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Ha ha…. I remember going there to watch “Naughty” Movies.
I found an Olympic speaker at a garage sale, and bought it for a dollar… I held onto it for the longest time. Wish I still had it now.
I remember in 1973, the Exorcist ran at the Brentwood and the Ellisville, for quite some time. I was an usher at the Ellisville at the time, and was ask to “Help” at the Brentwood by directing traffic in the parking lot… it got crazy on the weekends. It was cold!
I worked for AMC in the early 70’s… A perk of working for AMC, was you could watch a movie at any AMC movie house for FREE… I remember a continuous Midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, what had quite the following.
I always liked the look of the Kirkwood.
I worked there when I was 16 to 18. So the time frame would be 1971 / 1973. The manager was this old guy that never smiled. We had a guys and girls changing rooms upstairs. The guys turned theirs into a sort of lounge to hang out during breaks. I worked mostly as an Usher, but also did the Ticket Booth. I never worked the Concession â€" back then it was usually girls that worked the Concession.
We wore Black Pants, White shirts and Blue Suit Coats.
There were Rectangle Chrome Frame benches in the lobby with green cushions.
Many of the movies had quite a lot of people.
I remember sometimes hanging out behind the screen… the screen and speakers were huge.
There was a HUGE lighted sign by Manchesterâ€¦ we had to climb a ladder up to the sign and stand on a platform putting letters up with a stick. Not a place for people afraid of heights.
I also worked the Brentwood and Manchester Cine’s.. They too are now gone.