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post #1 of 38
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I can remember this very clearly. It was 1960 something, when my parents took me to the Finsbury Astoria, a huge wonderfull old art deco movie theater near central London. I think I was 7 or eight years of age.
The movie was 'Jason and the Argonauts'. I was absolutely petrified. Are you kidding, skeletons coming to life, one eyed monsters, blood gushing from a giants heel, phew it almost scares me know http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif

Some time after (dont remember when) we saw 'The Magnificent Seven', that was awesome. Yull Bryner was standing 20 feet tall, wow.
The Astoria is now a hall/meeting centre which is being used by born again christians or jehova witness'es or something.
How times change.
post #2 of 38
For me it was "Star Wars" when I was 7.
post #3 of 38
In a few decades, my two kids, currently 4 and 6 years old, will say:
1999: "Kirikou et la vielle sorcière" and "Tarzan";
2000: "Toy Story 2", "Fantasia 2000" and "Dinausors";
2001: "Chicken Run"...
Obvious movies for them.
The younger was 2 and a half when he saw "Kirikou et la vielle sorcière" and 3 when "Tarzan"; he don't remember the first, but second and nexts.

Something to remember: the younger was really affraid when we saw "Dinausors" but the other just found his way to... sleep, during the dark and quite lengtly scenes in the caves.

And myself, well, I have memory flashes with "Astérix et Cléopâtre" (animated); I was 4 or 5. This was probably my very first movie.
I also remember my big brothers taking me with them at the cinema: "Michel Strogoff" (with Curd Jurgens?), "Murphy's War", "Two Mules for Sister Sarah"... not really kid's movies. And, of course, the unforgettable "La Grande Vadrouille". I was 6 to 8 years old.

I saw all these movies dubbed in spanish; at that epoca I lived in Barcelona, Spain (Balmes, Atenas, Novedades, Astoria, Coliseum...).


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post #4 of 38
I think it was Peter Pan. Not sure though.
post #5 of 38
The year was 1953 and it might have been Peter Pan. I definitely saw it back then. I also saw every 3D movie that came out that year. I don't remember which was first.

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post #6 of 38
"The Odd Couple" at Radio City Music Hall.
post #7 of 38
Ben Hur in 1959. I was 8 years old and it was the first time I had ever gone to NYC at night.


I must tell you of my son's first movie. I took him at the age of 4 to see Superman.

I take him to a matinee, buying him a large popcorn and soda. Now you have to understand that my son is hyper-active. He is actually sitting very quietly during the first hour of the movie. Then comes the helicopter scene:

All of a sudden, when we see Superman in action for the first time, he jumps up on his seat (spilling his popcorn) and screams; "It's a bird, it's a plane, IT'S SUPERMAN!"

post #8 of 38
Disney's Snow White...1950...was four years old. Man, seeing some of the ages you people mention makes me feel like a grand'pa! http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

post #9 of 38
Some of the first ones I remembered:
Star Wars
Shining: Clerk recommended my mother to not allow me in. She asked what is it about, in midsentence we were out of there. New York 1970 something.

Silence is overrated!
post #10 of 38
KingKong with Jeff Bridges. Can't remember the exact year, between 75 and 79. First big time event outside of the house was a Jerry Lee Lewis concert. Wow, panties flying everywhere but I didn't know what they were. Dad was a big Elvis and Jerry Lee fan.

post #11 of 38
I think the first movie I saw, was Planet of the Apes at 5 years old. It blew my mind! The next one that I remember was The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. I saw that film in a bona fide movie palace in Jamaica, Queens. It was like visiting a fantasy. The ornate architecture and treatments had me transfixed and this was before the movie even started.
post #12 of 38
First drive in was Planet of the Apes, snuck in "asleep" in the back seat. (monkey nightmares til this day). Caught Soylkent Green & Omega Man too very young. (This must explain all my issues).

Saw all of the James Bond movies first run (before ratings).

First movie I can remember well with Grandparents was Song of the South.

post #13 of 38
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Frank J.M.
Join the club.

