Saturday, January 25, 2014

Field Trip to the Vista

Ben hur 1959 poster.jpg

It is 1959. I'm still in elementary school. Our class takes a field trip to the Vista Theater in downtown Phoenix to see Ben-Hur. The Vista, now long-gone, was an upscale movie theater where the screen had a large curtain and you were escorted to reserved seats by uniformed ushers.

Aside from nostalgia for the days when movie theaters had reserved seats and ushers, this memory sparks two thoughts: (1) A field trip to see a movie? (2) Nowadays, that trip would be blocked by outcries alleging a violation of the separation of church and state.

But as kids, of course, we did not think of that. It was a chance to get out of school work and see a movie.

And it was a great movie.

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