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Post by On 28 February 2014 In DisH Living (downtown is happening) Blog

Letter to the News Times

Friday, February 28, 2014

Oscar weekend evokes thoughts of charming downtown theaters
Published 8:05 pm, Thursday, February 27, 2014
© Hearst Media Services Connecticut, LLC
Hearst Connecticut Media Group, a division of Hearst Newspapers

(Applause.) As we approach Oscar weekend, your choice to highlight Jordan Stancil's plea "Hollywood, help save this small town cinema," on The News-Times Editorial page (Feb. 24,) is more than apropos.

As a pre-teen in the early `60s, I enjoyed going with my Dad and younger brother to Sunday family matinees at the local movie house in Woodbury, a small town in southern New Jersey. An adventure that preceded the requisite pot roast dinner at Grandma's in Camden (the acknowledged home, by the way, of the first ever motion picture drive-in), it was grand, and it was right smack in the center of downtown.

I can still remember butter-dripping popcorn (large size, smothered) and "Swiss Family Robinson" or "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" on the, then, Big Screen.

Dad's paycheck at Socony Oil made this trip to the center of our universe -- neighbor families sharing a few hours of distraction -- his only splurge.

Now, I delight in walking down Main Street in Danbury, through a CityCenter of marked history, architecture and regrowth, crowned by the 1928 Palace Danbury.

Right smack in the center of downtown. Though worn about the edges, she's a gem, "a piece of our heritage as well as the richness of our community."

Hollywood, take note. (Applause.)

Ted Killmer

Creative producer, First Night Danbury

CityCenter Danbury



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