Thursday, March 31, 2005

The Preacher’s Corner
By Rev. Dr. Milton Winter

Recently someone asked if I had any old photos from the Holly Theater, and I was pleased to say I had! Perhaps these will bring back memories from the past. I am not sure what the occasion was — perhaps the re-opening of the theater after it was remodeled. The lady who asked me to write about the theater recalled that when “The Wizard of Oz” came to Holly Springs Mr. Rountree allowed all the school children to attend as a group — for free!

When I told another lady I was going to use this topic in the column, she recalled that Mr. Rountree would let her in free in exchange for standing at the door and tearing the tickets. What kid wouldn’t have jumped at the chance to tear the tickets. At a certain age, I would have paid for the privilege!

For all his largesse, Mr. Rountree knew how to make a nickel. He told me that when he would make the popcorn, he would turn on a big fan that would waft the aroma out into the theater. People would come flocking to buy popcorn, to which he had added lots of salt. In a few minutes they would all be back to buy a Coca-Cola!

When the theater burned all the mementos were burned. One item that was not in the theater was the Santa Claus Mr. Rountree used there at Christmas. It is now in the possession of Mark Miller and he put it in the window last Christmas.

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