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Who said Plainview is a village? The mention of Clearview Village related to a development that is located off of South Oyster Bay Road.
This is really too bad. I am surprised that a great town like Northampton cannot support a movie theater!
I went to this drive in with my sisters and their boyfriends at the time. We saw “Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte” which scared the crap out of me. At the pivotal scene in the film where the clock strikes, all of us jumped at the same time and the whole car rocked! After seeing this film I taught myself to sleep with my hands under my pillow so that they could not be chopped off! My Mother, who never forbade us to do much of anything, forbade my sisters to ever take me to another scarey film, as I always took films so much to heart…still do.
i have a long,long history with the Brattle. I went regularly as a student in the 70’s, and I still go to this day, now with my daughter, who is as much a cinefreak as I ever was! A great thing to pass along to your children. Sometimes I think I can see the ghost of the student I was lounging in one of the seats in the fifth row where I always sat. Long live the Brattle, in whatever incarnation.
We were drive-in people. I cannot remember my Dad ever going to the movies in a standard theater. He simply refused. Oddly, he WAS always willing to go to the drive in. When I was a child we went regularly. All 6 of us would pile in the white station wagon. My sisters were older and stayed awake for the whole movie. My brother and I were little and since we always fell asleep, we went in our pj’s with sleeping bags. We bought our own popcorn and sodas. If my sisters had money they
went to the concession stand, probably to check out the boys. The inevitably led to a lecture by my Dad about wasting money. We all listened. My Mom tactfully agreed. They went anyway. I cannot tell you how much fun our family drive-in excursions were. I don’t remember any of the movies, but I do remember those times as some of the happiest of my childhood.
If nothing good was at the Orson Welles, there was always something good at the Central Square.
It was a cramped theater, but the programming was so interesting, I never cared.
Oh,I loved the Orson Welles. It was always an experience to go there. I learned to love baklava there, saw some of the best movies, and always met someone interesting along the way. So many memories I had forgotten.
Of all the theaters I have been to in my life as a cinefreak, this is my favorite one of all. I saw my very first film here, Disney’s Pinnochio. I don’t remember how old I was. I could walk here from my house, and I did often, alone and with friends, to see so many films, I can’t begin to remember all of them. I learned to love movies here. And I fell in love here too for the very first time. Though I see more movies on Netflix than anywhere else now, I still love seeing movies in a theater. I still get that frisson of anticipation when the screen lights up. And I still love that boy, now a man, that I shared so many wonderful films with.
I simply loved this theater. It was an event to come here and see a film. Both of my sisters worked there, so I often caught a ride with them. Sometimes I had to see the film more than once while waiting to go home. I don’t remeber ever minding at all. I saw West Side Story so many times I learned all the words to the songs. It makes me sad to remember such good times.
I went to the Harvard Sq. at least once a week during the 10 years I lived in Boston in the 1970s. I saw most of my very favorite film there, and the theater has a very special place in my heart. It was a one screen theater then, I cannot imagine it as a 5 screen cinema now.
My children and I went to the Bijou regularly. I loved the intimate feel of this theater. Every seat was a comfy one, with a good sightline to the screen. The popcorn was excellent and inexpensive. There was a pizza place close by so pizza and a movie was easy and fun. My daughter and I saw Gladiator there 12 times. Yes, 12 times. We were so sad to see the Bijou close, and I still miss it.