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I can remember my stepmother taking my hand as we walked into the Paramount. As a tot of six or seven I was overwhelmed by the opulence. I recall red-velvet ropes leading you to the Grand Staircase. This was 1943/44. To this day at age 66, the memories of the Paramount, Lowe’s Valentine, Pantheon, State, Rivoli linger on, never to be forgotten. BobnDenver.
What a treat to go to The Cooper. Humongous screen, magnificent sound, great sight-lines. My friend and I would go frequently just to watchtthe drapes move. My favorite experience there was watching “Thats Entertainment” playing to a full house and participating with the audience as we broke out into spontaneious applause during the film while watch scenes like Gene Kelly splashing around in “Singing in the Rain” etc. etc. I’m filled with gratitude for having had those moments. BobnDenver
Mr. Hooper, thanks so much for the photo’s. I used to live in a studio apartment off 15th ave and Geary Blvd after doing time in the Army in the mid-sixties. I couldn’t afford a TV so I’d save my extra cash and take in a movie at the Alexandria. “Oliver” etc. By the way……the studio apartment was $85.00 a month. Tee Hee.
Been living in Denver since 1972 and we’ve lost many of the old movie palaces. We’ve managed to hang onto the Paramount downtown and our Great Lady called the Mayan on South Broadway. It’s owned by Landmark and show’s art-films. It was once a huge single screen now its three. The two screens upstairs are extremely uncomfortable as your knees are in your face its soooo tight, not to mention the “rake” of the stairs to get to the rows of seats. I’ve seen many a patron take a tumble. Thanks again for the photo’s. Bob in Denver.
Growing up in Phoenix I remember fondly spending many hours at the Orpheum/Paramount. Seeing “War of the World’s” and the first Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis films. Was always fascinated by the ceiling filled with stars and clouds.
Also remember the Fox, Rialto, Strand, Vista, Guild and Phoenix theaters. That was wayyyy back when it was FUN to go downtown on the #11 Encanto Bus and spend Saturday or Sunday afternoon in an “Air Cooled” movie palace. Bob Wasserman 10/20/04
I was born in Toledo, Flower Hospital, 1938. We moved in 1948 however, I vaguely remember the Eastwood/Westwood. I certainly remember The World Theater on Dorr Street as well as the Dixie. The Dixie showed primarily black artist films. Also remember the Paramount, The Rivoli, Tivoli, Esquire, Lowe’s Valentine……and the Maumee Drive In Theater. I think the speakers were on top of the screen and you had to keep your windows down to hear……and fight off the mosquitoes. I remember The State as well. And possibly something called The Pantheon(?)
Bob Wasserman 10/20/04
My very first trip to the movies with my Aunt Rose may have been 1943 at the Fox Theater. My sister and I saw “Bambi”. I remember growing up as a kid and attending the Lew King Saturday Rangers Show at 9AM. We’d see a cartoon, coming attractions, news-reels, serials and full length kid features like “Lassie” etc. etc.
I saw my first Cinerama film there, “Beneath the 12 mile Reef” about 1953. Before relocating to another city as an adult, the last film I saw there was just after I was discharged from the Army in 1963. I believe the film was “Goldfinger”. Other theatres we remember, The Orpheum, Studio, Rialto, Strand, Vista, Cinema Park and Indian Drive In Movies.
Thanks to all for making this piece of nostalgia possible. Bob Wasserman, 10-19-04.