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Visited the State Lake only a few times, all from the standpoint of a visiting usher in the middle sixties during their “Mary Poppins” run. B&K often swapped their ushers about downtown when one of their theatres were short. I normally worked at the Roosevelt, but did manage to work for a day or two at all the “Big Four” B&K theatres downtown. (UA, Chicago, S-L, and of course, Roosevelt)
Thanks for the memories. I ushered at the Roosevelt in the middle sixties as my first job. She’ll always hold a place in my heart, lots of great times.
The big draw during my employment was GOLDFINGER, Bond films were hot back then and Goldfinger drew lines waiting to get in, (out in the freezing winter cold yet) all the way around the block, sometimes even reaching the United Artists. I remember some moviegoers being quite confused as to which theatre the line was for. We ushers sometimes worked 11 hour days to handle the Goldfinger crowds, and we had to actually seat people to fill the theatre to capacity. Those were the days…