Ten Cent Movies
There was a large community hall and gym, in the Hi Point housing project. Every Saturday there would be a movie and a serial shown in gym. There were hundreds of kids in the project, and most of them showed up at the gym, with a quarter in their pocket.
The movie only cost ten cents; candy bars and popcorn were five cents each, so with a quarter, one could have a sugar good time.
But there was a way to have more
money to spend for candy and popcorn. Larry and I would show up at the
gym, about an hour early. A man would open a single door, and pick out
ten kids to set up the folding chairs on the gym floor, thatís how we
got in for free. We did not get picked every Saturday, since there
were lot of other kids standing at the door too, but Larry and I got
the job at lest once a month.
The noise and the smell of
exploding caps made us feel as if we were part of the movie. The
serials were "Dick Tracy" still fighting the dirty Nazis, or my
favorite, Flash Gordon. It did not matter, the smoke from the rocket
ships, went up, or the fact we could see the strings attached to
rocket ships. This serial was high tech to us kids in 1949.
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