Don Fortner wanted to protect the history of Greer’s movie theaters so he wrote a chapter and contributed photos to a just released book, “Single Screen Theaters of South Carolina”.
Fortner contributed his post to GreerToday.com:
“The authors had no information on the Greer Theater at all. I wrote up what I remembered about the theater in the 50s and 60s. Under the Greer listing there was nothing listed for the theaters ... in Greer except their names. I wish more had contributed information on the Grand, the Rialto and another old theater in our town.
If you are interested in the book, which is a great history, with lots of facts and pictures, you probably can order from the website. It also may show up in bookstores. I plan to buy a few for my grandkids and kids. The age of the single screen, walk-in theater may be gone forever.
I worked in the theatre in 1962 and 1963. The managers I worked for were Mr. Reg Chesson, Mr. Aaron Bell, and Mr. Greene. It has been 44 years since I was last in the theatre. I remember it was part of my job to change the weekly lobby cards, which contained all those wonderful black and white photos of the movie scenes. I think of all the old photo cards that I changed over the years and put in the trash. If I had kept all of those I would probably be wealthy today as there is such a demand now for any of the old artifacts from those movie days.
Read the rest of Don Fortner’s chapter at http://www.scmovietheatres.com/greer.html