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It is my understanding that Ed Gardner (Archie of “Duffy’s Tavern”) was a manager of the Court Square in the late 30’s. I recall seeing many plays there, including “Diamond Lil” with Mae West, “Harvey” with Frank Fay and “Mr. Roberts” with John Forsythe, as well as many vaudeville/film combination shows, all in the late 40’s. Great theater, many memories!!
I recall attending Riverside Drive-in while I was a student at AIC in Springfield during the 40’s. The only speaker system was up in front by the screen so that you had to leave your windows open, no matter the weather. As I recall it showed strictly 2d and 3rd run films. At the same time Riverside Park had a large dance hall down closer to the river (Connecticut River) where most of the “Big Bands” appeared during the summer on Tuesday and Saturday nights.