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rlynwil commented about La Nora Theatre on Jul 4, 2017 at 10:37 am

My father was a manager for Video Theatres, out of Oklahoma City, in Pampa for several years. I would occasionally go to hang out at the theatres while he worked. I would sneak onto the stage at the La Nora between shows and pretend I was conducting the orchestra the projectionist would have to come to get me down so he could start the next film. I have numerous childhood memories of the theatres in Pampa including the Top O Texas and Pampa Drive Ins, La Vista and Capri. We moved to New Mexico in the early 60’s, my Dad got a Drive In in Hobbs, NM.

rlynwil commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 4, 2017 at 9:58 am

I first started working for ABC Theatres as the manager of the Plaza in 1971 (As well as State, Pershing and Northgate). While my experience was less than remarkable until we ran “The Exorcist”. That filled up all the seats and required me to bring in managers with crews from other venues to augment the Plaza crew. This gave me a taste what the theatre was like in it’s heyday. The Plaza was an ornate flagship theatre in the Interstate Circuit. It had a great history perhaps the most prestigious I ever managed aside from the Ziegfeld in Manhattan.

rlynwil commented about Flamingo Drive-In on Jun 20, 2017 at 9:03 am

I would truly love a picture of the Flamingo Drive-IN.My father managed this theatre in the early 60’s. My mother ran the sanck bar and I was projectionist. We showed spanish films on the far screen on Sunday’s. We also presented the areas professional fireworks display for the 4th of July. Our family home was between the theatre and a cemetary.

rlynwil commented about Spectrum Cinema on Jun 19, 2017 at 10:02 pm

Hello I am the former Cineplex Odeon executive who opened the Specturm, Presidio Sq, River Oaks, and Sharpstown. I had been Director of theatre operations for New York and New Jersey prior to moving back to Houston to oversee the expanding prescence of Cineplex Odeon.

In the late seventy’s I was the south Texas district supervisior for Plitt Theatres, at that time we had West Oaks Mall, Plitt Cinema5, Woodlake, Alabama, Clearlake, as well as theatres in Lake Jackson and Baytown in the houston area. We also had theatres San Antonio, Austin, the Rio Grande Valley.

I started with the Theatres when they were part of ABC later changed to Interstate then purchased by Henry Plitt (Plitt Theatres) and finally for me Cineplex odeon.

I find it hard to believe the theatres are all gone for the most part, seems like yesterday but I left the industry 23 years ago.