Re­mem­ber the old Bond Theatre

The Compass - - OPINION -

Yes­ter­day we lost some­thing in Car­bon­ear that us baby boomers can re­late to.

I was sad­dened to watch the fire­fight­ers put out some hot spots that re­mained of what was once a very prom­i­nent place in the town.

People from all over the area would come to town to watch a movie on week­ends at the Bond Theatre.

Grow­ing up in the area, I would love to watch a movie there on a Fri­day night or Satur­day af­ter­noon; a western with the likes of John Wayne, or a hor­ror movie like Franken­stein’s Monster.

We were all glad to have a place to go with our friends, even if it meant walk­ing three or four miles home in the dark af­ter watch­ing some scary movie. Car­bon­ear was a busy town back then. We never car­ried cell phones so the only way we had to talk to our friends was to go where they were.

There was sev­eral places where young people could hang out and play pool or pin­ball or the like. Af­ter the movie it was cus­tom­ary to have a plate of chips and a Coke (an­other treat) be­fore head­ing home.

I have no doubt at some point a plaque will be placed near the site de­pict­ing what the area once meant to the people of Car­bon­ear and sur­round­ing area. Es­pe­cially its young people.

I can still re­mem­ber the sight and sound of a big lion on the big screen at the be­gin­ning of a movie. — Frank Evely Sr writes

from Clarke’s Beach

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