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Throughout the 1940s, the Maryland hosted numerous nationally-known big bands. Not Miller, Goodman, Dorsey, Kyser, or Ellington, but just about everyone else. Ellington’s band appeared at the Strand in Cumberland in 1940. Goodman, Miller, Dorsey, and Kyser at the nearby Crystal Park Ballroom(La Vale) in the ‘30s.
lostmemory—-thank you so much for adding all those great details to my first feeble attempt to write about the Embassy!
Saw “Jaws” when it opened there. Only seats available were on the front row, looking straight up into the largest screen around at the time. Oh, when that head popped up through the sunken boat!
Does anyone know of the existence, up until the ‘60s, of two theaters on/near Court Street, the State and the Onslow? Am I just imagining that, as a kid, I saw ads for them in the Daily News?
Oooops! Let me add that I was talking about my mother, who was from Maysville.
Back in the early 1950s, a country & western singing group she was in, The Miss Trio, won a talent show at the Tryon.
My mother, born in 1930, went to movies at the Oasis in the late 30s/early 40s. A member of a poor family, the Oasis was apparently the bargain theater to go to. She said that she and the other kids referred to it as “The Rat”.