11 Things We No Longer See in Movie Theaters

Once upon a time, movie theaters offered a "fancy night out" experience. You no longer see 50¢ tickets, but back then you got an awful lot for your money, whatever the price. Remember when almost all theaters had uniformed ushers?

Those gallant men and women who escorted you to your seats at the cinema used to dress in more finery than a decorated soldier. But that was at a time when movie ushers did much more than tear tickets and sweep up spilled popcorn; they kept an eye out for miscreants attempting to sneak in without paying, offered a helpful elbow to steady women walking down the steeply inclined aisle in high-heeled shoes, and were quick to “Shhh!” folks who talked during the movie. Ushers carried small flashlights to guide patrons who arrived after the movie had started, and they were also the ones who maintained order when the film broke and the audience grew ornery.

Most of us are only familiar with uniformed ushers only because they are depicted in classic films and cartoons. But there are some modern theaters that go all out to recreate those memories with ushers and the other theater amenities on the list at mental_floss. Link


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What a flashback! Now that you mention it, that's the only place I remember seeing Pink Panther cartoons -- at the movie theater before the main film.
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I'll bet! With movies all over the place (theater to DVD to Netflix to tv) now, it's weird to remember that theaters used to show really old movies (10-20+ years old) and still pack the house. Movies like "Gone With the Wind" were made to be seen in a real theater. too.
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The first time my kids were introduced to the concept of the film intermission was when we bought the DVD for Gone With The Wind. Yes, the entire intermission is on the disc, because the music was considered integral to the experience. They were also astonished to hear that I'd seen that movie from 1939 in a theater.
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