Movie Theater Marquees: Friday the 13th, Don’t Go in the House, and Aliens (1980, 1986)

Friday the 13th 1980

The Warner Cinerama Theatre in New York, originally The Strand Theatre, opened in 1914. It was demolished in 1987.

Don’t Go in the House is a very low budget slasher about (the IMDb description is brutally succinct) “a victim of child abuse… who grows up to become a maniacal construction worker. He stalks women at discos, takes them home, then hangs them upside-down in a special steel-walled room and sets them on fire.” The trailer is here.

Below is the same theater seen from the opposite side. You can see a Howard the Duck poster to the left of the marquee.

I saw Aliens four or five times at the theater in the summer of ’86. It was a perfect movie then, and it’s a perfect movie now.

Aliens Marquee 1986

(Images via Jane R. Fink/Pinterest and Cinema Treasures)

3 Responses to “Movie Theater Marquees: <em>Friday the 13th</em>, <em>Don’t Go in the House</em>, and <em>Aliens</em> (1980, 1986)”


  1. 1 His friend J October 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I remember going to the drive in to see Howard the Duck and spent quite a bit of time looking the other direction and watching Aliens on the other screen. Howard the Duck was one of the worst ever.

    • 2 2W2N October 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      We also saw Aliens at the Drive-In.

      • 3 leftylimbo October 26, 2013 at 7:05 pm

        I distinctly remember the super dark trailer for Alien but never got the chance to see it until after I saw Aliens in ’86. It seemed like I was the only one in my circle of friends that hadn’t seen the first movie. They’d talk about the chest-bursting scene and I’d be totally clueless. Intrigued, but clueless.

        I did, however, read one of those books-based-on-the-movie things for Alien at the local library when I was a kid (probably ’79–’80). It was one of those super simple, condensed books for young readers. When I saw the scene when they discovered the remains of that huge alien creature I was totally blown away, and imagined myself being there and how I’d react.

        I’d say both those movies are awesome. I only started really appreciating Alien pretty recently, actually.


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