Shine On … Silver Screen!
February 14, 2012 in Bill Shiver Articles
I lived for Saturday afternoons. As a kid I tolerated the rest of the week in order to get to Saturday. The Ilex Theatre stood like a regal lady in downtown Quitman, Georgia and I even think the Ilex was happy to see Saturday. Around 1:00 PM the doors would open and a swarm of boys and girols would line up at the ticket window for Miz Carrie to take our dimes and give us our tickets. The little concessions area buzzed while we scarfed up the buttery popcorn, candy bars and cokes. Then it was down one of the two ailes to find a seat where we could root for Roy and Gene and hoot at the bad guys in the black hats.
We never called them “movies.” It was simply “The Picture Show.” And a kid with a quarter and a little time to spend could get a ton of fun whilst staring at the silver screen. But, cowboys were not the only fare at The Picture Show.
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