50DMC #2: First Movie in Theatres

The 50 Day Movie Challenge asks one question every day, to be answered by a few paragraphs and a clip, if possible. Click here for the full list of questions.

Today’s prompt: What was the first movie you saw in theatres?

We didn’t go out to theatres a lot when I was growing up; we mostly stayed home and watched old movies, for which I am now very grateful. I don’t remember missing it at the time or anything, either. I’m not sure which re-release it was, but the first thing I remember seeing in theatres was a re-release of Disney’s Pinocchio that my older cousin took me to see when he was in town. So, yeah, it was still an old movie. :) I’m pretty sure my first new release movie in theatres was Hot to Trot, which I thought was vastly inferior to Mr. Ed, as talking horses go. But back to Pinocchio.

Not sure I can remember much about it from that particular viewing, though I have, of course, seen it since then. I am pretty sure I have memories of the kids getting turned into donkeys, and that I found that much more terrifying than the giant whale. Rewatching it now, I can see why. I also remember seeing at a young age some show where people got turned into dinosaurs, and an SNL sketch where people got turned into giants. And I do remember going through a phase of being afraid that I was going to turn into something other than what I was. Huh. I never connected that before (though I really remember my fear being far more based on those other two shows than on Pinocchio).