As a kid, my fascination of the Livingston County Press was that 4 inch square box in the paper that announced the new movie beginning on Thursday night. It was great planning for the paper to come out on Wednesday as most of us who didn't live within walking distance needed the whole evening to figure out which dad we could get to pick all of us up and who would take us home.
Back in the day, the lobby was a sloped ramp and after you hit the ticket window, you stood tipped sideways to get your popcorn, milk duds or jujy fruits. Beverages in the theater? Not hardly.
Each of us had our "favorite" place to sit. No feet on the seats, no cell phones ringing, sometimes a forced intermission when the film broke, or securing our half of the ticket stub for the scrapbook.
Less than a month ago, a young man from Toledo, Ohio purchased the Howell Theater. He is filled with enthusiasm, ideas, plans, hopes and dreams not only for the building but becoming a great community partner.
Tyler DePerro is investing in our community to preserve the theater for years to come. On Friday July 11th, a campaign will be launched asking for our support to fund the conversion to digital technology. With this enhancement, the possibilities are endless.
It is our turn to step up to the plate. If we do not want to lose another historic building filled with memories, we have to support the theater both financially and with our participation.
Like the Historical Howell Theater on facebook and follow the journey, better yet, become a part of it.