I did. This contest made me think back to my childhood, growing up in the Bronx (a borough of New York City) in the 1950's and 1960's.
Back in the 1950's and 1960's, instead of going to the local shopping mall and going into an cinema with multiple screens, you went to a local movie theatre. There was one screen, and you got two pictures for your admission fee.
My parents were far from wealthy, and we rarely went to a movie. But when we did, it was a big event. This is a picture of the local movie theatre in my childhood neighborhood in the Bronx. Several blocks away was a bigger theatre.
But the best one of all was the Loew's Paradise. I graduated from elementary and junior high school there.
Where I live, near Binghamton, New York, there are no more family theatres. The remains of some, abandoned for years, exist, slowly crumbling.
So what better thing would there be to do on a cold winter's day in upstate New York than to sit down and write an essay so that I can own my very own movie theatre.
No, I'm not going to write that essay. But I am so intrigued by this contest, I wanted to share it with my readers.
I am not a cinema buff but perhaps one of my readers is. And I know at least one of my readers lives in Maine. So..(disclaimer: I do not know these people, and I am only reporting something I saw online. I am not at all connected with this contest or responsible for it in any way.)
To quote from the Temple Theatre website:
" The Temple Theatre is at the center of Market Square in historic downtown Houlton, Maine. The Temple building is over 6000 sq. ft. on each floor, built to last in 1918 of wood, steel, and brick as a proud architectural addition to Houlton.....
- The theatre and building are in fully operational condition.
- The theatre has run almost continuously since 1918. There is space and approved plans for expansion of theatre space.
- The Temple Theatre is the quintessential small town movie theatre. There is steady attendance and good community support for the theatre."
Houlton, Maine is a town of about 6,000 close to New Brunswick on the Canadian border. At one time, it was rich due to its logging and potato farming industries. Those times have passed.
I have to wonder about a town that still has a neighborhood movie theatre. What an interesting town it must be.
Would you like to own a movie threatre? Do you remember local theatres?