Comments: RE; Cayuga & Towne movies. Cudos to Ed Gavin, the memorabilia maven of all things Nicetown. Since I'm older than most of you guys and gals (class of "51), how about this bit of history. Friday night admission to either theater was 12 cents, 13 cents for Saturday matinees, and if you were one of the first in line you got a free pass for any upcoming show. Everyone got a free note pad, with cartoons, a Leon Errol or Edgar Kennedy comedy and a double feature, usually westerns featuring Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Bob Steele, Ken Maynard and Hoot Gibson, Johnny Mac Brown (my favorite) or Sunset Carson (my brother Jim's favorite) We also had a nickle to spend, which would get us a candy bar (I liked Milky Ways)or a box of Jujy Fruits or Dots or Black Crows. Man, those are good memories. We would go to the Broad, Rockland or Logan, when we got older, as well as the Great Northern, Tioga, Temple and the Band Box, Vernon and Orpheum, if we could get into and out of Germantown, without getting into a fight. I know some of these names are alien to some of our younger alums, but lets hear from some of you older dudes and dudetes. OBIE
Added: July 2, 2015
Submitted by Name: Dennis Logan '64 From: 10th & Pike, Butler, Erie and more E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: Ed.....how bout the Century Move House I believe was at 6th & Erie...we used to go to the Saturday Monster double feature...20 cent bags of popcorn or the large cup of the buttered pop corn....all this fun for 50 cents.....used to push open the fire doors to let kids in...never got caught by the ushers.
Added: July 2, 2015
Submitted by Name: Edward Gavin, Class of '55 From: Nicetown then, S. Phila. now E-mail: email@example.com
Comments: Hello Jim Cooney! Were you answering the question about the movie house near the Logan? Just to keep this discussion going, I'm going to clarify that the Cayuga was a triangular shaped structure located at Germantown Avenue and Cayuga Street, a couple blocks south of Wayne Junction. That location is quite a hike from the Logan. Check an early map of the area, say from the forties or early fifties. You can find such maps at one of the Philadelphia geo-history sites. I defer, on the other hand, to your substantial knowledge of where any beer distributor was located, its name, its best prices, etc. Good to hear from you; my brother will be glad that someone from the 1953 gang visited here.
Comments: The name of the theater was the CAYUAGA. The name of the beer distributor on Luzerne street was LAMBERTS. His son 'Al' was a pretty good base ball player & tried out for the PHILLIES but didn't make the cut. Lamberts had a green 1939 Ford woody & I remember riding in the back of on VE D ay in 1945.
Comments: The term "movie house" doesn't seem to be used much anymore, does it? I'm glad Dennis Logan used it in his post a couple days ago. "Screening room" and "multi-plex" seem to take precedence nowadays, but for me "movie house" is the real McCoy. And of course I started thinking about all the movies we used to go to back when we were kids. Somewhere on this site I listed about a dozen movie houses that we could walk to back in the fifties. And some of them were movie palaces. On a related note, just this past week, I heard a really haunting piece of music on WRTI - a kind of thrilling, soaring melody that was repeated in several orchestral variations. I loved it and within two minutes I thought it must be part of a movie score. Turns out it was from a movie called "The Rocketeer," which I hadnever heard of, and it was being played to honor the composer, James Horner, who died last week. Hearing that news, I was reminded of the first movie score that really hit home with me. Immediately, I was back in 1958, one summer night in Wildwood at the Strand, on the boardwalk, the house lights were dimming and the curtain was opening and the magnificent sound track of "The Big Country" began. It was, for me, an unusual cowboy movie starring Gregory Peck,Jean Simmons, Charleton Heston, and Burl Ives. I really loved the movie, but experiencing that music made the light bulb go on: besides the visuals and the dialogue, the music was an essential and integral part of any movie. Okay, so summer came to an end, back to the city, and then one day in Sam Goody's I saw it: the 33 and 1/3 LP of the sound track to "The Big Country." I bought it, have listened to it often over the years, and have relived that "light-bulb" moment. The LP is still in good condition, and I'm doing alright too. I know this isn't strictly a Saint Stephen's School story - it's more about one step in the education of a Saint Stephen's kid. Keep smilin'.
Comments: Does anyone remember reading "To Kill a Mockingbird"?. The Colonial Playhouse in Aldan, PA will be doing it in Sept. Theater is on facebook. My husband and I are both in it. We both started auditioning after retirement. Brad and Angelina got nothing on us.
Hope some of the SSS people who are still local will see the show in Sept.
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Cannot believe it is almost July 4! Take care everyone