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A favorite of mine in the 60s and 70s — brought back old films such as Gunga Din and Zulu for the Clark’s trademark double features.
The Clark was easily the most interesting “experience” in the Loop: by 1971 or 72, not the safest place to watch a film — on a Friday night I once watched a pickpocket ring make the rounds of sleeping drunks, going through their pockets. When I mentioned it to the manager, he shrugged and said he couldn’t do much about it. At this point two of the pickpockets came out to the lobby and spoke to two other guys. Four heads turned my way and the manager said, “I don’t think you’re safe here right now.” But it was okay: I had already seen the movie twice.
The Bugg was my favorite theater in my childhood. I went there with my parents, sometimes three times a week because they changed the double features that often. I saw third-run films of the time (the 50s) and “old” movies that introduced me to Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Rita Hayworth, Spenser Tracy. There was always something to see at the Bugg. I went there more than any other theater. The popcorn was better than the North Center’s.