Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Member Spotlight: Penelope Starr

Name: Penelope Starr

Hometown: Originally NY. I’ve been in AZ since ‘81 and happily in Tucson for 13 years.

Age: 64

Loft member since: 2007

Livelihood/occupation/background/job: Founder and producer of Odyssey Storytelling, a monthly event at Club Congress where 6 people share 10-minute personal stories based on a changing theme. I also teach storytelling at Pima College Continuing Education. You can see more at

Favorite genres: Documentaries, classics, independents, foreign films

A few of my favorite films are… Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Women (the original not the horrible remake), Jules and Jim, Before Night Falls, Pricilla Queen of the Desert, Young at Heart, Grey Gardens, Short Bus, I’ve Loved You So Long, The Garden.

I fell in love with films… When I was a young teen and my parents wouldn’t let me see Psycho - so I saw it at least 10 times. I learned how to close my eyes at the scary parts and I didn’t actually watch the shower scene until I was in my 40s.

My favorite Loft memory/anecdote is… The Pricilla/ABBA Sing-a-Long featured my friends Oscar & Mad who got all dressed up - That costume contest was the silliest and most fun event.

My favorite person to go see a film with at The Loft: The Movie Starz, a group of women who have been meeting once a month for five years. We choose an early movie and then go out to dinner and discuss it (and everything else)

My favorite Loft concession/snack bar item/s: A bottle of beer. The added fun is hearing at least one bottle roll on the concrete floor towards the front during the movie.

My favorite thing about the Loft is…. That it’s in Tucson! We’re so lucky to have this amazing resource. I love hearing actors / directors talk about their work, I love the programming variety, I love that the air conditioning works! Plus being a member has so many great benefits, the free popcorn, monthly free movie, free popcorn, discounts at every show, free popcorn, and the knowledge that you’re supporting a Tucson treasure. And did I say free popcorn.

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