A Reader Shares Her Love of Movies

Jurassic-ParkMovieFanFare always welcomes submissions from readers. Today’s guest post comes courtesy of reader MarieElena Guirdy:

I’ve always been extremely passionate about film. Movies are what motivate me. I would compare myself to a sponge when it comes to learning about a movie. It doesn’t matter if it’s about the actors/actresses, cinematograpy, special effects, story or script. I love every bit of the movie industry.

It all started when my family and I went to see Jurassic Park at a local theatre. I was about 3 years old (this being my earliest and most vivid movie-going memory) when I saw it. It was thrilling and epic, just the greatest movie I have ever seen in my life. Not to mention, I was immediately glued to Jeff Goldblum from the moment I saw him as Dr. Ian Malcolm (I still harbor a crush on the man to this day).

Growing up in the ’90s, Steven Speilberg ruled all. The man could do no wrong. The effects he used in Jurassic Park for the dinosaurs were incredible for the time. Hell, they put today’s special effects to shame. The computer graphics used in the movie were a very early form of CGI, yet they were seamless. For a couple years after I saw the film, I actually thought dinosaurs existed. School had to teach me otherwise.

20 years later, this April, my mother and I were back in those theatre seats watching dinosaurs come to life again. Watching it in 3D and hearing/feeling the roar of the T-rex was breathtaking. I have yet to see a movie that can surpass Jurassic Park.

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  • ganderson

    Good for you, MarieElena – a great movie memory and a good way to gain a love of cinema at the early age of 3 (scary film for a 3-year-old!). For an old timer like me it was probably a very similar experience with the state-of-the-art movie magic of ‘The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad’ and ‘Jason and the Argonauts.’ Pretty impressive introduction to a life-long love. How many other readers were initially caught up by an epic special effects film?

    • Dave H.

      I’m thinking my first movie was “Swiss Family Robinson” at the theater, and it actually might have been a drive-in. After that, it had to be either “Hercules Unchained” or possibly “Nutty Professor” with Jerry Lewis. “Rodan” was not far behind.
      25 cents for a Saturday matinee. If they threw in a Stooges short on the side, I was in heaven.

  • sooneralfie

    In my memory from 2009, Avatar in 3-D on the giant IMAX screen blew away all of the previous special effects in previous movies. Knowing full well that those characters and scenery were not really close enough to reach out and touch …. we still had to reach out to try — from pure instinct. Laughable, but true. As we waited for the previous viewers to clear the theater, we listened to their comments. One man said, ‘That was the best movie I’ve ever seen.” Well, it sure wasn’t the plot, and it wasn’t the acting. It simply displayed the most over-the-top, unbelievable special effects ever seen before in film. Avatar was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director,[32] and notably won three, for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. Later, I wished that those theater-goers who saw the film on regular-sized screens had taken the opportunity to see the IMAX version. We weren’t thrilled with Cameron’s special effects in sinking the Titanic, but in this film, he exceeded all expectations. Rumor has it that two more Avatars are planned.

  • Phil

    My 1st movie theatre movie . Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 version with Marlon Brando . It would of been really good IN IMAX !! Its a GREAT flick but extremely long!

  • Mario Brescio

    The first movie I can remember seeing was “In Search of the Castaways” (1962) with Hayley Mills, Maurice Chevalier, and George Sanders. I remember having to wear a jacket and tie
    because this was back when a trip into town to see a movie was still a special event and required dressing up.

  • Johnny Sherman

    First for me was a re-showing of Bambi. We lived in a densely-wooded area and I was sure everything around us, including our home, would someday go up in flames like the wildfire scene in the movie.
    And then there was Invaders From Mars. I checked my parents necks daily for a week, looking for puncture marks. Impressionistic little rascal I was.

    • Geneva P.

      Ha, Ha!! That movie scared the heck out of me. I had nightmares for days!

    • Jason Doucette

      I, too, to this day, am still impressed – and disturbed – by Invaders, 50-some years later! And I’m a huge sci-fi & horror fan, too! But occasionally I still get that weird dream that makes me want to make sure my parents aren’t ‘taken over’… even though my parents have been passed away for a few decades now. Talk about an indelible mark!

  • Dick Mann

    The first film I remember seeing was Song of the South. I was 5 years old and loved Zippity Doo Da.

  • Lisanne

    As A kid, I saw many films on TV, usually on “The Wonderful World Of Disney” program on ABC Sunday nights at 7pm.
    In the theatre, the first film I can recall seeing was “The Sound Of Music”. Thus began my lifelong love affair with musicals!

