A father’s pride.

posted by nycmovieplace on September 15, 2006 at 4:35 am

I was in Italy a couple of weeks ago. I tool my seven year old daughter into Saint Peter’s. I asked her what she thought. She looked around and then said “Is this Rapp & Rapp or Lamb?”. I guess she has been looking over my shoulder too much.

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Karen Colizzi Noonan
Karen Colizzi Noonan on September 15, 2006 at 12:15 pm

Oh my goodness, that is too precious! Yes, our children do learn by watching us – even the smallest details.

My love affair with historic theaters started when my daughter was in Kindergarten and she absorbed the jargon and minutia like a little sponge. The day we walked into the Stanley Theater in Utica NY and she said, “Hmmm, looks like a Lamb to me”. I just about burst with pride as the theater management looked on in disbelief.

It was probably just a guess on her part, but she guessed right. I knew that she was getting an education that few children receive as she tagged along with me from town to town looking at theaters and meeting fascinating people!

GaryParks on September 16, 2006 at 3:41 pm

Very, VERY cute story! When I, in an advanced reading group in 2nd grade, started reading Greek and Roman mythology, my Dad taught me the three Classical orders of column capitals—Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. He unleashed a monster, for, whenever we would be driving around the Los Angeles metropolitan area, I would bark-out the various column types whenever I’d spot them. At some point around that time, when telling me some anecdote about his childhood moviegoing experience in Waterbury, CT, he remarked that the biggest movie theatre in town, Poli’s Palace (Lamb, 1922, though Dad was unaware of that) had a line of Corinthian columns all across its facade. Dad had last seen that theatre circa 1936. When I visited that same theatre on my first Theatre Historical Society Conclave in 1990, sure enough, there they were, Corinthian columns on the Palace’s facade! Amazing what we retain in our memories.

carolgrau on September 22, 2006 at 4:54 am

It was Rapp & Rapp & Lamb in a former life getting the groundwork ready for the future. Children today are so wonderful, and are like little sponges, just soaking up everything. Great story.

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