We used to walk to the movies every Saturday afternoon. The theater at that time was across from the railroad crossing. On one side, was a Cleaners and the other, a Drugstore (pharmacy) with an ice cream parlor. The matinee started at one o'clock. For ten cents, you were rewarded with previews, a cartoon, a continuing serial and the main feature.
I was "in love" with the usher (oh yes, we had them). His name was Mario Martamona, a good Italian boy! :) The usher carried a flashlight and guided you to your seat if the show had already started.
On some Saturdays, the manager held Talent Shows at intermission. Intermission was usually before the main feature. Some of my friends would get up on the stage and sing, tap dance or whatever.
When Grandmom & Grandpop were first married, she would go to the movies on Tuesday night as they gave out dishes. I think Kathi has her set that she got there but will check with my sister.
One of the stories that Jeannette tells is she went on a date to the movies and the guy asked for two children's tickets. I think she was embarrassed. :)
On Mischief Night which is the night before Halloween, the teenagers in town would do all kinds of crazy things. One time, they put Berger's cow in the lobby. Usually, they just piled junk in front of the bank. But that's another story.
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