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Mike Rogers commented about Webb Theatre on Oct 3, 2009 at 11:02 am

Mark in N.C. DO YOU KNOW THE STORY BEHIND THE DIANA 29 DRIVE IN GASTONIA? I HAD HEARD THE OWNER HAD COME HOME AFTER CLOSING THE DRIVE-IN FOR THE NIGHT TO FIND HIS FAMILY KILLED AND HE NEVER OPENED THE DRIVE-IN UP. IT WAS A TWIN DRIVE-IN.

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Mike Rogers commented about No. 1 Drive-In on Oct 2, 2009 at 9:54 pm

RAY, thanks so much for taking the time and help me with our city’s history of movie theatres. I’VE GOT AT LEAST 8 OR 10 GUYS I WORKED WITH AT ABC THEATRES AND GCC THAT COULD ADD SO MUCH,BUT I CANNNOT GET THEM TO WRITE A THING! I MEAN THEY WILL SIT AROUND FOR HOURS TALKING OF THE OLD DAYS,ENJOY READING WHAT I SUBMIT,BUT THEY WILL NOT LIFT A FINGER. BILL BARKLEY HAS TONS OF STORIES!

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Mike Rogers commented about 40 Years of 2001: A Space Odyssey! on Oct 2, 2009 at 9:43 pm

YOU KNOW IT IS A MOVIE I REMEMBER SEEING ON THAT LARGE SCREEN IN 70MM AT NATIONAL HILLS THEATRE.IT IS MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME. I SAW IT WHEN I WAS 12 YEARS OLD AND REMEMBER THE INTERMISSION AND WALKING AROUND THE LOBBY LIISTENING TO ADULTS DISCUSSING IT. THE ONLY PLACE TO SEE A MOVIE LIKE THIS IS ON A REAL MOVIE SCREEN
WE PLAYED IT AT REGENCY 1.2.3. ON A LATE SHOW AND THAT SMALL GCC SCREEN WAS JUST A JOKE.I COULDN’T WATCH IT. AND I THINK AT A DRIVE-IN THE SOUND WOULD NOT BE UP TO PAR

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Mike Rogers commented about Manring Theater on Oct 2, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I REMEMBER GOING TO MIDDLESBORO WITH MY GRANDMOTHER TO HER DOCTOR. SHE LIVED OVER IN TENN.WHILE SHE WAS THERE I WOULD ALWAYS WALK OVER TO THE MANRING THEATRE. IT WAS ALWAYS CLOSED,BUT I WOULD LOOK AT THE ONE SHEETS AND STILLS. ONE TIME I SPOTTED A …FILM CAN…IN THE LOBBY WITH THE TITLE SECRET CEREMONY…A REAL FILM CAN .FOR A 12 YEAR OLD I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT. IN MY HOMETOWN OF AUGUSTA,GA. I WAS NEVER SO LUCKY.
I WENT BACK IN THE LATE 80’S AND SAW A LOUSY BANK THERE. HAVING SEEN A SMALL MULTPLEX IN THE MALL, I ASSUMED THE OLD THEATRE JUSTWENT DARK. NEVER KNEW A FIRE GOT IT, DID VISIT THE SITE OF THE OLD ROSA DRIVE-IN. SURPRIZED NONE OF YOU LOCALS HAVE DONE A HISTORY ON THE DRIVE-INS.
MIDDLESBORO MOVIE GOERS CERTAINLY HAD SOME GREAT FILMS PLAY AT THE MANRING. …..THE DIRTY DOZEN {NICE AD]….at the same time the ROSA DRIVE IN on pineville road was playing..EASY COME AND EASY GO..WITH ELVIS.SECOND FEATURE WAS … THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED… THE BIRDS PLAYED AT THE MANRING WITH A SPECIAL MATINEE AT 1;30. AT THE ROSA DRIVE -IN SOMETHING CALLED…I HATE YOUR GUTS…THE AD SAYS ‘'HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE AND PERVERTED’‘ this is the 60’s. THE MANRING PLAYED …IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT,,,SAT AND SUNDAY SHOWS AT 2;00 AND 8;00. THE PHONENUMBER TO THE BOXOFFICE WAS 248-5718.IN THOSE DAYS I BET YOU GOT A REAL PERSON. THE MANRING ALSO PLAYED …CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED. WITH A CO-HIT…7 GLADIATORS.WHILE THE SAME NIGHT THE ROSA DRIVE-IN WAS PLAYING….
TARZAN AND THE SHE DEVIL. ALSO THE RETURN OF JESSE JAMES.
THE FEATURES CHANGED THE NEXT NIGHT TO ..ARMORED ATTACK..DAKOTA INCIDENT AND THE THIRD MOVIE ….THE WORLD BY NIGHT.. I BET MOST FOLKS IN MIDDLESBORO WOULD RATHER HAVE THESE TWO SHOWPLACES THAN THAT LITTLE MULTIPLEX IN THAT LITTLE MALL.

