Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2018

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Winter 2018 11 1950s under the watchful eye of W. F. Shelton. For a time, he said, the enclosed concession booth poked outside onto the sidewalk, allowing passers-by the opportunity to buy a bag, movie or no movie. In the summer at least, that made for something of a bonanza. "I sold $100 worth of popcorn on a Saturday," said Pernell, now the town's long-serving mayor. "That was at 10 cents a box." It was Pernell's job to climb a ladder to change the letters on the marquee for the next feature, which on Saturdays in the 1950s usually meant the continuous showing of westerns from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. "Just repeat every two hours," he said of the reels. Few had televisions then, in short there was little competition. "They'd line up all the way to the corner," he said of the movie-going crowds. "That was the only place to go to have entertainment." As for Harris, in the end, he said, he sold the Louisburg Theater when he retired at age 65, as planned. Now, he's 90. "I made money while I was there," he said. "I'm living off some of that money now." (The movie house eventually closed in 2009) Can Harris recall a memorable film? "'Pretty Woman' was a favorite of mine, I would say," he said of the 1990 romantic comedy starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Life in the movie-house business, he said, was a good one. "It was in my blood," he said. "The whole thing was fond memories, except for a few misbehaviors." DURHAM COUNTY LIBRARY / FAMILY OF EDWARD H. COUCH SR. RIALTO THEATER, Durham — Summertime, no problem. The theater was "COOLED BY WASHED AIR" in 1935 for the crime drama "Whipsaw," starring Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy in the tale of an undercover government agent traveling with a woman he hopes will lead him to a gang of jewel thieves. Also showing, a Vitaphone short whose musical numbers included "Can't Yo' Heah Me Callin' Caroline." WAKE FOREST HISTORICAL MUSEUM FOREST THEATER, Wake Forest — The feature playing on this night is 1942's "Thunder Birds," the story of an aging World War I flying ace who winds up contributing to the latest war effort by teaching young recruits how to fly. That Saturday's movie matinee, revealed in a poster to the left, is the western "Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground," starring Johnny Mack Brown and Tex Ritter. CAPITAL THEATER, Raleigh — It was the height of "film noir," and one of the staples was 1946's "Cloak and Dagger," starring Gary Cooper in the wartime tale of a race to persuade two nuclear scientists working for Nazi Germany to switch sides. STATE ARCHIVES OF NORTH CAROLINA

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