Movie 1 & 2
324 Front Street,
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This little twin theater was housed in a plain pink cement block building near the Northeast corner of Front Street and Laurel Street. It faced Front Street, and backed-up to the San Lorenzo River embankment. Painted signs advertising the theater–"The Movie 1 & 2"–appeared on the preexisting building when the theater opened February 24, 1984.
There were two large commercial spaces in the building, and the theater was entered via the one on the left. There was a small readerboard at the entrance. The tiny lobby was seen through a large window. Simple graphic posters of Charlie Chaplin, Toshiro Mifune, and several other famous actors were hung in the lobby. The two auditoriums featured plain blue walls and undraped screens. The theater was independently run at its opening by the Snyder family. Larry Snyder went to school in Aptos at the same time as this writer both in Junior High and High School. The theater exhibited art and foreign films. It operated into the 1990’s, but I do not know the closing date. The space houses retail today. Locals often referred to this theater simply as "The Movies."
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