  • Debbie

    It was the 50′s and I was about 5 years old. I believe it was “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” with Sean Connery.

    • Cara

      Around 1970, I took my 4 yr old son to see DOatLP. It scared him so badly that he started crying loudly, and I had to take him out of the theater. For months afterward, his dad or I had to check in his closet and under his bed to reassure him that there were no ‘bancheeps’ in the room trying to carry him away.

  • Mike in Oz (down under)

    My first was THE MUSIC MAN in Easter ’63 at the Regent Theatre in Collins St., Melbourne. I was about 3 and a half. It is still one of my all-time favourite movies.I can still clearly recall viewing certain scenes and relating to Ronny Howard in what I believe is still his finest hour on screen.

  • Mickey

    I’m a child of the ’50s. The first movie I remember seeing is the “Wizard of Oz”. Now, those are some incredible special effects. Growing up on a farm in South Dakota, I have seen tornadoes, and the one in that movie looks real; puts all other movie tornadoes to shame. Not to mention those completely scary flying monkeys.

    • dbp2525

      Wizard of Oz was my first movie memory also. probably three and first i got under the seat when the witch threw the fire balls from the roof and my mother and sister had to chase me down when i ran out of the theater when the monkey’s with wings showed up. the movie seemed to give me a good feeling about little people though.

  • Kevin

    My dad, my brother, and I went to see How the West Was Won at a drive-in in 1962. I was also 3 years old at the time, but it was a long movie and I fell asleep at some point. Dad felt bad that I missed the ending, so he took me to a regular theater matinee to watch it again. I don’t remember the exact circumstances, whether dad knew someone or it was some special promotion, but dad and I got to go to the projection room of the theater before the movie. I was also given a souvenir book about How the West Was Won, one which I have to this very day. It’s still one of my all-time favorite movies, so many great stars were in it and the colors seemed so vivid, Cinerama and all. I also remember thinking, even at that age, how beautiful Debbie Reynolds and Carroll Baker were.

  • williamsommerwerck

    It was probably “King Kong”, in the early ’50s. I remember my dad taking me to see it. I think I was five.

  • ClassicFilmLover

    I remember my Father taking me to see Shane and Broken Arrow on my birthday back in 1954 I believe.What a great memory it is.

  • Barb

    My mom loved movies and started taking me in 1950 when I was also 3. I don’t remember the name, but it was an Abbot and Costello movie. She took me to several of their movies and also Danny Kaye movies. I became as big a movie lover as she was and started going on my own with friends at age 5. Every Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, we watched movies at our local, small-town movie theater. I was totally in awe of the theater which had a wide, winding staircase that led to a balcony and huge murals painted on the walls. I loved that theater as much as I loved the many, many wonderful comedies, westerns and musicals I saw there.

  • Leo Doroschenko

    My mother always said the first movie I ever saw was QUO VADIS (Deborah Kerr and Robert Taylor) about which I remembered nothing. However I vividly recall the next film: the re-release of KING KONG in the early 1950′s.

  • Julie

    My mother took us to the show for double features since I was first born. My father worked afternoons and my mom would make us go with her to the show all the time and in Detroit that meant in rain, snow, freezing rain or hail. We had to walk one half mile there and one half mile back at 11:30 at night. I would say the first movie that made a first impression, so I would remember it was “Creature from the Black Lagoon”. I was scared out of my mind, but loved every minute of it.

  • RUaFriend

    The first movie I remember watching in a theater was The Private War of Major Benson…possibly mid ’50s. It’s was on TV a few times so I’ve seen it since and loved it again on re-watching. I finally found a VHS but it doesn’t seem to be available on DVD.

    The first movie I remember on TV was X The Unknown. I was 9 & my brother & I stayed up late after our parents had gone to bed. It was the first time we were allowed to do that. I was terrified by the movie although when I watched it as an adult I couldn’t imagine why it scared me. Maybe because my brother teased me and tried to scare me even more, as brothers do. While it’s a memorable moment, it isn’t a fond memory.

  • Geneva P.

    The first movies I can remember seeing are horror movies. My aunt loved them so we always accompanied her to the movies, but I think she was unaware of how scary they were for the little ones. The first that I remember are Godzilla, King Kong, Curse of the Spider, The Body Snatchers, Day of the Triffids and The Crawling Eye, but the VERY first movie was Godzilla.

    • Thick_Like_A_Pickle

      We had similar childhoods. Monster movies were the best. King Kong, Godzilla, Day of The Triffids and Them were some favorites.

