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ANDERSON CO., May 7, 2013--There are those of us that remember fondly cruising every Friday night in the Palestine Plaza and seeing the old Schulman Theaters. It's burned into our memories, hanging out socializing before and after the show. Teens congregating on tailgates as folks maneuvered in and out of the parking lot coming to and from the show. It’s part of several generations’ “growing up” in Palestine.
In the theater, the old "yawn and put your arm around your girl" trick performed many times - some successful some maybe not so successful. A first stolen kiss. And smoking? Yes, there was smoking allowed back then in theaters. We would stand in long lines for the newest hit movie. Some may have the memory of no air conditioning in theaters but there are many milestones of going to the movies. The Schulmans brought us that too; after all, their theater journey began in 1908, more than a hundred years ago.
In Palestine, we also became the very first gamers - the old school kind with quarters in our pockets. Getting in line to play Pac Man, Asteroids and Centipede, there were “joysticks” and sore thumbs. It was a good time.
The excitement we all had when Bill Schulman and his family decided to build their new state of the art facility was a huge event for Palestine. The vision and commitment to bring entertainment to Palestine and most especially for children, was something the Schulmans are proud of, and we are thankful as we all have enjoyed the show.
New memories are made each week at "the show" by younger generations, and these milestones are important for everyone- young and old, new couple’s first dates and when children see a movie in awe for the very first time. Schulman theaters - it truly is “Where the Magic of Movies Begins” in Palestine.
Although he's passed, the "show must go on," and it will through his legacy, family’s dedication and their continued efforts to bring imagination, drama, excitement and humor to us all for a few hours at the Show. Thank you to Bill Schulman for his vision and his family for bringing East Texas entertainment and many memories. We all look forward to many more times "going to the show," popcorn and soda. The Schulmans may own the theater, but it really is ours too. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Schulman family. Bill Schulman you will be missed.
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Article by: Mendi Perry, YourEastTexas.com
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