The theater immediately increased its attendance by at least two people per student, as our parents all wanted to come and see us in costume - even if they didn't really care about the movie. You might have thought we were all in show business, with the care we gave to getting ready for each showing. Hair and makeup were of the utmost importance - our public was going to be watching! It was a good experience for us; we all got to tour the theater which had been built in 1920 and was a burlesque theater before it changed to a movie house. It had loges and several balconies, and wonderfully fanciful decor. We also got to go backstage and see the movie from the rear - which was exciting at the time - though now I cannot imagine why we thought so. I was sad to hear that the building was razed in 1980. It should have been brought back to its former splendor and placed on the Historic Register. Far too many beautiful old buildings are being torn down to make way for ugly offices, don't you agree?