The Town Theater
Author under Town’s Marquee (circa 2006)
(circa 1952 for the marquee and ticket sales booth)
(Enter answers on the line to left of each question.)
_______ 1. Jerry’s tone compares the Town to___.
a. a war zone
b. a Cub Scout meeting
c. a dance recital
d. a neighborhood bar
_______ 2. Jerry inferred the owners were
: b. dignified and respectful
c. lustful and unseemly
_______ 3. Teenage balcony patrons ____.
a. slept through movies
b. served as theater police
c. pelted people seated below
d. made inappropriate sounds
________ 4. Jerry was a victim of ________.
a. Milk Duds on his seat
b. the seat recoil
c. a balcony bomber’s “oyster”
d. a Coke “booby-trap”
________ 5. Balcony pranksters did not hide in:
a. the men’s restroom
b. the front row, lower level
c. the lobby
d. the women’s restroom
________ 6.Who did Jerry see do a wicked dance
at the Town theater?
a. the owner’s wife, Mrs. Driskill
b. a vagrant
c. a woman in the balcony
d. Sadie Thompson
________ 7. What did Jerry not like about the Town?
a. the strict noise code
b. it being family oriented
c. its practical jokers
d. as a respected place for a date
________ 8. What affect did the cowboy film have on Jerry henceforth ?
a. he always attended with a friend
b. he always sat near the exit
c. he brought a blindfold and earplugs
d. he woke up screaming that night
_________ 9. Why were small children a seating problem at the Town?
a. they violated the quiet code
b. they ran up and down the aisle
c. they left refuse under the seats
d. the seat recoil “jack-knifed” them
________ 10. How did small children overcome the seating handicap?
a. sharing a seat
b. buying a heavy box of popcorn
c. standing in the seat
d. putting a crossbar in place
_________ 11. What did Jerry do when out-chalked by an arithmetic opponent?
a. threw an eraser at her
b. claimed she’d cheated
c. whimpered and cried
d. secretly ate the girl’s packed lunch
_________ 12. What did Jerry compare the Coke prank to?
a. a guillotine
b. the electric chair
c. a hangman’s noose
d. a tripped landmine wire
_________ 13. Why were his dad’s movies bad?
a. they were underexposed
b. they were spliced out of order
c. they showed scenery but no people
d. he had a cheap camera
_________ 14. Why was the Coke crime perfect?
a. its alibi about the bathroom
b. it was the most destructive
c. the prankster was absent
d. Jerry had never been caught
_________ 15. Why was Mrs. Driskill perfect for the movie House of Wax (3D)?
a her snaggle teeth jutted out in 3D
b. she appeared frightening to Jerry
c. she wore Halloween masks
d. she was an actress
_________ 16. Why did a Coke only cost 5 cents?
a. it was an introductory offer
c. no one liked them
d. the theater kept the price low
_________ 17. Jerry’s “cheese cake” movie was about?
a. the manufacture of cheese
b. a dessert popular in 1953
c. a scantily clad model
d. a vacation film
_________ 18. How did the Orpheum differ from the Town?
a. the size of the seats
b. the “necking” incidents
c. the price of the tickets
d. both owners were hypsters
_________ 19. House of Wax was _____?
a. a miracle 1950s kitchen cleaner
b. a grotesque horror film
c. an amusement park fright house
d. a candle shaped like a house
_________ 20. The Orpheum theater owner ____?
a. was a shy businessman
b. avoided amateur contests
c. was a theatrical huckster
d. employed usher police
*For extra credit compare the Orpheum to the Town,
or Mr. Doppler to the Driskills.
The Orpheum Façade
The Infamous Orpheum Balcony (Above)
The Town Vocabulary List
1. inflation increase in price
2. facade front of a building
7. proprietor owner and operator
8. anathema a ban, a curse