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The Yucca Theatre holds the fondest memories of my life. My grandfather, Bud Higdon, was the projectionist for approximately 35 years therefore I spent alot of time there in the 50's and 60's. Best years of my life. I think I saw every movie made during those years, evn Psycho which scared the bajeebers out of me. My sister, aunt and I knew every inch of the building but we were never allowed to go behind the stage, it always seemed so mysterious to us. The booth, or the projection room was awesome. We would watch Bud splice the film strips together which included the news reel, cartoon and the movie. To this day when I smell popcorn I think of the Yucca. Howard Hodge owned the Yucca at that time. Then Mr. Hodge built the Howard Hodge Theatre and my grandfather when to work there. It was incomparable to the Yucca other than being able to smoke in the more expensive seating, the loudge(sp?) I can remember thinking that both stairways leading to the balcony were gigantic, we climbed them a million times crawling on our hands and knees, it was so much fun. I was fortunate enough to take my children on a tour of the theatre in the 70's and the stairs seemed much smaller than I had remembered, must have been because I was much larger, YA THINK! My grandfather would also work at the Fiesta drive-in and he and my dad would help with the firework show every Fourth of July. The playground below the screen was so much fun with the biggest, fastest slide in town and the pole swing-merry-go-round was the greatest. During my jr hi and hi school years I spent alot of time in the balcony with my friends and met my husband to be watching "Children of the Damned". I could go on endlessly about the Yucca but best call it quits, I can truly say tho, the Yucca was my home away from home.
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