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driver62
144 posts
Dec 10, 2008
6:41 AM
Becky - You are correct about the location of Cassanos on North Main and it's still open.

The Frischs place was empty for awhile then a Tex-Mex place called the Round Up opened there. It's also out of business. They had several shootings there so that probably sped up its demise.
Keugene48
10 posts
Dec 10, 2008
7:13 AM
Allen- I remember Sugar Jets cereal for the simple reason that my little brother put one up his nose and couldn't get it out. My mom took a long time to finally get it out of his 4 year old nose.
Also we went to the Cassano's at Wayne and Wyoming St

Last Edited by on Dec 10, 2008 1:03 PM
SeeDavid
104 posts
Dec 10, 2008
5:48 PM
All Cassano folks: Wasn't the first "Vic Cassano-Mom Donisi's Pizza" in a side shopping place near the Shopper's Fair or Miracle Lane on Salem? I remember going there with my Dad to pick up our orders...red checked table cloths...giant ovens...saw them put the 'pebbles' under the crust on the pie pans. Am I right? ~c
corvettes6
14 posts
Dec 10, 2008
6:26 PM
I think the first vic and mom's was on Schantz across from Neils Rest. Opened about 1948 before the outlying shopping centers.
SeeDavid
105 posts
Dec 10, 2008
10:00 PM
Commercial to think of guys: HEY I WANT MY M A Y P O !!!!!! That cartoon kid in his high chair, and the Dad or Grandpa trying to make whatever he wanted...fast! I was told it was a maple flavored sort of cream of wheat...any thoughts on that? ~C

Thank you corvettes6

Last Edited by on Dec 13, 2008 8:38 PM
driver62
145 posts
Dec 11, 2008
7:42 AM
SeeDavid - Back in the early 1970's, there was a Vic and Moms pizza place on Salem just north of Philadelphia and Good Sam hospital. It was across the street from Miami Hardware. Both buildings are now gone.
Becky73
50 posts
Dec 11, 2008
3:25 PM
OK gang... here is a real Dayton history question. Whatever happened to Dayton's Union Station? My Father was a postal supervisor with the post office before it became the US Postal Service - well, after too. Anyway, when we had only one car we used to drive him every morning to the Union Station. It was in a not so nice section of town and only rarely did we go inside the train station itself. It was an Art Deco beauty in the section I remember. I remember an old style newspaper stand and marble floors and those old art deco ash trays on metal pillars. Is this building still in use? Are there actually passenger trains that stop in Dayton anymore? Would love to walk around inside if it is safe and still in use.
Curt Dalton
71 posts
Dec 11, 2008
8:30 PM
Union Station in Dayton must have been VERY beautiful. According to my research when it opened the citizens were so overjoyed they actually DANCED during its dedication in 1900. It was located at 6th and Ludlow Streets and included a clock tower, a portico along Ludlow Street, five station tracks and three station platforms. In 1931 the tracks were elevated over the streets. As time passed the building began to deteriorate while at the same time passenger trains declined. Most of the building and its clock were demolished during a renovation in 1964. In 1971 Amtrak took over the route and passengers were no longer served afer 1979. The depot ws vacated in 1986 and what little was left was demolished in 1989.
Becky73
51 posts
Dec 12, 2008
7:24 AM
Yes, I remember Throckmortons, but I think the reason I remember it is that I went to school with a girl with that name. I believe it was someone from her family that owned it. Hub Pharmacy rings a bell too. Not sure where that one was. Yes, certain smells can bring back powerful memories. Unfortunately, mine aren't too specific. The smell might take me back to a place in time, but no clue why it was meaningful.

Ahh, those push-up pops. I bought some for my daughters once and they just didn't taste the same. I am partial to the strawberry things with sprinkles on them. I find them every once in a while. I don't know of too many kids who didn't "appropiate" something every once in a while. The fact that you had some shame about it and was punished appropiately probably helped turn you into the good person you are. Whatever happened to good old-fashioned shame and regret?
Becky73
52 posts
Dec 12, 2008
7:29 AM
Union Depot - that is what my Father called it. We have a beautiful old train station here in Cincinnati that they perserved thank heavens. The natural history museum ( Museum Center ) and the historical society inhabit it now and it is a gem! They even preserved part of the old train station where you used to wait for the trains to come in. It is still in use, but in a limited way. My husband and I rode a historical train once and we traveled through it on our way somewhere.

