Re: Great Parkside Theater Photos

12/30/08 - posted by Frank Grant

Wow, pictures of the Parkside theater bring sure bring back unbelievable memories to me! My brother and I along with the Lane brothers, just about every Saturday, walked up the 2 1/2 blocks up 20th Avenue to this outstanding edifice. This was in the 1930s, in the deepest part of the depression. We paid .15 cents admission, then .10 cents for a small box of candy and this kept us going during this matinee.

The big thrill was seeing the serials. The ones I most recall are: Flash Gordon, Tailspin Tommy, Tom Mix, and other assorted westerns. Somehow the hero and his lady always managed to escape a horrible death the next week.

The soda fountain/candy store, shown in one of the photographs, right next to the theater, remided me of the following: The soda jerk, a rather bulky man with curly hair, while making milkshakes, always had a cigarette dangling out of his mouth, and there always seemed to be a half inch of ash on its tip. You never cought me going in there for anything.

Thanks for reminding me of something that was so important to me in my youth.



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