With summer here, movie goers can expect the usual run of big Hollywood summer blockbusters. Often, these films are long on flash bang and short on just about everything else. We thought we’d Transformer our site to help you appreciate the Gravity of the situation. So take a Fast and Furious look through the Yosh Tashiro Archive at the old Playhouse which went down in Oblivion.

Yea… anyway….

Marquis at Playhouse Denver and Rio Grande

Before the fancy sign this was the marquis. Denver and Rio Grande, starring Edmond O’Brien and Sterling Hayden. playing this weekend. Before the film you could pop into the Shamrock Bar for some enlightenment.

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Now playing. Denver and Rio Grande promotional posters outside playouse front entrance. Looks like it was serious business too. Check out the sign in the foreground. “Police Order”

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Whats coming soon.  Oh... its the Snows of Kilimanjaro, 1952.  Starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner.   In Technicolor.

Whats coming soon. Oh… its the Snows of Kilimanjaro, 1952. Starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner. In Technicolor.

 

 

 

Patrons buying tickets at Playhouse. Looks like a work experience day for the kids.

Patrons buying tickets at Playhouse. Looks like a work experience day for the kids. 40 cents for adult admission. Outrageous.

Tasty treats at the concession.  Not sure if its a good idea to put the kids behind the candy counter.

Tasty treats at the concession. Not sure if its a good idea to put the kids behind the candy counter.

Kids watching projectionist thread the film at the Playhouse

Kids watching projectionist thread film at the Playhouse

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Battle Circus with Humphrey Bogart and June Allyson. 1953.

Battle Circus promotional poster, 1953

We’re going to keep looking through the archive for more Playhouse images. It would be great to find some of inside the auditorium.
Drop us a line if you have any old photos or stories about the playhouse, and help us rebuild the lost histories of Portage la Prairie.

 

Meanwhile, if you want to know what’s actually NOW PLAYING in Portage la Prairie, head on over to The Cinema Centre

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