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Monday, May 18, 2015

Every Inchie Monday, Day 138 and a Trip Back in Time

     Every Inchie Monday's word this week was "movie".  I had several pretty good ideas, but the one that won out was a memory.  Aren't all good ideas woven in old memories in some way?
     I grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina.  At the time there was only one theater of quality in the area.  If we wanted to go to a movie, we went to the Carolina theater.  Then it was safe for mom to drop us off and pick us up in a couple of hours.  Lots of weekends were spent there while she shopped.  We also went to many movies as a family.  I saw The Jungle Book and most of the Disney classics there.  I swooned in my seat to all of Elvis's movies.  Our school took a class field trip to see The Sound of Music.


     The smell of hot (horribly bad for you) buttered popcorn lingers in my mind.  At the time it was the only place you could get Milk-Duds.  My mom loved them so much she would clean out her purse before going and then fill it with packages of milk-duds so she could have them at home.
     I went on my first date there.  It was a play and not a movie, but it was there.  Holding hands and  uh, well, it was there.
     The theater has claim to a lot of firsts.  It was built in 1927 and was the first and only building at the time to have air conditioner in the entire state!  At one time the balcony was "reserved" for blacks.  It was nearly torn down until a group of people raised money to save it.
     Inside there were these wonderful ornate pieces of architecture.  Elaborate statues in alcoves along the wall.  The seats were a deep red velvet sort of material.   The curtains were huge and posh - more red velvet.    There was an organ that announced the shows.  It was (and probably to some degree still is) GRAND.
     My poor inchie pales in comparison to the memories this place brings.  But it would take more than an inch to capture this piece of my history.
     Thanks for dropping by.  You know, I probably wouldn't see as many movies as I do nowadays if it weren't for Netflix and the convenience, but I can't help think I have lost something of the experience that the DVD and microwave popcorn have replaced.  Have a great day! 

9 comments:

  1. What wonderful memories to have &, as you say, you cannot fit all of that into an inch!
    Sally

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  2. Great inchie. The old movie theaters were great and a lot cheaper than now. I know what you mean about Netflix and the microwave popcorn.

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  3. I love your post, the visual memories that you painted and showed were so awesome, I can tell that you have a lot of love from that theater! Great work!

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  4. great memories of those old theatres. we had two in my town, the palace and the capital, with fabulous carved ceilings. Now parking lots. so sad. you have evoked an era with your inchie. well done.

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  5. Great memories in your post and a terrific idea for the inchie

    Love Chrissie x

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  6. Loved reading your trip down memory lane. It brought back some fond memories for me as well!

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  7. Such a good idea! It's darling and fun! Sarah.

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  8. What lovely memories,and a great inchie.

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  9. What lovely memories,and a great inchie.

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