Research Update – Cresse Class-sicks in Clovis and a Look at the Lyceum in the Early 70’s
It is time for some research updates, but this post is focusing on both a theater and the work of Bob Cresse – Love Camp 7 and Hot Spur played the Lyceum in 1971 when Olympic International had it’s catalog of films brought back out and promoted with gusto like they were new. At least for these Exploitation legends, they were still very edgy for the day (and actually, for today’s PC standards). I hope to get more of these Early 70’s re-plays soon.
Being The Scene of Screen 13, this post is to reflect on it’s days when Exploitation and more daring films were the Lyceum’s focus after years of being a regular theater in a time when many businesses went that way to stay open due to increased competition in the cinema world. After a history starting in 1921 of being one of Covis’ main theaters which first featured Vaudeville and films for the general audience, it went into an Adult-centric era filed with many Exploitation classics and thrills, although those times would not last through the 70’s . A usually great program that altered too much including some Sunday through Tuesday Spanish movie double features as well as some GP-Rated Horror programs lost the consistency a customer wanted in a theater while the regular performances of second/third run Adult films made it a little behind the times for a fast-changing Adult movie scene moving into Porno.
The Continental Theater – owned cinema (now a Community-based arts center) would stop showing movies by October, 1974.
9-12-69 – The announcement – Jess Franco’s classic WIP film 99 Women was a good choice to start things up with.
8-25-71 – The incredible Nana/Eugenie double feature also played. If you have not seen Jess Franco’s Sexydelic flick, the do so soon!
3-19-71, featuring the one and only Putney Swope!
4-2-71 – It was not always X-Rated films, but also action packed Exploitation that was not meant for children.
4-23-71 – A Boxoffice International double bill!
4-25-71 – The programming of the Lyceum at that time was like a lot of Exploitation movie houses where the bill was changed. when went on from Wed. to Sat. was no more by Sunday.
12-5-71 – a rare appearance for the Leonard Kirt movie.
5-7-71, an interesting appearance of Thar She Blows with the rare Low Price of Fame.
3-10-72, with the classic Daughters of Darkness
8-6-71 and 5-11-73 for Ann and Eve!
2-1-74 – The future’s looking sketchy!
4-18-74, with Mario Bava’s Four Times that Night!
10-4-74, the final show…