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tragiclaura commented about Towne Cinema on Nov 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I saw movies here all the time when I was a kid. It was close to the Beckley Junior High School down the street (now closed and turned into something else). We used to walk here after school and see movies. I remember vividly seeing GREASE, which always had lines around the block, the FRIDAY THE 13th movies, PSYCHO II, etc. It was always busy back then. I remember the wallpaper, which was never changed, which was drawings of various early movie stars like Theda Bara and Rudolph Valentino. Many memories.

tragiclaura commented about Crab Orchard Drive-In on Nov 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I came here in the early 80s and saw a double feature of FLASHDANCE and FOOTLOOSE.

tragiclaura commented about Beckley Theatre on Nov 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I grew up in Beckley when this theater was still operating. We moved there in 1977 and the first movie I saw here was STAR WARS. Even then it was a decrepit theater falling apart. We used to joke about what bad shape it was in. I wish I had paid more attention to the details so I could have appreciated more about what it must have been like in its heyday. In the early 80s it showed a lot of horror films, which I always saw. The last thing I saw here was in 1982 when it was running a double feature of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN and FLASHDANCE. I paid once and stayed all day, sitting through both films a couple of times. That’s a fond memory. It was always poorly attended in those last days. Too bad.