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In the late seventies, I lived in one of the small apartments above the Glen. Just before film time the smell of popcorn would waft through the building. The projectionist’s booth was a short walk across the flat roof. In the theater’s basement was a small shuttered bowling alley. That arrangement reminded me of the old Villard theater in Villa Park, designed by the same people, Betts and Holcomb.
I remember the Villard well. Growing up in Villa Park, we’d save money that we earned collection emply pop bottles in the neighborhood. When we had 25Â¢ we had enough for a Saturday matinee.
The last film I recall seeing there was “Target Zero” (1955) and seem to recall the sound of movie was interspersed with the sounds of the bowling alley beneath the theater.