I'll never forgive my mother for regularly taking me to see ALL the Elvis movies as soon as they were released.
Thing that sticks out most in my mind was Elvis's Navy blue hair.
post #14 of 38

I did see it...back then...in my early 20's...sort of fun, yes?

uncle eric,

Oh, come on...have a heart! Those Elvis flicks were a lot of fun to watch! Too bad they don't make 'em like that no more (with apologies to all Elvis' visionaries http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif)...

post #15 of 38
I really can't remember my first movie, for sure. My parents took me and my sister and droped us off at the Tennessee Theater (the theatre you saw in OCTOBER SKY, actually) many saturday mornings. They had cartoons, serials like Commando Cody, live clowns, and a 'G' rated feature. Alot of Jerry Lewis stuff played. My sister and I were so tall, we had to start carrying our birth certificates to prove we were under 12, and qualified for a children's ticket. I remember the day I was not allowed to enter the theatre along with my sister and our friends. My parent's would give us 75 cents each. Tickets were 35 cents, children's tickets that is. I was 11 and taller than most adults. They told me I had to pay $1.50. I cried, but that mean lady would not sell me a ticket.

My mom had droped us off and gone shopping. My daddy was at the downtown YMCA working out, and afterwards he went by his office to check on things. That's where I reached him by phone on the second attempt. I was down to my last dime, the cost of a call, literally. In the meantime, a policeman showed up because he saw a crying, not so small, little girl standing out in front of the theatre. I told him my story and he started giving the cashier hell. The cashier called the manager. About that time here comes my big daddy, and he is big, armed with my birth certificate.

That cop and my daddy were telling off the cashier and manager when I walked in free. I gave the punny little cashier the evil eye. My daddy gave me a whole dollar! I had extra fun at the concession stand, needless to say! I did make it in for the feature. The theatre was embarassed about the whole thing, and gave my daddy a bunch of free passes for us, in a concilatory gesture.

My dad took me and my sister to alot of more adultish films in the 1960s. We had a little brother in 1963, our mom would often times stay home with that crying little brat. We saw what daddy liked, westerns, Bond, John Wayne, Peter Sellers. I remember seeing DR. NO when it first came out. I'm not positive that was the first, but it might have been.


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post #16 of 38
I can't remember last tuesday but do remember that :

in the 1960s....Jungle Book from Disney....what an experience !
After that I saw the Happy Hooker :/0

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post #17 of 38
The first movie that I can REMEMBER seeing at the cinema is "The Long, Long, Trailer," with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in 1954, when I was five. My parents knew that I was crazy about the "I Love Lucy" show, and thought I'd enjoy it. Interestingly enough, I'd never seen the film again, until about a year ago when it was aired by a local PBS affiliate. I could remember several of the scenes, especially the ones of Lucy trying to cook dinner in the moving trailer home. The human mind is really a wonderous thing!

Rachael's story reminds me of another event, however; this one not so pleasant. I grew up in the pre-civil rights South. Although I'm caucasian, I have olive skin which tans quickly and quite deeply. One summer, when I was about 10 or 11 years old, my Mom dropped me off at the local movie theater while she did her Saturday shopping. The cashier looked at my dark brown skin, and my crew cut, and told me that I'd have to use the side entrance and sit in the balcony "where I belonged." My attempts to explain that I was white were to no avail. I finally just waited on the sidewalk for almost two hours until my Mom returned for me. I think this was the start of my life-long deep hatred of discrimination of any kind.
post #18 of 38
Eric, popcorn, candy, and sodapop can cure alot of ailments! I stille go to the movies with my daddy very frequently. My mom gets to go now too, oh what a lucky girl! The three of us saw TRAFFIC recently. Sorry, you and your dad didn't get to go more often. My dad has taken me to the movies so many times that I couldn't possibly recall them all. Well, maybe under alien hypnosis or something like that. He took us to all the Bond films of the 60's, CASINO ROYALE included. He loves Petter Sellers. Right off, I well remember HOW THE WEST WAS WON, THE ALAMO (he loved the LD of it I gave him for Christmas a few years back), THE LONGEST DAY (another Christmas LD), TRUE GRIT, IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD, IN HARM'S WAY, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN, CAT BALLOU, FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. We were prolific movie-goers.

