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The grand dame River Oaks Theatre is still here despite floods, the threat of demolition, protests, rumors about ghosts and a waning interest in films on the big screen.
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"Bachelor Mother" starring David Niven and Ginger Rogers played on Nov. 28, 1939, the first movie shown at the theater.
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Lights, action: The box office at night
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Archival shot of the River Oaks Theatre, before it was surrounded by a shopping center.
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Before VCRs and DVDs, the River Oaks had a strong repertory program of classic films that changed nightly. Courtesy of David Welling Collection
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Karl Hoblizelle, founder of Interstate Theatres
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Popcorn: Still a great reason to go to the movies.