Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Cinema Cuisine....

Having movies downtown again will be great!

I grew up on the peninsula and my brothers and I had a wide selection of movie houses in and around Ansonborough in the '50s.

The American, the Gloria, the Riveria and, further up King, the Palace.

Since I came back to Charleston 15 years ago, the Roxy became a retail store on East Bay, the revamped American closed again and, last year, IMAX shut down as the last picture show downtown.

Michael runs a great operation at the Terrace Theater and I'm sure he'll do a great job with the Harbor-view-Hippodrome.

He's already addressed the parking fee - a discount on the ticket price - and he plans to downsize the screen so it's "slightly smaller than a basketball court."

Others have commented on the lack of blockbuster movies at the old IMAX, but I did go to all of the Discovery channel-type 45 minute shows.

I bought the annual season ticket and felt it was a bargain.

Here's the key question for the new operation:

Unlike the Terrace, will Michael have a Sunday license to sell beer?

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At Tue Mar 17, 04:51:00 PM , Blogger Windviel said...

Hey Chuck,
That's a nice trip down memory lane.
Don't forget the Garden Theater just north of the Gloria. There was also the Arcade Theater on Liberty Street which was run by a team of nice older ladies. With what you pay for a small popcorn at the mega-plex today you could buy a bag the size of that shown in your photo. The equivalent in a Coke would be about a 55 gallon drum size.

At Tue Mar 17, 06:43:00 PM , Blogger chucker said...

Thanks "Mustang."

When I came back to town, the Arcade was popular as THE place for flashing lights and dancing and the older ladies had been replaced!

There was another theater - The Victory - on Society Street that I vaguely remember being torn down in the early '40s.

I believe the Palace had the stickiest floor from spilled drinks. If you dropped something...you just left it LOL.


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