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Mike Rogers commented about Paris & Beekman projectionist pickets on Oct 2, 2009 at 8:33 pm

I SAW THE END OF REAL PROJECTIONISTS BACK IN THE MIDDLE 70’S. I SAW A PLATTER AND THOUGHT GREAT NOW THEATRE MANAGEMENT WILL NOT ONLY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE FLOOR, BUT THE BOOTH TOO. I WAS SO LUCKY TO WORK FOR ABC THEATRES AND GCC BOTH UNION HOUSES, BUT SADLY I SAW THE UNION HAVE TO GIVE AWAY. LIKE HAVE THE MANAGER CUT THE PROJECTORS OFF AND LET THE PROJECTIONIST HIT THE ROAD WHEN THE LAST FEATURE STATED.
YES, IT WAS MORE HEADACHE FOR VERY UNDERPAID MANAGERS AND ASSISTANTS WHO OFTEN GOT STUCK WITH THE DIRTY TASK. YOU SPEAK OF DIGITAL, WELL, TO ME CARRYING FILM CANS IS THE REAL, AND MEAN, REAL THEATRE BUSINESS!

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Mike Rogers commented about Le Jeune Drive-In on Oct 2, 2009 at 8:18 pm

FOR SOME REASON WHEN YOU MENTION MIAMI YOU TEND NOT TO THINK OF DRIVE-IN THEATRES. THE LE JEUNE AUTO DRIVE- IN THEATRE PARKED 700 CARS IN THE LATE 50’S AND WAS OWNED BY LE JEUNE AUTO , INC.

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Mike Rogers commented about Capri Theatre on Oct 2, 2009 at 8:10 pm

GEEZ, I JUST NOTICE WE ARE DOING ALL THIS ON THE CAPRI LISTING. I THINK WE NEED TO MOVE IT OVER TO GCC.

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Mike Rogers commented about Capri Theatre on Oct 2, 2009 at 8:08 pm

RUSSELL, HOW ABOUT SOME GCC STORIES. IT IS YOU AND ME LEFT UNLESS YOU CAN GET BARRY INTO WRITING. WE HAVE SO MANY GREAT STORIES AND THE FOLKS THAT ARE ON THIS SITE EAT THOSE STORIES UP. ONLY THE G RATED. AND NOT THE PHONE CALL…I GOT BLAMED FOR!

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 2, 2009 at 8:02 pm

I WAS WRONG ON STAR WARS BEING BOOKED INTO COLUMBIA 1 AND 2 THEATRES. SEE WEIS CINEMA CENTRE FOR MORE INFO ON THIS GOOF-UP.

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Mike Rogers commented about Regency Mall Cinema I-II-III on Oct 2, 2009 at 7:57 pm

ON BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS WE HAD ALL THE CONCESSIONSTAND AND BOX OFFICE GIRLS DRESS LIKE YOU KNOW… LOVE GCC PROMOTIONS.I KNOW RUSSELL REMEMBERS,IF HE WILL ONLY TYPE SOME REGENCY 1 2 3 STORIES. COULD NOT DO THAT TODAY!

