I went to the movies Friday afternoon with a friend and saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at Lincoln Square in Bellevue. Not a great movie, but entertaining and picturesque. The real excitement came 3/4s through, when the movie stopped, the lights came on, and there was an announcement that there was an emergency in the building and everyone should evacuate. There were no loud alarms, which I think kept everyone calmer. We all sort of looked around and then went to the nearest exit. In my case, that was an exit door next to the screen. It went directly outside but onto a narrow walkway several stories above an alley. We made our way along the walkway until it rounded a corner and came to a stairwell door. Then we had to climb down all these flights of stairs until we finally came out in the alley by the parking garage. Everyone from the theaters as well as the restaurants and other stores waited out on the sidewalks while fire engines came and checked it out. Never did hear what caused the alarm, but we were eventually allowed back in and the movies restarted where they left off. I think I'll stick to ground-floor theaters from now on!
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