Life’s a Journey. Week 6: First Movie Memories

Welcome back to the “Life’s a Journey” series, where we revisit some of life’s little moments worth remembering.

Last week we romped through your Teenage Crushes. Ouch. Embarrassing…… This week I’d like you to dig deep and share a post about your First Movie Memories (Linky below this post). Here’s mine…….

Grease is the (rude) Word

Technically, this was not the first movie I ever saw. It was, however, the first movie I ever went to see without a parent in tow, in a ‘grown-up’ kind of way.

It was 1978. A long time ago. So long ago infact that the Cinema in which I saw this life-changing film has since been upgraded to a McDonald’s (which was in itself something of a phenomenon for a UK town in that era).

I was 12 years old and I suspect my parents had no idea that the film was a bit ‘racey’ in parts. To be perfectly honest, the dodgy bits went entirely over my head, since I had no idea what most of the sexual inuendo was about. D’Oh!

family stories grease posterMy abiding memories are threefold:-

1. The size of the queue to get in. My best friend and I went outside the theatre and around the block to find the end of the snake. I had, and have never since, seen a queue for a movie to rival it.

2. It was the first time I ever saw an entire audience applaud at the start, middle and end of a film. The atmosphere was “electrifying” (pardon the pun, couldn’t resist).

3. The gorgeousness of both Mr Travolta and Miss Newton-John. I wanted to be them, snog them, eat them, wear them, live them.

To be fair, I was an impressionable twelve year-old. I was easily pleased. But the intensity of emotion which this movie filled me with was/is unforgettable. It left its impression on me, like a dent in my consciousness, for weeks and weeks after the event.

Back then, of course, there was no Internet to use for drooling purposes during the post-movie ‘come-down’ stage. It was pure cold turkey, unless you bought one of the teen magazines which I wasn’t allowed. Grrr. Instead, I contented myself with styling my hair in an ‘up-gripped’ Olivia ‘do’ and searching the local Woolworths for a white cotton button-through nightie a la “Hopelessy Devoted To You” scene.

It goes without saying that I still know all the words….. By the way, You’re Most Welcome.

If this has re-kindled a memory for you from your long-hidden family stories, then do share it here.

Post an entry to your own Blog  and use the Linky tool (link below) to enter your memories into the fray. If you like, just leave a comment and join in that way, but do join in.

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More about the Life’s a Journey weekly memories series.

Other posts in this series:-

Week 1 - My earliest baby photo

Week 2 - Old School Portrait

Week 3 - Earliest Writings

Week 4 - Bestest Friends

Week 5 – Teenage Crushes

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81 responses to “Life’s a Journey. Week 6: First Movie Memories

  1. Oh yes my mum says that was a massive hit and the queues were huge! I still love it now. I think and I am not completely sure that the first movie I saw was Disney’s The little mermaid. :)

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