  • Venton Thorn

    The first movie I remember seeing in the theater was Ring of Bright Water, about a man and his pet otter. I would have been about five.

  • Thick_Like_A_Pickle

    At age six my parents took me to see the original 1933 King Kong at a local college auditorium/film society. To this day it is still my favorite movie. They also took me to see Vincent Price in The Raven. I still occasionally have nightmares.

  • Jim

    The first movie I can remember seeing was Bad Day At Black Rock, when I was about 7 years old — pretty heavy, adult stuff! But I was absolutely mesmerized. I don’t know how much of the underlying story of racial prejudice got through to me, but I instinctively responded to the drama, and the movie looked spectacular. My next movie, Jerry Lewis’ The Bellboy, was more the sort of thing a kid would have seen back then. I loved that one as well. In fact, I became completely caught up in the movies, and I’ve never looked back!

  • kp22kc

    My Mom says the first movie she took me to in the theater was The Aristocats in 1970. I would have been 4 years old. I have absolutely no memory of it. The first movie I remember going to was Bedknobs and Broomsticks. This was back when movies started immediately after the last one ended. We stayed for the second one until Miss Englantine Price (Angela Lansbury) came riding up on her motorcycle and then we went home. I still love going to see movies in the theater. I’ve been on vacation this week and have seen 6. I’ve seen almost everything that is currently out and may even see The Conjuring again next week.

  • ego23

    The first movie I ever remember seeing was Star Wars, when it was simply called Star Wars. I was 4 years old and stood upright in my seat to watch the entire film.

  • John Marsh

    As a young child of maybe three or four, I have no kowledge of the first movie I saw. This was in the mid forties when going to the cinema was a very usual experience, but also a very special one. More important is the question of how the experience of movie participation was on a young child. More impressive was the theater and its ambience than a memory of any specific movie. The scale of theaters to a small child was enormous, but most impressive, to me, was its design, especially the theater closest to our home which was the “Oriental”. That theater was the most ornate and foreign thing that I ever experienced. It was like being in a palace in Bangkok and Cairo combined. I can still remember just looking around at the walls and cieling and imagining what all the strange and wonderful figures were about. And, of course, there was that wonderful balcony that presented a completely different pespective. So, for me, it was really the place and not the movie that impressed me. I will say, however, the movie that really provokes the most outstanding memory was “The Wizard of Oz” with its unique sepia print changing to color. That was so unusual to me in the era of completely black and white films. What a surprise to a youngster who believes he’s going to be watching a typical b/w film that miraculously turns to color!

  • Kathy Fallon

    House of wax

  • Diamond

    Sands of Iwo Jima, starring John Wayne as Sgt. Striker. Non stop action and heartbreaking ending as a Japanese soldier called his name from behind a concrete pillbox and thus lured him out in the open to be gunned down. This after Striker killed dozens of “Japs” himself. Gave me a life long affinity for war movies and the military vocation.

  • Andy

    First for me, which has affected my taste for the rest of my life, was Vincent Price in House on Haunted Hill. Being a time of gimmicks , due to competition from TV , they had stuffed skeleton suit rigged to come down the aisle on a thin wire to coincide with the skeleton coming out of the vat of acid. The skeleton got stuck in the aisle, and I looked over to see it right next to me. I jumped under the seat in front of me and had to be pulled out, shaking four year old, but I’ve loved a good scare ever since that time :-)

  • linsai

    the first movie i remember seeing is The Wasp Woman (onTV). When I went to bed that night, the neighbor next door was using a power sander in his garage. It sounded just like a wasp buzzing…

  • Tana Lampton

    First Movie seen was Disney’s “Song of the South” circa 1948. A beautiful, gentle film which, I think, made my 8 year old mind un-biased and un-prejudiced to this 73rd year. Tana Lampton, Agua Dulce, CA

    • mrs hudson

      Me too !!!!! I loved that movie I thought Uncle Remus was such a wonderful man…..to me that movie was pure joy….I was 6 years old !!!!!

    • Carolyn Ferrante

      Yes, Tana, this was at least one of the first 3 movies I ever saw. “Zip Bah Dee Do Dah, Zip Bah Dee Day….” You can now buy a DVD of this heartwarming film. Another one of my first films was, “Fantansia”.” I may as well list the third, “Mickey,” with Lois Butler.

