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59 posts
Jul 14, 2011
8:01 AM
When I was a young girl I looked forward to Saturday and walking with my older brothers to the NCR Auditorium to watch whatever movie they were showing.
My memories are somewhat blurred but I do remember a man who would stand on the stage and lead the audience in a song or two either before the movie or at intermission.For some reason the only song I can remember had the words "I love to go a wandering" and "my knapsack on my back"!What song is that? Everyone got a candybar,usually a Snickers if I remember correctly.
The movies were always Abbott and Costello or Francis the Talking Mule or some other movie aimed at young folks.It was always fun.
If the weather was nice on the walk home we would cut through Woodland Cemetery and look for the old man who worked there.He would show us important graves or special monuments if we asked.I learned lots of Dayton history from that old man!
Those days and memories are special to me.I am thankful that I grew up in a time when it was safe for children to do those things!
24 posts
Jul 18, 2011
4:32 AM
I remember the movies at NCR and the candy bars. We lived on Gebhart off of Wayne Ave so we took many walks through Woodland Cemetery. I would like to go back and take a tour of the cemetery now.
Curt Dalton
474 posts
Jul 18, 2011
12:09 PM
The Happy Wanderer

Words by Antonia Ridge and music by Friedrich W. Moller, copyright © 1954 by Bosworth & Co., Ltd.

I love to go a-wandering,
Along the mountain track,
And as I go, I love to sing,
My knapsack on my back.

Val-de-ri, val-de-ra,
Val-de-ri, val-de-ra, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
Val-de-ri, val-de-ra
(repeat last line of previous verse).

I love to wander by the stream,
That dances in the sun,
So joyfully it calls to me,
Come join my happy song.


I wave my hand to all I meet,
And they wave back to me,
And the blackbirds call so loud and sweet,
From every greenwood tree.


High overhead the skylarks sing,
They never rest at home,
Just like me they laugh and sing,
As o'er the world they roam.


Oh, may I go a-wandering
Until the day I die,
Oh, may I always laugh and sing,
Beneath God's clear blue sky,

60 posts
Jul 18, 2011
5:07 PM
Thanks Curt...that is the song I remember.
Jfox68...We lived on Illinois Ave and like you we wandered Woodland for hours on end back in the late 50's and early 60's.The most peaceful place in Dayton in my opinion.
175 posts
Jul 19, 2011
8:15 AM
My parents moved to a house on Erie Ave (Missouri on Wyoming side)when I was 16. I moved away after a couple of years, then came back with my kids to live there several times. We loved to go to Woodland Cemetery and look at the graves. If you still live in the area there are several kinds of tours almost every month at Woodland, one is on Segways! Look on the site - www.Woodlandcemetery.org for schedules.
6 posts
Nov 30, 2011
2:21 PM
We always went to the NCR on Sat AM. Especially at Christmas where you received a box of Hard Christmas candy and a silver dollar.
Listened to Robert Kline play the organ
OOOOOh what memories

Last Edited by on Nov 30, 2011 2:21 PM
36 posts
Jan 22, 2013
8:45 AM
Does anyone know what became of the pipe organ Bob Kline played at the NCR Auditorium? A posting by Mikey on the Dayton Memories Blog page seemed to indicate he was in the know, but promised a later posting on it. Never caught up with it. Would love to know if it was repaired and installed elsewhere.
150 posts
Feb 05, 2013
1:51 PM
rdebross!~The pipe organ from the NCR Auditorium is now installed at the Victory Theater.I assume it is still there! In 1978, the theatre was greatly benefited by the donation of a cache of equipment and stage draperies from National Cash Register's (NCR) auditorium, which had been slated for demolition. NCR also donated its historic five-rank Estay pipe organ to the Victory, which was renovated and installed by aficionados.
48 posts
Feb 06, 2013
5:19 PM
Cilla46 - Great to know it found a fitting home. Thanks for the info.
16 posts
Mar 14, 2013
7:13 PM
I lived in Greenwich Village as a young boy in the 50s. For at least a couple of summers movies and cartoons would be shown in the assembly room of the church at the corner of Eichelberger and England Ave. Afterwords they would serve soda in the basement.
Does anyone have any recollection of this?
3 posts
Jul 05, 2013
6:57 AM
I lived on Harriet st in edgemont. Went every saturday to the movies. My Dad had the barber shop in the NCR. Lot of memories there Christmas was candy and a silver dollar I believe.
joey m
75 posts
Jul 10, 2013
9:20 AM
Gldwingry I lived on cincinnati st right around the corner from Hrriet St. my godfather lived on harriet in the 500 block and my best friend lived at 549 Harriet St.
6 posts
Jul 22, 2013
8:12 AM
Gldwingry: Your recollection of hardtack candy and a silver dollar at Christmas is correct. My sister and I got pushed up against the doors one year waiting to get into the auditorium and thought we would get squashed.
7 posts
Jul 22, 2013
8:16 AM
NCR movies gradually disappeared, and WHIO-TV began doing programming on Saturday Mornings from the auditorium. I think that was the beginning of the Rising Generations shows which had local talent performing?
luv my dayton
522 posts
Jan 14, 2014
11:14 AM
Last time I remember being there was 1961 when my pre graduation ceremony was there. Prior to that was when I worked at NCR and would buy a boxed lunch and watch a movie being shown. Before then it was the Christmas program that neighbors would see to it we got to go and bringing a box of candy with a silver dollar in it home. Every child got one and it would be hard to find many from that time period that had never been there. That's why it was so sad it couldn't be preserved and used again.

Last Edited by luv my dayton on Jan 14, 2014 11:18 AM

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