Copyright 2018 by Bonnie Boerema
1951, when I was eight years old, dad started taking my twin sister
him to the
movies. He was quite a movie buff, and enjoyed them
weeks in the 50’s, after their work week was over on Fridays,
drive to Springfield on RT 66 Highway from Conway. Mom
himself a large popcorn and coke. He’d buy me a Mound’s
favorite, with a Coke, and Connie a 7-Up candy bar and Coke.
either the Fox or Gillioz Theaters. The Fox was next to the J.C.
Store on the
square in downtown Springfield, Missouri.
Theater on St. Louis Street off the square was the one I most
beautiful, with chandeliers, ornate and expensive furnishings.
then the large
studios such as Metro Golden Meyer and Warner Brothers
owned the stars, and were under contract. Major stars
Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart, Natalie
kept up on all
the latest movies, especially the Academy Award winners,
Taylor and Paul Newman’s, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, John
High And The Mighty, and Frank Sinatra’s, From Here To
twelve when James Dean hit the screen with his three movies,
Of Eden, Rebel
Without A Cause, and Giant. At that same time, when his
him famous, he’d already been killed in an automobile
brand new Porsche. He was only twenty four years old.
sister and I were
both crazy about him. We had pictures, posters, and movie
He was killed on September 30, 1955, in Cholame, California.
was when Elvis
Presley became famous, and a major Rock n Roll hit across the
performed at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, in 1955, but he still
known. That afternoon, Elvis slipped into the Gillioz Theater, and
a Glen Ford
movie. At that time, it still had ushers to seat you, Saturday
least two cartoons with every movie. Looney Tunes with Bugs
and Elmer Fudd
were popular. Dad’s favorite cartoon was the Road Runner.
Springfield elites, in conjunction with the Littlle Theater remodeled
old, historical theater. It had been closed for many years. Since
people have attended many events there. According to the News
it’s absolutely beautiful. It looks very much the way it looked
movies as much as I do. They’re our major source of entertain-
We spend many
of our Sundays year round going to the movies.
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