Saturday, August 8, 2020

Saturday Matinee Double-Features

I remember that when I was nine or ten years old (1966 or 67),  the Washington Theater held a summer matinee double-feature horror fest and it featured such horror classics as BILLY THE KID VS DRACULA, BLOOD BATH, ZONTAR THE THING FROM VENUS, CURSE OF THE SWAMP CREATURE and other fine gems of the cinema.  It was like a quarter to get in and it didn’t matter that these movies weren’t very good (and some were even in black and white) – they had plenty of scares for a young kid and, armed with a big dill pickle from the concession stand and sitting in air-conditioning on a hot summer day was like being in heaven.  Of course, I wanted to see all the movies being shown that summer (what young boy didn’t) but I only remember seeing one double-feature – THE ROBOT VS THE AZTEC MUMMY and THE FROZEN DEAD.  I recently saw part of “Robot” on TV.  Golly, it was bad, but I still fondly remember all the matinee movies I got to enjoy at the Washington Theater as a young man. - Greg Walz, Granite City IL

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