Reminiscing in Tempo: Memories and Opinion/Volume Thirteen: What was the first motion picture you saw (in a theater) without your parents, and what do you recall about the experience?

September 9th, 2013

    
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What was the first motion picture you saw (in a theater) without your parents, and what do you recall about the experience?

Originally published in September, 2013

This is a very hard question to answer as it was so long ago that I can’t recall the very first movie. But I do remember the Buck Rogers short films that showed in between.

Also, The movies used to feature live acts between films. I saw Sammy Davis Jr. with His Dad & Uncle and The Count Basie Orchestra.

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”Wow,the first motion picture I saw in a theater without my parents.

Well that is a hazy memory but I think I would have been 17 and it would
have been connected to my first car.  Going to the movies was never a big ,big
part of my life — well it was in college when hanging out with friends who
where philosophy majors, and or


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It must have been… “The Empire Strikes Back” in Pittsburgh with Tony Campbell. It was enjoyable, the first movie I saw out of the original trilogy.


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The first movie I went to see by myself was “King Kong Escapes” at the Culver Theater in Culver City CA. I was 12 and rode my bike with my buddy Dore.




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Although I probably saw some movies at Saturday matinees before this, the one I very much remember seeing on my own was THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1955). I remember because my parents did not want me to see this movie, but I nonetheless went to see it with a friend when I was still in elementary school. The notoriety of the movie intrigued us, and I guess it was shocking for its time, but the main thing I remember was all the hoopla surrounding the movie. I found it quite gripping, though I don’t think I was disturbed by the violence. After all, by contemporary standards, it is quite mild! I do remember “Rock Around the Clock” played over the opening titles because we really hadn’t heard rock music in movies at that time.



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