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Posted By: al
Date: Saturday, 21 April 2001, at 11:19 p.m.


hey folks we have covered just about all the most important stuff on main st except the movie houses.??? how about it??? gimme your thoughts on it ??

i always went to THE CAPITOL. we used to sit in the front row all of us and watch the saturday morning kiddie shows with cartoons, roy rogers and hopalong cassidy too. they had best hot butterd pop corn in lobby at refreshment stand. once we went on a saturday nite in the summer and the manager opened all the side doors to cool off the place during a heat wave. theatre did not have air conditiinjng in those day--just big fans so we were watchin some movie amd 2 bats flew in the theatre and right back and forth in front of the big screen. women screamed and ran out. the lites came up in theatre and an usher was chasin them bats with a big pole, he killed one of them but they never got the other one i think . maybe he and his grand kid bats are still in there.

i hope they get the capitol opened up again one day.



Posted By: VINCE
Date: Saturday, 21 April 2001, at 11:22 p.m.

In Response To: BEST MOVIE HOUSES (al)

I think I was there when that happen??????????? 


Posted By: rd <>
Date: Sunday, 22 April 2001, at 11:08 a.m.


The Capitol was the grandness theater of the 3 in Willi. I use to go just about every Friday nite. A friends brother had old car with a rumble seat and he would take about 6 of us to the movies. One movie I remember at the Capitol was "The Thing" I remember covering my eyes when they were about to show the Thing! Use to go to the Strand aka scratch-house to watch some old westerns. How about that Mansfield Drive-In theater?? How many sneaked in the trunk of someone's car?


Posted By: al
Date: Sunday, 22 April 2001, at 9:21 p.m.

In Response To: Re: BEST MOVIE HOUSES (rd)

hey okay yeah i remember THE THING played by james arness of GUNSMOKE...did you guys know that??

the mansfield drive-in was a place we used to go to in summer in late 50s. drink beer and raise hell...saw BRIDGE ON RIVER KWAI up there with my girl while at the submarine races......



Posted By: Ron D
Date: Sunday, 22 April 2001, at 8:05 a.m.

In Response To: BEST MOVIE HOUSES (al)

I think the first movie that I had seen at the Capitol was "OLD YELLA". The life of a golden retriever and his good friend, the boy. I found it to be a good story, but rather sad. So did my own kids years later. Also, I remeber my aunt taking me to see "BAMBI" around the same time. I remember that sometimes the lines would be rather long on main street, when a big movie was playing. I used to enjoy looking at the "movie posters" in the windows. 


Posted By: William Brainard <>
Date: Sunday, 22 April 2001, at 9:37 a.m.

In Response To: BEST MOVIE HOUSES (al)

I'm too young to remember anything but the Capitol although I think the Gem was on its last legs when I was small. Recall seeing "Sound of Music at the Capitol; lines for that. Does anyone remember when they used to show movies at the Mansfield Training School on Friday nights that were open to the public? 


Posted By: Ada Kerachsky Albright <>
Date: Monday, 23 April 2001, at 5:13 p.m.

In Response To: BEST MOVIE HOUSES (al)

When I was five and six the Saturday afternoon matinees at the Strand had Roy Rodgers, Hopalong Cassidy, sometimes a third Western, the Three Stooges, a serial and many cartoons. I was allowed to go with my friend Veronica Elliot because the Strand was within sight of my grandmother's little grocery store (and about a block from where Veronica lived on Union St.). For 25 cents each and possibly a nickel for candy, we were occupied for the afternoon.