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I remember skipping a catholic class for my first Comunion to see The Spider Vs The Fly at the Garmar on a Saturday Afternoon and lying to my parents about it. I actually ate a few times at The French Cafe on Whittier Blvd with Bruce and Jerry Smith. I also remember sneaking a transistor radio in the show to listen to the Dodgers Vs. the Yankees in the 1963 World Series and having the radio taken from me and not given back to me till the movie was over. The girl who worked at the Garmar was named Carol Jarvis who also went to Montebello High and I was plenty mad!
Dave, I remember you. I was a sophomore in the band when you were a senior with Robert Ulrich as the band teacher and also knew about Randy Donaldson a friend of mine who I currently see at the casinos, David Kauffman and Sandy Rubay! You probably did not know who I was at the time but us new kids knew all about the seniors.
Born, I remember the Vic Tanny’s and Stan’s. I graduated from Montebello High 1970. Paul, I remember the bowling alley on Pomona and Atlantic but I thought it was called Triangle Bowl. Not really sure. There was also a car wash, Gardunos and I think a National Lumber store there near the bowling alley and Kaiser clinic.
ELA, if you stood outside the theater the lunch counter was to the left of the ticket stand. I also recall playing pinball in a small bowling alley near the Golden Gate. It all seems like a dream now.
I loved the Golden Gate also but I even though less refined, The Center to me was the coolest of Whittier Blvd theaters. What was cool about the Center was the they had a lunch counter in addition to the snack bar and it served burgers and fries and the public outside of the theater could also eat fom the lunch counter as it was two-way into the theater and out on Whittier Blvd. Never saw anything like it. Of course ny biggest thrill was The Three Stooges appeared live to introduce their movie, The Three Stooges Meet Hercules. They actually walked from back of the theater down the ailse to the stage to introduce themselves. I got to shake Moe’s hand. To us little kids it may as well have been the Beatles! After going to any of the boulevard shows, me and my cousin would go to the White Front Department store on Olympic. My cousin got his first job at the Johnson’s market. I also remember seeing 13 Ghosts at the center with those cool 3-D glasses.
I forgot about the Vouge which was the closest theater to me. Does anyone remember The Center which was a theater that was between the Golden Gate an The Boulevard theaters on Whittier Boulevard? I saw the Three Stooges there live when they were introducing the movie “ The Three Stooges Meet Hercules. To us little kids this was like seeing the Beatles. I got to shake hands with Moe as they went from the back of the theater to the stage, walking down the aisle. The snack bar served burgers and fries because it also was connected to the outside street of Whittier Blvd. and anyone could by the food in or out of the theater. I never saw anything like it again!