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Zeldar
06-30-2005, 11:06 AM
People near my age (and older) may have an easier time of this since there won't be a conflict with TV movies (movies first seen on TV). But what is your first memory from a movie you saw at a theater?

In my own case, I can't be 100% sure, since I don't remember seeing a complete feature until well after the snippets I got from being in the theater with my mother or an aunt or somebody. In any case, I would have been 4 or 5 or so.

I remember sequences from Red River with John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, John Ireland, etc.

There was some Red Skelton comedy involving beds being shifted from room to room in a hospital. I had nightmares over this one!

The Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable It Happened One Night but only the scene where she hikes her skirt up to hitch a ride.

There are also some scenes from some WWII movie that I saw from across the street. The stupid theater had the screen so you could see it from outside if the main doors (lobby and screening room) were open. It could have been anything from the mid-40's with a bunch of guys running around getting shot at.

I have checked IMDB for dates to try to square my age at the time and the release date of the movie, but all I can rely on are some fragmentary memories that are a big jumble.

I can't even remember what that first full length feature would have been. Most likely a western or a film noir, and most likely something before 1948.

TwoTrouts
06-30-2005, 11:16 AM
I remember the joy I felt at looking at all the puppies in "101 Dalmations". I wlaked out of that movie one happy little kid!

ArrMatey!
06-30-2005, 11:26 AM
I remember it as if it were yesterday. A local theater (which still stands, but has gone multi-screen corporate, sadly). A warm friday afternoon. My mother wanted to take me and my friends to see a movie for my birthday. 'The Jungle Book' was in theaters, but she wasn't sure if it was suitable for children our age, so she took me the day before to see my reactions.
It opened with a black and white Zorro short, which began my life-long infatuation with said character. The Lone Ranger with a sword! How could I dislike that?!
Then The Jungle Book. I remember being in awe of the movie, and singing a lot of the songs from it all the way home (okay, so it was only two miles. It's not like I was trying out for the Mormon Tabernackle Choir or anything).
One thing I brought out of it (and seeing both movies again the next day with my friends) was a certain... Sacredness... Of the theater. My mom and I were pretty much the only ones at the Friday afternoon matinee, and it felt like this entire mystical, darkened space was just -for me-. I still go to movies in the theater looking for that feeling. Sometimes I find it, sometimes I don't.
*sigh*
good memories.

An Arky
06-30-2005, 11:26 AM
I went to see The Green Slime (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064393/) at the Joy Theater in Dardanelle, AR when I was 5 in 1968/early69. It cost 45 cents to get in, and you could get a big pickle for a dime.

twickster
06-30-2005, 11:28 AM
I'm pretty sure the first movie I was was Ben-Hur, when I was about four. We went for my brother's birthday (he's five years older). I remember the lepers and the chariot race, but nothing else.

The first one I remember with any clarity is also 101 Dalmatians (hey TwoTrouts -- long time no see!). I also remember that because I also got the board game for that and there was some weird sort of card that they forgot to explain the purpose of, like a no-bark zone or something.

Skywatcher
06-30-2005, 11:32 AM
Disney's The Jungle Book at a drive-in. I thought the jungle caught fire but it was just the film melting.

delphica
06-30-2005, 11:36 AM
Mary Poppins -- we're talking about 1974, when I was 5 years old.

I was very excited, I remember dressing up in nice clothes. I did research before the movie, by reading my Mary Poppins picture book (the Disney tie-in).

The feeding the birds scene put me over the edge, my mother had to remove me from the theater until I calmed down. It was just so sad, the birds were hungry, the old lady was homeless ... other than that, I enjoyed it very much.

ftg
06-30-2005, 11:38 AM
The merchants in the nearby "big town" had a free old movies for kids on the Friday after Thanksgiving to draw in shoppers. With 6 kids in the family and not terribly well off, those were the only movies I saw at first. I remember one of them was one of the "Boys Town" movies with Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney. (Odd mind-blurt: I just remembered that one of Mickey's exes lives in the region.)

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
06-30-2005, 11:41 AM
The wicked queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Yow!

NoCoolUserName
06-30-2005, 11:54 AM
The Blob, with Steve McQueen. I had nightmares for weeks, maybe months.

RealityChuck
06-30-2005, 11:56 AM
Bits of Sleeping Beauty. And though I never actually saw it at the time, I do remember the ads for Plan 9 From Outer Space

Trunk
06-30-2005, 12:00 PM
My earliest memories are a vague recollection of the theater and seeing "Return from Witch Mountain", some Jesus movie, and "The Bermuda Triangle".

