Saturday night at the movies in the 50s in Alderson with Johnny Johnson!
One of the great pleasures and fun activities growing up in Alderson
was going to the movies on Saturday night with Johnny Johnston. Boy
was that A great time and a great experience! I would meet Johnny in some
secret place, like the snack shack and we would stroll across the
bridge, then take an abrupt right and move quietly or maybe nosily
down the railroad tracks until we were parallel to the beer joint not
the movie house, then we would cross the tracks and pony up our fifty
cents and go right into the movies.
Once inside we would get another
twenty five cents and get our pop and popcorn. We would be temporarily
idled while we stopped and talked to 'big' Ed Hardesty. After some
very friendly exchanges we would make the big move to go into the very
dark yet noisy and happy theater. It was pitch black until the screen
came on, then momentarily we got very quiet so as not to miss
Both Johnny and I carried ample and generous amounts of
chewing tobacco and we never worried about running out! We would watch
the cartoons and began to talk, but we might as well have been mutes
compared to what was coming.
Once the main feature came on such as
Johnny Mack Brown, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Randolph Scott, Hopalong Cassidy, and the Lone Ranger and Tonto, we really began to cheer and
root our heroes on against the wicked, evil, villains. One time Kenny
went with us and we all had a great time. Most of the time it was just
Johnny and I.
As soon as the movie ended we walked briskly up to
Maple Ave. where we said we would meet again next week and do it all
again. Those were wonderfully innocent times. I would love to see
Johnny one more time, but that will never happen in this life. God
gave us a great privilege to share those moments in this life!