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Just to see if my memories were correct, I asked my older brother Ken what he remembered about these summer movies. "Ah, the old dank theaters, the crummy movies, the popcorn flying through the air! Also the obviousness of the fact that Mom just wanted to get rid of us for a while, so we got to watch Elvis movies!"
That's a pretty good description.
The theaters were old and stinky, especially to a kid. Ken also noted, "What creepy places they were – dark bathrooms in the basement with fixtures that made it through the tornado. I think we even went to the pre-renovation Palace. Yikes!"
They always showed some really bad cartoons at these movies, including such classics as Loopy DeLoop ("the Good Wolf"), and Bunny and Claude ("we rob carrot patches"). I think they even threw some TV cartoons in there as well, such as Richochet Rabbit. It was a real grab bag.
The movies themselves were pretty memorable, although I don't think they were as bad as Ken remembers. What's interesting to me now is the strange "P.T.A. - P.T.U.-approved" mix of comedies.
I can still rattle off almost a whole summer's worth of them from memory.
You've got to love a movie that starts out with three murders with a meat cleaver! I haven't seen this movie in years, but I still remember the cute girl ghost. And although I didn't know who Sid Caesar was when I saw this movie the first time, now I'm a big fan!
This one was pretty good too, if I recall. Any movie with Bob Hope, Jonathan Winters and Jill St. John can't be all bad! (Hmm... I wonder if they have it at the library?)
As kids, we watched all of Bob Hope's old movies that were on TV, as well as his TV specials. So seeing this movie would have been a big deal.
This is the movie that my brother referred to earlier. I hate to say it, but even seeing this at a young age didn't make me an Elvis fan.
With Six You Get Eggroll (1968) - with Brian Keith and Doris Day
The strange title of this movie made it easy to remember as one of the summer movies.
I'm pretty sure this was one of the summer movies, because I remember seeing the title on the movie schedule, and wondering what it was going to be about.
We saw almost all of John Wayne's current movies at Amherst Theater back then. I guess a steady diet of John Wayne and Bob Hope as a kid is bound to make you a Republican when you grow up.
Looking back at these movies creates sort of a 1960's snapshot in my mind, of a time that was still fairly conservative but on the verge of going full-blown mod.
Anyway, be sure to post your Lorain summer movie memories in the 'Comments' section!
Dan (and Ken),
I have fond memories too of these summer movies. I lived on N. Hogan Circle and would catch the city bus (!) on Sherwood Drive @ W. 21st Street that would take me over to the Palace Theater. The ten tickets would come in a perforated cardboard sheet. Oddly, the only movie I remember seeing is "The Glass Bottom Boat" (1966) with Doris Day and Rod Taylor. Oh, I loved The Duke and Hope also but it didn't make me a Republican!
-Alan again; glad you're back.
Here's some of the pictures we saw back in the 60's....
KING KONG VS. GODZILLA
JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS
AROUND THE WORLD UNDER THE SEA
ATLANTIS, THE LOST CONTINENT
SEVEN FACES OF DR. LAO
THE LOST WORLD
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS BEYOND THE MOON
I tried to link to the one-sheets, N.S.L.
We had a ball, wot?
-Alan again, again....
I also fondly remember those films you mentioned....I haven't seen THE SPIRIT IS WILLING in years, never seen it listed for tv.
Wow, you have a great memory, Alan! I completely forgot that we also saw "Fantastic Voyage" (even though it had Raquel Welch--go figure!), "Seven Faces of Dr. Lao" (very weird) and "Hatari"--with-- who else?--John Wayne!!
does any one remember a serial move at the Palace in Lorain the was about a hero that rode on the front of some kind of motorized vehicle. I think it bshowed on saturdays in the late 1940s
There's a pretty good list, with pictures, of Republic Picture's movie serials here:
This wiki entry has a pretty good list too.
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