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When I was a kid the Saturday Matinee was a totally wondrous thing
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Jul 31, 2020 03:11:29   #
rumitoid
 
A mere 25 cents was the entry fee to this marvel of childhood imagination. Walking through the doors of this hollowed delight with its nearly mystical possibilities and cavernous magnificence induced silent awe. A nickle for a candy bar. .A dime for popcorn. A dollar would give you a bellyache. 10 Cartoons. The Superman series. An adult for us Newsreel, like we were thinking creatures. Then the Big Screen, technicolor movie with larger than life actors and adventure. Two hours or a little more of living in another realm of enchanted being. We were raised up and transported to a place of perfect ease and daring. It was holy.

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Jul 31, 2020 03:17:17   #
PeterS
 
rumitoid wrote:
A mere 25 cents was the entry fee to this marvel of childhood imagination. Walking through the doors of this hollowed delight with its nearly mystical possibilities and cavernous magnificence induced silent awe. A nickle for a candy bar. .A dime for popcorn. A dollar would give you a bellyache. 10 Cartoons. The Superman series. An adult for us Newsreel, like we were thinking creatures. Then the Big Screen, technicolor movie with larger than life actors and adventure. Two hours or a little more of living in another realm of enchanted being. We were raised up and transported to a place of perfect ease and daring. It was holy.
A mere 25 cents was the entry fee to this marvel o... (show quote)

I do remember a nickel for a candy bar but 25 cents for a matinee was before my time. I remember seeing the "Battle of Brittian" and "Midway" and of course "Paint Your Wagon" plus all the Spaghetti Western classics. And to be trusted to ride the bus downtown--wow, I felt like a MAN! Good memories. Thanks for jarring them...

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Jul 31, 2020 08:14:53   #
lpnmajor Loc: Arkansas
 
rumitoid wrote:
A mere 25 cents was the entry fee to this marvel of childhood imagination. Walking through the doors of this hollowed delight with its nearly mystical possibilities and cavernous magnificence induced silent awe. A nickle for a candy bar. .A dime for popcorn. A dollar would give you a bellyache. 10 Cartoons. The Superman series. An adult for us Newsreel, like we were thinking creatures. Then the Big Screen, technicolor movie with larger than life actors and adventure. Two hours or a little more of living in another realm of enchanted being. We were raised up and transported to a place of perfect ease and daring. It was holy.
A mere 25 cents was the entry fee to this marvel o... (show quote)


I'd scour the countryside for pop bottles to return, just to earn enough money to go to the pictures.

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Jul 31, 2020 08:34:09   #
Milosia2 Loc: Cleveland Ohio
 
And popcorn came in boxes. Before they were outlawed.
Yep!
Truly a wondrous time.
“Children of the Damned”
“Hell Bent for Leather”
All In Technicolor.
Long ago and far far away.

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Jul 31, 2020 09:52:26   #
Rose42
 
PeterS wrote:
I do remember a nickel for a candy bar but 25 cents for a matinee was before my time. I remember seeing the "Battle of Brittian" and "Midway" and of course "Paint Your Wagon" plus all the Spaghetti Western classics. And to be trusted to ride the bus downtown--wow, I felt like a MAN! Good memories. Thanks for jarring them...


50 cents for a double feature. You could see a double feature, get a large popcorn and drink for a dollar. I don't think they do double features anymore.

I remember three pieces of candy for a penny....

Man From La Mancha followed by Fiddler on the Roof was the last double feature I saw.

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Jul 31, 2020 09:58:31   #
Capt-jack Loc: Home
 
I remember when people loved America!

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Jul 31, 2020 22:23:54   #
rumitoid
 
PeterS wrote:
I do remember a nickel for a candy bar but 25 cents for a matinee was before my time. I remember seeing the "Battle of Brittian" and "Midway" and of course "Paint Your Wagon" plus all the Spaghetti Western classics. And to be trusted to ride the bus downtown--wow, I felt like a MAN! Good memories. Thanks for jarring them...


I was allowed to cross "the big street" alone to the local theater.

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Jul 31, 2020 22:28:17   #
rumitoid
 
Rose42 wrote:
50 cents for a double feature. You could see a double feature, get a large popcorn and drink for a dollar. I don't think they do double features anymore.

I remember three pieces of candy for a penny....

Man From La Mancha followed by Fiddler on the Roof was the last double feature I saw.


Wow, great double feature. After my time, but that is something I forgot to mention: there were double features...and you could stay in your seat and see them again. Even that cranky Usher that was omnipresent could say nothing.

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Jul 31, 2020 22:29:50   #
rumitoid
 
Capt-jack wrote:
I remember when people loved America!


Yes, that is the saddest thought of all. I remember, but maybe never again.