Around the same time, at a drive-in, I remember seeing "Star Wars" and "The Apple Dumpling Gang" (might have been ADG Rides Again).

I could use IMDB to figure out which one I actually saw first. I probably caught the re-release of Star Wars in '78, was it?

E-Sabbath
06-30-2005, 12:02 PM
I'm not quite sure, as per release dates, but the odds are strong it was either Bambi or Pinnochio. I have vauge memories of seeing both... but I can't tell you which was first.

The odds are strong, though, that my first memory of a movie was Star Wars, on the first release, at the age of something around three. I wasn't sure about that till last month, truthfully, and I bothered to ask my mother. It seems I was equally interested in the ships on the screen... and trying to figure out how the projectors changed back and forth. That, I do remember intensely.

Jayn_Newell
06-30-2005, 12:04 PM
I remember going to see The Jetsons movie with my aunts and (I think) grandmother. I would've been 5 at the time.

LittleSable
06-30-2005, 12:07 PM
The earliest movie memory I have is burying my face in my dad's chest whenever Ursula was on screen during "The Little Mermaid." Since that came out in 1989, I would have been three.

CalMeacham
06-30-2005, 12:12 PM
My first movie memory was from TV, not the theater. It was a broadcast of Son of Kong, right about the part they first land on the island. I thought the movie was going to be dull (even with a giant ape) until I saw that they had dinosaurs! Then I was hooked.


One of my first theatrical movie memories was Disney's Sleeping Beauty on its initial 1959 release.

Zeldar
06-30-2005, 12:15 PM
I remember it as if it were yesterday. A local theater (which still stands, but has gone multi-screen corporate, sadly). A warm friday afternoon. My mother wanted to take me and my friends to see a movie for my birthday. 'The Jungle Book' was in theaters, but she wasn't sure if it was suitable for children our age, so she took me the day before to see my reactions.
It opened with a black and white Zorro short, which began my life-long infatuation with said character. The Lone Ranger with a sword! How could I dislike that?!
Then The Jungle Book. I remember being in awe of the movie, and singing a lot of the songs from it all the way home (okay, so it was only two miles. It's not like I was trying out for the Mormon Tabernackle Choir or anything).
One thing I brought out of it (and seeing both movies again the next day with my friends) was a certain... Sacredness... Of the theater. My mom and I were pretty much the only ones at the Friday afternoon matinee, and it felt like this entire mystical, darkened space was just -for me-. I still go to movies in the theater looking for that feeling. Sometimes I find it, sometimes I don't.
*sigh*
good memories.

Beautiful post, ArrMatey!, and an echo of a sentiment I have maintained for a long time. In my own life I have had at least as much reverence for the power of movies (good movies anyway) to mold perceptions and even beliefs, as for anything learned in church. In fact, I always wondered why church had to be so dull. The amazing thing to me is how the movie moguls and script writers all seemed to be presenting the same basic ethos.

Not meant as a hijack to my own thread, but I just had to respond to this amazing post!

fishbicycle
06-30-2005, 12:21 PM
I remember my grandmother taking me to see Bedknobs And Broomsticks when it was first-run. I have more mental images of the theatre than the movie - The Delta in Hamilton, Ontario. It was straight out of the 1940s, with a cubicle in the lobby for the ticket seller, and lots of wrought-iron grating and railings, rich red draperies witih gold tassels, big, plush seats. The place was like that up until the late 1970s, when it fell into disrepair and ended up as a repertory theatre where heads would go to watch "Let It Be" and "The Wall" and "The Song Remains The Same" while passing around joints. I don't know if it's still there or not.

norinew
06-30-2005, 12:28 PM
When I was five, my aunt asked my four sisters and I whether we wanted to go get new shoes for school or go to the movies. Naturally, we all wanted to go to the movies! So she took us to see The Sound of Music. Then she took us to get new shoes for school.

Frank
06-30-2005, 12:36 PM
I hated Don Knotts turning into a fish in The Incredible Mr. Limpet then, and I hate it now. It still ranks as the most hated movie I've ever seen.

dropzone
06-30-2005, 12:38 PM
A kiddie matinee of Samson and Delilah with Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr. Samson knocks over the temple and a BF rock lands on a guy's chest and blood gushes from his mouth. In Lurid Technicolor.

