My grandmother Linda Yarbrough was born on February 11, 1956. She is 63 years old and she has had lots of movie experience during her life so far. She has also witnessed the movies change a lot. I asked her questions and these are her answers. The picture on the left is of my brother Mason, My grandmother Linda and I. we are at Duns River Falls in Jamaica
What is the first theater you remember going to? The first films you remember watching? What do you remember about old theaters?
“The first theatre that I remember going to is the Griffin Theater. The theater has been demolished. Some of the first films that I remember watching are Gone with the wind, Swiss Family Robinson, and Midnight Cowboy. Some of the first things that I remember from the old theaters are that they were on film rolls and that they had to be changed often. Seeing a movie on that big of a screen made me feel special. The cost of a ticket was less than two dollars.”
Did you go to the theaters often? What are some of the films that you have seen?
“I did not go to the theaters often. Once I went on a field trip to go see gone with the Wind. I was in the seventh or eighth grade. I think that that field trip was to Charlotte but I am not too sure. I have gone to drive in movies. such as the Sunset Drive and another one in Rutherfordton. I remember getting a box with a speaker and this is how I heard the movie. I also got out of the car and sat on a blanket sometimes. Some of the movies that I remember watching at a drive-in are Jaws and Star Wars. I was scared to go in the ocean after watching Jaws.” Photo credits- http://photos.cinematreasures.org/production/photos/105884/1408167540/large.jpg?1408167540
How did VHS tapes and movie rentals change the way that you saw movies?
“My family did buy a VCR player that used VHS. After this purchase, we went to rent VHS tapes. The first movie that I remember renting and watching is Splash, it is about a mermaid that is in New York. When my family was going to rent a movie we would decide by seeing commercials on Tv and reading the back of the case.”
Do you rent movies now? Do you watch them online?
“Now that I live on my own with my husband I sometimes rent DVDs. I would love to see online movies but internet providers refuse to bring internet down our road.”
What kind of movies and shows do you watch now? Have they changed in the last 20 years?
“I love to watch crime drama like NCIS. I also like medical drama series my favorite is The Good Doctor. My taste in films has changed over time. While your mother was growing up I watched what the children wanted to watch. After a while when my grandchildren came along I started to love Disney movies again.” Photo credits- https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMTU3NDc3ODE2M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTk1OTYzNjM@.V1.jpg
Do you go to the movies often? what have you noticed that has changed?
“I do not go to theaters very often. The thing that has improved the most is the picture and the sound quality.”
What was the last film you have seen in a theater? did you enjoy the experience?
“The last movie that I have seen in a theater was Gods Not Dead. I enjoyed the movie. the seating was great the chairs rocked and were very comfortable. The drinks and the popcorn were supersized and very pricy. The admission was around $10.00. The price has really gone up.”
The interview was on 2/9/19
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