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As a five year old I sat in my Grandparent’s front window and watched the crane swing a wrecking ball into the walls of the Daly City Theater. Many times my Grandfather and I walked across the street to watch the demolition up close. I love the photo that kenmc posted!
I also remember the black & white nudie movies they showed in the late 60’s and early 70’s. They were so corny it was laughable!
As a child I saw two Cinerama films at the Orpheum. I agree with “edison school jack” above that nothing comes close today. Most people have no idea what Cinerama was.
My future brother in law worked at the Moffett during High School. He’d never let us in for free.
On June 3, 1974 Savoy Brown played an outdoor concert at the Sundowner Drive In. Their opening act was a relatively new band called Kiss!
A stage was built in front of the movie screen. We had to wait until almost 11PM for the show to start since the bands arrived at 10:00 on the Northwest flight from Seattle. The sun didn’t set until midnight so the first part of the show was in daylight.
I was 10 years old in 1963 when I saw Ann Margaret in “Bye-Bye Birdie at the Palm Theater. It was the moment i discovered girls……
In the 1960’s strips of matinee tickets were sold at a low price in elementary schools in San Carlos and Belmont just before summer vacation began. Kids could go to a weekly show at the Carlos which included two cartoons, a Three Stooges short, and a kids movie. The theater was usually so packed that many kids would have to sit in the aisles and on the steps. There must have been little concern for fire laws in those days!
In the later 1960’s Friday and Saturday nights were rough at the Carlos. Teenagers used to fight and set off firecrackers during the show. This eventually let to a helmeted San Carlos police officer being stationd inside the theater to maintain order.
As a child I could see the flashing “Belmont/Bel-Art” sign from my bedroom window. The sign was high enough to stick up over the buildings on El Camino and Old County Road.
In 1964 the kids in our neighborhood filled the theater when “Hard Day’s Night” was shown. I also recall seeing “My Fair Lady” there.
“2001” played so long at the Century 21 that we must have seen it ten times. After it closed, “Woodstock”, was shown forever. I’ll never forget how the theater was filled with pot smoke for every showing of Woodstock. The entire audience was always stoned from 2nd hand smoke.
My friends and I were regulars at the Century 21 all through high school.