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Mike Rogers commented about Peach Orchard Theatres on Oct 2, 2009 at 7:46 pm

HEY, YOU ARE RIGHT! according to THE NEW YORK TIMES IT OPENED MAY 26 1977. COLUMBIA 1 AND 2 WERE STILL BEING BUILT.
HOWEVER, MICHAEL I CLEARLY REMEMBER GETTING A BOX OF BLUE AND WHITE STAR WARS FLYERS 3 ONE SHEETS; ONE WITH GREAT ART WORK THAT I STILL HAVE AND 2 WITH THE STAR WARS LOGO ON THEM. MAYBE IT WAS A RE-RELEASE. BUT THAT SEEMS LIKE A WASTE OF MONEY WHEN IT ALREAY HAD NAME VALUE TO THE FILM. GUESS I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED IN JOURNALISM 101 BEFORE WRITING ON THE FILM. THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW I HAVE A FEW OLD THEATER PALS THAT WILL BE GLAD TO KNOW THIS. HECK, I WAS IN THE BUSINESS SEVEN YEARS … THAT IS A LOT OF MOVIES.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 2, 2009 at 7:23 pm

I REMEMBER JUNE 11 1979.
JOHN WAYNE DIED. IT TOOK ALITTLE TIME TO SOAK THAT IN. IT WAS FRIDAY EVENING AND DANGIT, JOHN WAYNE DESERVED A LITTLE NOTICE IN THIS CITY. ON MY OWN TIME, I GOT THE A-FRAME OUT AND HEADED TO THE MARQUEE WITH A HANDFUL OF LETTERS. ON MY OWN TIME. THE MOVIES WERE OVER AND THE PARKING LOT BARE.
THE NEXT MORNINGIT READ… JOHN WAYNE 1907- 1979" WE WILL MISS YOU ..DUKE" I ONLY WISHED I WOULD HAVE TAKEN A PICTURE. I KNOW WE WERE THE ONLY THEATRE IN AUGUSTA TO DO THIS. WE DID IT CAUSE I WORKED AT COLUMBIA 1 AND 2 THEATRES. FUNNY HOW YOU REMEMBER THINGS.

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Mike Rogers commented about Skyview Drive-In on Oct 1, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I can’t believe there is nothing on THE BIG-MO. I GUESS I WILL TRY AND GET SOMETHING OFF ON IT. IT’S ANOTHER AIKEN COUNTY DRIVE-IN. MAN, THEY HAD ALMOST AS MANY AS AUGUSTA!

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Mike Rogers commented about Hilltop Drive-In on Oct 1, 2009 at 5:41 pm

THE OLD SWING SETS THAT HUNREDS OF AUGUSTA’S KIDS PLAYED ON ARE STILL UP. CHUCK DRAY TOOK THE SWINGS DOWN AND PUT THEM IN HIS YARD FOR HIS KIDS WHEN THE HILLTOP CLOSED. CHUCK HAS SINCE PASSSED ON BUT THAT WHITE SWING SET IS STILL UP. IT LASTED LONGER THAN THE DRIVE-IN.

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Mike Rogers commented about Park Theatre on Oct 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm

THE JOHN HUSTON FILM … THE BIBLE… WAS STILL RUNNING AFTER A VERY LONG RUN. IT WAS RESERVED SEATING ONLY. TICKETS WERE $ 2.00 A SEAT FOR EVENING SHOWS AND $1.50 FOR MATINEES. YOU HAD TO CALL FOR SEATS. WOW. THIS WAS SEPT. 25 1967.

