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From August 1968 to June 1972, I worked as an usher, doorman, and then assistant manager at the Delman Theatre in Dallas during my junior high/high school years. The Dallas and Houston Delmans played many of the same movies of course. The Dallas Delman was also the location of Adelman’s General Manager, Harry Sachs. Each night all of the Delman theatres in Texas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee would call in their box office figures to us and we would place them under Mr Sachs' door.
Your father would occasionally stop by. Very regal, sharp.
SSwank: The more I think about it, I think it was in 1969 that she filled in and was about to get married. Was that Sallie?
SSwank: I worked there from August 1968 to June 1972. Did she have blonde hair? I think there was an older girl, named Sallie(?), who had worked there before I came. I think that after I started working there,she would occasionally fill in for somebody. I want to say this was probably 1970 and she was about to get married.
Mr. Harry Sachs, the General Manager of Adelman Theatres,was a wonderful, kind person.
My sister worked at the Delman before I did. She got me the job there as a doorman/usher. I was 14. During my first few months there,my mother didn’t like for me to change the marquee if it was raining and also wouldn’t let me work during the Easter holiday. As a result, the manager rightfully fired me. My sister, who was working at another theatre, took me to see Mr. Sachs and explained that my mother was crazy. Mr. Sachs hired me back without telling the manager, who wasn’t happy about it initially. I eventually became the manager’s right hand man and his assistant manager. The manager and I became very close, he was like a father to me.
I have always been grateful to Mr. Sachs for giving me a second chance. He passed away in 1971, I believe, from cancer. Beautiful man.
I was the City Manager for Plitt Theatres in Waco in 1980 to early 1982. The Diamond Point was one of the theatres, along with the new twin inside Richland Mall, the twin “on the hill” overlooking the mall, and the 25th Street theatre.
It was a single screen when I managed it in 1979, 1980.
I was the manager of the Ridgewood Theatre in 1979 through the summer of 1980. At the time it was a dollar theatre owned by Plitt. It was well kept. People were always commenting about how nice it was “for a dollar theatre.” In the summer of 1980 the Dallas area experienced a record number of consecutive 100+ temperature days, and during that period the electricity went out one day and all the candy melted!!!
The style was modern. Wonderful balcony (where you could smoke!!!). I was told that prior to the Supreme Court civil rights rulings, persons of color were required to sit in the balcony, but I don’t know if that was in fact true. It also had a “cry room” upstairs for moms with babies.
In its heyday, the Delman was one of the top suburban theatres, along with Northpark, the Esquire, and the Inwood.
The last manager I worked for there was a gentleman from Memphis whose claim to fame was that he had fired Elvis Presley when Elvis was an usher at one of the Memphis theatres in the 1950’s.
I moved out of town in the late 70’s. When I returned in 1994 the theatre was gone. There was an auto dealership there and behind it alongside the Tollway was a large apartment complex. The street which ran in front of the theatre was itself gone! I believe the street was called Raleigh.
I worked at the Delman Theatre from 1968 to 1972. It was located at Lemmon Ave at the North Dallas Tollway, not at the Hackberry address. During my time there we had first run, city exclusive on the following movies: Easy Rider, Romeo & Juliet, The Love Bug, and The Last Picture Show. The theatre was originally owned by Adelman Theatres. The general manager for Adelman Theatres, Mr. Harry Sachs, also had his offices there. Adelman Theatres from across Texas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee would call in each night with their box office numbers. Loew’s bought it in 1969 or 1970 and closed it for about 3 months for remodeling. Great place. I started out as an usher for $1.25 per hour and eventually became assistant manager and then acting manager.