In the warm spring before I was born, my mother told me that she would sit on the porch with a washbasin of cherry tomatoes in her lap and eat the entire bowl, staring out onto bleak Tutwiler Street, missing her parents, trying to fit into her new life.
My parents were poor, and during her pregnancy my mother had only two dresses that fit. When I was born, my mom’s younger sister, my Aunt Sylvia, came straight from her high school graduation in San Antonio to help out. She said that there was so little money that she had to use her graduation money to pay for groceries.
Everything changed so drastically in the next three years that my parents, only twenty-one and twenty-three years old, must have been dizzy from trying to understand their own lives. Our little family grew quickly. When my mother went to the doctor for her six-week checkup after giving birth to me, she was already pregnant with Kathy, who came along ten months and twenty-three days after me. Cindy was born two years later. Meanwhile, my father had a hit record on his very first release and was suddenly a sensation, performing around the South, gathering fans, including, to my mother’s great alarm, hordes of young women who fawned and swooned from his very first performance at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis. By 1958, my dad, with his sultry good looks, had offers to appear in movies, so we left Memphis for Southern California. Three years later, Tara was born.
To All Our Patrons:
Since our opening in 1995 as Carmike Riverdale 10 and then upon the national bankruptcy of the Carmike Theaters chain and our conversion to Riverdale 10 Cinema and Cafe, we have happily endeavored to keep open and vibrant a locally owned, first run movie theater in the Central/Downtown Little Rock, Heights, Hillcrest neighborhoods of our town.
We have been proud of our involvement in the movie community for the last 18 years, with events like the Little Rock Film Festival, education film showing, birthdays, and special event showing, but sadly the time has come to, in theater parlance, "Exit Stage Right."
Our hope is that you enjoyed your time with us, through all our incarnations, and that you will continue to make effort to support your local small businesses in whatever community you find yourself.
If you have questions, comments or concerns, please use the email addresses listed below, and we will make all efforts to get back with you as soon as possible.
For anyone with advanced purchase tickets and who would like a refund, please feel free to email us or call the number listed below to make arrangements. WE WILL HONOR ALL TICKETS PURCHASED IN ADVANCE, so if you have such, please contact us.
If you have interest in owning a First Run movie location, please contact us at the number below.
Again, we thank you for your attendance, interest, suggestions and support over the years, and as they say "the show must go on"... just not here!
Ownership, Riverdale 10 Cinemas and Cafe
email: Riverdale10Theater@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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