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Mike Rogers commented about Chapman Highway Drive-In on Oct 1, 2009 at 5:14 pm

IN 1956 THE CHAPMAN DRIVE IN WAS OWNED BY R.S. SPURGEON. 200 CARS PRETTY SMALL FOR A KNOXVILLE DRIVE IN.
ON SEPT. 25 1967 THE CHAPMAN DRIVE IN WAS PLAYING .. HILLBILLYS IN A HAUNTED HOUSE… WITH THE SECOND FEATURE HERCULES IN A HAUNTED HOUSE. IT WAS BILLED AS KNOXVILLE’S 1ST RUN SHOWING.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 1, 2009 at 4:58 pm

NOV. 23. 1978 IN THE MAIL COMES A PACKAGE FROM WARNER BROTHERS. OF COURSE, I QUICKY OPEN IT AND IT HAS A NOTE INSIDE SAYING; THR GAUNTLET ONE SHEETS NOW ON DISPLAY ARE TO BE TAKEN DOWN AND THROWN AWAY.. TRASH THEM! WELL, THIS CLINT EASTWOOD FAN AIN’T THROWNING A CLINT EASTWOOD MOVIE POSTER AWAY. I TOOK OUT THE NEW ONES AND LOOKED FOR A CHANGE. WHY CHANGE? THE ART WORK WAS THE SAME.
HOWEVER, I ASSUMED SONDRA LOCKE SAW HER NAME SMALLER THAN CLINT’S SHE MUST HAVE HAD A FIT.. SO ON THE FIRST BATCH OF ONE SHEETS HER NAME IS SMALLER. ON THE NEW ONE SHEETS SONDRA LOCKE’S NAME IS EQUAL BILLING WITH CLINT. COME ON CLINT!

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Mike Rogers commented about Weis Drive-In on Oct 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm

THE WEIS DRIVE-IN HAD A VERY NICE CONESSIONSTAND THAT WAS SORTA BELOW THE CUSTOMER, SO THE CONCESSIONSTAND WERE LOOKING UP TO THE CUSTOMERS. IT DID HAVE RADIO SOUND TOWARD IT’S END DAYS. I WENT BACK SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND OUT IN THE WOODS FOUND SEVERAL REELS. I ALSO SAW A VERY GOOD BASEBALL MOVIE THERE IT WAS ‘’ BANG THE DRUM SOFTLY'‘ I SAW TRUE GRIT THERE TOO. THIS THEATRE WAS FAR ENOUGHT OUT OF BRIGHT LIGHTS THAT TODAY ONE COULD GET A GOOD PICTURE. GEORGIA THEATRES HAD EVERY RIGHT TO SELL IT FOR REAL ESTATE, BUT TODAY. IT THINK IT WOULD BE A MONEY MAKER. WITH GOOD MANAGEMENT. BUT THERE IS NO SCREEN OR DRIVE IN. A CHURCH WAS SUPPOSE TO TAKE THE LAND.
BUT THE LAST TIME I DROVE OUT THERE… NOTHING!

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Mike Rogers commented about Augusta Drive-In on Oct 1, 2009 at 4:38 pm

WELL, IT IS 2009 AND YOU KNOW ? PART OF THAT OLD SCREEN IS STILL STANDING. I GUESS THE PEOPLE IN THE HOOD HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT WAS ARE EVEN CARE. AUGUSTA DRIVE-IN LASTED ABOUT 10 YEARS. ABOUT THE LIFE OF ALOT OF DRIVE-INS IN THOSE CARE FREE YEARS.

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Mike Rogers commented about Augusta Drive-In on Oct 1, 2009 at 4:37 pm

WELL, IT IS 2009 AND YOU KNOW ? PART OF THAT OLD SCREEN IS STILL STANDING. I GUESS THE PEOPLE IN THE HOOD HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT WAS ARE EVEN CARE. AUGUSTA DRIVE-IN LASTED ABOUT 10 YEARS. ABOUT THE LIFE OF ALOT OF DRIVE-INS IN THOSE CARE FREE YEARS.