For us back then, TV was terrible. It's rather hilly and mountainous around these parts. We lived on the wrong side of a rather high ridge. All three major networks had stations here, but all we could pick up clearly was NBC on channel 6. We went out to the movies on the drop of a hat, any excuse would do.
My mom is not an Elvis fan. Actually, we lived in Nashville for awhile when I was little. It so happens that we lived on the same block as a house that Elvis owned and only occasionally inhabited in 1960-1. Sometimes there were fans hanging around. My best recolection is the day that a female fan crashed her car thru the white picket fence and into his house, in an effort to meet him. She was a day late, he left the day before. We saw him go tool by in a yet another new Caddy from time to time. Even I didn't like Elvis much! I liked The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Zombies, and such. I was feelin' groovy.

Chris, your story is sadder than mine. The old 1/16th laws or customs. I feel the same as you. Between the tme I was 4 and 6, I lived in both New York City and New Orleans. I became accustomed, I think, to seeing people that looked all different ways at a very young age. My parents didn't have a bigoted bone in their bodies. So, I didn't hear bad stuff at home.

I think when I was growing up, it never ceased to amaze me how bigoted the south really was. I'm glad it's changed some for the better. When I was a kid, I was utterly astonished that ignorant white folks were such experts on the intellectual capacity of Pollocks and Negroes. Without even actually meeting one in person either, how amazing! A Polish boy moved into our community, and the ******* of the neiborhood yelled Pollock jokes at him on the school bus, every day. One day I told the ******* to move to Argentina with the other Nazis. It didn't help much, stupid is as stupid does. I'm intollerant of bigotry. It stille raises it's ugly head around here to this very day.

Chris, moments of injustice and bigotry really stick with one. That's a sobering story. You must be about ten years older than me. The 60's were a little better than the 50's. Atleast the offical barriers had mostly fallen when I was a kid. The backlash against such that I witnessed wasn't pretty though.... Best wishes, guys!


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post #19 of 38
It was Peter Pan, in Japan. I was very upset and frustrated because Peter Pan looked like ..a woman and felt cheated. (Was it not Julie Andrews playing Peter Pan?) Then I saw The Bridge of The River Kwai probably ten times, each time whistling that dam song for days in row. I was totally nut about that movie. Then I remember seeing Walt Disney's 101 Dalmatians in Brighton, UK, first time ever that I took a girl out to the movies. Being right handed I had my girl sit on my right -exactly like the kid in "Summer of 42" movie. I did not care much about the movie. That night I lost my virginity!

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post #20 of 38
My first vigin movie experience (Ha!) was

101 Dalmations.. THE ORIGINAL! That was a great experience. My folks told me I was asleep when they brought me to the theatre, and when I woke up, the movie had started and I yelled out... "WOW!!! BIG TV!!!!"

à think I was 3 or 4...


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post #21 of 38
I'm proud to say that my first movie was Star Wars. I was almost 5 years old at the time and I remember it was on a huge screen (the theater still exists today, but it's now been converted into 2 "shoebox" theaters). I distinctly remember the opening sequence and I also remember begging for toys the whole car ride home.


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post #22 of 38
You can add one more person to the "Star Wars" list as my first movie I can remember seeing. I too was only 5 years old. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

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post #23 of 38
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The whole time I was reading your story I was saying aaahhhh. Poor thing. Never mind, that dollar made up for it.
Anyway, sounds like your dad took you to see some real good movies. Probably your mum would have also taken you to see Elvis.

I only went to the movies twice with my dad as he was/is a restaurant owner. First time was to see 'From Russia with love' in the sixties(probably because it was mainly filmed in Istanbul and we are turkish), and in the seventies we went to see 'Fist of Fury'. Hey, my dad had good taste too!
post #24 of 38
Add yet another one to the Star Wars club. Damn, now that I think about it, they tore down the theatre and put up a strip mall. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/eek.gif I guess you really can't go home again.

post #25 of 38
I was five years old and the Movie was How The West Was Won. I still remember the excitement.


post #26 of 38
Mary Poppins. I think I was 5. I remember the film vividly. It was the "beginning of a beautiful friendship". -Pat

they used to call it, "the silver screen"

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post #27 of 38
Musta been around '69, and it was one of those "Godzilla vs. ____________" flicks!
post #28 of 38
For me it was 'The Jungle Book'(1968)
post #29 of 38
Willy Wonka!!

Then, JAWS
post #30 of 38
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Darn Pizza's, nothing but on cheese on toast con. Bring back those theaters.
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