Anyway, I am sorry they tore that place down. It was beautiful. I think my Mother and I boarded a train there once - I was very young so it was probably late 50's early 60's.
JohnC
49 posts
Dec 12, 2008
7:49 AM
Throckmortons was a chain of Hardware / Variety stores. They were all over the greater Dayton area. The Throckmorton Family that owned them was from either West Carrollton, or Miamisburg as I remember. Talk about a part of the past we all miss-the neighborhood hardware store with the guy who ALWAYS knew just what you needed to fix virtually anything.

Yeah, the budding criminals who were never caught and made to understand the error of their ways, usually grew up to shoplift on a higher level. You have to wonder if guys like Kenneth Lay at Enron got their start nicking candy at the local five and dime...
tlturbo
60 posts
Dec 12, 2008
7:51 AM
Throckmortons - I'm not real good with street names from back then, but there was a Throckmortons somewhere near the intersection of Kemp and Spinning Rd. I loved that HI-TECH place. They had one of every item wired to peg boards running down all the isles. There were bins along the top with IBM punch cards and you took one for the item you wanted. Then you took all the cards to the back where they ran them through a "computer" and someone on roller skates ran around the back of the store grabbing all the items and delivered them to you. Was your Throckmortons this way?
Bill68
3 posts
Dec 12, 2008
5:14 PM
Lots of kids met at Mayer's Jewelers record dept at the corner of 2nd and Main in 1965. Went to the Mezzanine at Rike's to hang out. There was a doughnut shop in the Arcade that had some drinks that came in an oddly shaped container. McCrory's had balloons with prices from 1 cent to 39 cents for banana splits. Kresge's had great ham salad sandwiches. Elder-Beerman's was more or less across from McCrory's on Main St and their building wrapped around another building so there was an entrance on Main St. and one on 3rd St. Used to get our clothes at Price Stores and we ate at The Simple Simon. The Psychedelic Grape Night Club. The Diamond Club on Stanley Ave. Maggie's on N. Dixie Dr. The Leisure Time Night Club near Huber Heights. The Cascades near Xenia. McCook's Bowling Alley and the Elder-Beerman's next door to McCook's.
maxed out
60 posts
Dec 13, 2008
3:46 AM
The smells of school.

The ink from the old mimeograph machine
Hot chocolate warming for us patrol boys
and in high school all us boys smelled the same, It was either "Brut" or "Old English" , sometimes "Canoe"
Kinda gross ,but remember when someone vomited it could be smelled all over the school.?
Marck1957
24 posts
Dec 13, 2008
4:51 AM
Maxed out...I had a kid that sat at the desk next to me in first grade that barfed about every day (or at least it seemed that way), directly on the floor next to me. Yes, I can still smell it in my mind, but I won't try to describe it here! The janitor would come up to the classroom and sprinkle sawdust on it and sweep it up. I went to E.J. Brown grade school, and in the hallways they had a vacuum system of sorts that you could clean the old felt chalk erasers at. You would kind of knock the erasers together in front of them and the vacuum would suck up the chalk dust. I seem to remember that task was an honor to perform. Someone picked out of the class for being good, getting good scores on a test, etc. would get the privilage of doing it! I can still smell that too. And, of course, Popcorn Day on Friday. It was 5 cents a bag.

Last Edited by on Dec 13, 2008 4:57 AM
tlturbo
61 posts
Dec 13, 2008
5:58 AM
OK, I have a remerbrance but I don't even know what to call it. I remember it being a big thing amongst us kids in the 50's so this is going back a little - hope that is OK.

