Movies

Film on Friday

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In 2015, the entertainment industry, specifically film and television, made somewhere around seven hundred billion dollars' worth of revenue and employed close to five million people in the United States. It's a major part of our culture and, frankly, we can't get enough of it.  Americans love movies and television, and the Treasure Tour is definitely here to help share that love. The thing is, we don't just love current movies.  We also embrace the oldies and goodies, regardless of what you consider oldies.  Some people may think of Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man trilogy as oldies - but, since they were released between 2002 and 2007, we're not so sure we want to hear about that - while we honor some that are definitely considered oldies by everyone.  Think the 1918 propaganda film The Heart of Humanity starring Dorothy Phillips and Each von Stroheim.

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So, if you have a favorite film, or if you just want to see some of the classics we have honored with our posters, then check out our displays throughout the Treasure Tour.  If you have a favorite actor or actress, they may very well be here too.  There are hundreds of images to see dedicated to film and television.  And that doesn't even account for the musicians we celebrate as well!  It's positively crazy!

Films on Friday

Once Upon A Time Ago, before the Millennials were born, there were only two ways people could watch movies.  The first was to go out to something called a theater and watch movies on the big screen.  There were no recliners in the theaters at that time, but people didn't mind.  They didn't know any better.  The second was to sit in front of a television and watch a movie on a commercial station.  That means the movie would be interrupted regularly with things called commercials - advertisements for things, services and restaurants you didn't realize you needed to experience prior to seeing the ad for them.  It was a strange time before cable, satellite, or home computers existed, and before there was a way to rent - or buy - movies.  Don't worry, kids. This was over forty years ago.  Since then, lots and lots of changes have happened.

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In fact, 1976 was the year VHS videocassettes were first introduced - those are generally black plastic rectangles with lots and lots of shiny stuff inside called tape.  If you wanted to ruin someone's day, you could pull the tape out of the cassette to see just how much there was.  Your mom and dad probably owned a bunch of videocassettes when they were your age.  We have a bunch of these "tapes" as they were more popularly called back in the day, here at the American Treasure Tour, but only a small sampling on display.  They're kind of in the background.  If you want to see them, look for the small green alien with the sign for Grovers Mill.  They're next to that guy.  VHS was the cheapest way to get movies until DVD's were introduced, but there were other formats in there, too.