  • MovieJan

    I was five years old and my father took me to see “Lassie Come Home.” it was my first movie and I was totally soaked in tears by the time the film ended. All I wanted to do after that was go back to see it and relive it. I loved that film. Then, a year later an older cousin took me to see “The Mummy” in a theater in downtown Los Angeles, called The Egyptian. I was never so frightened in my life! that lumbering mummy, moving so slowly, dragging his feet, his wrappings dangling behind him. and then when the film was over, and I was stunned into silence we walked into the lobby of the theater and there were several sarcophagi and one was open with what looked to be an actual wrapped mummy in it. they had to carry me out of that theater. to this day, I cannot watch that movie. nothing ever frightened me as much. so I grew up a dog and film lover, but keep the mummies away!

  • knoze

    The first movie I remember seeing was DeMille’s 1954 “Ten Commandments.” My grandmother took me to see it. I was 7.

  • duvyp

    The Farmer’s Daughter with Loretta Young and Robert Young at age 4. Nothing special about the movie, but I loved being in the movie theater.

  • Tom

    The first movie I can actually recall seeing – so since it was in a theater, it probably was the first movie I ever saw, was Disney’s “Snow White.” Our little local movie house re-ran it, and my folks took me, and I fell hard. I was so little, I didn’t realize it was animation, and I fell head over heels in love wit Snow White. Funny, I can remember almost nothing else about the movie, except Dopey, and perhaps Doc or Grumpy, but I recall being totally enamored with Snow White! Iit took some years to get over that, until one day my father well-meaningly crushed the crush by telling me she was a cartoon. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • Alvaro Pelayo

    The Greatest Show On Earth, on 6 October 1956. I think it is one of the greatest movies ever. Charlton Heston looks like the character he is playing. Cornel Wilde, Lyle Bettger, James Stewart, Henry Wilcoxon are in their best also, along with Gloria Grahame, Betty Hutton. And a warm welcome to Bing Crosby and Bob Hope cameos. Great film, great fun.

  • Mary

    High Noon. I was about 4 yrs. old and my parents took me to a drive in (first time I ever went to a drive-in).

  • Louis Martinez

    My first movie was “The Big Trees” with Kirk Douglas and I’ve read that this was his least favorite because of his contract stipulations. I was eight when I first saw it back in 1952.

  • retired cop in arizona

    My first movie was ‘The Sands of Iwo Jima’ in 1944. They even had a captured Japanese Zero on a flat-bed trailer in front of the theatre.

  • tenther1

    When I was 4 years old (in 1950), I came over to Canada on a ship named “The Empress Of France”. They showed “The Wizard of Oz”. I had nightmares for years over Margaret Hamilton’s witch character.

  • SeBADo

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was the first movie I saw in a theatre. I was 5 years old.

  • tone26

    i was 4yrs. old and it was either 20,000 leagues under the sea or the wizard of oz. i was mesmerized by the former and grew tired of the latter.both cost a dime.

  • david hartzog

    The High and the Mighty.

    • DMena

      Me too I was eight! The title song whistling has always stayed with me.

      • david hartzog

        Yes, that was a great tune.

  • Deanie_Loomis

    The first movie I can remember seeing on the big screen was Vincente Minnelli’s “The Long, Long Trailer” (1954), starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. During one sequence, I thought the trailer carrying Luci and Desi was going to plunge off a cliff, and I was terrified. Being four years old at the time, I had no idea the movie I was watching was supposed to be funny.

  • MovieFan104

    My first movie was “The Thing from Another World” in 1951. (Yep, i’m a geezer.) I found this experience so scary that I spent a great deal of the time on the floor of the theater. I was not even able to watch much of this film. Even the soundtrack was frightening at times, so I was plugging my ears with my fingers during the really scary parts. Thinking back on it, I should have asked for a refund. It’s also fortunate that this did not occur today, as with all of the popcorn topping, chili dogs and nacho cheese, I might still be “glued” to that spot on the floor. I was really traumatized by this movie and had the proverbial nightmares for weeks afterward. I will say though, as I’m now a classic movie buff, it didn’t keep me from going back to the movies and loving them ever since.

  • Hildegard Brosseau

    “Quax der Bruchpilot”, starring Heinz Ruehmann, shortly after the war [WWII.], in an inn, where a white sheet [bed sheet] was used for a screen and everybody brought his own chair. It was fun and great hilarity all around. I should add that this took place in Germany, where things were pretty dismal at the time and a movie – ANY movie – was most welcome. To me, as a child, a movie was equal to a miracle!

  • A Young Senior

    The first movie my parents took me to as a youngster was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

  • NoraGloria

    Jeez. It was either Snow White or The Wizard of Oz.

  • merrgaret .

    The first movie I ever saw was Hans Christiansen Andersen with Danny Kaye. I loved the songs and still sing them…….my older sister took me to see it when I was seven or eight!

