Movie Theater Marquees

Rights reserved by JoyTheater

The Joy Theater, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1986. Remember in Star Trek IV when Spock and Kirk were on the bus and that obnoxious punk rocker had his boombox blasting really loud and Kirk asked him to turn it down but he wouldn’t so Spock gave him the Vulcan nerve pinch and everyone in the bus cheered? Yeah. That was awesome.

Rights reserved by patricia_poland

Village Cinema 4, Monroe, North Carolina, 1986. Back to School (1986) is an ’80s comedy staple starring Rodney Dangerfield and Robert Downey Jr., but I had to look up the others. In Thunder Warrior (1983, a.k.a. Thunder), a Native American wreaks vengeance on the law when his tribe’s ancestral burial grounds are destroyed by developers. The Patriot (1986): the poster speaks for itself. Toxic Zombies (1980, a.k.a. Bloodeaters) is about hippies who turn into zombies after their pot crop gets dusted by an experimental pesticide. There’s no way it’s going to be as bad-ass as the poster, but I’m going to watch it anyway.

Via listal

Via listal

Rights reserved by joelgllespie1957

Clemson Movie Theater, Clemson, South Carolina, Fall, 1977.

Rights reserved by David Lee Guss

42nd Street Film Theaters, New York City, 1977. According to the photographer, David Lee Guss, “This shot was taken from the Hotel Carter (formerly the Dixie) a year after Taxi Driver was made.” I can almost taste the grime. Tentacles (1977) and Squirm (1976) are classics of the trashy creature feature/”nature run amok” explosion of the ’70s, which included Night of the Lepus (1972), Frogs (1972), Empire of the Ants (1977), The Swarm (1978), Kingdom of the Spiders (1977), The Food of the Gods (1976), Piranha (1978), Chosen Survivors (1974), etc. I remember watching many of these flicks on Saturday mornings/matinees, and a couple of times I even convinced my dad to pick me up early from school so I could catch them on weekdays.

1 Response to “Movie Theater Marquees”


  1. 1 Don Gates August 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Re: “The Patriot”:

    Holy shit! “… and LESLIE NIELSON as ADMIRAL FRAZER”. I keep forgetting he had a career playing straight roles before he became the world’s #1 lovable movie-dipshit.

    God, I miss that man.


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