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If memory serves me right, the balcony was closed right after the last shooting, or shortly after it. This was some time in the late 1970’s. I was in the projection booth with my dad watching a Bruce Lee movie. The balcony was packed with people when the shooting happened.
Somebody got up to use the bathroom, and when he returned someone else took his seat. The shooting was not the first incident in the balcony, but it was the last. After that day the balcony was always closed.
Normally I do not post. I was actually looking for pictures of this theater to email my dad for Christmas, and stumbled on this thread.
I have special memories of this theater. My dad was the projectionist for the last 20 years of the theater’s life.
I was there when the last show played in December 1988, then my dad shut the equipment down…for the last time (very sad night for me). I grew up in this great former movie palace, and sincerely hope someone will renovate
her one day.