The dime stores had many different colors of a thin, flat plastic material about 1/8" across. You would buy 2 colors that went together and would 'weave' neck whistle lanyards (mainly) in different patterns. Kind of like brading pig tails I guess. Depending on how you did it, you could make flat square sections then transition to a round shape then if you got real good, into a shape that would twist like a ribbon. Kind of like macrame in the 60's-70's. Anyone remember this stuff or what it was called?
Speaking about macramae - anyone else make plant hangers, etc out of it?
I also remember a summer day camp soaking reeds in water and weaving them into baskets.
Arts & Crafts - now THERE is a phrase out of the past. Can you imagine us getting young kids today to do this kind of stuff?
Keugene48
11 posts
Dec 13, 2008
7:07 AM
I don't know either what the plastic for making lanyards was called but I made some in Camp Fire girls camp. Yes I did macrame, a big owl thing that I worked on for a whole summer. Also girls would weave potholders on this metal frame with loops of fabric, then graduated to a knitting "machine" that made rounds you supposedly could make into a hat.
Steve K
40 posts
Dec 13, 2008
7:39 AM
tlturbo.... We braided a lot of that stuff in the boy scouts.... I'm thinking it was called "craft strip"? The old stuff had a cloth center, and wasn't real stretchy... the stuff they sell now glows in the dark and has no cloth center, so it distorts pretty bad. Little of what I made is still around, unless my mom has a piece somewhere. I remember braiding a whistle lanyard that had over 128 strands and was a big spiral maybe 2-3 inches in diameter. I haven't braided anything in maybe 15 years, but I suspect my fingers might still remember how to do it, even if my brain doesn't!
Becky73
53 posts
Dec 13, 2008
9:01 AM
Ahh, yes, lanyards. We made them in Girl Scouts back in the 60's at camp. They held our name tags and whistles. As a GS leader I busted out the old lanyard materials and had my troop braiding key chains. My oldest still has hers. Yes, I have seen the neon plastic stuff but I think if you search you can still find the other kind that is much more workable. And yes, I used to do macame ( sp?) I still have an unfinished project from high school art class in the basement. Got an A even though it wasn't done.

Yes, Cincinnati's Union Terminal was a shopping area in its first reincarnation John. That didn't last long but I was there during a Christmas shopping season and it was beautiful. Then it stood empty for a little while before the powers that be in Cincinnati finally made an actual decision and it became the beautiful museum center that it is now. I adore the mosaic "paintings" the wall. They took some down and decorated the airport but kept some where they belonged.
maxed out
61 posts
Dec 13, 2008
2:33 PM
As soon as I hit the post message this morning I knew I screwed up with the smelly stuff. I said Old English, I meant "English Leather ".
Yes Allen I tried the Hai Karate stuff.. It didn't work for me like the commercials. Isn't that false advertising ?
Marck.It was an honor to be allowed to knock the chalk erasers. I still cherish the days that I was chosen to do it.
SeeDavid
106 posts
Dec 13, 2008
3:16 PM
Becky,corvettes6, and anyone else who is interested re: Union Station. Have in our possession a red handbook of "Safety Rules" the "The Dayton Union Railway Co."..Effective Septemeber 15,1959 "Work on or above tracks, buildings, shops and bridges"...See,I have some facts as well as memories. ~c

Last Edited by on Dec 13, 2008 3:17 PM
tlturbo
62 posts
Dec 14, 2008
6:24 AM
Cologne - of course I had all of that. Brut, Canoe, Jade East, English Leather, Hai Karate (HAD to have that as I taught Karate in Centerville)and probably many others. AND I can still smell a girl across a large room if she is wearing Charlie (do any girls still wear Charlie?). YUM.

If you do a search on Lanyards or Boondoogles, you can still find books and materials for the plastic brading.

Curt - did you kill the chat room? I hope you got some decent ideas on your dilema.
Bill68
11 posts
Dec 14, 2008
5:18 PM
Rags' name was Elias Prohaskas or something like that. His brother showed up to claim the body and it was mentioned in the paper. I was working at DP&L in those days and saw Rags frequently on the streets.
Bill68
12 posts
Dec 14, 2008
5:43 PM
In answer to a previous post, Dow and Astrid used to be seen at The Trolley Stop in Oregon. The Parkmoor on N. Main to the Frisch's on Keowee and the Frish's somewhere on, I think, Wilmington was the route we cruised in 1968, 69, 70 era. I had a white Rally Sport 68 Camaro with a black vinyl top and then a 1970 1/2 Z28 Blue with Black stripes. Sigh. I didn't know what I had.
bigbob
60 posts
Dec 15, 2008
8:33 AM
The Psychedelic Grape was on Gettysburg. It had two stages, one on each end of a long building. Two bands would play at the same time. Pretty cool back then.

Last Edited by on Dec 15, 2008 8:34 AM
JackZ
30 posts
Dec 15, 2008
2:00 PM
Maxed-

Who can forget the smell of the copied pages fresh off the mimeograph machine! Mmmmm...

There was another smell I remembered from grade school. I was all the time getting ear infections and bronchitis/pneumonia. I had to spend a number of days after lunch up in my homeroom for fear of going outside and making things worse.

When my classmates came back after recess with their coats, hats and gloves on there was a smell that they carried with them from outside. As weird as it sounds it was a "cold" smell that I'll never forget.
corvettes6
17 posts
Dec 16, 2008
1:54 PM
I remember the Pyschedelic Grape was on Gettysburg Ave. It was the old Bargain Barn just south of Hillcrest West Side The seating and tables were old cable reels. The Leisure Club was on Troy st in Huber Heights and was owned by Bill Leisure who was a Trap Shooter and participated in the Grand in Vandalia in the late 60's early 70's. Good shot too. Remember the parachutes that made up the ceiling in the LT Club.
Keugene48
14 posts
Dec 17, 2008
3:34 PM
The House of Magic was owned by Jim Gemin until sometime in the 70's. Then it was bought by Fred Lemke. My brothers worked there after Fred bought it.
maxed out
62 posts
Dec 20, 2008
8:01 AM
I just read that Bill Stepp has passed away. I had always heard of him in the Dayton area, but the only encounters I had with him was at the Kil Kare dragstrip in Xenia. I always heard he was quite the gentleman. RIP
tlturbo
64 posts
Dec 20, 2008
8:09 AM
I raced against him at Shelby Raceway near Lockington quite a few times and he was always a pretty decent guy to fellow racers at least. His one MOPAR would usually end up beating me but I could get him out of the hole and even losing, I got paid for the run down the track so it wasn't that bad.
Wonder what ever happened to Little Red Riding Hood - his red vette?
I agree RIP
Bill68
16 posts
Dec 20, 2008
5:20 PM
I remember Trimbach's being just north of the traffic circle on N. Dixie. When I was a kid, the little shopping area near there had a Liberals and a W.T. Grant store. I can vaguely remember when the stores were being built. Sandy's Hi-Lo's were great and they had good shakes. I worked at the Dixie Drive-in in late 1965 and early 1966 in the concession stand and then I worked at the North Star Drive-In from Aug 1966 to Mar 1967. I used to get hardware at Wick's and there was a Pink Poodle Restaurant nearby although I was never in it.
Bill68
17 posts
Dec 20, 2008
5:55 PM
How about the Borden's Dairy near downtown? They had a sign on Patterson Blvd with Elsie, Beauregard, and Elmer on a building for years.

Last Edited by on Dec 24, 2008 2:52 PM
bo68chev
22 posts
Dec 20, 2008
7:18 PM
In the late 60's and early to mid 70's, Bill Stepp's race car was "Billy the Kid". We lived next door to his garage on Webster St. when I was a teenager. He was nice to us kids. However, there were some issues that I will not share on this forum.

One memory that is worth sharing is the pro stock challenge that was held at Kil-Kare in the early to mid 70's. There were (4) pro stockers, plus (1) alternate. "Billy the Kid", Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins (Grumpy's Toy), Sox and Martin (Ronnie Sox), and "Dyno" Don Nicholson were the main racers. Bob Lambeck was the alternate. Bill Stepp's car, "Billy the Kid", was a new Dodge Demon that was still in primer. I don't remember who drove his car. His car broke on one of his runs, and he was replaced by the alternate, Bob Lambeck. Bob Lambeck had a blue Duster, and popped a big willy on one of his runs. Sox and Martin also had a Duster. Grumpy Jenkins had a Vega. I think that Dyno Don had a Ford. I am not sure who won it all, but it was quite a night. I am not sure if I have ever seen a larger crowd at Kil-Kare. A friend and I actually got to stand between the cars at the starting line.

I am not sure what happened to "Billy the Kid" Racing after they moved into the former firehouse on North Main St., near Forest Ave. I believe that Bill's son may have run the team then.

I have heard a lot of Bill Stepp stories, and have a few of my own...
tlturbo
65 posts
Dec 21, 2008
5:36 AM
I guess my memory finally failed me HA HA
For some reson I called the Red vette that Bill Stepp had "Little Red Riding Hood". Now that I think about it, it probably was "Billy The Kid". Anyway, I THINK it was about a 65-67 red corvette, maybe earlier.
The Stepp car I ended up racing against at Shelby Raceway in Lockington (near Piqua) was (again by memory) a hemi Challenger or Cuda I think.
For some reason, most of us didn't race at Kil-Kare - not sure why. My first memories of there were the weird altered wheelbase AFX funnny cars with the dual offset carb hemi's and Top Fuel was just breaking into the 7's. I hope everyone has a Wonderful Holiday Season.

Last Edited by on Dec 21, 2008 6:25 AM
JohnC
52 posts
Dec 21, 2008
8:30 AM
I may just be zoning here-but did Bill Stepp live in Moraine at any time? I seem to remember hearing about a Bill Stepp who lived in Moraine and had some vicious dogs that ended up mauling a couple of kids. Like I said, not trying to start any rumours, but I seem to remember that being the guy.
bigbob
63 posts
Dec 22, 2008
5:14 AM
I remember seeing Billy The Kid race at the Nationals in Indy back in the late 60's or early 70's
Bill68
22 posts
Dec 22, 2008
4:23 PM
I was born in August, 1950 so I was 13 when the Beatles were on Ed Sullivan on Feb.9, 1964. The 60's, for me anyway, started that night and ended with the Sharon Tate murder on August 9, 1969. Those were magical years growing up in Dayton. I lived in Northridge and caught a bus near the Frisch's on Keowee, went downtown to Mayor's Records and met the pre-hippie kids there, went to Sears and sometimes had a hot dog at their stand-up counter, met girls on the mezzanine at Rike's and sometimes had a submarine sandwich at the sub shop there. Looked at the latest fashions at Price Stores, Rikes, and the old Elder-Beerman store across from McCrory's. Remember pin-stripe hip-huggers? The girls with long straight hair in 1965? The girls who wore matching tights and sweaters with a short skirt in between? Go-go boots? All the boys used Jade East cologne (which is available again) and sometimes Hai Karate. Lots of Beatle boots, sometimes made of suede, bought at Hardy's on Main St. Picture Simon and Garfunkel on The Sounds of Silence album with jeans and boots. Everyone seemed to have a maroon shirt and frequently a short sleeve Poor Boy sweater in blue or maroon. White levis and Madras shirts. The kids who met downtown tried for that look while the greasers didn't seem to be downtown, but stayed back at their home grounds for the most part.
What I think I miss most are the smells of the Arcade, McCrory's, Kresge's, and the theatres downtown.

Last Edited by on Dec 22, 2008 4:44 PM
Donald Tyrone Adams
4 posts
Dec 24, 2008
7:06 AM
Hello All, please allow me to babble for a couple of
minutes. I have read over 800 posts on this thread, and clung to every word. I remember fondly most of the names and places mentioned here. I was born in Fairborn in 1940,so I am probably older than most of you. My first and second grade of school was at Goes Station, Ohio. We moved to Lytle, OH. in 1948, where I went through my third, fourth and fifth grade. Then Springboro, for the sixth, seventh and eighth. We moved to Kettering in 1955, where I dropped out of my junior year at the old Fairmont on Far Hills. I took a job at Meyers Mkt. at the S.W. corner of Stroop and Far Hills, then worked at McCalls from 1957 to 1972, when we moved to Dallas, TX. We have lived in Corinth, Miss. since 1977. Becky73, I left a note for you on the McCalls question, asking your Mother's name. I also worked in the bindery, so I probably knew her. Anyone who remembers me from these times or places, please contact me here, or my email is donadams@nadata.net
smurfnana
1 post
Dec 29, 2008
7:37 PM
I haven't had time to read all 17 pages yet, as I just registered. So if any of this has been mentioned, sorry. Friday and Saturday nights weren't complete without cruusing Keowee St. Frischs. If you parked, better have a Frischs cup or bag in your hand. They even had a security guard who would walk by and check. I remember him pointing at your car, and all you had to do was hold up your cup.
We used to frequent Timothy's on Brown St. and the one that used to be on E Third that I can't remember the name of.
Before I became "of age", there was the Tempest Teen Club on Linden that held dances every Sunday afternoon. That's one of the places we would go if we didn't feel like going to Skateland or one of the neighborhood movies: Alhambra, Federation, or Belmont theaters. St Paul theater, until it was torn down for 35, would show horror movies on weekends. When they showed King Kong, someone dressed in a gorilla suit ran down the aisles scaring people. They showed a Dracula movie, and "Dracula" flew across the top of the theater on a line. You never knew what to expect. I really miss those days. It is a shame our children and grandkids cannot experience old fashioned fun like we had.
KentuckyGeek
5 posts
Dec 30, 2008
6:59 AM
What was the name of the ice/roller skating rink east of the Dayton Mall. I believe it's now a second hand store.
tlturbo
67 posts
Dec 30, 2008
9:22 AM
I'm trying to remember the name of a theater on N Main. As you were going out N Main, probably a 1/2 mile or so before Forest Park, on the left side was a theater. If my memory is working, there was a place across the street - wanna say The Red Barn?? It was a place you could rent for dances, meetings etc. Anyone know what I'm talking about? If so, what was the theaters name.
SeeDavid
111 posts
Dec 30, 2008
11:16 AM
Tl- Terry: It was the Loew's-Ames.. South of The Old Hickory, too. Red Barn building is just S. of it still... Dave thinks it is the Dayton Education Association Credit Union. (or near abouts). I guess I will have to goofle. Be Back. Found it, 1013 N. Main, about at the Exit from SB 75 to Main St. ~c

