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I got my very first job 2 weeks after turning 16 at the Century 21. It was the end of the run of The Shining in the fall of 1980. I loved working there. They would do something grand for certain movies. The regular uniforms were terrible…. thick polyester sailor minidresses for the girls in royal blue with mustard piping. But, when they could, they got us great costumes to wear instead. For Private Benjamin, we all got olive drab army fatigues to wear the entire run. I was heartbroken to learn this theater had gone the way of all the big screens outside of places like Hollywood and London, and that it was first closed, then slated for demolition. I don’t even go to the movies anymore. I cannot stand these tiny TV sized screens. I feel sorry for anyone who hasn’t ever experienced a good movie on a big screen. You cannot come close to the experience in the theaters of today. RIP Century 21.
That photo is nowhere near Glasshouse Square. I worked there through three managers from 1984-1986. They weren’t unionized, so there were no projectionists. The managers had to run the projectors, I was lucky enough to learn how to run the projection booth during my tenure as asst manager. What a fun time of life. Ha ha. Like every theater I worked at in my youth, it was a soap opera.