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At one point this theater had stopped showing first runs and became a retro-house with a monthly calendar and different movies each week. Saw many “Bond”, “Godzilla”, and other such marathons (usually sitting in the balcony). Very happy to see it’s still open.
OH hell – this is where I got auctioned off for my first RHPS viewing – WHAT a great theater and what a great memory! Very glad this movie house is still operating. A real treasure.
Went to a fair number of movies here – don’t remember watching any of them. Last time I was here was in the mid-80s (probably 1985) – a summer standard for a number of us. More time spent walking around or not watching the movies than anything.
This was the first theater I ever worked. It was a single screen – had a smoking section on the left side – velvet curtains – the works. It was a grand house for sure. I was there in 1981 – 1982 just after the time Plitt Southern Theatres took it over. Probably the biggest event we had while I was there was the “Cannonball Run” and one of the actresses showed up and signed the lobby poster. On a Saturday clean-up we went through some of the upstairs storage rooms and found all kinds of posters (Gone with the Wind, Thunderball, and others), some 16mm and 35mm reels with trailers, and even some old usher and concession stand uniforms – pretty cool stuff. I also remember trying to change lightbulbs in the seating area with this impossibly long extension pole and a ridiculously tall ladder…suffice to say there were more bulbs broken and swept up than there were replaced.
This was also the theater where I saw Sound of Music, Star Wars, and many others years before.
I was the Assistant Manger here (briefly) in the mid-80s. Shame there’s no pictures of the interior. Hopefully some turn up at time point.
Was here in the mid-80s (briefly) as an Assistant Manager. Split my time between here and the Loews in Plano.
I was the Assistant Manager / projectionist here in 1984. It was only two screens then and they were pretty sad seeing as they had put a wall down the middle of the single theater to make “two” screens. Regardless of that we had a good crew and a fair bit of fun here. The manager even got some midnight shows a couple of times, so things like ‘Tommy’ were played.
I worked at this theater for a while. Was door / box office / concessions around 1983 till 1984/5. Rarely saw that second concession stand used except when people would walk by it and suddenly realise it was even there. Only real memories were ‘Empire Strikes Back’, the doors on screens 1 and 2 opening to the sunny lobby, and spending far too much time popping corn on the weekends.
I was a Chief of Staff at this theater in the early 80s. Actually got the “Revenge of the Jedi” posters and lobby materials delivered and had to send most of it back.
I was a doorman/box-office/concessionaire here for a while during high school. I worked in this theater until 1982 when Dalts was just around the corner. ‘ET’ was a nightmare here – the crowds were miserable with the very compressed front lobby and very poorly laid out screen entrances. Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ and ‘Heavy Metal’ both showing nearly the same time was a nightmare of another type. Spent far too many Saturdays upstairs in the popcorn room just behind the projectors to count.