17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, January 11, 1913: Went to Watsontown this afternoon. Went into the movies.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
What a fun way to spend a winter afternoon! The films would have been silent ones—probably with live melodramatic piano music.
Maybe she watched The Pickwick Papers. A short silent version of this movie was first screened in 1913. Click here to see it on YouTube.
This is the first time that Grandma mentioned going to the movies in Watsontown.—though she previously mentioned attending movies in somewhat more distant Milton. Maybe the theater in Watsontown had just opened.
A movie theater in Watsontown called the Watson Theater closed a few years ago. I thought it might have been the theater that Grandma went to, so I googled it. I discovered that the theater that Grandma went to was probably called the Lyceum Theatre and that it burned down in 1934. According to Cinema Treasures:
Opened on May 30, 1940, the Watson Theatre was built to replace the Lyceum Theatre, which burned down 6 years before.
You might also enjoy a previous post about another silent film: