Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Spreading the Word

John at Just Two Guys is launching a local movie club. The idea is to get together a group for a private screening of a film in a theater and then gather to discuss and socialize. The first date has been set and a film selected. Here are the details. More background info here.

I think this is a great idea and plan to give it a try myself on January 30 (health/kids/job/weather permitting). It’ll be fun to be in the old Capital City theater again. It was nothing spectacular as far as theaters go but I saw a lot of great films there for the first time back in the day (Star Wars, Carrie, Apocalypse Now come to mind).

Does anyone know when the old theater closed? I’m assuming it was concurrent with the opening of the Showplace 8. I don’t remember going to a movie there after the early 1980s but then I wasn’t living in Springfield in the mid ‘80s.


Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure the theater didn't close until the early 90's. Of course, when Showplace opened, it became the "dollar show" (until 1989, when it became the $1.50 show). When they finally did close, The Esquire became the discount theater.

This movie club thing is a great idea. Should be fun.

Dave said...

Ha, thanks Russ. I thought you might come through. When typing this post I almost just wrote, "Does Russ know when the old theater closed?"

John said...

Thanks for spreading the word, Dave. I'm really hopeful this thing catches on. I've wanted, for so long, to be a part of something like this. I hope people turn out.

I'll see you there, Dave.