Saturday, January 23, 2010

"'Grand Old Lady' Turns to Kung Fu for Survival"


Anonymous said...

Anyone know when the theatre finally closed? The usually helpful Cinema Treasures site incorrectly lists 1979.

John Charles

Temple of Schlock said...

John, I can't give you a definitive answer at the moment, but I know the theater switched to Spanish-language movies sometime in 1984, after the owner claimed that programs like "Drive-In Movie" were running the same kung fu flicks on TV for free and cutting into his ticket sales. After a month or two of even slower business, he switched back to kung fu movies, and the last thing I found was an article about a husband and wife who were thinking about buying the theater and using it for a stage/drama company.