Asphalt Jungle

Marilyn Monroe Paramount Interior

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July.  We’ll be closed, but we open again on the 5th with a classic Marilyn Monroe film.

Asphalt Jungle starring Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, and Marilyn Monroe was directed by John Huston.  This steel-edged story of the plotting of a crime and the gang of characters required to pull it off is one of Huston’s best, and a model of its kind.

The best thing about seeing a film during our Summer Film Series is that first moment when the film starts to play while the stage curtains are still opening.  Does anyone else remember that from childhood?  There is something about the opening credits shining on both the screen and the curtains as they open…  Thanks to our masterful head projectionist, John Stewart, the Paramount is able to get many classic films that would not otherwise be loaned out.  John’s reputation is well known coast to coast.

Before John, our head projectionist for many years was Walter Norris.  Some believe his ghost still hangs out at the theatre.  He died while screening Casablanca in 2000.  Walter always said he would die at the Paramount and everyone who works in the projection booth knows that if you bring Walter’s favorite treats – chocolate donuts and Snickers – everything will run fine in the booth.  If we forget, something usually goes wrong. 

My favorite story that John tells is the time they had an issue with the projector.  After working on it all day, someone remembered Walter and his donuts.  The next morning, with donuts being offered, the projector started working as if nothing had ever been wrong with it.

 These and other stories can be seen in a docutmentary about the Paramount that was produced by ME Television (Local Channle 15).  We hope to have copies for sale soon, but you can still catch it on TV.


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