They had a different idea of what constituted kiddie fare in those days and it warped my taste in movies forever.

Zeldar
06-30-2005, 12:44 PM
A kiddie matinee of Samson and Delilah with Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr. Samson knocks over the temple and a BF rock lands on a guy's chest and blood gushes from his mouth. In Lurid Technicolor.

They had a different idea of what constituted kiddie fare in those days and it warped my taste in movies forever.

My mother bought the soundtrack on 33 1/3 RPM before we even had a player that worked at that speed. I still have the record. It's a 10" with a picture of Vic and Hedy on the front. Every now and then some jazz group will do a version of Delilah that brings back memories of that flic. I thought Samson was way cooler than Jesus, and that Hedy Lamarr was the sexiest woman alive. Hefty thoughts for a 9-year-old.

Blazing Saddles sorta took the edge off that, though...

Casey1505
06-30-2005, 12:49 PM
Gus (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074599/) at the drive in. I was 5. What I remember the most is kicking the football like Gus the next day, and being mad that it didn't go nearly as far.

E. Thorp
06-30-2005, 12:49 PM
I was ready to post that my grandparents took me to see the Disney movie Candleshoe in the summer of 1975, when I was 7 going on 8.

But a quick check on IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075807/) reveals that Candleshoe didn't come out until 1977! Now I can't trust my memory. Surely I went to a movie theater earlier than that. But I can't think what I'd have seen. Something Herbie-related, perhaps.

mlerose
06-30-2005, 12:54 PM
ET, for my fourth birthday (March of 1983). I know it came out in '82, but it was still in the theater in '83. Also seen in that year: Return of the Jedi.

I know I saw a theater release of Bambi sometime when I was really young, but I don't remember if it was before or after ET.

ArrMatey!
06-30-2005, 02:17 PM
Not meant as a hijack to my own thread, but I just had to respond to this amazing post!

*bows* Honored to share one of my most 'magical' memories. Glad it resounded with you. :)

MaxTheVool
06-30-2005, 02:18 PM
The earliest movie memory I have is burying my face in my dad's chest whenever Ursula was on screen during "The Little Mermaid." Since that came out in 1989, I would have been three.

You were THREE when The Little Mermaid came out?????

I feel so old.



Anyhow, my earliest movie memory is a very very vague memory of seeing some movie involving Raggedy Ann. Which, searching the IMDB, must be this (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076593/), assuming I didn't make that memroy up entirely. But that's the right time frame.


I also saw Star Wars at a very young age, but the first time I saw it, there was a power failure right before the attack on the Death Star.

CalMeacham
06-30-2005, 02:20 PM
I know I saw a theater release of Bambi sometime when I was really young, but I don't remember if it was before or after ET.


Probably 1982 -- it was re-released theatrically that summer. I know, because it's the first time I actually saw the movie (although I grew up on the record and storybooks. In the pre-videotape era you often had to wait long times to see re-releases. I didn't get to see Peter Pan and Fantasia until I was in college.)

MovieMogul
06-30-2005, 02:32 PM
I remember that, for some reason, the local bank ( :confused: ) was screening three old classics on three successive nights. My parents chose to take me the night they were playing Frank Capra's Lost Horizon with Ronald Colman, Sam Jaffe, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, Thomas Mitchell, and H.B. Warner. I must have been 5 or something--really young, but it made a definite impression on me, and I've loved old movies ever since.

plnnr
06-30-2005, 02:38 PM
I know that my parents took the family (parents and 4 boys) to the drive-in, but I have no recollection of what we saw. Given that we (the boys) probably beat the living crap out of each other, dumped popcorn all over the place, and in general made life a living hell for my parents within the confines of the car, I doubt that we stayed through the whole thing.

The first movie I have a distinct recollection of seeing at the theater is the original release of Planet of the Apes. I have a very vivid memory of being scared, scared, scared when the shot of the first gorilla on horseback comes on the screen (in the cornfield when all the humans are first captured).

Annie-Xmas
06-30-2005, 02:50 PM
I remember seeing The Shaggy Dog. We had to wait outside in the cold freezing rain. I had a Little Golden Book with a photo of the dog on a turquoise background on the cover. I remember rain getting in my eyes and making the dog on the cover "vibrate."

Later, I remember Fred McMurray turning in the shaggy dog.

