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Movie Memories …


The Island Theatre (Eagle Theatre) circa 1910.

The Island Theatre – Oak Bluffs


The Strand 2009

The Capawock 1996 – Vineyard Haven.

Movies have been a big part of Island entertainment since the early 1900′s. At one time there were as many as 8 theatres down-Island… of those only the Island, The Strand and The Capawock remain. In 1927 the Island theatre in Oak Bluffs was showing the talkie “Wings” starring the “It” girl Clara Bow. The price of admission was 50 cents on a Saturday night, 30 cents if you sat in the balcony.

For me, as a summer kid on the Vineyard in the 1950′s, a night at the movies was a very big deal. The movies I remember the clearest are the musicals, like “Summer Stock” with Judy Garland, and “Showboat” with Howard Keel. Before even getting to the theatre there was a stop at …

…Darling’s for popcorn. A bag would be fine for an afternoon treat but for going to the movies the choice was always a popcorn bar in such flavors as chocolate, strawberry,vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch. After the ‘show’ a stop at the Frosty Cottage on Circuit Ave for a pistachio ice cream cone finished off the evening. Many nights on the way home I morphed into a singing, dancing movie star…at least in my head 🙂


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

3 thoughts on “Movie Memories …

  1. And next door to Darling’s was the Penny Arcade which to me as a kid was wonderland. I LOVED the fortune-telling gypsy moving lady from whom you got your fortune on a movie-ticket looking card. I kept them for a long time because (like Chinese fortune cookies) they always were great things that would happen to you. I rarely got to go to the Strand because it was open only in the summer and it was a lot smaller than the Island. My girlfriend and I spent almost all our “allowances” on the VH movie house and the other part on candy and funny books (which back then were NOT x-rated). Great islander fun for kids back then.

    • I knew you’d comment 🙂 That gypsy scared the bee-jeebers out of me… I can still feel her eyes staring through me.

  2. ♥this is wonderful!!!!♥

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