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Re: Kids Movie Theater on First?

by marlie88 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:02 pm

It was the ShelMel Country Squire named after daughters Shelly and Melody Kornbrot

Re: Kids Movie Theater on First?

by Erie.mon » Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:56 pm

A friend with a better memory just told me it was Shelmel's Kiddie Kinema.

Re: Kids Movie Theater on First?

by Erie.mon » Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:45 pm

I used to ride my bike to Headliner Shopping Center to see movies like Willie Wonka, H.R. Pufenstuf etcetera. I think it was called something like Shemel's Cinema. It was there in the late 60's or early 70's...just down from Rudy's Drug Store.

Re: Kids Movie Theater on First?

by Vartikian » Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:02 pm

I can't for the life of me remember the name, but there was indeed a kid's movie theater at First and Barstow, in the same Strip mall as Headliner Foodland - this would be VERY early '70s. I think it had folded by about 1975.

Re: Kids Movie Theater on First?

by Godzzla » Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:23 pm

I lived on Eighth St. a quarter mile of the Kinema and must have gone there with my brother John at least a few dozen times. My favorite were the monster classics that played during the early seventies when I was 9 or 10. Frankenstein, The Wolfman, King Kong, and many other mainly Universal classics. There was also a book store at the north east corner of Cedar and Shields that I bought my Famous monsters of Filmland magazines. It was right next door to the Fish N Chips Restaurant on the Cedar Heights grocery store corner.

Kinda rare that the corner had four grocery stores at the time I was growing up. Safeway next to Cedar Lanes on the SW corner with Thriftys next to it, County Boy and the fantastic Fresno Hobby on the SE corner along with El Toro restaurant, Cedar Heights on the NE corner with the Farmers Fish and Chips restaurant next to the book store, and Young's/Purity market on the NW corner. There was also a Sprous-Ritz next door that carried great novelties, O'Sole Mio restaurant, and Cavalier liquor next to that. West down Shields was the original Valley Childrens Hospital, and on the North side was a grass area and some plum trees I remember climbing as a kid and eating the sour fruit. Great memories.

Steve Russell
1980 McLane graduate

Re: Kids Movie Theater on First?

by Guest » Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:00 pm

Anyone who used to visit Kiddie Kinema at Cedar and Shields, I'd love to hear from you! Some kids were there like every other weekend and my family remembers many of them, just not all the names! lol. One of the kids I remember was a boy named Jamie, he had blonde hair. Thats about all I remember of him. We had a kid who used to arrive and leave by taxi. He was a regular, and three sisters who seemed to always have to wait for their mother to pick them up as she was always late! If anyone out there remembers us, My mother, oldest sister and I are still around. My dad and other sister have both passed. We had some good times with that little theater, I hope it has many good memories for others too!

Re: Kids Movie Theater on First?

by Guest » Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:52 pm

Kiddie Kinema was at Shields and Cedar behind Cedar Lanes. My parents owned it in the 60's and 70's. At one time there were three "Kiddie" theaters. The one at first and Barstow was called "Kiddie Cinema" and I dont recall the loxation or name of the 3rd. My parents owned Kiddie Kinema, and a friend of my dad owned Kiddie Cinema. Both men were managers of drive-ins at the time. My dad managed Star-Lite drive in and the friend managed, I believe< Motor-In drive in. In the 70's the bigger theaters (Country Squire, etc) started showing movies aimed at kids on weekends, which was when the "Kiddie" theaters operated. They pretty much put the smaller kiddie theaters out of business because they could get the Disney movies. The Kiddie theaters did not have the seating capacity Disney required for it's movies.

A funny story, back in the day we used to pick up the movies from the bus station downtown. They would come in three reels and we would have to splice them together. My mom had watched my dad do that but had never done it before. One weekday, Kiddie Kinema hosted Kiddie Campus and Kiddie College pre-schools for a showing of the HR Puffnstuff movie. The movie arrived late and my mom picked it up the morning of the showing. My dad was not there to splice it together so my mom did the job. My sister, mom and myself were the workers that day. My mom loaded the movie on the projector and started the movie. All was great during the first reel then came the splice and all of the sudden all the kids started yelling and laughing. Having not seen the film, my mom and sister, in the lobby didnt pay any attention until I came running out yelling, "Everyone is upside down!" Yup, my mom had spliced the second reel wrong! We played the movie anyway and reel three was correct! The pre-schools came back later and got to see another movie later.

Re: Kids Movie Theater on First?

by fresnen » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:14 pm

yeah Kiddie Kinema, us kids got dropped of there I remember seeing Huck Finn the strip mall around from or beside Cedar lanes.

*Note from admin: Newspaper clipping added from 1970 showing Kiddie Kinema ad.
fresno bee kiddie kinnama.jpg
Fresno Bee - Fri. June 5, 1970 - Kiddie Kinema ad

Re: Kids Movie Theater on First?

by MogulBowl » Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:29 pm

Does "Kiddie Kinema" ring a bell? Don't know for sure, but I remember seeing movies there, especially remember seeing "Oliver!"

Re: Kids Movie Theater on First?

by pmam1973 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:28 pm

Maybe you're thinking of the Bijou Theater at Cedar & Shields that used to show old time movies (Marx Brothers, Laurel & Hardy, 3 Stooges, etc). My grandmother lived in the neighborhood & we'd walk to the theater on weekends. Tickets were cheap & so was the popcorn (I think it was a nickel?). By the late '70's it turned into an adult theater (sad).