Last Edited by on Dec 30, 2008 6:40 PM
SeeDavid
112 posts
Dec 30, 2008
4:51 PM
Becky & Bil68: Becky, I am certain that you and I remember those MOD clothes Bill is talking about, the pin stripes, the Beatle Boots (we girls wore go go boots), those cute boys in their white Levis and Madras (Dave says, Beach Boys fans wore the Madras shirts, pants and white levis and penny loafers without socks, Beatle guys wore the boots, the pegged pants and polka dot shirts, or wildly printed floral shirts, possibly white collars and paisley shirts..British band lovers, as well). oooh,. Bill, your post brought back memories of my youth...again. Fun Downtown!!!! Can't you all smell it, see it, feel it, and how about the movies we saw at the theatres? No one is going to mention LOVE STORY with Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neill? ARGH, another new YEAR, another year older, but memories fresh as can be. There are some other movies out there...Gave you mine! Victory Theatre. Downtown of course, snowing. Karen, Becky, Car guys, new people, come on....

Just thought of a couple of random things: RIKE'S: CALL CORNELIA (the personal shopper who would send your stuff off in a green Rike's box truck to your house with light green cardboard boxes,RIKE'S insignia on them, with dark green flat twine ribbons! All boxed and ready to go in tissue paper! Personal Shopper; ELDER BEERMAN'S: BETTY BONNER, same stuff, different truck, light blue boxes with the EB logo! Oh my, we gals were trained well. It was such fun to see the truck pull in...(not much, ps, to Dad in Heaven). Everyday the DDN and Journal Herald would put in the ads, and our Moms would call. (Mine was NOT allowed to call that much, though, and ;) wink). ~C
**clink** Happy New Year To ALL!

Last Edited by on Dec 31, 2008 7:19 AM
smurfnana
4 posts
Dec 30, 2008
6:21 PM
My best friend in high school and I snuck downtown to Lowes to see Fanny Hill. We told her parents we were going to my house, and my parents we were going to her house to babysit her little brother while her parents went out to dinner. We waited outside the theater for a half hour before we got the nerve to go in. Nowadays, Fanny Hill would be rated PG.

Victory Theater had all the Disney movies. Every time a new one would be shown, we knew our aunt and uncle who spoiled us would be taking us.

Am I the only one who remembers the Rest Haven restaurant? I think it was in Huber Heights? I haven't found anyone who remembers it.
SeeDavid
113 posts
Dec 30, 2008
6:44 PM
Smurfnana: Remember THE MUSIC MAN!!!!! Loew's! I miss my Great Grandma, now. I can see Ronnie Howard as a little boy, about my grandson's age...with the lispf....OH HO THE WELLSth FARGO WAGON isth a COMIN' DOWN THE STHREET... Now, fifty years in movies! Oh, so nice to visit downtown with friends!
Smurfnana: I am sooo glad that I didn't have the same fun that you did at the creepy movies! A gorilla running up and down the aisles, a flying dracula, oh boy! Do you remember those Drive In Movie pre-views about the COMING ATTRACTIONS for Horror Films? "Hang on to your seats, you won't be able to watch the entire film"....it scared me to peices and I am fearless, Ask Tlturbo, Keugene, Becky, Max and all tbe others!
YES, I do want that for my grandchildren!