  • SHELDON

    Sorry I can’t remember my 1st movie but my 1s date movie (my mother had to drive and pick us up) was Peter Pan, 1953. I was 10 years old. I can’t say I remember the girl or for that matter
    the movie.

  • abel

    Disney’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND during its initial release (1951). I was a tot, and completely captivated. I still love this film.

  • golden1

    The first movie I saw in a theater was Bambi. My Mother took me and I remember being so sad about Bambi’s mother’s death for a long time. To this day, I’ve never wanted to see the movie again.

  • Jason Doucette

    I grew up in show-biz, and my mom took me to countless movies as a child. We must’ve seen every sci-fi and Disney film that hit the theaters in the late 50′s – early 60′s. but the one theater experience that is most vivid to my recollection is Psycho. Today, I am still and avid movie-goer, and have a collection of over 5,000 films and TV series, which cover all genres. Yet, my favorite is still the ‘suspense & thriller’ theme that Hitchcock established so beautifully. (And yes, even at 8yrs old, I already appreciated filmmaking on a higher level… and I still prefer baths to showers!

  • Jow Whale

    Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein in 1948

  • Nicolas

    It was around 62 or 63. My mother took me to Berkeley CA, lived there at that time, and took me to some black and white film, that was I belive part of a British Children Film fund that they had at that time. I don’t know the title of that film. WHen I contacted the BFI, I believe they just told me the film was, not the whole title here but something “over Malta. I know that the children in the film jumped with parachutes over Malta, and that they were chased in a airplane hanger by some criminals or such. But my late mother and I could not remember the title of the film. Someone told me on the inte4rnet the the British Film Institute did not give me the right title. If someone knows the title, I would like to know. The first film with a title that I do know, and my second film in my life was Mary Poppins.

  • Frosty

    My first theater movie was “The Lost World(1960)” at the legendary Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge, Illinois. I was five years old at the time and loved dinosaurs.

  • Starboy28

    Mary Poppins. I was two years old and I still remember the awe I felt watching Mary Fly in with her umbrella.

  • Movie Joe

    We lived in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a suburb, of Boston. I remember my father drove me downtown, in our station wagon to see MOBY DICK, with Gregory Peck.

  • flyingtoupee

    PATTON at the drive-in with my parents. After his opening speech, they say I asked them if it was over. Then I fell asleep. The first movie I paid attention to in the theater: probably 101 DALMATIANS.

  • Rita

    The first movie I saw was Singing in The Rain when my mother married my step-father, when I was 2 1/2 yrs old and it is still one of my favorites.

  • katny

    I remember the first time I saw a movie by myself. My parents dropped me off at the theater, along with just about every other little girl in town, to watch “Misty of Chincoteague”, which was about kids and their horse. The supplier had shipped the wrong movie and instead we saw Jack the Giant Killer. Two hours later all the parents in town came to pick up their traumatized daughters.

    Somehow I think this was school related because it was a popular children’s book at the time and it wasn’t like my parents to have me do anything without an adult around.

    I have a theory that some child psychologist made a mint out of our town and that incident.

  • Tom

    The first movie I ever saw was Broken Arrow , about indian agent Tom Jeffords and Apache Chief Chochese. The next one I saw was River of No Return with Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum.

  • Gary

    Mary Poppins. I was 5.

    • Jay

      Hi Gary – I just wrote my comments above about seeing Mary Poppins just like you did. We must be about the same age. I was born in 1959. It’s nice to know that it was also your first movie.

  • billyboy53

    Gunga Din. I was seven. I love that picture to this day.

  • Sylph Lady

    The first movie I ever saw was either “Charlotte Bronte” with my aunt, or Danny Kaye’s “Wonder Man” when my father took me.

  • Genesplicer

    Disney’s “The Jungle Book”. My folks took me to the drive-in. I had no idea about where we were going, but I fell in love with movies. The second movie they took me to was “Barbarella”. They had no idea what it was about, other than it was a science fiction film starring Jane Fonda. They considered leaving, but decided that I didn’t really understand what was happening on the screen, being just 6 years old. They were right.

  • Old Timer

    The first movie I have any memory of was ‘Hello, Frisco, Hello’ released in 1943. I have a distinct memory of Alice Faye on one side of the stage and John Payne on the other singing into telephones to each other. This must have been 1943 so I could have been no more than four years old at the time. I caught up with it on DVD recently. It’s a pretty dreadful movie but it was impressive enough at the time to make me a life long fan of the movies.

