It may not have been exactly fifty years ago today, but it’s close enough. The weekend that The Beatles first movie, “A Hard Day’s Night” showed up in my local theater, The Warren Show, it was shown as a matinee starting at 10AM–which was very unusual back then.
It didn’t matter to me, though. I can’t remember whether a children’s ticket price for it was 25, 35, or 50 cents, but I stood in that line of anxious screaming girls and got in to the first showing each day. Back then, they wouldn’t empty the theater after each movie. It pretty much ran continuously. And each day I stayed until I had to go home. (7PM or 7:30PM) The movie lasted less than 90 minutes, so I saw that movie 12 times that weekend–a pretty good return for my entertainment dollar! And I still hadn’t seen it enough……………………………..
Over the years, I’ve probably gone out to see this movie more than any other. Seeing it live in a packed movie house where John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are bigger than life size (what I consider their correct size in life) is really something special !!!