Dolores Reborn
06-30-2005, 02:58 PM
My first memory is seeing The Sound of Music. We were in some fancy theater with ornate moldings - it was all white with deep red curtains.

But that can't have been my first movie! I turned 9 in 1967. I saw Bambi, and Swiss Family Robinson, and Sleeping Beauty, all those classics.

Back in the day, our parents would drop us off at the theater. Willie Wonka ruled!

lieu
06-30-2005, 03:15 PM
A double feature of Old Yeller and Savage Sam. The only thing I remember is the corn crib scene, although my dad remembers me talking incessantly throughout both features as if we were still in front of our black & white.

AHunter3
06-30-2005, 03:30 PM
Valdosta GA, circa 1966, a drive-in called the Sky Way or Sky-something at any rate. Heavy metal thingamabobbles you hooked to the window-glass after rolling it partway down, that the sound came in on. Mary Poppins.

I remembering finding it fantastic and full of activity and song and color, but hard to follow, hard to think back on and recall the sequence of events. I had a hard time staying awake for the whole thing.

Didn't see it again for decades. Finally at some point in my 30s I rented it and found it less fantastic than I'd recalled it but still hard to follow. Damn, this thing barely has a plot at all, it's just an excuse to string a sequence of production numbers together!

Ummm, yeah, musical! :smack:

Isn't it odd how early impressions often don't get updated to incorporate later information? I did not have an impression of "musicals" when I was 7 so for the rest of my life I remembered Mary Poppins not as a musical but as a fantasmagorical whirlwind of a movie that was hard to follow.

And again I found it hard to stay awake for the whole thing.

kingpengvin
06-30-2005, 03:44 PM
It was the summer of 1976. The family car was packed with PJs pillows and blankets. In those days two you ng boys could sleep easily in teh back one across the back seat the other below behind teh front seats on the floor. As a Kid I din't seem to mind the little hump that seperated the left and right front seats.

We played infront of the gigantic screen as the fading daylight turned into darkness. I rememeber the playground just emptying as the first image hit that towering screen. My Brother and I crawled into the back to find stale popcorn and rubbery hot dogs waiting for us. It was a banquet.

My dad had two speakers hooked to the windows (I was sure he was only supposed to have one) and the volume was turned low. I don't rememebr the first feature except it had something to do with a windmill and a kidnapping.

We tried to stay up as late as we could. The house rules didn't apply in that giant parking lot. When the movie was half over we all treked to the washroom.

The cold night air and the brightness of the bathroom are still vivid to me. It was unreal. That burning of the eyes from fatigue and the giddiness that comes from doing something new and exciting made for an odd mixture that left butterflies in my stomach. And as much as my body tried to beat me I fought off sleep.

We were supposed to have fallen asleep for the second feature. I pretended to be asleep to the strains of "let's all go to the lobby" and almost succumbed.
Then teh second feature came on. Jaws. I sat there wrapped in blankets just staring at the screen beyond the smudged windshield. At least until the little boy on the raft was eaten. At that point I buried my head in the back covered my ears with my pillow and somehow, despite the fear, fell asleep.

I still love that movie... it always reminds me of that night.

PapSett
06-30-2005, 03:59 PM
It was the summer of '63 , and I was 3 years old . We were going to the drive in to see one of the Godzilla movies , I couldn't begin to tell you which one . I remember being SO excited about going , my parents had a cooler sitting by the door , and I was sitting on top of it with my Beanie doll (Anyone else remember Beanie & Cecil ?) . I don't remember much about the movie , I probably fell asleep in the middle of it , but I can still remember that shivery feeling of anticipation , sitting on that cooler .

Damn , I miss drive ins ! They were SO much fun .

ArrMatey!
06-30-2005, 04:08 PM
A departed friend of mine introduced me to drive-ins about 5 years ago. He had a young son (age 2-3ish at the time) and wanted to go see movies with his boy and his wife, but knew the boy would need attention, changing, and the incesant noisiness that can ruin a movie for other folks, so he insisted we find a drive in. The one we found was a long, long way away from his place, and about half a mile from where I lived. It was another great experience. I can't really justify doing it now (especially as the days of hanging with said friend are gone), but it was such a -different- experience, and as movies were already something very special to me, it's one I'll treasure.

