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My favorite memory of Fort Worth's Poly Theater is a fall evening in 1969, me staggering ahead of my parents pretending to be drunk. My family had just seen Paint Your Wagon so I took the liberty of singing the "bad" words in A Wanderin' Star, "Hell is in Hell-o..."
Boyd and Imogene Millican owned the theater built in the early '50s, a red and green wonderland with one screen, bright candy packages displayed beneath a clean glass counter, and a teller's change machine in the box office which was exotic technology at the time.
I remember walking two blocks to the theater when I was seven, a worn $1 in hand and a mission to watch The Legend of Boggy Creek alone; I almost wet the red velvet seat during a window breaking scene.
Imogene often strolled the aisle with her white poodle and a flashlight, searching for talkers so she could toss them out which she seemed to enjoy; she and Boyd didn't seem to like children much, perhaps because so many were left at the theater unattended.
In the early '70s the Millicans sold the theater which became a pet shop and later, the New Unity Missionary Baptist Church, then it was sadly abandoned..."I never seen a sight that didn't look better looking back..." *Watercolor by David Tripp