 and over section. It sounds like we need an explanation from The Raven Film Center and also they would do well to communicate their plans better with the public. Anyone from The Raven Film Center care to comment?
Gretchen April 03, 2012 at 02:30 AM
For me it is not so much about what movie was playing, it is more about information. My teenage daughter went to the website of the Raven and found a movie playing in the middle of the day on a weekend. I think the Raven should consider everyone and either put the movie in 2 theaters or clearly specify that it is in the 21 and older area.
Keri Brenner (Editor) April 03, 2012 at 02:49 AM
@Gretchen: Yes, it seems like the issue is for the Raven Film Center to communicate with the public on its decisions about films so that people may plan accordingly. Either specify that it is only shown in 21 and older theater space, or put it in 2 spaces.
Christian Kallen April 06, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Got an update from the Raven staff, both local and corporate, on the 21-and-over policy. Look for an article forthcoming.


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