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I covered that story when Universal was shooting Midnight Man in Clemson – still got my one sheet too. I did see the GWTW reissue, BULLITT and many others at the Astros. One of my memorable moments while covering the opening of LAST TANGO IN PARIS was that they emptied the theater due to a bomb threat. BJU had been outside protesting the X-rated opening that day.
CASABLANCA was the first picture we showed at the grand opening. We ran it for at least a couple of weeks then LOVE AND PAIN AND THE WHOLE DAMN THING, BLACK BEAUTY, BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE and CRIES AND WHISPERS among others. Funny thing about the Ingmar Bergman picture was that there was a bus load of blue haired ladies dropped off for a matinee one day and after about twenty minutes came out complaining:
‘Where is Ingrid Bergman? She doesn’t seem to be in this movie.’ They all received refunds. The original interior of The Flick was a gorgeous eye-catching classic movie motif with Betty Boop wallpaper and celluloid prints all over the walls. The porn days were later days I left Greenville in ‘74. Back then many of the 'challenged’ pictures went to Mauldin. But it seems appropriate since when the newspaper ran the adds a lot of the time the LI ink bled and looked like a U between the F and C.