In The Middle

When I was growing up in a little town in the Piedmont region of South Carolina during the 50s, the movie theater was the most important entertainment outlet. Movies were inexpensive and changed several times a week. Popcorn was a necessity as was a Coke, although sometime my brother and I would have been given just enough money for the popcorn. Occasionally there were ushers who showed you to your seat, using a flashlight. Other times, if you had lost something in the theater, they would go back to where you had been seated and would use the flashlight to locate the missing item. Frequently, when you sat down to watch the movie, it had already begun. Movie times were never posted so one never knew exactly what time a feature was to begin, unless it was the first one of the day. The start time was irrelevant as a patron simply went at whatever time suited his/her schedule and stayed until you got to the place where you had started in the previous showing. When you left the theater, you analyzed what you had seen and put it together in your mind from start to finish and mentally said, “Oh, now I see.”

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About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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2 Responses to In The Middle

  1. Anonymous says:

    YEEEES, IT WAS THE SAME THING IN ITALY TOO AND SOMETHING THE MATCHING OF THE 2 PARTS WAS A LONG CONVERSATION PIECE WITH THE OTHER MOVIEGOERS,,IN ORDER TO FIND AN AGREEMENT…LOL HUGS EIDO

  2. Anonymous says:

    That’s also the way it was at the small theaters when I was a young (50’s – 60’s). I didn’t know any different then, but would never want to do it that way now. Kinda like starting a book part way through and not knowing the what, why, where, who and how of the story origin.

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