  • Carioca

    Some of the movies I saw on TV as a little kid were the 1940 B&W version of “One Million B.C.” with Victor Mature and Carole Landis. It scared me speechless, but I loved it! The 1935 version of “The Last Days of Pompeii” with Preston Foster and Basil Rathbone scared me even more because we lived close to the edge of Mt. Tabor, a dormant volcano in Portland Oregon. I worried about escape plans! And then in 1980 Mt. St. Helens, a volcano up the highway in Washington State, did erupt, proving that my fears were not groundless! The 1933 original of “King Kong” with Fay Wray and the 1931 “Frankenstein” with Boris Karloff haunted my dreams for years. But it wasn’t all chills and fears. “Top Hat” with its Big White Set gazebo with Fred and Ginger dancing to “Isn’t It A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In the Rain)?” enchanted me, and “Dark Passage” with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall riveted me. Those B&W movies I saw on TV remain favorites and always will.

  • Richy

    My grandfather took me to the movies when I was five and my first was either Errol Flynn’s “Robin Hood” or a Rod Cameron western double feature. Both left me with scary memories–Robin Hood for the dining scene where they appear to be eating raw meat with bare hands and the Rod Camerons for the constant menacing presence of “bad Indians”

  • Marilyn

    In a theater, the first movie I recall seeing was “Sink the BismarK”. I had been watching “Bill Kennedy at the Movies” in Detroit since I was a baby – “Adventures of Robin Hood” with Errol rules!

  • Sue

    Bambi. Two years old. Scarred for life.

  • Ringhead

    My first movie was the 1932 film Frankenstein on Shock Theater on TV at age 5. I have been a Universal fan ever since.

  • HenryT516

    I can’t remember that far back anymore!!! It could have been some Errol Flynn or Gary Cooper movie. However there were 3 movies that made an impression on me ‘Shenandoah’ with James Stewart , ‘ The Private War of Major Benson’ with Charlton Heston & ‘Tripoli’ with John Payne, all seen in 1963/64 when I was away in a military school in the 7th grade down in Manassas, VA. All were about American experiences in conflict times, some during war & some after war. They showed the greatness of America while over coming personal conflicts. I also learned that character, belief in God & Country would help me be successful in life!!

  • awestdawn1

    I think the first movie I saw was Bambi. Like other folks on this list I also think it “scarred me for life!” The rest of the Disney flix were great.
    The first movie I truly remember was Dr. Doolittle with Rex Harrison. The theatre had a llama outside the event “dressed up” as a Pushme-Pullyou. It tried to eat one of the buttons on my shirt!
    The most recent movie was the Rifftrax versoin (MST3K) of Starship Troopers. I laughed so hard I cried!! Can’t wait for the next Rifftrax…the original Night of the Living Dead!

  • Blue Carbuncle

    in 1955 at age 3, I saw “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” at the local drive-in. Afterward my father had several studio photos taken of me, wearing my coonskin cap and toting my trusty toy musket while riding my spring-mounted rocking horse.

  • teddydave

    Major Dundee, at the drive-in when I was 8. It got rained out and we got a “rain check” and went back the next night. Love those old western cavalry movies ever since!

  • LadyFanshawe

    The first I remember is Disney’s Cinderella at the Midway. I was enchanted at age 11. At a much younger age, I slipped quitely down the stairs to watch Bela in Dracula one night on our Philco when my sister was supposed to be watching me; thus started my life-love obsession with vampires.

  • Jay

    The first movie I ever saw in a movie theatre was Mary Poppins. The year was either 1964 or 1965 and my older cousin took my brother and I to see it at the Seaview Movie Theatre in Canarsie when we lived in Brooklyn NY. The scene that stands out in my mind was when they sang – I Love To Laugh – and as they were laughing they floated up in the air along with the table and chairs. That is all I remember of seeing this movie. I was 5 or 6 and much too young to have really appreciated it at the time. I do remember they sold the book Mary Poppins that was on display in the box office window where you bought your tickets. I wanted that book so much. It wasn’t until years later in 1986 when I watched it on Video Tape on my VCR. That was when I truly developed a deep appreciation for this great movie.

  • Fred55110

    1963 “The Music Man” I, remember it like it was a long time ago………..guess it was, oh well I, was 3 years old and first we went by the St. Louis Arch as it was being built…my siblings and I, thought it was going to be a giant McDonalds and couldn’t wait to have it open (what a dirty trick that was) then it was off to the drive in where my dad and sister sat with me on the hood of Chrysler wagon watching the movie as my older sister complained about us on the hood of the car. Loved the movie and still do. Miss those times and the old wagon that wasn’t old at the time.