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Aug 1, 2020 14:50:22   #
Auntie Dee
 
rumitoid wrote:
A mere 25 cents was the entry fee to this marvel of childhood imagination. Walking through the doors of this hollowed delight with its nearly mystical possibilities and cavernous magnificence induced silent awe. A nickle for a candy bar. .A dime for popcorn. A dollar would give you a bellyache. 10 Cartoons. The Superman series. An adult for us Newsreel, like we were thinking creatures. Then the Big Screen, technicolor movie with larger than life actors and adventure. Two hours or a little more of living in another realm of enchanted being. We were raised up and transported to a place of perfect ease and daring. It was holy.
A mere 25 cents was the entry fee to this marvel o... (show quote)


I gotcha kids beat! I can remember when movies cost 9-cents! Had a grade-school boyfriend at 10-11 who lived a couple blocks away, we would walk about a mile to neighborhood business district, see a movie, he liked the westerns but musicals were my favorite. Afterwards there was an ice-cream shop on the next block, could get a one-dip for a nickle! YUM!

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Aug 1, 2020 16:29:24   #
Kickaha Loc: Nebraska
 
Auntie Dee wrote:
I gotcha kids beat! I can remember when movies cost 9-cents! Had a grade-school boyfriend at 10-11 who lived a couple blocks away, we would walk about a mile to neighborhood business district, see a movie, he liked the westerns but musicals were my favorite. Afterwards there was an ice-cream shop on the next block, could get a one-dip for a nickle! YUM!


I remember the drive-in movies. Two features plus cartoons and on Fridays and Saturdays there was a third bonus feature. The first movie was usually geared more towards children with the grownup movie after the intermission. A bunch of us kids would go to the dead end that overlooked the drive-in to watch a movie. We preferred action movies because we couldn't here any sound. We'd hang out there until our parents started calling us home. It was great being allowed to stay our after the street lights came on.
I thought they were all long gone, then discovered there was one drive-in left. My wife and I drove 50 miles to take our daughter to see a movie there before they were all gone. It was Armageddon.. I walked my daughter up to the screen. She was very impressed by how big the screen was (she was 5). We'd pick up a pizza on the way in and have a cooler full of drinks.

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Aug 1, 2020 19:39:21   #
Y360AZ
 
When I was a youngster, it depended on which theater I attended. One was 25¢ the other was only 20¢ for under 12, or for 12 and under, but it worked for me till about age 16. If I recall they were always double features, one main flick and B movie follow – and like mentioned above, if you came late, you could stay there and watch till you caught up, or just watch the whole thing again. In addition, the cartoons and movie news, or Saturday serial. Also when in high school I would go to the drive-in with a buddy, but in the trunk would be three more guys or some would go around and climb over the wall/fence and meet inside. Talking about the size of the screen seemingly big, I remember watching them make that sucker waay wider on both sides to accomodate cinemascope.

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Aug 1, 2020 21:29:38   #
rumitoid
 
Auntie Dee wrote:
I gotcha kids beat! I can remember when movies cost 9-cents! Had a grade-school boyfriend at 10-11 who lived a couple blocks away, we would walk about a mile to neighborhood business district, see a movie, he liked the westerns but musicals were my favorite. Afterwards there was an ice-cream shop on the next block, could get a one-dip for a nickle! YUM!


What a total delight. Norman Rockwell. Thank you for this peek at another time.

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Aug 1, 2020 21:33:10   #
rumitoid
 
Kickaha wrote:
I remember the drive-in movies. Two features plus cartoons and on Fridays and Saturdays there was a third bonus feature. The first movie was usually geared more towards children with the grownup movie after the intermission. A bunch of us kids would go to the dead end that overlooked the drive-in to watch a movie. We preferred action movies because we couldn't here any sound. We'd hang out there until our parents started calling us home. It was great being allowed to stay our after the street lights came on.
I thought they were all long gone, then discovered there was one drive-in left. My wife and I drove 50 miles to take our daughter to see a movie there before they were all gone. It was Armageddon.. I walked my daughter up to the screen. She was very impressed by how big the screen was (she was 5). We'd pick up a pizza on the way in and have a cooler full of drinks.
I remember the drive-in movies. Two features plus ... (show quote)


Wonderful memories. Thank you for capturing that moment of another time so clearly.

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Aug 1, 2020 21:35:07   #
rumitoid
 
Y360AZ wrote:
When I was a youngster, it depended on which theater I attended. One was 25¢ the other was only 20¢ for under 12, or for 12 and under, but it worked for me till about age 16. If I recall they were always double features, one main flick and B movie follow – and like mentioned above, if you came late, you could stay there and watch till you caught up, or just watch the whole thing again. In addition, the cartoons and movie news, or Saturday serial. Also when in high school I would go to the drive-in with a buddy, but in the trunk would be three more guys or some would go around and climb over the wall/fence and meet inside. Talking about the size of the screen seemingly big, I remember watching them make that sucker waay wider on both sides to accomodate cinemascope.
When I was a youngster, it depended on which theat... (show quote)


Ha, fun. Thank you for the memories.

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