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Saw quite a few classics there when I was a kid in the mid to late 70s. Jaws, Airport ‘77, Star Wars, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Alien, and The Empire Strikes Back. What a beautiful, grand theater it was. I miss the days of a big house with such a huge screen.
My first job was at this cinema as an usher, hired in January 1981. Worked there through my junior and senior years in HS, eventually becoming manager in March 1983 and did that until I left in June of 1984, just after Mid-America Theaters sold to RKO. Made a lot of good friends while there, and the after-hours parties we had while screening new movies were a blast. Also loved being able to get off work in the summer months and make the quick skip over to the I-70 Drive In which was also owned by Mid-America, and get in free to catch the second movie, or just partake in other activities teenagers got into at the drive in. Really wish I’d have had the foresight to get a few pictures of the place while I was there, it was a nice little cinema.