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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Eileen KINNICK - 75 yrs ago - Week 30 - July 17-23, 1937


Eileen KINNICK
75 yrs ago
Week 30 - July 17-23, 1937


My mother, Eileen KINNICK (maiden name), kept a diary from 1932 until her death in 1999. In Feb 2005, I created a website of her 1936 diary, the year she graduated from high school. During the latter half of 2011, commented weekly on these entries.
For 1937, I am transcribing the daily entries, currently, at The KINNICK Project surname blog.

In this weekly blog post, I will make summary comments and observations, and perhaps add a photo, from time to time. Starting here with Week 10, I am switching to the week ending on Friday.
Setting: The family lived in a farmhouse a couple of miles out of town (Coon Rapids, Iowa). Older brother, Leo, lived at home; his girl friend, later wife, Ida, visited regularly. Younger brother, Buzzy (she often wrote Bussy) was 9 years old. Pete Smith is her 'boy friend' - fourth month starting Jan 1 (they do marry, in Mar 1938).

Week 30 (July 17-23): The Lyric Theater in Coon Rapids, Iowa, played a big role in the lives of Eileen and her family. It was noted earlier there had been changes - here is the story, in more detail:

More on the Lyric Theater reopening! In the 19 Jul 2012 Coon Rapids Enterprise, page 4:

75 Years Ago

July 9, 1937

After a six week vacation, the movie stars are coming back to Coon Rapids again tonight. If you come to the Lyric Theatre on its grand opening night, you will see and hear Olivia DeHaviliand, Dolan Young, Alice Brady, and all of the other stars in “Call it a Day” or if you prefer music, you can see Dick Powell and a supporting cast in Irving Berlin’s “On the Avenue” on Sunday. The occasion for these special attractions is the grand opening of the new Lyric Theatre and its new everything has been rebuilt except for the entrance. The building has been raised to practically two stories in height, the screen has been raised a full six feet so that no one in the audience will need to stretch his neck. The inside of the room has all been repainted and re-decorated, a new ventilation and cooling system has been installed, more than 200 new cushioned seats have been installed, and a complete new sound system has been built. The projection rooms are now located higher in the building and are much larger and better built and the machines themselves have been reconditioned and placed to
better advantage. In fact the Lyric is a new theatre with the exception of the front door. Manager Floyd Rafferty and his mother have every reason to be proud of their new theatre building and are to be congratulated on their enterprise in giving the people of this community a better show house and better pictures. Business men of the town are happy over the improvement for they realize a good movie house is an asset to any live town as it gives a service to the people of the community, now practically demanded of any live and progressive town. They demonstrate their approval in a full page congratulatory ad in this issue. The Enterprise joins in congratulating the owners of the Lyric.


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