52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: Week #12 – Movies

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. This post is from the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History blogging prompts series.

This post appeared originally on my blog on Mar 30, 2011.

Week 12: Movies. Did (or do you still) see many movies? Describe your favorites. Where did you see these films? Is the theater still there, or is there something else in its place?

I love movies but I don’t see too many of them anymore.  I want a plot.

The first movie that I really remember seeing at a theater was Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field.  I was a young child at the time and I didn’t get much of the movies funny lines but I loved the fast trans-am and the way that the Sheriff’s car is slowly destroyed during the movie.   My parents took us to see the movie at a drive-in theater in Springdale.  Now the theater is gone along with most of the drive-in theaters around the country.  But, there is still one in Fayetteville and I try to make it there occasionally.

I also remember going to the little walk-in theater several times as a young teenager when I lived in Green Forest.  I don’t really remember which movies I saw there but I know that I loved going there.

The last movie that I remember seeing in the theater was Message in a Bottle.  I was in Texarkana with a friend and we went to the movies.  I loved the movie right up until the last 5 minutes when out of nowhere comes this boat and the hero dies trying to save the people on the boat that hadn’t been in the movie at all before the last five minutes!  I was so mad!! Love stories should have a happy ending!

My favorite movies of all time are the Alfred Hitchcock “Dial M for Murder”, ET, McClintock (a John Wayne Comedy), Shrek, Pretty Woman, and An Officer and A Gentleman.   Who can resist the ending scenes of the last two – I love a happy ending!

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.