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Mike Rogers commented about Regency Exchange Cinema on Sep 30, 2009 at 10:07 pm

I FOUND A BACK DOOR OPENED AND I CAREFULLY WENT INSIDE. WITH A FLASHLIGHT I WALKED INTO THE BOOTH IT WAS JUST LIKE THEY LEFT IT THE NIGHT IT WENT DARK, PLATTERS, FILM . IN THE OFFICES COMPUTERS, PHONES. IT WAS LIKE I WAS THE ONLY ONE ON EARTH. THE MOLD SMELL WAS BAD. I DID NOT FIND ANY ONE SHEETS. THAT WAS NICE THEATRE. HAD GCC BUILT IT IN NORTH AUGUSTA,S.C. LIKE I SAID TO DO IT MIGHT BE OPEN TODAY AS AT LEAST A DOLLAR THEATRE IT IS PRETTY MUCH IN A REAL BAD PART OF SOUTH AUGUSTA. BOSTON, YOU SHOULD HAVE LISTENED. MAYBE THAT IS WHY TOU GUYS WENT BROKE.

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Mike Rogers commented about Florida Theatre on Sep 30, 2009 at 9:58 pm

NICK… GREAT STORY. I LOVED THE MUMMY WITH CHRISTOPHER LEE. SEEMS ALL DOWNTOWN THEATRES WERE JUST SET TO PLAY COFFY OR BLACULA. THERE WERE A BUNCH OF GREAT BLACK FILMS LIKE TAKE A HARD RIDE A GREAT WESTERN, AND GUESS WHAT THERE WERE ALOT OF BLACK COWBOYS IN THE 1800’S. ILIKED LET’S DO IT AGAIN AND BUCK AND THE PREACHER, BUT MOST THE BLACK MOVIE GOERS THAT IDEALT WITH DID NOT WANT SUCH FARE THEY WANTED SHAFT’S BIG SCORE OR BRUCE LEE. AND THAT IS WHAT THE FLORIDA AND IMPERIAL BOOKED BOTH ABC THEATRES. I WONDER IF THE BOOKED OUT OF THE CAROLINAS LIKE WE DID.

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Mike Rogers commented about Hilltop Drive-In on Sep 30, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I REMEMBER DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS IN THE 70’S THE HILLTOP PLAYED I KNOW FOR SEVEAL WEEKS;WHICH IS SORT OF UNHEARD OF THE WESTERNS THEY CALL ME TRINTY AND TRINTY IS STILL MY NAME,,, I WONDER IF THESE TWO COMEDY WESTERNS HAD THE SAME RESPONSE FROM MOVIE GOERS. IN OTHER CITIES OR WAS IT JUST SOMETHING BEACUSE I REMEMBER ADS SAYING AUGUSTA WON’T LET THEM GO.

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Mike Rogers commented about Gaston Mall Theatre on Sep 30, 2009 at 9:38 pm

WHEN FOR YOUR EYES ONLY OPEN AT THE GASTON MALL THEATRE JOHN MACKEY CALLED AND TOLD YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT THE LOCAL PAPER IS MAKING ME DO? I HAVE TO DRAW A SKIRT ON THE BOND GIRL IN THE AD.
IT WAS PRETTY SUGESTIVE AD AS ANY 007 FAN CAN REMEMBER. I SAW THE SKIRT HE DREW ON WITH A MARKER AND I WISHED I WOULD HAVE SAVED ONE.

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Mike Rogers commented about Gaston Mall Theatre on Sep 30, 2009 at 9:38 pm

WHEN FOR YOUR EYES ONLY OPEN AT THE GASTON MALL THEATRE JOHN MACKEY CALLED AND TOLD YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT THE LOCAL PAPER IS MAKING ME DO? I HAVE TO DRAW A SKIRT ON THE BOND GIRL IN THE AD.
IT WAS PRETTY SUGESTIVE AD AS ANY 007 FAN CAN REMEMBER. I SAW THE SKIRT HE DREW ON WITH A MARKER AND I WISHED I WOULD HAVE SAVED ONE.