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The theatre had stage productions in the 60s, I was taken to a wonderful “Fiddler on the Roof.”
This was the first place I went to the movies, circa-63 to65. They had a family “G” rated policy. Mostly Disney. Saw “The Glass Bottom Boat” “That Darned Cat” and some others. It was one of the things I hated leaving when we left Park Forest.
When the Valenica closed, there was an article pointing out that it went back to Vaudville Days and Ann Margret had watched “Rebel Without A Cause” there countless times. I saw rereleases of “American Graffitti” there, as well as MASH. Also a terrible Christopher Lee Fu Manchu Movie, and the first Billy Jack movie “Born Losers.” Best of all was “Kansas City Bomber” on a double bill with “Ben.” Compared to the Varsity, it was a real little dump, but it had a great location and from the comments some real memorable events.