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I can only remember going to the TOWER THEATRE once — the summer of ‘56. And then it was gone. Seems to me it was near the Riverside Hotel on South Virginia, maybe a block North on the other side of the street. I think I remember it being a somewhat “lower class” theatre.
Thanks for reminding me of the MIDWAY DRIVE-IN — getting smuggled in with my cousin in the trunk, trying to stay awake for the dusk-to-dawn shows. Happy days.
Re Old theaters in Reno, Nevada
I lived there from 1959 to 1966, and spent summers before that. No Nevada Theater by that time.
The Tower went out around 1957 or ‘58. It was on the seedy side. No balcony.
My favorite theater was the Majestic, handsdown. It had a double staircase up to a great balcony. The architecture was elaborate, like an old castle. My cousin Linda was the head usherette,so cousin Jesse and I never paid. Mr. Workman asked us to leave a few times when we were ditching school.
The Granada was two blocks west. It was somewhat larger, and a notch above the Majestic, but the back seats sloped upwards — not a true balcony. We saw “Psycho” there — Positively No One Admitted After Start Of Movie!
The other theater in town was the Crest — very, very small. It was the most expensive because all the seats were loge, and “better” movies were screened — South Pacific, Oklahoma, Sound of Music. It did have a small balcony — cramped.
Of all the places I’ve lived, Reno is #1 — The Biggest Little City In The World. O if money were no object.