Academic journal article The Southern Review

Saturday Afternoon at the Midland Theatre in Newark, Ohio

Academic journal article The Southern Review

Saturday Afternoon at the Midland Theatre in Newark, Ohio

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Slouched in a theater seat and watching Bullitt for the third time, a look I get from an usher might best be described as granting a general amnesty and full pardon for my having shelled out only the one admission price. There's the balcony with its blue and red curved seat backs. By a door to the upstairs men's room a framed likeness of the Civil War drummer boy, Johnny Clem, whose baby-faced looks and sudden-dark hair remind me of a young Italian, then Sal Mineo in Rebel Without a Cause. There's that angels-in-the-architecture grand gesture of a ceiling, the wall of drapes of eloquently pleated purple. And there's the screen framed in its filigree of gold and silver. The usher is accommodating me by simply not noticing--I'm on my third popcorn, third enormous Coca-Cola, second box of Milk Duds, when I realize I'm happy. Elated. In Ohio at fourteen you're disappointed most of the time. …

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