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John Wayne's "THE ALAMO": A Fan Reflects On Seeing the Original Roadshow Engagement

On Saturday, October 29, 1960, 14 year old Lloyd paid the higher ticket price for a Reserve Seat to the 2 PM Matinee of the "Roadshow" engagement of John Wayne's "The Alamo". The picture was playing in Los Angeles at the Carthay Circle Theater in "Todd A-O" and this was it's first Saturday performance.

Roadshow films in the Los Angeles area normally had an 8 PM evening showing with a 2 PM matinee on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only. This was because of the length of these motion picture's which were divided into two parts with a 15 minute Intermission between them.

The same criteria applied to the "Rivoli" Theater, in New York City, where "The Alamo" premiered the same week. Below is a picture of the advance ticket order form for "The Alamo" at the "Rivoli".

Note that matinee performances for this reserved seat feature had ticket prices ranging from $1.50 to $2.50. While night performances ran betw…