February 24, 2015
Here I am, a high school junior, working the concession at the Ashton-A Theater in 1954.
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The building of this theater was a huge event in this little village. I remember that first they poured the concrete foundation and it sat there for a year or more because they could finance the building of the structure itself. The cement was really smooth and slanted downward to where the screen would be located and we would put on our sidewalk skates and glide on this sloping floor – it was like silk…down we would glide. We loved it. When the theater was finally built it was the pulse of the village. Farmers would come in to town on Saturday night, drop the kids off at the theater and the mothers would shop and dads would go to the tavern or pool hall, or just sit out front and chat with the towns people about the crops and latest news. It was straight out of a Hollywood movie.