Cozy Theater

216 E. Main Street,
Campbellsville, KY 42718

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Wayne Wells owned the Cozy in the 1960s. The current occupant is Visions Glass Etching.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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ElCazadorDiablo
ElCazadorDiablo on August 6, 2013 at 1:16 am

I saw Star Wars here late in late summer of ‘77 at age 9.

I had a friend saw it in June of ‘77 and the impact it had on him was quickly shared, I began a campaign of begging to see it (evil grin!).

It worked, I was able to sweet-talk a grandparent into it when I was actually a bit young for the movie ;)

(I also saw Rocky here… year prior…)

We always got 2 weeks with grandparents in summer in Campbellsvlle (1 for sure!)… my PaPaw, a WWII POW would not see Rocky with us, he didn’t like violent films.

He sat out Star Wars too, but he was very tired from work that night I think, he had a tough job which also is why he had left Morristown, TN for Campbellsville for a few years. (being a Deacon in the local Baptist church, he may have been obligated that night for church which we spoiled grandkids were not made to go, that night)

I think when my brother, Grandmother and me showed up for Star Wars… the teenagers running the place were disgruntled, think it was a very slow Wednesday evening… we were the first patrons.. they wanted to just close and go home… but, they sold us tickets after initially saying “no”… we were the only ones in the whole theater?… maybe 2-5 others showed up and sat in the lower section.. I seem to remember we sat in a balcony?… I felt like I was flying as the X-Wings tore into the Death Star’s trench from up there! ;)

The Cozy was aging when we went… I remember a seat with duct tape, that I was originally to sit in and my grandmother saw it and we moved to clean, soft seats (whew!).

Even just a year later, we visited there and the theater seemed so small then… maybe it was a re-release of Star Wars?… the magic was gone then though…

… but for that first showing of Star Wars, I was so entranced I had no clue the theater was small, the seats worn nor the sound “not even Dolby”… it was an experience unlike anything I had prior nor since.

My world dissolved away and I was IN the movie those precious minutes of my life in the little Cozy Theater!

Now I’m 45 and work for NASA in combustion devices at Marshall Space Flight Center… I’m still trying to build an X-Wing fighter and mark my words, I will.

;)

I’m no George Lucas hater, trust me.

I owe George Lucas a big thanks for the fun he gave me as a kid, and I’ll never forget that nor be ungrateful.

And, the little Cozy is a piece of cinema history and my life.

Rock on, Cozy Theater!

(you are still there in my mind and always will be!)

-Terry

(time for some Scoop-O-Doo ice cream folks!)

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