Broken Wind
06-30-2005, 04:19 PM
I remember my Mom took me to see Jaws in the theater when I was seven (what was she thinking?) We had got the big multi-pack of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and had them all laid out on the arm of the seat between us for easy munching access (for after the popcorn was all gone of course.) It was the scene where that "dun-DUN-dun-DUN-dun-DUN" music first came on and I was terrified and bunched up in the back of my seat. The music crescendoed, the chick got eaten, my arms and legs shot out in fear, and my Peanut Butter Cups were launched across the theater in the process.

Needless to say we didn't make it to the beach that summer.

DesertDog
06-30-2005, 09:23 PM
The wicked queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Yow!Oooh! Oooh! Me, too. Specifically where:

She kicks the just-out-of-reach water jug into the skeleton reaching for it.
She's finished the poisoned apple and the death's head appears, then fades to a lucious red.
Finally (and indirectly) when she's taken the big plunge. The two vultures nod at each other, launch off their branch, and slowly circle down into the abyss.

Am I weird or what?

DD

Miller
06-30-2005, 09:31 PM
My earliest movie memory? Star Destroyer. I was two. Warped me for life.

cckerberos
06-30-2005, 09:32 PM
I remember going to see Return of the Jedi when I had just turned 4. I kinda remember not being able to read the subtitles and having to have my mother explain.

Amaranta
06-30-2005, 09:33 PM
The earliest movie memory I have is burying my face in my dad's chest whenever Ursula was on screen during "The Little Mermaid." Since that came out in 1989, I would have been three.

Yup, this is the one I came in here to mention. I remember the part at the beginning, when all the sisters were singing, and my sister crying when the boat kills Ursula, and my sis spilling her popcorn all over the floor. She would have been two years old, I'd have been three or four. Oh, and I remember asking my dad if he'd seen any mermaids while scuba diving, and he said he had, and I refused to go in boats for a long time after because I thought we'd run over a mermaid. I was an odd child, yes.

El_Kabong
06-30-2005, 09:35 PM
First film I have a recollection of seeing in a movie house was the Japanese monster film Mothra, which was double-billed with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at either the State or Embassy Theater in downtown Johnstown, PA, sometime in the early '60s. My memory of these two being shown together is clear, despite the fact that I've never since seen a Disney flick doubled with a non-Disney production.

Anyway, liked 'em both, but Mothra weirded me right out. I mean, a gigantic caterpiller spinning a cocoon on a radio tower is one thing, but those tiny little singing women? Eraserhead had nothing on that.

*shudder*

Baggins111
06-30-2005, 09:58 PM
My first movie and first movie memory is..

Jonathan. Livingston. Seagull.

All I remember are freakin seagulls and a monotous voice. I have never revisited the movie or novel.

Tio Gringo
06-30-2005, 10:21 PM
Maybe not my earliest, but one will I always remember:

The local drive-in where I grew up in Milwaukee had double features. The first was a kiddie or family flick, while the second feature was more adult fare. So one summer evening my folks loaded up the back of the green, psuedo-woodpaneled station wagon with sleeping bags and pillows.

The way it normally worked was this: After the kiddie flick, my sister and I would have to go to the back of the wagon and go to sleep. This night would be different. After the first film (The Black Hole or Last Flight of Noah's Ark or some such Disney banality), my sister and I dutifully crawled to the back of the car and lied down. I pretended to sleep until the second feature, when I stealthily lifted my head over the edge of the seat to watch the forbidden fruit that is...

Caveman (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082146/)!

Specifically, I remember the scene where the one caveman smashes the giant, evil looking bug that lands one the other caveman's face while he is sleeping. Gobs of gooey bug guts ooze all over the guy's face. Permanently etched into my memory...Good times.

Cunctator
06-30-2005, 10:25 PM
Going to the cinema on an incredibly hot day some time in the summer of 1969-70 to see The Sound of Music.

Tracy Lord
06-30-2005, 10:38 PM
Beauty and the Beast when I was five: Belle in the Beast's library, which was full of more books than I'd ever seen (and I wanted them all!), and beautifully flooded with sunlight. My parents tell me I tried to stand on my seat as the Beast was opening the curtains to let the light in.

