As I mentioned some time ago in A (R)ite of Passage With Your First R-Rated Movie, I have but one remaining movie theater from my childhood still in existence. I remember calling the phone number over and over again in 1979 just so I could listen to the voice recording tell me what time Dracula would be playing that night, while wolf howls, other sound clips from the film, and bits of the marvelous John Williams score played in the background. The theater is close enough to me that I can visit it as often as possible, and I’m delighted it hasn’t changed so very much in decades. Its mustiness is enormously appealing.
Time to Ask Movie Irv if he has this same good fortune, before you share your own recollections of your favorite theaters:
Now tell us of the great buildings, still standing or long gone, that housed your most precious movie memories.