  • Helen

    The first movie I remember seeing was “Cabin in the Sky,” with Ethel Waters. I cried so much my mother had to take me out of the theater.

  • knollgag

    The first movie I ever saw in a theater was “2001 a Space Odyssey”. What an experience on a super wide screen. Then the 20 min of color flashing. At 11 yrs old that was too much.

    • Nicolas

      I guess we are the same age. I remember not really enjoying myself too much watching it, but I knew I had seen something that I would not forget. Since that time, I have seen again. I saw it in San Francisco at the Golden Gate Theater. First time I went to a theater were they had two screens. Upstairs they were playing a revival of Gone With The WInd.

  • Cara

    When I was 5 yrs old my mother took me to my very first movie, a rerun of The Wizard of Oz. I was scared of the Margaret Hamilton character when she was a mean old lady trying to take Toto away from Dorothy. And my worst fears were confirmed when she turned out to be the Wicked Witch of the West. When she popped out of that pretty little farm house nestled in the woods by the yellow brick road cackling maniacally, I jumped out of my seat and went screaming out of the theater.

    I couldn’t watch TWoO again in its entirety until I was in my 20s. and scary movies have never given me a titillating thrill. There are movies I’ve enjoyed that have scary moments in them, but I almost always have to hide my eyes.

    • Pete

      Cara, it is incredible but my first movie experience was so like your own. I was about five too. Saw W of O at Regent Theatre, Brisbane, Australia with Mum & Dad. I balled tearfully at the witch. Mum had to take me outside.

  • Elizabeth

    The first movie I saw at the movies was The Ghost and Mr. Chicken with Don Knotts. My sisters and brother went with our dad.

  • diacad

    I do not remember the first movie I saw. It was during WW2 and my parents often went to the movies, taking us along whether we could understand them or not. But the first movie that made a strong impression was the original “Chiquita Banana” commercial, which played as a short in theaters. It bonded me permanently with a certain big-band flavor of latin music in vogue at the time. Another impression was seeing “Snow White” about that same time. The chase scene where the witch falls from the mountaintop was much scarier in the original, showing her spiraling down to her death; I think it was censored out of the reissues. A shame, kids are pretty resilient. Maybe the adults couldn’t take it.

  • Vincent J. Anello

    I’m dating my self it was “Dial M for Murder”

  • Richard

    Though it may not have been the first, I do remember vividly seeing “Ulysses” and

    “20000 Leagues Under the Sea” both in 1954. As a five year old I was very impressed and it was then that I began liking the work of Kirk Douglas. “The Vikings” in 1958 was and still is one of my favorites along with “Spartacus” in 1960. I could go on and on.

  • Tarwinkles

    I remember seeing Pinocchio with my dad when I was about 4 It must have been right after WW2 because he was in his sailor uniform and ship had been home ported in Australia during the war. I remember holding his hand going into the movie and feeling very grown up. Trawinkles

  • Erwin Kurt Giesemann III

    I remember the first foreign language film my mother took me to see was Diabolique. I was 7 or 8 years old and could read the titles and that ending scared the tar outta me.

  • Chip Thomas

    My parents tell me that my first movie was Goldfinger…but I don’t remember it beacuase I was like three or four. But my first movie that I went to with friends (i.e. no parents), was Battle Beneath the Earth (1967). Cheezy movie about how the Chinese were digging tunnels under the pacific to attack the US. Yup quality movie making at its best!

    • Nicolas

      Funny that you mention that film Chip. My father took me to see it, and it was the only time in my many years of seeing hundreds of films that I went to a drive in. The second feature was “Wild Wild Planet”. I did not of course no that at the time that second feature was Italian, and when I saw Battle Beneath the Earth some many years later, was embarassed by the portrayal of Asians by Caucasian actors, even in the late 60′s they were still doing this.

  • Jack

    First movie that I remember seeing was DRACULA with Bella Lagosi in about 1937. I watched it recently and found it to be wonderfully paced and filled with haunting images.

  • eldersburgrick

    Theatrically. it was THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD.

  • LovedWesterns

    The first movie I remember seeing with the parents was Disney’s Lady and the Tramp – I was about 3. The first movie I rmember seeing “alone” was when my twin and I were dropped off to watch the $ .35 Saturday Matinee Roy Rogers Double Feature of Trail of Robin Hood and Heart of the Rockies. Between features was a black and white documentary of the first flight of the Spruce Goose because it was the flight’s 10 year anniversary. We were about five or six at the time. (We were allowed there alone because the theater owner was a family friend and Dad was usually across the parking lot at a Bar while Mom went shopping – All after getting our haircuts across the street.)