(My first movie memory is Star Wars -- not in the theaters, but watching it on the somewhat-big-screen-TV in my parents' bedroom when I was four or so. It's not what the OP asked, but I thought it was worth mentioning. The Star-Destroyer-versus-Alderaanian-ship fight is definitely etched into my memory.)

drewbert
06-30-2005, 11:13 PM
Earliest I can remember was really not wanting to go see the Agatha Christie flick "The Mirror Crack'd" when I was 6. (1980) I planned to be bored the entire time, and so I was.

ddgryphon
06-30-2005, 11:24 PM
I'm guessing it must have been either a "collected" movie from the old (1949) Batman Serials or The incredible Mr. Limpett, which I actually remember liking (I remember liking The Ghost and Mr. Chicken too and I was older then.

I thought it might be Lady and The Tramp as I love this movie to this day -- I think it is one of Disney's best. But I would have seen it in 63 or 64 and I don't think it would've been re-released that soon. I have a distinct memory of going to the only indoor theatre in town for all of these films and a strong memory of walking past the poster for "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" which I also remember going to see. (In spite of the fact that I didn't get most of the film, I loved it and it is one of my favorite movies to this day as well).

Strongest memory comes at around age 11 when Lee Marvin buys his wife (Jean Seberg) and rips her top off revealing massive cleavege and some bustier thing -- I fear it scarred me for life -- while not as endearing as Lady and the Tramp, it affected me in ways only an 11 year old boy can be.

Colibri
06-30-2005, 11:26 PM
Rodan, the Flying Monster (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049782/). I must have been about 5. Giant jet propelled pterodactyls and giant catepillars, oh my!

Soylent Gene
06-30-2005, 11:31 PM
Either Jungle Book at a drive-in wearing pajamas in the back seat

or 101 Dalmations. I loved that.

Both in about 1968.

Good to see some others first movie was also that one. I guess many of us on this board are getting pretty old.

Uvula Donor
06-30-2005, 11:35 PM
The first movie I remember seeing was Mary Poppins when I was a kid. We saw it at the Riverdale Drive-In, in West Springfield MA. My parents had an enormous Country Squire station wagon, and Dad backed it into the space.

The back of the car had been spread with sleeping bags and pillows. Dad put the tailgate down and my sibs and I stretched out to watch the movie, and he and Mom watched it from lawn chairs just off to the side.

I remember that it was a triple feature, but I couldn't tell you what the other movies were. We fell asleep during the "intermission" shorts that ran after Mary Poppins.




The drive-in's long gone now. It's a shopping plaza.

plnnr
07-01-2005, 08:19 AM
(I remember liking The Ghost and Mr. Chicken too and I was older then.


Atta boy, Luther!

WOOKINPANUB
07-01-2005, 12:51 PM
The movie that I consider my first theater experience(though I must have seen Kiddie movies before it)is "The Poseidon Adventure". It was definitely the first one I saw with my parents. Holy cow, what an impression it made on me! I was six at the time, and looking back, I'm a little surprised they would take me to see a picture like that. That scene when Leslie Nielson sees the giant wave coming an utters "oh MY GOD" was dramatic gold to me then, and still gives me the chills when I watch it today. I could have lived without the closeup of the burned up dude in the engine room. By today's standards it probably isn't that gory, but I wouldn't know because I always turn my head when that part comes on.

TheOnlySaneOne
07-01-2005, 01:11 PM
Hmm. Not exactly sure. It may be watching The Little Mermaid on VHS, but I can't remember how old I was then.

I remember seeing Aladdin in theatres though when I was five. I even vividly remember the theatre itself. Weird the things that get etched in memory.

Push You Down
07-01-2005, 02:15 PM
Seeing ET as a kid and being more interested in the intricate designs on the theater ceiling.


Second and most important...


Getting to ROTJ late... my dad woke me up to go which in hindsight is weird....And the first thing is Lando pulling down the mask on his helmet in Jabba's palace.

Just stuck with me.

congodwarf
07-01-2005, 02:31 PM
The first movie I ever went to was The Jungle Book - at a drivein. I remember the drivein. I don't remember the movie.

The first movie I remember seeing in the theater was Three Men and a Little Baby (1987, I was 7 or 8). I remember really liking the movie and it was one of the only times that my father actually took my sisters and me out when he has visitation.
The next year, my mom too us to see The Land Before Time. She went to see Scrooged, the next screen over. I remember that I wasn't too impressed with TLBT so I snuck over to Scrooged and watched that with my mom. I was much more impressed with Scrooged. It's still one of my favorites. I was 8 at the time.

