Saturday, April 5, 2008

Sunday Morning

This morning I was the first one up and went about feeding dogs and putting them out for the day. The puppy still gets so excited to see someone in the morning, and so excited that it's time to eat, that it's a bit frantic the first few minutes. I finally got him out of his kennel and took him out in the yard. As he ran about, exploring every blade of grass in between running back to me to make sure that I wasn't going anywhere, I shivered in my sweatshirt and took in the beauty of the early morning hours. There's been a woodpecker in our back yard the past few days, and I can hear him, but just can't put my eyes on him. I'm always amazed at how little those guys are, for all the noise and racket they put out.
As is our custom on Sunday mornings, Dan and I watched the CBS Sunday Morning. There was a wonderful segment about Julie Andrews and her career and life story. The first movie I ever saw in a theatre was "Mary Poppins." It was 1964, and we were spending Easter with my aunt and uncle in Syracuse, New York. The show enchanted me. For my birthday that year, my mom made me a cake that looked like Mary Poppins' hat. It was was covered in coconut and had a cluster of cherries on one side.
So, here's a question for you? What was the first movie you ever saw in a theatre? What year was it?

16 comments:

Fresh Girl said...

I'm pretty sure the first movie I ever saw in theater was "The Hiding Place," the story of Corrie Ten Boom and her family. It made an incredible impact on me, even at the of five or six and remains one of my most favorite films. If you haven't read the book by the same name or haven't seen the movie, do it! It's an incredible story about an amazing warrior for God.

Becky said...

The first movie I ever saw in the theater was a drive in movie, and it was also Mary Poppins. I saw the same story this morning and it was fun to see all she has done. I still enjoy Sound of Music just about every year. She is a classy lady. And her talent is amazing.

Xandra said...

The first movie I ever saw in a theater was Star Wars in 1977. I was 5 years old, and my mom covered my eyes when Darth Vader killed Obi-Wan Kenobi because she wasn't sure how graphic it was going to be. It turns out that there was no danger, but I can remember being really mad at her.

Although I've never seen Mary Poppins in the theater, it remains one of my all time favorite movies, along with The Sound of Music!

Xandra

College Daze said...

I think it's an indicator of my generation, but sadly enough I can't even remember the first movie that I went to... The furthest back I think I can remember was seeing the Power Rangers movie with Aunt Pam, Matt and Lori or seeing Hercules with Sara Marchi...

Karen said...

I think you're right, Joe, about your generation. I asked Luke, Em and Jessie today and they couldn't remember their first movie either -- they've seen so many! After Mary Poppins, I didn't see another movie in a theatre until I was in junior high -- about 8 years later. And you went to your first movie with Connie and Chris. I don't remember what it was, but I was so bummed because I wanted to take you!

violetlady said...

I clearly remember the movie "Three Coins In The Fountain." My parents took us to the drive in to see it. It, along with the song, remain my favorites to this day.

PEA said...

Omigosh, I have no idea what the first movie was that I ever saw at the theatre...I'm 50 now, can't think back that many years! lol I do remember going to see an Elvis movie with my two older brothers when I was about 10 but I don't think that was the first movie I'd seen. I remember more my two brothers being angry that my mom forced them to take me! hehe xox

Candace E. Salima said...

Hmmm, I can't remember. But I think it may have been Swiss Family Robinson or Summer Magic. Love them both to this very day.

Jen said...

We used to have old Cinemas down town. And they were so big. The first movie I saw was the Care Bear Movie....I was about 6 or 7. So that makes it 1980 or 1981. We got popcorn and it was the coolest thing ever....I saw 2 more movies there before they closed them and built the new theaters out by the mall. They of course are still there. I always like Mary Poppins too. I tried to get Madison to watch it with me....but no interest.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

I have absolutely no idea what the first movie I ever saw was! Isn't that pitiful? I have very few memories of childhood or growing up. I know I love The Sound of Music, so I'm thinking that have been it, or one of the first ones. I know I never saw Disney movies growing up - to this day, I've only seen a handful and those are the newest ones. Pitiful, yes?!

Have a wonderful week :)

BClark said...

My first movie?? Nothing springs out at me, I belive it would have been at the drive in. In the South in the 50's those were a big deal. I can remember seeing a Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis one. A Disney one seems to be floating in the memory bank also, Cinderella maybe? I can remember going to Saturday morning cartoons indoors. Gosh, that was a long time ago,lol. Best to you, Barbara

Bill said...

We can learn a lot about the joy of living from the exuberance of puppies, can't we?

I've enjoyed reading everyone's movie memories. I don't remember my first movie, but I do remember going to Shore Drive In, playing in the little playground before the movie, and then changing into my pj's in the back seat of our car. I always fell asleep before the movie ended, and I felt safe and cozy in the dark car with my parents in the front seat.

p.s. Julie Andrews' Christmas album from the 60's is available on cd, and it is splendid. What a voice!

gail@more than a song said...

I have no idea what the first one was I saw either! Stacy and I can't seem to remember much from our childhood but we aren't sure why. I loved Julie Andrews though and have a very strong memory of The Sound of Music and I love it to this day. I have a vague memory of seeing maybe 101 Dalmations at a drive in movie but have no idea when it was.
Wished I had caught the Sunday morning thing on her!

Robin said...

The first movie I ever saw in a theatre was Bambi. But the memory surrounding it is not a happy one. I remember my parents being in a huge fight that day and my mom was going to take us kids and leave. I don't remember how going to a movie worked into it. She didn't leave after all. Maybe something about Bambi helped.

Judy said...

My first was "The Trial of Billy Jack". Sometime in the seventies.

Judith said...

I think my first movie was about Johnny Mac Brown (cowboys, of course). All of it was a brownish
tinge color, it was so long ago.
Twenty five cents got you in, and a bag of popcorn.