I grew up in Hell’s Kitchen. There would be a bunch of us (boys and girls)We were about 14 and 15 yrs old and I can remember that our parents would give us maybe $2.00 to go to the movies on the weekend (and not every weekend) We would go to the movies on 42nd St. Back then it was about .75 and back then 42nd St. had lots of arcades and I remember a freak show with a bearded lady and a two headed sheep. We were a roudy bunch, laughing and having a god time but all in good fun…Although times were often tuff, I remember those days with a smile!!!!
REMEMBER PERIODICALY DEFECTING TO NYC 42nd Street FROM BROOKLYN TO SPEND A DAY WATCHING CHEAP “B” ACTION, HORROR, AND KIDDIE SKIN FLICKS CHARLES BRONSON’S VIGILANTE, BRUCE LEE, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, HELL-RAISER, ETC. There was always more action in the theater than on the screen. Guys on angeldust leaping from the top balconies onto the audience below screaming “I can fly”; gun-shots and stampedes, setting off fire sprinklers… snickering at the couples using the back seats as motels, oh, the memories. Once after having seafood and pasta, I went to 42nd street to see a horror movie with an old guy-friend and spent the entire movie wretching (and I wasn’t bulemic) in the john, as some crazy girl stood outside my stall singing gospel songs, the worst of it is she had a beautiful eerie voice. (Kind’ve like Kate Bush singing Wurthering Heights)It was weird. I went to some drive-in theaters in the south and they had the same cheap movie thrill as 42nd street and they had an apparent b-movie star that I had not been aware of before: Dolomite!