George R. R. Martin Interview
Author of A Game of Thrones
JMW: Hello. This is Jean-Marie Ward for BuzzyMag.com. With me today is best-selling author George R.R. Martin. Welcome, George.
George R.R. Martin: Hi. Glad to be here.
JMW: We’re so glad to have you here. You’ve got so many things going on in your writing life. What prompted you to get into the theater business?
George R.R. Martin: Well, it was barbecue, actually, was how it started. I went out one day to pick up some barbecue at a local restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico where I live. And I was leaving the barbecue place with a couple slabs of ribs for myself and my wife and our friends.
And I went out the back way. And when you go out the back way from this particular joint, you find yourself facing the Jean Cocteau Theater, which is this iconic little art theater in Santa Fe that has been there since 1984, but had been closed since 2006. It’s only about ten minutes from my house.
And I saw it and it had a big “For Sale” or “Lease” sign on the front of it. And I thought “You know? Why doesn’t someone reopen that place? I love that little theater.” I saw so many movies there. I saw Woody Allen movies there and Spike Lee movies there. I saw the Rocketeer there. I have great memories of going to the Cocteau. Why doesn’t somebody reopen that? And then it occurred to me “Why don’t I reopen that”?
So I got home and just called up my realtor. And said “You know, the building with the Jean Cocteau in it is sitting there and it’s largely empty. Find out how much they want for it.” And I was startled to discover it had been on sale for three years. The price had been dropping and dropping.