I was born at 1:30 a.m. in the morning, 63 years ago. My mother is on the phone right now relaying how I was born. She had gone to the movies late night ( she saw “The Man From the Alamo with Glen Ford) and was on her way back to her house (1-1/2 blocks away from the movies). As she was walking, a dog came out and scared her. She picked up a brick and threw it at the dog and it ran away from her. It was then that her water broke. She said she was afraid to be alone, and asked another lady who was out that time of night (it was much safer then) if she would stay with her because her water broke. When the lady heard that my mom’s water had broken, SHE RAN! So, Mom made her way home, and her brother-in-law took her to the house, she woke my dad up and when they got to the hospital and an hour later at 1:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, I was born.

  • The name of the theater she went to was called the Castle Theater 3412 Hastings Street, Detroit, MI 48211.
  • The Castle Theatre opened in 1914. It seated 1,350. The theatre closed in the early-1960’s. The site is now an empty lot. 


Guess what, it cost her $.35 to see two movies and all the previews in 1953. She said that you’d see a cartoon and the news reels back then, all for $.35. Also, if women came on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, they would receive bowls or plates. A box of popcorn cost $.07, a hot dog was  $.10, and candy bars cost $.05. She said that if you wanted a larger candy the size of a rolling-pin it would cost you $.25. That was good marketing at that time. Can you see how full those theaters were in the 1950s? We can’t market that good now! We used to dwell in a Live and Let Live world. Not anymore. 

There’s nothing like family history. Keep it and never let it go.


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7 thoughts on “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

  1. Happy Birthday!!! That is a good story. I asked my mom about the day she had me and she said she didn’t want to talk about unpleasant things. She quickly recovered and apologized. It was the ether that she never wanted to remember again. So she says….but you’ve got a really great memory there!

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    • Oh my goodness Patricia, what a statement to make. I knew when she said it that she didn’t mean you. Haha, Now that’s a good story! Actually, when I was typing this post, my Mom had called to wish me happy birthday and it was her telling me about those times. I surely didn’t remember all of that detail. She told me all of that. How do you like $.35 to see two movies, and a candy bar big as a rolling-pin.costing $.25? WOW. Thank you for the birthday wish.


  2. A great story to have about your birthday. I did a quick check on the Inflation Calculator and in 1953 .35 cents is now $3.13. That is still a good idea when it come to the price of a movie. Having at one time being a theater manager I could give many reasons why the high prices. None of those reasons take the sting away when I pay for a movie and then buy the grandchildren popcorn.

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    • I am with you. Once my husband and my grandson and I went the movies and it cost about $16.00 for the 3 of us (we had the seniors discount) to get the tickets. When we finished at the consession stand it had cost us $27.00. So, I do understand how you feel! Thanks.

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