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5 posts
Mar 25, 2011
4:47 PM
any good stories out there? this was where i first smelled pot burning. i didn't know what it was and then someone passed a joint to me. i was 14 and mortified! lol..ahhh the 70's. :-)
32 posts
Mar 25, 2011
8:29 PM
I remember someone jumping through the screen, which was never really repaired right afterwards.
17 posts
Mar 25, 2011
9:19 PM
I dont remember midnight movies at the Victory but I remember the Art Theatre and their midnight cinemas. Wish I could remember where it was. Maybe on Wayne Ave?
49 posts
Mar 26, 2011
6:23 AM
The Art Theatre was on Wayne Ave. at Volkenand.
9 posts
Mar 26, 2011
10:46 AM
I do remember going to the midnight movie at the Victory. I had some beer hidden in my coat. Felt guilty about it, until empty cans and bottles started rolling down the floor.
23 posts
Mar 27, 2011
8:42 AM
Thanks supersix
130 posts
Mar 27, 2011
12:29 PM
I would have paid admission just for the pot smoke. lol
108 posts
Mar 30, 2011
1:30 PM
Remember it well,...err, semi well. Uh, yeah, vaguely....
Buster rang a bell, though. I remember those beer bottles rolling under the seats. Funny..
13 posts
Mar 31, 2011
4:01 AM
Those were the days for sure. I was lucky to see some real classic movies there, If I remember right the first one was The Midnight Cowboy which kinda opened up my eyes being 15 or 16, Pink Floyd live in Pompei was pretty heavy considering we were trippin on window pane, Harold & Maude, Brewster Mcloud, The Last Waltz by the Band was really great kinda of a reflection of the times. Great times and honestly I dont remember what there was more of drugs or hair at the Victory on any Friday or Saturday night!!!!!
5 posts
Apr 08, 2011
9:45 PM
oh my.....u just don't get better than harold and maude :-) i think my first was "little big man" w/dustin hoffman. a great movie even for a 14 yr old!! i DO remember the ladies of the night. not to be politcal incorrect( yawn, i'm sooo tired fo that) but the ladies of the night were awesome!!!platforms,hotpants,boas, and wigs. loved it all!!!
14 posts
Apr 15, 2011
5:52 PM
Steve thats funny I saw Queen & Kansas across the street at the old PALACE Theater in 1974 for 4 dollars and Marty I sure do remember those Ladies of the Evening at the Victory & all kinds of freaky people. Loved it & Lived through it, no place like Dayton in the 70's. Peace
19 posts
Apr 23, 2011
12:44 PM
Thanks victoryopera76. I had forgotten about Pink Floyd live in Pompeii. Watched it on you tube and now I must say I have become addicted to Pink Floyd again. Echoes is still to this day the best!!
1 post
May 20, 2011
3:52 AM
I never got a contact high during those midnight movies....we were 'ready' before we got there and maintained throughout the shows. I do remember seeing the Concert for Bangladesh there, as well as stoner movies like Groove Tube. Ah, to be 20 again...
2 posts
May 20, 2011
3:54 AM
Also remember seeing Cheech & Chong there around 1971 or 1972. Remember Cheech complimenting the theatre and that they were funnier live than their albums.
13 posts
May 20, 2011
7:44 PM
I most of all remember the Rialto ? downtown. The bats cut your hair for free and the rats shined your shoes.LOL
17 posts
May 23, 2011
5:52 PM
I saw Flesh Gordon there, with a lot of pot smoking, in the 70's. Ah those were the good old days. :)
16 posts
May 23, 2011
8:22 PM
Flesh Gordon- a real classic LOL
10 posts
Jul 06, 2013
11:28 PM
Ha Ha! I have Flesh Gordon on DVD.

