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I was sad to hear of the passing of Eddie Lawrence, the “Old Philosopher”. In the late 1960’s Eddie used to come by the Plaza and try out some of his new material on us. He was a kind and gentle man.
I worked there after graduating high school in 1963 and left after graduating college in 1967.
During the time I worked there Mr. Lopert brought over a foreign language film called “The Hunger”. It had to be the most boring film I ever saw. The typical audience consisted of no more than 5 people. I recall Mr. Evans saying that even for Mr. Lopert this film was pretty far out there.
I worked my way through college from 1963-67 by working at the Plaza. I still have fond memories of my time there and the people I worked with. Polly, Mary, Mr. Evans and Mr. Marx were unforgettable characters. I got to meet several famous people while working there,especially when we hosted movie premiers. I talked to Otto Preminger when his move “Hurry Sundown” received poor reviews. He came to the Plaza about a week after the movie had opened. The theater was usually less than half full. He asked me “How is my movie doing ?” I responded, “Unfortunately no too well”. He looked at me and said, “Well I’ll make another one and maybe the people will like it better.” I was both surprised and amused by his response. I have several more experiences to relate, if anyone is interested.