Just asking …
Are you old enough to remember Saturday “movie clubs” at your neighbor film theaters?
Back in the day Consolidated Theatres had matinee “clubs” – named for the likes of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Popeye, etc. – where kids signed on and family fare screened for youths.
Admission was, if you can believe it, 10 cents.
So the Palama Theatre, the Kalihi Theatre, the Liliha Theatre, the Kailua Theatre, the Pawaa Theatre, the Kaimuki Theatre, the Kapahulu, the Kapahulu Theatre and the Liberty Theatre had a retinue of clubsters showing up for morning movies on Saturdays.
Some sites had pre-screening talent shows with island keiki performing for prizes.
All screenings had cartoon reels and “news” recaps – part of the ritual of movie-going then – along with coming attractions.
These elements ended when the community theaters started shutting down, triggered by the redevelopment of larger halls of viewing, like the Hawaii, the Kuhio, the Waikiki #3, the Waikiki #1 and #2, and the Cinerama. And yeah – those stand-alone screening halls eventually were replaced by regional multi-plexes, the smaller ones now shutdown because of the pandemic.
For memory’s sake, were you a Saturday matinee clubber? Where? Share…