22 March 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History -- Movies

Week 12 Challenge: Movies. Did (or do you still) see many movies? Describe your favorites. Where did you see these films? Is the theater still there, or is there something else in its place?

My husband and I still take the girls to the movies as a treat almost once a month. The cost though has really gotten out of hand. Many times we simply do the On Demand thing and watch a movie at home in the jammies with homemade popcorn. The girls - even tho they are only 12 - remember fondly a local (now closed sold and torn down) drive in movie theater. We'd go in the summer and the kids used to sit on the lawn out front. I can remember my parents taking all of us kids when I was little and it was a blast. However, now I found myself complaining of sitting in the car for 2 hours or so with all the other noise around us. I much prefer my comfy Penn Cinema with its oversized comfy chairs and its movable armrests and close clean bathrooms and it is quiet there!

As for favorites movies -- I really do not have one. The movies we watch are completly picked by the mood we are in at the time. The theaters we used to go to are all torn down now -- the one at Oregon Pike and Eden Road is now a gas station. The Wonderland Cinema was taken over by Hershey Park. Rates rose (surprise) and finally closed. The Thorndale Movie Cinema is no more.

My dad used to be an usher at the theater on Lincoln Hwy in Coatesville. The theater was gone by my teen years. Growing up I can remember dragging him to see Star Wars all because I adored Harrison Ford! That led me to see Raiders of the Lost Ark which we of course went to because of Ford but I came out with a new love -- Sean Connery. Even my dad appreciated that one! Now we could watch the James Bond movies and he had someone to go with!

Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.