DAVE WANTS TO KNOW: "Does anyone remember the movie 'THE TINGLER'...it was about an alien that latched onto your spine and took over your body,like a giant centipede, and in some theatres, there were vibrating mechanisms in the seats... and they would announce that THE TINGLER had escaped and was IN the theatre...many were JOLTED by the TINGLER...arh ha argggggh"...as quoted by Dave. Again, yes, for my Grandson, especially! oooh ~c

Last Edited by on Dec 31, 2008 7:15 AM
Keugene48
15 posts
Dec 30, 2008
7:46 PM
I can remember that there was always a line around the corner whenever a Disney movie came to the Victory theater. The longest line ever was for Peter Pan. I remember seeing Mary Poppins there with my boyfriend on a date. I had an intense longing to sit in one of the personal balconies that were on the sides of the theater. Then probably 12 years ago my daughter's husband who worked in the box office there arranged for me to see a show (ok it was children's theater Little Women but still...) from one of them. They weren't really good seats for seeing the stage but it was a dream come true for me.

My fondest theater memories are of Memorial Hall. I went to Kinder concerts as a kid and took my kids to them. The first stage play I ever saw was Oklahoma with Bambi Lynn. I also saw Richard Harris in Camelot and a lot of the Kenley Players.

Last Edited by on Dec 30, 2008 7:53 PM
smurfnana
6 posts
Dec 30, 2008
8:47 PM
Every year Delco would hold a Christmas party at Memorial Hall. My uncle worked there, and took us every year. They would have a show with magicians and things like that. Afterwards, you would go out to the lobby and receive a Christmas present. My sisters and I would always go home with a new doll.
Becky73
57 posts
Dec 30, 2008
9:11 PM
Ahh... Lowes theatre. Just up Nottingham hill from my house. My cousin and I took our chances and tried to see "The Summer of '42" a movie I was too young to get into to. They let me in without a blink, but gave her skinny self the once over before allowing us to buy tickets. I saw the original "War of the Worlds" there with a bunch of neighborhood kids while our parents Christmas shopped. Scared the cr#* out of me. Went to Victory to see Disney movies. A huge treat! I remember Cinderella with my Mom. Sigh...

Then there were the wretched teenage years and the ballroom dancing lessons the neighborhood parents forced us to take. I remember the man who taught them vividly. He was in one of those buildings right across from the Northtown shopping center and we had our big dance at Mummas off of Philadelphia. Ironically, I met the man's daugther years later when her daughter became friends with mine.

Saw Bobby Sherman in concert at Memorial Hall. He bust out the seam of his pants that concert. Ha!
SeeDavid
114 posts
Dec 31, 2008
12:02 AM
I hate to post again, I am sorry but I want to see if anyone else remembers this: Victory Theatre: Was it me, or did they actually have red velvet carpet and brass stair rails, and fancy golden tassles hanging from the curtains? It seemed like The UNSKINABLE MOLLY BROWN's house there, and walking up those long, tremendous, winding steps into the balcony...I am like Karen and Becky, Smurfnana and TlTurbo, too. Come on car guys, others... lot's of car movies out there and then we had the boy's fav Cool Hand Luke or a McQueen movie...

Did anyone else's parents or (themselves) go to the New Year's Eve Dances at Wampler's Ballarina? My parents graduated from Roosevelt and went to the Alumni dances there, too, every year. We stayed home on New Year's with Great Grandma and watched Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians. Full of memories and I was lost for awhile, guys.
Becky: I took those lessons, too! ARGH! Thank you all ~C

Last Edited by on Dec 31, 2008 7:16 AM
JohnC
54 posts
Dec 31, 2008
1:05 PM
"The Tingler" directed by Willaim Castle and filmed in "Percepto"-a neat little gimmick where random seats in each theatre were wired to give a harmless electric shock to movie patrons...

Last Edited by on Dec 31, 2008 1:06 PM


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