KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Annie J. Kelley, Battle Creek Enquirer)-- When Kathleen Strang was a little girl, movies were a special event.
“My movie experience started in the really grand, small-town theaters that looked really beautiful and ornate. And it was a real treat,” she said. “You dressed up — you dressed up for the movies. All those years that I was going to the movies as a kid, as a teenager — you didn’t wear jeans or sweatshirts to the movies. Noooo.”
Strang grew up on a farm outside Jimmy Stewart’s hometown in Indiana, Pa. — she remembers getting candy from his father at the family hardware store.
It was also the place where the nearest theaters were.
“I have always loved them,” she said.
She remembers being 13 years old and mercilessly begging her father to take her to a movie with actor Pat Boone. Or, going to see “Spirit of St. Louis” with her brother, and the two of them talking about it for days and days.