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ccrowdus commented about Capitol Theatre on Mar 20, 2005 at 7:39 pm

As a young 4th grade cadet at Castle Heights in 1958 I went with a couple of buddies to see the movie, “The Blob” starring Steve McQueen at the Capitol. Its poster showed how the red-colored blob would be taking over everything in its path—definitely something I wanted to see.

As a native Chicagoan, it was to be the first movie I’d see in the South, and I was looking forward to it. My Southern classmates were equally excited.

When we bought our tickets, I asked the box office clerk to give us seats to the “colored balcony” because I didn’t want to see the movie in black and white. Both the clerk and my buddies quickly assured me that the movie would be in color on the main floor of the theatre. When we got into our seats my buddies told me what “colored balcony” meant…

It was my first awareness of segregation.

Clark Crowdus