Air conditioning at movies worth admission

The Avalon, at 645 Main St., opened in 1923 and was renamed the Cooper in 1947.

The Strand Theatre opened at 349 Main St. in 1928 and, in 1935, it was renamed the Mission. In 1945 the name was changed to the Joy Theatre.

In the 1930s, air conditioning was a new thing in movie theaters in Grand Junction, and summer heat made the theater a good way to spend a hot summer afternoon.

Home air conditioning was almost nonexistent, so the theater was most likely one of a few places where people could escape the sweltering heat.

My husband, Teddy, said that as a kid in the early 1950s, he liked to go to a movie to cool off.

He and his friends would save the tops of the caps on milk bottles.

These could be cashed in for 5 cents so that they could spend the afternoon keeping cool in the movie house.

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Kathy Jordan is retired from The Daily Sentinel.

She is involved in many local preservation efforts and is on the board of directors for Colorado Preservation Inc.

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