Rats! Patrons complain of seeing “cat-sized” rodents frolicking by the screen and in the aisles of WC’s Century 14 movie theater

My husband likes to say that this is a sign of my future pathology: I had pet rats as a child. Little “white rats,” the sweetest, most personable little pets a girl could have. My two little rats, Lucky and Gingersnap, would cuddle up in the crook of my neck while I was sat up in bed reading a book at night. (Lucky looks like the rat pictured in the photo here.) The morning I found Lucky stiff in his cage—when I was in seventh grade—was one of the most heartbreaking, depressing moments of my young life.

I don’t think the patrons who spied a few rats at Walnut Creek’s downtown movie theater Friday were encountering any precious little Luckys or Gingersnaps. They told the Contra Costa Times that the rats they viewed were the big, dirty brown rat kind—you know the kind with long scaly tails that hang in urban alleys and garbage dumpsters.


Oh, one key detail of this whole story. The women who complained about the rats to the Times were watching Revolutionary Road, a dark, harrowing film about stifling suburban misery and the big lie that is the American dream. I’m sure the rat sighting could only add to their sense of gloom and horror.

The Times checked on prior health department complaints, and you can see the results here. Meanwhile, the women left the theater and were given rainy-day tickets to return any time. The women were not so sure they would take the theater up on the offer.

6 thoughts on “Rats! Patrons complain of seeing “cat-sized” rodents frolicking by the screen and in the aisles of WC’s Century 14 movie theater

  1. Cute rat! I had a pet rat too when I was a kid. They get unfairly maligned. They are great pets. Better than lethargic hamsters. Sorry those women encountered the other kinds of rats, but I hope this story won’t make people anti-rat.


  2. I’ve had several pet rats over the years, but I’d also freak out if I saw them scurrying about the movie theater. We have tree/roof rats in my neighborhood. Nasty things they are.


  3. And i thought we had only 2 footed rats in The Creek.!!! I bet they will get cards for Needless Markups so they can hangout with their homies.


  4. I was there also watching Revolutionary Road! I saw the rats! It was so gross, and made me hold my purse tight in my lap and keep my feet off the ground. i saw these rates multiple times throughout the movie!!!! and they were huge… like cats!


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