  • Daisy

    The first movie I remember seeing was a Martin & Lewis comedy called “Money From Home”. I was pretty small, but I never forgot that Jerry Lewis played a dimension named Virgil who rode down the racetrack, seated backwards on a racehorse. Funny stuff for a 5 or 6 year old kid.

  • DAWAGS

    MY FOLKS TOOK ME TO SEE THE “YEARLING” WITH GREGORY PECK…ABSOLUTELY
    LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT !

  • KarenG958

    The first one I remember was The Sword in the Stone, at a cinema with my grandmother. My parents took us to movies often, but only at the drive in, and I have wonderful memories of going to the drive in with them.

  • Doug

    101 Dalmatians, during the original theater release. I was seven years old.

  • Susan

    Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs — I was six years old.

  • Maxbuda

    Original “Thing From Another World” when I was 5 years old in 1958.

  • Bob

    The first movie I remember seeing was Lili, it was at the Jersey shore in Margate. I remember it as being viewed through an aquarium, a blue overlay, though it really wasn’t that way when I watched it years later and the tune has stuck in my head forever.

  • Dana Thompson

    An eventful early movie was “A Hard Days Night” at the Villa in Rockville Maryland, I remember the girls were all screaming and jumping around in their seats

  • Gary B.

    “The ABCs For You And Me”…..excellant film…..I saw it in Kindergarten

  • Dave from RI

    First movies I can remember seeing in a theatre were Ben Hur and Spartacus. I was quite young about 6 or so and I’m pretty sure we saw them at the Cinerama theatre in Providence, RI. I seem to remember the theatre shaking during the chariot race.

  • Antone

    My first vivid memory of movies was NOT seeing Sentimental Journey when I was 7. I was on vacation in Afton, Wyoming with my parents and my 11-year-old sister. The first 2 days were dedicated to evening fly fishing for dad while the rest of us went to the movies. The first night we saw The Razor’s Edge [a great choice for a fidgety boy of seven]. Watching it was the longest, most tedious month I ever suffered. The previews of the movie starting the next day promised possibly worse suffering the next night [Sentimental Journey].

    For the first time in my life I successfully argued a case to my father. He agreed to allow me to accompany him to the stream. I had never been prouder than being allowed to attend this sacred ritual between dad and nature. Nor was I ever prouder of my dad. He was a virtuoso with a rod and reel—akin to Ted Williams with a baseball bat. WHAT A DAY!!!!

    The girls returned from Sentimental Journey drenched in tears. I couldn’t understand how they could proclaim it a great movie while sobbing pitifully. I never could bring myself to watch either of these films as an adult. This trip may have precipitated my life-long aversion to melodramas, chick flicks, long movies and Capra.

  • doubleg1c

    The first movie/movies i saw were a double feature at the crest theatre in seatac,wa.,i think, i was 6 or so at the time, the movies were: the three lives of thomasina and the wonderful mr. Limpit. I’m dyslexic, over 55, probably ADD(just found out at 59 ).

  • Ginette1974

    First movie I remember seeing was Candleshoe with Jodi Foster, Helen Hayes, David Niven, et. al. I still have a love for the film.

  • doubleg1c

    The most impressive and edge of your/my seat movie of the 70′s was mia farrow’s “see no evil”. Wow!!! Not a predictable movie like quite afew of the films of the times. Filmed in 70,i think, and really, really impressive for the time it was made. It really kept you wonering, guessing and hoping that she’d be ok/saved/found. I was suprised that i could get 2 copies on dvd. Couldn’t not pick them up. Worth every penny and years looking for my copies!!

  • doubleg1c

    When i was stationed in mo. back in 75-79, my 1st husband and i saw “the sentinel” or “sentinel”, on base. Man!!! Scarry, scarry and very spooky movie!!! It scared me so bad that i still sleep with my glasses on! Really. I’m very near-sighted and one of my dresses in the closet looked very, very suspiciously erie. I was so spooked that i covered my head for almost 5 min. Lol. Still wouldn’t see it again. Not enough money-except in switzerland or maybe fort knox. Lol.

  • WILLYBOAT847

    willyboat847 The first movies that i can remember that was Scary was 1947 0r48 i was 6 yrs old was called THE MUMMEY and WOLFMAN MEETS FRANKENSTEIN with my older brother. They scared the crap out of me and big brother was eating popcorn and laughing ha ha ha

  • Mikaela Brink

    Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” was the first full length feature film I’ve ever seen.