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David, it was so many years ago I can hardly remember. “Sound Barrier” was a classic, and I would watch it again today if it showed up on TV.
The Park was beloved by us kids in the 1950s for its Saturday afternoon triple features, plus cartoons and shorts, that provided many hours of entertainment for a quarter. My favorite memory is that of seeing “Breaking Through the Sound Barrier,” a movie I really wanted to see badly, as the last of three movies of the day. Unfortunately, it ran past six o'clock, and I had been ordered to be home for supper long before then. During the movie, my father showed up, grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and dragged me home. I did not forgive him for making me miss that movie until I saw it on TV many years later!
The Jersey sat vacant for many years. As kids in the 1950s, we used to prowl around the huge, dark theater, half scared to death. One time we met a derelict inside, but he didn’t harm us in any way and seemed to enjoy having some company.
I remember going to Saturday matinees at the Palace in the early 1950s. Kid’s price was 14 cents! They showed a lot of westerns and many of the “Abbott and Costello Meet [pick your monster]” movies.
Blacks were made to sit in the balcony, and we white kids were terrified to sit forward of the balcony for fear of bering spit on or worse. How sad is that?
After the theater closed (guess around 1955), the building became a Roth and Schlenger (R & S) auto supply store for many years, and eventually became Winston’s Toy Store that lasted well into the 1990s. The building was finally torn down and is now (2007) the site of construction of a large residential building.