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I don’t know if the Brady Bunch were there for the opening, but there is a connection. There was a special screening (I think it was “Charlotte’s Web”) and two of the cast members (Pretty sure it was Barry Williams and Christopher Knight) were there and handing out records (45s) after the movie.
I grew up in Tacoma. Mom used to take my brother and I to the Pacific Science Center or the Woodland Park Zoo. We were riding the monorail one time and saw the marquee sign that said “2001” was playing. We begged her to take us. I was bored to tears; was expecting spaceships and got monkeys. (Saw the list of movies in a previous comment; this must have been ‘74.) But I never forgot it.
Twenty-odd years later, I was living in Seattle. By then I’d seen the movie on TV (uncut, no commercials, at least once) and come to appreciate it. Even read the book. I saw it was playing someplace downtown, and I hadn’t seen it on a big screen since that first time, so I went. I was amazed that it turned out to be the same theater. I sat in the same part of the theater, maybe the same seat. I noticed things about the movie I’d never seen before. Combined with the feeling of personal nostalgia, it was one of the best movie experiences of my life.