Monday, December 7, 2009

Girls! Girls! Girls! Elvis Presley at The Decatur Theatre


----NOW PLAYING AT THE DECATUR THEATRE---- Be sure to visit The Concession Stand in the lobby for assorted candies, popcorn and your favorite beverage.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

THUNDER ROAD played at The Decatur Theatre Back in Oct. of 58.

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Robert Mitchum Blasts onto the Screen !
Thunder Road played at The Decatur Theatre back in Oct. of 58.
Thunder Road is the title of a 1958 drama-crime film about running moonshine in the mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee in the early 1950s. It was directed by Arthur Ripley and starred Robert Mitchum, who also produced the film and co-wrote the screenplay, and is rumored to have directed much of the film himself. He also co-wrote (with Don Raye) the theme song, "The Ballad of Thunder Road".

The film became a cult classic and continued to play at drive-in movie theaters in some Southeastern markets through the 1970s and 1980s.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/index.html?curid=133672


Thunder Road played at The Decatur Theatre from Oct 16 thru Oct 18, 1958.

The Bravados Now Playing at The Decatur Theatre


A Labor Day Treat !
The Finest Feature You Ever Hope to See!
Gregory Peck in THE BRAVADOS
COLOR by DE LUXE
CinemaScope
See It in Delightful Air-Conditioned Comfort

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

MUNSTER GO HOME & THE GHOST and MR. CHICKEN


--- BE SURE TO VISIT THE CONCESSION STAND FOR YOUR FAVORITE REFRESHMENTS ---- ----- NOW PLAYING AT THE DECATUR THEATRE ---- ---- NOW PLAYING AT THE DECATUR THEATRE ----

Monday, September 7, 2009

CALL ME BWANA - BOB HOPE / ANITA EKBERG



HARRY SALTZMAN and ALBERT R. BROCCOLI Presents CALL ME BWANA.
Can you belive these two did this comedy.
These are the guys that started the James Bond movies.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


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WALT DISNEY'S "SO DEAR TO MY HEART"


Decatur, GA. 1964


"SO DEAR TO MY HEART" played at The Decatur Theatre from Dec.10, 1964 to Dec.24, 1964
"Father Goose" started Christmas Day 1964.

Caption for Dec. 64 (top) photo:
Decatur, GA.
More than 500 persons turned out to see the first Sunday movie in Decatur in 7 years.
The film was Walt Disney's "So Dear to My Heart." The Decatur City Commission lifted the
ban on Sunday movies more than a week ago, but owner Fred Storey decided to open for
Sunday audiences with the Disney picture. Sunday movies have been prohibited in Decatur
for more than 18 years. For a brief period in 1957 the ban was lifted.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Christmas Day Attraction "FATHER GOOSE"


A Special Premiere Presentation Christmas Attraction
Starts Christmas Day 1964


Monday, July 13, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I remember seeing Blue Hawaii at The Decatur Theatre


-- ----- BE SURE TO VISIT THE CONCESSION STAND FOR YOUR FAVORITE REFRESHMENTS ----

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I was one of a million kids who got a Zotz Coin


I was one of many Decatur kids to receive a Zotz coin and I got mine at The Decatur Theatre
and still have it today. pictured above.

Zotz! (1962) was based on a 1947 novel by former naval captain Walter Karig, screenwriter of the Victory at Sea TV series and author of three Nancy Drew novels under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The fanciful premise takes place in the imagery setting of Saracen Valley College in California where Jonathan Jones (Tom Poston), professor of Ancient Eastern Languages, is being considered by Dean Joshua Updike (Cecil Kellaway) as the new Dean of the Language Department along with his rival, professor Horatio Kellgore (Jim Backus). Although Jones appears to be Updike's choice for the position, his confirmation becomes questionable after he takes possession of an ancient coin uncovered in an archeological dig by a former student and starts behaving strangely. He discovers that when he is in possession of the coin he can cause intense pain in people simply by pointing at them. He can also retard movement in people, planes, cars, animals or insects simply by saying the ancient word Zotz! More importantly, by pointing his finger and saying Zotz! at the same time, he can kill or destroy his object of choice. When he reveals his findings to a Pentagon official, he is not taken seriously but soon finds himself, along with his niece Cynthia (Zeme North) and new love interest professor Virginia Fenster (Julia Meade), stalked and threatened by Soviet agents.

Millions of golden plastic "Zotz coins" were manufactured and sent to theatres all over the world. Huge billboards, put up weeks in advance of our openings, had just the word "Zotz!" printed on them. Car bumper stickers and "Zotz buttons" by the thousands went out, and the magic "Zotz coins" were distributed in cities weeks before opening. I wanted the kids to get used to saying, "Zotz, Zotz, Zotz!" My worries about doing a comedy completely disappeared when the picture opened. Thousands of kids flocked to the theatres to learn how their magic "Zotz coins" worked. The aftermath was a joy to behold. The kids of America were "Zotzing" each other and everybody else. Imagination is a marvelous thing. I've often wondered how Walt Disney would have made the picture."

The Disney aside is intriguing because the Buena Vista company had recently released The Absent-Minded Professor in 1961 and it had a plot premise - featuring a laboratory creation called flubber - that might have inspired Castle's interest in creating a similar type movie due to its huge box office success. Ironically, it was Disney that became interested in Zotz!. "After obtaining the rights to the novel," Castle revealed, "I received a call from Walt Disney inquiring whether I would be interested in selling Zotz! at a big profit. He felt it would make a wonderful Disney film and politely told me it was not my style. I declined his offer as graciously as possible, but wondered if I had made the right decision." Disney certainly would have given it a bigger budget for special effects and a bigger name cast, but it would have lacked the quirkiness and off-beat appeal of Castle's self-indulgent B-movie wonder.

Producer: William Castle
Director: William Castle
Screenplay: Ray Russell l; Walter Karig (novel)
Cinematography: Gordon Avil
Art Direction: Robert Peterson
Music: Bernard Green
Film Editing: Edwin Bryant
Cast: Tom Poston (Prof. John Jones), Julia Meade (Prof. Virginia Fenster), Jim Backus (Prof. Horatio Kellgore), Fred Clark (Gen. Bullivar), Cecil Kellaway (Dean Joshua Updike), Zeme North (Cynthia Jones), Margaret Dumont (Persephone Updike)
BW- 87m.

by Jeff Stafford

SOURCES:
Step Right Up! I'm Gonna Scare the Pants Off America by William Castle (Pharos Books)
www.afi.com
IMDB

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Decatur Theatre Ushers in 1940



Here are three of the five ushers who will escort you to your seats in the new Decatur Theatre. All Decatur boys,they are (from left to right) John Roberts,Charles Hinget and Ralph Sheppard, Armand Hendee and Harvell Ringold are also on the usher crew.
Photo and story circa 1940.

Show of Shows at The Decatur Theatre


One Day Only Monday, March 31, 1941

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Decatur Theatre Movie Flyer


I had a job handing out these Now Playing and/or Coming Soon Flyers,
for my pay I would receive 2 Free Movie Passes




COMING SOON

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

BRIGHTY of The Grand Canyon Now Playing



The spunky donkey Brighty roams across the Grand Canyon in search of adventure. He finds friendship with a gold-digging old prospector who hits pay dirt. Starring Joseph Cotton.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009