Cinema #26: B-Movies on Theater Marquees
Back when movies came and went within a single weekend. Back when theaters showed films that violated every conceivable line of good taste. Back when theaters routinely showed films that cost less than $200,000 to make. Back when censors were asleep at the wheel. Back when movies cost a buck and popcorn a couple quarters. Back, back, back...
It's easy to get lost in the nostalgia of it all, since it was such a wonderful experience - and so foreign to today. Now, if I'm paying big bucks to see a film, it damn well better be good - a lot of money and valuable time is at stake. The theater better have high tech sound and stadium seating and no one, and I mean NO ONE, better utter a peep, or I'm going to be pissed. I just invested fifty bucks on tickets and snacks, and another fifty on a babysitter - so this better be goddamn good, or I will blow a gasket!
Sounds like fun, eh?
Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but you get my point. Movies could afford to be schlocky and lame back then. Every once and a while you'd land on a B-movie gem (like Halloween for instance), but for the most part, as long as it had a car chase and some full frontal nudity, you were satisfied.
So, in honor of those days, here's some images of theaters showing movies that would likely never make it to a typical theater these days. Apologies if some of the pictures are low quality (like the movies themselves); there's still plenty here to appreciate. I'd be interested to hear if if any of you caught these films in the theater.
Okay, I know - Invasion of the Body Snatchers wasn't exactly a low budget film. Let's not over-analyze this, folks.
I've seen Trader Hornee. It's like Trader Horn (1931) but with lots of naked red-heads.
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a great gialo film. It Won't Rub Off Baby, probably not so great.