Remember the old Bond Theatre
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