Eagle Archives, April 8, 1939: Marathon Movie Show Even Breaks ‘Banking Night’ Record | Story
Somewhat reluctantly, director John M. Cooney of the Union Square Theater treated his Wednesday matinee patrons to a six-hour, four-length cinematic spectacle, breaking all records up to and including bank night. .
The eight-year-old ‘Hell’s Angels’ were booked to open that afternoon, but someone in Boston messed up, resulting in the print not arriving as expected. the morning. Mr. Cooney sent Albany two photos to reinforce the Gene Autry show he already had. Quickly at 1:30 p.m., Mr. Autry took the screen. He was followed by Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in “Holiday”.
Meanwhile, frantic calls in Boston made promises that Miss Harlow and her fellow “Hell’s Angels” members would be on the next train.
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant finally gave way to a musical show called “Swing That Cheer.” Personally, Mr. Cooney himself could not take the recommendation as he was certainly not clapping at the time.
A thorough search for the next train from Boston revealed that the “Hell’s Angels” were still missing.
But eventually the 20th century stopped in Pittsfield and out of there came “Hell’s Angels”.
Mr Cooney’s unplanned and record-breaking matinee finally ended at 7.35pm, with many of the 1.30am arrivals still in their seats, happy, if a little tired, after attending Pittsfield’s longest cinema matinee Of the history.
This story is selected from the archives of Jeannie Maschino, The Berkshire Eagle.