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I live 2 blocks from the Astoria Theatre. The original entrance with it’s ornate carvings and such are preserved and it is stupid that the drug store didn’t use the grand arch entrance as the entrance. I go to the NY Sports Club gym located on the second floor of the building and take a certain pride that I am inhabiting the theater. I saw movies in that theater up until the time it closed and although it was a dump by then, I was sad that a theater built in 1920, which had survived for so long, was dead. I always thought 9/11 was the final blow for that theater. Too bad.
I grew up in Placerville during the 1970s and 1980s and attended the Empire Theater constantly. I spent many a Saturday afternoon watching Disney films and late engagements of block busters like STAR WARS, SUPERMAN and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARC. This theater always showed a double feature and there was a new program every week. A lot of times you’d get the new Disney release along with an old matinee classic like SINBAD or LASSIE. I remember seeing a full afternoon of Disney short subject cartoons the very first time I went. After the Placerville Cinema Four opened, the Empire was split in two and it was horrible—you could hear the sound from the next door movie during your movie. Too bad the place couldn’t be restored—Main Street could use a nice arts venue.