YOUR Grindhouse Memories! Post away your favorite moments of the past!

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  1. wago70

    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    Not a grindhouse, but a clean, tidy downtown theater in Reno played all the low budget horror flicks in the late and early 80's. My favorite bill was:
    ZOMBIE, THE BOOGEYMAN, BLOOD BEACH

    San Francisco got down and dirty back in the day, however. Classic grindhouses lined Market street between 5th and 9th streets. My newspaper ads from 1981 and 1982 are chock full of the classics you know and love. When I finally moved here in 1992, I was given a taste of early 80's glory at the Strand Theater by viewing MS. 45, DESTROYER, CAFE FLESHall within a week of each other. They had constant double features and snuck in a really old flick with the played out newer ones. At $3.50, it fit my budget every Saturday afternoon.
    Back in the day, however, old ads lovingly preserve pairings (made in grindhouse heaven) of:
    They Came From Within + Zombie + Tender Flesh (how cool was that!);
    Maniac Mansion + Living Nightmare (???); Blood Beach + Humanoids From the Deep...
    and the list goes on.
    Tell the ones YOU remember most and dearest...
     
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    Erie, PA had two grindhouses...the Strand and the Cinema 18...best double and triple headers I ever got to see:
    Force: Five and Eye for an Eye
    Beyond the Door and Cauldron of Death
    Midnight and Blood Night and Beyond the Fog...
    I saw plenty of other greats at both of these theaters, but not in double feature form...
    Cathy's Curse
    The Unseen
    Burial Ground
    Terror Train

    The Strand Theater was the greatest...I will never forget the scary ass restrooms which were downstairs...there was the little sitting area between the the mens and the womens rooms which was lit with one bare 40 watt bulb, there were always shenaningans going on down there that my young mind could not fathom.

    I was just a kid when both of these theaters closed down or went porn only, so after that it was pretty much just drive-ins (which somehow survived a bit longer in Erie) or video...but I am glad to have had the experience of these places.
     
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    Only experiences I had at actual grindhouses were on trips.

    in Toronto:
    "The Gauntlet" with "Insatiable" (Marilyn Chambers...fuck yea!)
    in New York, Times Square:
    "Stripped to Kill"
     
  4. Luna

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    My favorite grindhouse experience had to be The Children back in 1980. Fun times!

    I saw another, a "Don't..." film in a really seedy theater in the Bronx, sometime around 1980. We had to leave early though because people wouldn't shut up, screaming "PAPI!" and having actual loud, screamy conversations across the room during the movie! Not to mention the RATS that were scuttling across the dark floor. I had my feet up the whole time because I was scared to put them down! It was less fun at the time but it makes me strangely nostalgic for the old theater looking back on it. How odd. I miss sleazy, grimy old NYC!
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    It seems your Strand Theater and our Strand Theater MUST have been related. Same exact story here on the restrooms were upstairs to the balcony. ;)
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    Rats and other pests...our charming ST. FRANCIS THEATER on Market Street had the best of both of those worlds in the 90's.
    It was the last grindhouse on Market street and is close to the famous shopping area Union Square. Anyway, I'm sitting through this werewolf flick and the light from the screen makes me notice the row in front of me...the backs of the chairs are spotted with black splotches...THAT MOVE. A scene in the film cuts to white and I see that the black splotches are actually colonies of very active ROACHES.
    Add to this the constant scuttling noises in the far corners of the vast auditorium that could only have meant that the Rats "were coming...and the werewolves were there". hehehehehehe
    I left, went to the mensroom and shook out my jacket for 10 minutes. As I was exiting too cute young ladies were complaining to the manager who turned a dear ear to, "...we don't even have them this bad in NEW YORK!!!"
     
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    mcchrist A new breed of pervert!

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    My favorite, and incidentally my earliest film memory was Super Fuzz. I saw it in a grimy backwoods theater in WV way back when. It pretty much stuck with me through the years.
     
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    I wasn't sure what to post here. I've been to more than a few second-run theaters and revival houses in my time, but not true grindhouses. I think my most significant episode was in 1983, when I went to the discount theater in the "dirt mall". They had brought back Creepshow (released the previous year) and were doing a double-feature with Dawn of the Dead. This being before video and I had been too young to see Dawn on it's original run, it was my first chance to see it. It was an infamous R-Rated cut to make the bill with Creepshow. Even Ken Foree doubted me when I told him it happened, but I know it did. I still loved it, 'cause I didn't know all the stuff that got cut.