The next movie I saw was Dick Tracy in 1990 (I was 10). For some reason, the summer camp I went to thought this movie was appropriate for 8-11 year olds. We saw it because it was raining so we couldn't go swimming. I didn't like the movie because Madonna was in it and camp counselors (who were 15-17) started making fun of me (my middle name is Madonna). They weren't the best counselors.

gigi
07-01-2005, 05:09 PM
My mom tells me I "saw" 2001 in utero but the strongest earliest memory was of Barry Lyndon. I remember the sick feeling when his son is mortally injured falling off a horse, and later when he and his stepson have to duel. Barry Lyndon loses a leg and apparently I asked my parents how much they had to pay Ryan O'Neal to have his leg cut off

Mangetout
07-01-2005, 05:18 PM
In a cinema in the british Air Force base in Akrotiri, Cyprus - I must have been about four or five years old; the film was a Bugs Bunny-type of cartoon featuring a walking, talking bomb (unless I'm just completely misremembering it).

GLWasteful
07-01-2005, 05:49 PM
I can't remember the title, but it was some Disney-ish thing about a St. Bernard. Think it was called Clifford, but could very well be wrong.

I also remember going to a small theatre in downtown Shawnee KS to see something wherein James Garner thought that a kid was an Indian (Native American) only to find out that he just had one helluva tan.

And the big one: The Godfather at the Drive In. The whole horse head scene freaked me right the hell out. But I thought Moe Green getting it in th eeye was pretty cool. Still wonder what my mother was thinking when she took me.

Lsura
07-01-2005, 08:20 PM
The first movie I ever saw in a theater was Star Wars. It was at the old Eastgate theater in Chattanooga, TN (which is now a YMCA building) and I was 4. My grandpa took me and my two older brothers to see it. I don't actually remember the movie though - what I do remember is being cold in the theater.

Then next halloween, my brothers dressed up as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. I got to be Princess Leia.

Unauthorized Cinnamon
07-01-2005, 09:04 PM
I believe mine was Star Wars as well. It was released when I was exactly three years and eleven months old. I saw it at the drive in, and I distinctly remember being scared out of my wits, not by Darth Vader or Sand People, but by the desert. Just all that nothingness completely freaked me out. I wound up turning around and watching the screen behind us, which was showing a later screening, and trying to tune out the sound.

VarlosZ
07-01-2005, 09:04 PM
I vaguely recall being scared by Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi.

More concretely, I remember crying when they blew up Number 5 in Short Circuit. It was just so sad the way the bad guys were playing with his his parts. *sniff*

Thank God it was just a decoy. Hooray!

Rushgeekgirl
07-01-2005, 09:11 PM
My first movie memory involves going to the drive-in with my best friend when we were kids. I don't know the year Star Wars came out, but I was born in '69 so you do the math.

I don't remember a thing about Star Wars because we sat in the back of the van watching Bo Derek prance around in "10". I'm guessing she was naked or nearly so because we were shocked and mesmerized at the sight of her. After that I begged to have my hair done just like hers, but mom wouldn't have it.

My other early movie memory must have been before or after Star Wars. My dad took us to the drive-in to see "Groove Tube". Why a small girl needed to be seeing that movie is beyond me, but I remember he kept trying to cover my eyes and I kept fighting him. The only thing from the movie I really recall is something about "sex olympics".

Askia
07-01-2005, 09:48 PM
At a theater? Hmmm. My clearest early memory is going to see a matinee of the Alaistair Sim Scrooge (1951) with my kindergarten day care class in what I guess was 1974 or 1975 -- but that's only because I remember holding hands with Mary Sprewell and being scared spitless by the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come and laughing at Scrooge falling out of bed.

I think my earliest memory is seeing Battle For The Planet of The Apes (1973) with my uncle in either 1973 or 1974.

SpoilerVirgin
07-01-2005, 09:56 PM
My mother tells me that my first movie was Doctor Doolittle (1967), but I have only the vaguest memories of that (mainly of the big pink snail).

On the other hand, as a child I had persistent recurring dreams about a marionette show, and especially about a girl in a white dress dancing in a gazebo at night. I was shocked when I went to see a re-release of "The Sound of Music" when I was eight or nine and realized that I had been dreaming of the movie. I am convinced that I saw it when I was four and we were living in England -- I can just summon up a memory of the outside of the theater -- but my mother doesn't remember taking me.

