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Bank Nite: 1939

Bank Nite: 1939

September 1939. "Motion picture theatre. Farmington, Minnesota." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Bank Nite

"Bank Nite" was a franchised lottery, the purpose obviously being to draw people to the theater. Prizes were awarded based on names being drawn and you had to be present to win.

Spring Byington

I very much remember watching Spring Byington on TV on "December Bride" when I was a kid. She also appeared in a series of Jones Family movies.

Pop Corn vs Popcorn

Was the term "Pop Corn" a regional variation? When did the popular vernacular change to "Popcorn"?

Charles Starrett

Soon to leave the Mounties and become that cowboy terror of evildoers - the Durango Kid. Next to Roy, he was my favorite.


I wonder how many seats were in the theater?

[Answered in a link in an earlier comment. -tterrace]

The reason 7-Up liked you

back then is because, until 1948, it contained lithium citrate, a mood stabilizing drug used for things like manic depression.

Unless The Theater Owned It---

--the popcorn stand OUTSIDE had to be a real drag for the operators of the movie house concession.

The Lyric lives on

A brief history of The Lyric Theatre.

Shades of Yesterday

Pepsi Cola hits the spot
12 full ounces, that's a lot.
Twice as much and a nickel too.
Pepsi Cola is the drink for you.

Oak Street

The theatre building remains, but is now an employment agency. In place of the popcorn stand is a bank branch. In place of the grocery store on the far right side of the photo is the office of the local newspaper, the Farmington Independent.

The names of the actors and actresses of the two films are forgettable, but for one: Linda Winters, in North of the Yukon. Her real name was Dorothy Comingore, and in a couple of years she'd appear as the second wife of Charles Foster Kane in a certain film that a young upstart named Orson Welles made. The Hollywood blacklist sealed her sad fate.

A fun family outing

The feature film this week takes the Jones Family to Los Angeles for the 1938 American Legion Convention. In the poster Mr Jones is seen in his American Legion Uniform. The Jones Family was a series of Fox B movies. Full disclosure: I am a member of the American Legion.

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