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King Kong May Not Return to Temple Theater
The old Temple Theater property (recently Edwards, et al.) is due for redevelopment; the plan is a subject of some local controversy. If you have a comment, jump in! (Click Comments; scroll to bottom of article.)
franka - Feb 23, 2006, 10:52 AM
I saw King Kong (the Ray Harryhousen original) and many other classics in the old, that is, the really old, Temple Theater (photo) in the early 1950s. The original theater, with its wagon wheel fence, had a single large auditorium that seated hundreds. The Saturday matinee cost twelve cents, or for a quarter you got a candy bar - not to mention the exciting western, two or three serials like a Superman or a Captain Somebody AND about a zillion cartoons. Needless to say, by the 1960s the floor was just a bit sticky; perhaps that's why it was torn down for the quadriplex.
franka - Feb 23, 2006, 10:53 AM
I visited the redeveloper's site; couldn't help noticing the first feature they promote is security. When I was seven or eight, my mother would drop me and the neighbor kid at the curb among the 600 other boisterous kids and drive "down town" to do her shopping at the Market Basket (where Ralph's is now). His mother would pick us up three hours later. Security lay in knowing half of the 600 and them knowing you. Hard to imagine "Piazza TC" in that way.
franka - Feb 23, 2006, 10:57 AM
Something for you nostalgia buffs: Cinema Treasures has commentaries and histories for lots of movie houses alive and alive in memory.

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