I also remember seeing a showing of Pollyanna at a summer kids' program. I was shocked by the opening sequence, in which a naked boy (you can see his bare butt) jumps off a rope swing into a lake. The start of that movie always brings back that moment, and how embarrassed I felt.

ouryL
07-02-2005, 01:19 AM
Our father, in our station wagon dragged us kids to see a movie: the Snow Queen. I remember Art Linkletter introing the film. I remember falling asleep several times - the movie seemed to go on forever. I think they were showing it with Fantasia. I distinctly remember dancing hippos. Oh don't look up Snow Queen. It's the most boring cartoon ever made.

SolGrundy
07-02-2005, 06:28 AM
I was ready to post that my grandparents took me to see the Disney movie Candleshoe in the summer of 1975, when I was 7 going on 8.

But a quick check on IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075807/) reveals that Candleshoe didn't come out until 1977! Now I can't trust my memory. Surely I went to a movie theater earlier than that. But I can't think what I'd have seen. Something Herbie-related, perhaps.
Weird, I have a near-identical story. My first movie memory is definitely from Candleshoe, and all I remember is the scene in which Jodie Foster's character gets the clue from the big stained-glass window. I've seen it since then on the Disney channel, and parts of it (especially all of David Niven's characters) seemed familiar, but my first true memory is of that window scene.

But I was 6 years old in 1977, and it seems like I would remember more than that if I were that old. I remember all of Pete's Dragon, from the same year. But then again, I don't remember seeing Star Wars for the first time at all; in fact, I remember being disappointed that we were seeing that when we could've seen Pete's Dragon again.

I'm sure I'd seen other movies in a theater before then, especially Song of the South. My brother got an import version of that from Japan, and watching it was like going through regression hypnosis -- the whole thing seemed so familiar, but I don't have any "real" memories of seeing it the first time. Weird how that works.

Meurglys
07-02-2005, 06:45 AM
One of two choices - it was probably The Sound of Music with the whole family, including grandparents, but it was in the cinemas for so long that I might have seen One Million Years B.C. with my mother before we got around to seeing TSOM.
I loved OMYBC - I ws already into dinosaurs and took my favourite toy with me (called Dino!) and thought I had lost him but another patron stepped on him as he was following out along the row and he was saved! I remember we sat in the middle of the front row of the circle and I was mesmerised for the whole film.

Dino was a free gift from a luckybag (some sweets, a joke and a cheap plastic toy in a bag which cost 3d back then) and, in fact, was actually a toy glyptodon and not a dinosaur! Weird choice of critter to turn into a toy for kids' sweetie bags...

ioioio
07-02-2005, 10:44 AM
Most of my early childhood was spent in small Midwestern towns that didn’t have a theater. In 1959 we lived in Fayetteville Arkansas for a short time. A theater downtown offered a double-feature of horror flicks on Saturday afternoon. Admission was 10 cents – cheap enough that a kid could scour the streets and pick up five pop bottles, get the two cents each deposit, and buy a movie ticket.

In the theater, white kids sat downstairs and black kids had to sit in the balcony. The black kids would spit off the balcony. We thought it was funny and called the spit “chocolate milk”. My siblings and I had never lived around black people before, and I don’t know what the thoughts of the native Arkansas kids were, but we didn’t think about the segregation much at all – it was just the way things were. We didn’t see being relegated to the balcony as a bad thing – we would’ve preferred to sit there so we could spit on people.

I was 10, my brothers were 7 and 9. We were allowed to walk to the theater from home although it was at least a mile away.

lieu
07-05-2005, 01:57 PM
Strongest memory comes at around age 11 when Lee Marvin buys his wife (Jean Seberg) and rips her top off revealing massive cleavege and some bustier thing -- I fear it scarred me for life -- while not as endearing as Lady and the Tramp, it affected me in ways only an 11 year old boy can be.Paint Your Wagon

It's one that, like AHunter3 mentioned about Mary Poppins, I had fond memories (mammaries?) of as a youth but was sorely disappointed in after viewing it again as an adult.

Batsinma Belfry
07-05-2005, 02:31 PM
I remember when I was 5, being bored silly, during Rosemary's Baby. Then, when it got to the "sex scene", (if you're familiar with this movie, you know that it can't really be described as a "sex scene"), my Mom called my Dad to come pick me up, while she and my older sister stayed to watch the movie. I was not pleased, and let the whole theatre know. It was the first indication that something interesting was going to happen in the movie, dammit. Years later, when I actually saw that scene, I was so disappointed.

I vaguely remember seeing parts of Bonnie and Clyde at the drive-in.

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