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In response to Michael Coate’s statement that “2001: A Space Odyssey” never played at White City Cinema in Shrewsbury, Ma. I need to reply that no matter what the newpaper advertisement states, the fact is that the movie never played at Showcase Cinemas on Southbridge St. in Worcester. Perhaps there may have been a bidding war happening at the time of publication and White City Cinema won out over Showcase. I’m sticking to my guns on this one because I was there.
In 1964 when the theater first opened, Mary Poppins was the first movie there. Second was The Sound Of Music, but the third movie really blew me away: 2001: A Space Odyssey. Considering the enormous size of the single screen, the state of the art sound system and the fact that I was only 14, I came away with a greater appreciation of classical music since Stanley Kubrick used that ingredient throughout. One added note: I first read about 2001 in a Howard Johnson Restaurant menu. That restaurant was located next to Spag’s in Shrewsbury.