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Man-o-Man guys, I agree the Banco was a mess, the floor was always sticky & the place always seemed “DDD” (dark,dank & dirty),but the Banco & Regent was the only movie theaters in our neighborhood,AND! they would let a bunch of 12 & 13 yr old boys go in by themselves from ‘70-'73, to see the latest Karate & Blaxploitation movies. We could care less what the decor was when we got to see the latest Bruce Lee movie or nudity in the Blaxploitation movies,lol. We never brought anything to eat or drink from there for 3 reasons #1:everything looked old and nasty, #2:there was never anybody behind the consession stand, and #3:we never had any money left over to buy anything anyway. OMG! Thinking back now,#3 was probably the biggest contributing factor why we never got anything to eat or drink there, hmmm, thank God for small favors huh? lol. However, the Banco still provided great growing up memories for me.
My name is ken williams and I’m a life long bed-stuy resident,
I’ve been trying to locate a picture of the old apollo theater
for use in a project with the new owners of the mcdonalds thats located there now.
If it’s not too much to ask, do you think I could possibly get a copy of your sister’s picture of the apollo?
One of the son’s (nicholas) of the apollo’s owner (mr. bowen)
was a classmate and friend of mine at our lady of victory school
3 blks from the theater. Unfortunately we did'nt stay in touch.
Anyway, I can be reached at [email]
Thanks for any assistance you may be able to provide.
Hey Melvin j.
I only went to The Duffield a couple of times in the early ‘70s so i can’t speak on it, BUT!, i’ll have you know that my friends and i, growing up on Macon st., loved The Banco and The Regent Theaters. They were the only local theaters that we could get into at that time ('70-'73) to see the latest blacksploitation and karate movies.
And trust me, we paid $2.50 to see 2-3 of the latest movies on saturdays and sundays, not to wallow in the splendor,decor or charm of the place.