The End Of An Era

Friends, here is another video I created a few years back, unlike the one I posted yesterday this video was made on the very same evening that they shut down the Malco Razorback Theater for good. Almost every single movie that I hold dear I watched at this theater as I was growing up.

Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Tron, Predator, The Goonies, Back to the Future, The Black Hole, Gandhi, Fiddler on the Roof, Rambo, Lethal Weapon, Krull, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, The Fox and the Hound, Jurassic Park, and these are just 1% of the films I enjoyed every weekend sitting next to my Father as I was transported from my neck of the woods to where ever the filmmakers wanted to take me. I ended up working at the Razorback Theater for many years in my youth and I feel ever so lucky to have been able to do so.

I created this video and married it to Elton John’s dedication to the late John Lennon, Sir Elton John’s words were the closet thing I could use to describe the sadness of losing a building, that I had come to see as something more. I was called by an assistant manager on the last day, the home office in fact had decided to close the theater a few days earlier than originally intended. I was also allowed to ransack just a little of the old theater and thanks to my Father, in my living room at this moment, there is a theater seat that I use when watching my movies at home. My wife and I took as many photos of the place as we could, and the assistant manager even let me lock the auditorium doors for the ‘last’ time.

I used some of the video and photos I had from my time working at the Razorback as for kind of before and after shots, but sadly this was before I owned the Pinnacle software that I do today, so…the ‘special effects’ on this are…limited. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this bit of personal history with you, friends, because you’ll see me without my famous hat and mask in these photos. There is a bright spot by the way, the Razorback Theater lives on in an impressive state of the art movie theater…but I still miss the old place anyway.


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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6 thoughts on “The End Of An Era

  1. Last one, I promise. I probably should have just posted this one since it’s so personal…but I wanted to test the waters first. ;)

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Thanks for sharing your old movie haunt, Vic.
    I wish I had me some pics of the places where the communal movie-watching experience instilled some classics in my brain forever and ever.

    All those places are gone now, making way for a smaller number of multi-plexed screens, in fewer locations.

    This vid may be sad, but at least it’s not eerily forgotten in time like those other pics of that grand hall (‘brrr’ on that one, still get the shivers just thinking about it).

    And at least you got a cool physical reminder (hopefully not too gummed-up) of sitting down for another fun flicker of celluloid.
    I can smell the popcorn just thinking about it.

  3. Thanks for the kind words, friends, they are much appreciated. :)

    My Father did a remarkable job cleaning up the old chair, Atari. He spent a couple of days just working on the underside of the seat to make sure it was all clean, etc.

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