MEMORIES OF THE JOY
BY ROBERT STEPHENS, CLASS OF 1955
Melba Weaver Love
I worked at the Joy Theater in the fifties. Adults paid thirty-five cents and children under twelve got in for nine cents. Popcorn popped with coconut oil and candy was a dime Cokes cost a nickel. Hotdogs were a quarter. The chili on the hotdogs was real good. You could go in the ladies bathroom and weigh yourself for a penny.
Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh
MEMORIES OF THE JOY THEATER
and JOY DRIVE-IN
Compliments of the Minden Press Herald - July 23, 198The Joy Theater The information I am about to give you was taken from the Press-Herald,July 23, 1981, Pictured in the center is Alice Carter and Mr and Mrs. Lowe over the final program of movies to be shown at the theatre on the nights of July 21-August 2, along with Cheech and Chong's Night Dreams, " a 1940's movie, Night Dreams, " a 1940's movie, "THE KIDNAP," starring several Mindenites will be shown.
LITTLE KIDNAP REUNION PICTURE JANUARY 28, 2005
Standing, left to right, Joe Luck, Floyd Jones, Earlene Mendenhall Lyle, Patsy Kleinegger Drake
Seated, Peggy Wood White and Jimmy White
Ann Mays Harlan and Floyd Jones took the photographs (Jan. 29,2005)
The above picture was taken at a Minden Memories get together to watch the film at the Holiday Inn on Jan. 29th.
Jeanette Gipson paid her $5.00 to be in the movie.
She got sick but they refused to refund her money.
Fred Moore was the kid who who said "We don't want no more sissies in this gang"
Sandra Pullig was the " little cutie" who said "Come up and see me sometimes boys"!
VERN D. STONECIPHER
KATHY WALDEN ,
and some whose name WE did not know..
Each child had to pay a fee of $5.00 to be in the film. At the end of the film, they thanked Coca-Cola.
IT WAS A REAL TREAT TO SEE THE MOVIE AND IT WAS ENJOYED BY ALL.
THANKS TO ROGERS GRUBB AND ED BROWN FOR MAKING THE VIDEO POSSIBLE.
THANKS TO GREG GRAMBLING FOR SHOWING THE LITTLE KIDNAP MOVIE
AND FOR ALSO SHOWING THE GRAMBLING PICTURES.
It was a long and uncomfortable wait for the children. They really wanted one small boy/actor to be in the movie. He couldn't take the heat any longer. They told us while they were showing the film that his Mother took him home.
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From the Minden Press Herald
In the above photo, Elvis Presley and his band made a personal appearance in 1955 during the days prior to his ultimate success. Even then kids went wild. Even then the kids went wild. In the lower left photo, in the drive-in's glory, customer's chose to to sit at the concession while enjoying refreshments.
Thomas Baldwin (lower left photo) Mrs. Lowe's son in law, standing beside a projector that will soon be put to rest after some 6,000 films. ( Upper right photo) The screen will go dark, not to be revived soon after the showing of Cheech and Chong's "Nice Dreams" on the night of Aug. 2. Also on the night's billing is a billing of the 40's film of "The Kidnap" starring such Mindenites as Joe Luck, Kathy Walden, Judy Wmith, Keitha Frazier, Judy Smith, F. M. Lyles, Edward Brown, Joy Lambert, Patsy Kleinegger, Barbara Russell, Rita Barron, Jimmy Russell, Mike Kennon, Ed Kennon, Jackie Batton, Marlene Fields and Gene Pittard.
This information was furnished to the Minden Press Herald by Mrs. Ruth Cheshire Lowe before her demison July 23, 1981. It ran on the front page of the newspaper. It is still on file in the Webster Parish Library and the Minden Press-Herald Archives today. Reproduced courtesy of the Minden Press-Herald