    Fans however did, and it was quickly pulled from theaters.
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    I remember reading this in Fangoria that year!
    Our dirt discount theater (and social setting for the local Job Corps youth) was quite the treat. Located far from downtown Reno in the outer reaches of Sparks, NV., the place was not a grindhouse (8 theater multiplex), but it sure had the ambiance of one: Worn carpets, busted seats, bad movies back to back, rowdy audience, the stench of stale cheese nachos filled the air.
    I saw BLOOD FEAST for the first time ever (after reading the great review in Fangoria months earlier) and the top part of the screen was on the bottom and vice versa. When we saw GATES OF HELL there, I recall looking at the wonderful one sheet poster in front...with a pool of dried vomit directly below it on the ground.
     
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    The Circle 6 theater was one of the AMC chains first multiplexes.However,in my high school days it was nestled firmly in the heart of a bad part of town(today the area has been heavilly renovated,but back then it was pretty dangerous).If there was a shooting,robbery or assault going down in the area,chances are it was within walking distance of the Circle 6.Regardless,I haunted this place pretty frequently during the weekends as they often loaded the screens with every exploitation flick that came down the pike,not just ''name" series stuff,but oddball pics from all over,some I've never even seen show up on VHS,let alone DVD.More mainstream fare included a marathon screening of ELM STREET's 1-4 (I saw 'em all),CRITTERS,and virtually all of the FRIDAY THE 13TH series.Harder to catch titles turned up too,I caught DEMONS and CRAWLSPACE first run and even caught the low budget shoot 'em up CODENAME:WILDGEESE there(how's this for Grindhouse stars,Lee Van Cleef and Klaus Kinski).
    The 1920's vintage BEACH THEATER and it's sister theater THE BAYNE were two single screen hardtops that often screened exploitation double bills.INFRAMAN was on a bill with GODZILLA VS. MEGALON,STARCRASH ran along with a double bill of BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25 CENTURY and the theatrical cut of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE ran at the late shows.
    Our drive- in's loaded up on spaghetti westerns (TAKE A HARD RIDE,MASTER GUNFIGHTER.RED SUN)and horrors of all kinds (DEATHSHIP,THE ABOMINABLE DR.PHIBES,GRIZZLY,DEEP RED,SHOCK WAVES).All this,and corn dogs too !

    Man,I miss that stuff.Theaters are slicker today,but the experience usually isn't nearly as much fun.These screenings had a big influence on me.
     
  11. Sadly, I missed out on this whole experience. The closest thing we had here were a few second-run theaters with sticky floors, but they were still showing mainstream movies. From what I hear, though, there were some pretty dirty places (in upkeep and content) back in the 70s and early 80s, but alas, I missed them by about three years.
     
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    In the late 70's or early 80's I got see Andy Warhol's Frankenstein in 3D with some crazy ass, bloody as hell 3D Kung Fu movie. I believe it was at the Mercury Theatre near Cleveland, Ohio. Other then that I mostly went to the Drive-In(which sadly closed last year)for all my double feature goodness. The Drive-In was the best complete with overflowing urine troughs with floating turds.
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    :D Sometimes the neighborhoods were scarier than the movies they showed I take it! It was like that here in S.F. on Market Street...sorta still hasn't changed much. The grindhouses here stood side by side often. I wish I lived here then as I would have loved to have spent days going theater to theater to see movies like ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON and WITHOUT WARNING and then go next door or across the street and see something like DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE and BEYOND THE FOG...*sigh* was too young at the time and still living in Nevada.
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    :lol: LOL!!!!!!! Some of those places just deliver the ambiance, don't they! The Drive-In in Reno still has that trough "thing" but the place is pretty clean. Much cleaner than it was back in the day, that's for sure. What I loved about that drive-in in Reno was being able to watch POM POM GIRLS from the back seat while we paid to watch a PLANET OF THE APES triple feature on the next screen over.
     
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    As someone born after 1980, I must say that I am envious of all of you.
     

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