In the early 70's I remember going to a midnight double-feature at the Victory: Night of the Living Dead and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It may have been two separate features on different days, though. My recollection is a little foggy from the second hand smoke.
527 posts
Jul 07, 2013
5:41 AM
My ex sister in law was a real tea toteler and fervent church goer . Ya know the type - couldn't have a beer when she was around or you got the lecture about going to hell. WELL, her husband took her to see FLESH Gordon thinking it was Flash Gordon because he was a Sci Fi nut. It was a riot listening to her tell about it and how they finally walked out.
111 posts
Jul 07, 2013
6:12 AM
I'm just old enough to recall seeing an ad on TV for Flesh Gordon, just once though! There was a voice over guy who came on and said, "Not to be confused with the real Flash Gordon"! Probably had lots of people thinking they were see Flash Gordon and got quite the surprise!

Last Edited by Mark1984 on Jul 07, 2013 6:13 AM
49 posts
Jul 09, 2013
4:40 AM
LOL@ Flash Gordon--Not our parents sci-fi favorite!
2 posts
Jul 10, 2013
12:29 PM
My brother and I went quite a few times in '74 & '75. Saw Pink Floyd (The Wall?), Harold & Maude, O Lucky Man (Malcolm Mcdowell - VERY quirky film), among many others. Oh yeah, Felix the Cat (ugh). :o)
blue J
98 posts
Jul 11, 2013
3:38 AM
Janet- Pink Floyd's The Wall didn't come out until '79- were the midnight movies still happening by then?

Hmmm, if not, then it may have been the Live a Pompeii film mentioned above...
11 posts
Jul 12, 2013
8:33 PM
Smoked a lot of dope in there. Oh yeah those really were the days.
2 posts
Aug 08, 2013
1:18 AM
I went there to see "Son of Dracula" with Ringo Starr back in '74.
In the lobby was a converted candy machine that sold rolling papers.
We bought some papers and twisted a few up.
We sat in the box seats and smoked a lot of cannabis.
The soundtrack was great and "Jump into the Fire" sounded awesome in the theater.
What a great night.
84 posts
Feb 17, 2015
9:23 PM
Midnight at the Victory:
-Harold & Maude
-Joe (starring Peter Boyle as an Archie Bunker type)
-My Little Chickadee
-Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
-I'm No Angel with Mae West (and another Mae pic that I can't remember)
-Clockwork Orange
-2001 Space Oddyssey
-Monterrey Pop
-Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishman
-Janis: The Way SHe Was
-Three Stooges shorts
-Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different
-Andy Warhol's Dracula
-Andy Warhol's Frankenstein

I'm sure there were others, but that's what I remember...

Last Edited by wolfcreek on Feb 17, 2015 9:23 PM
2 posts
Feb 20, 2015
12:30 PM
I have so many wonderful memories of going to the midnight movies at the Victory Theatre with my friends. We use to hide Boones Farm under our coats. I tripped on blotter acid when I saw 2001 there and purple microdot at the Fantasia screening. The animated short films prior to the moment were a lot of fun; Bambi Meets Godzilla, Thank You Masked Man, there were a couple animated Pink Floyd music shorts too that were awesome. Films I remember seeing at the Victory midnight movies:
Harold & Maude
Clockwork Orange
O Lucky Man
Fantastic Planet
Yessongs (Yes concert film)
Brewster McCloud
Emerson Lake & Palmer (concert film can’t remember the name of it)
Flesh Gordon
Schlock (later renamed The Banana Monster)
Mad Dogs and Englishman
2001 Space Odyssey
1 post
Feb 21, 2015
1:10 PM
No one remembers Reefer Madness?! That was on frequently at the Vic. Documentary was a hit.
Beastie Mama
Those who cannot remember the past are probably just old and stressed.
89 posts
Feb 21, 2015
6:43 PM
Dingoman, we had lots of the same experiences. We were probably even at some of those screenings on the same nights! I didn't see O Lucky Man, but for some reason I remember seeing lots of stickers advertising that movie at the Vic all over the place.

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