In the Almonte Shopping Center at SW 59th & May, the Almonte Theatre 6 opened in 1982.
Raiders of the Lost Ark ran there for years. During the entire run, there was a cardboard standup for the film that was about ten feet tall and eight feet wide. As I remember, it looked like this.
Among the myriad films seen there were Jaws 3-D, Star Trek III, Silver Bullet, Red Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, and many more.
Of especial note is Return of the Jedi. It opened on May 25, 1983. A few days later, I stood in line at the Almonte 6 with my one-month-old son in a baby carrier, keeping him as comfy as possible. This film was his first movie experience, not that he remembers (I hope – It was dark and loud!).
When I stopped by the barber shop in the Almonte Center on October 19, 2016, there was a lot of activity going on in the location. Guys were dragging out sections of chairs.
A couple of fellows were loading a section or two into their pickup truck. Evidently they were up for grabs, because there was a dumpster in front, filled with chairs!
I sure wish I had me a pick-em-up truck. If I did, then some of them chairs would be in my yard, you betcha!
As of December 2016, the location is still vacant.
See you on Thursday, fellow memory sharers!