Tonight the kids, Al and I went to Bank Night at the local theater in town to see King Kong. What is Bank Night you ask? Well, when you buy your ticket, you write your name in a big book and the number next to your name is your number for the drawing after the movie to win $150. It is all very exciting. The theater was packed, I think it was standing room only. You would have thought it was the Rose Bowl from the excitement of the crowd. You see, when the number is drawn, the winner has only three minutes to get to the stage. If they do not show up then the pot increases for the drawing the next week and last week’s winner, Gertrude Smith, was apparently busy necking with a fella and didn’t hear her number called.
What a thrilling movie! It is the exciting and tragic story of a film crew’s expedition to the secret Skull Island where the beautiful Ann Darrows is captured by island natives and offered as a sacrifice to Kong, a gigantic ape. Kong falls in love with Ann and tries to take her, but is ultimately captured by the film crew to be in an exhibition in New York City as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” In New York he escapes to find and rescue Ann, climbing the Empire State Building with her! I won’t give away the ending, but boy was it an amazing movie. I was astounded all the scenes looked so realistic, especially when King Kong was battling a dinosaur on Skull Island.
Well, after the movie, the big drawing for a double pot of $300 occurred. Since it was such a large pot, the theater got one of the Rose Princesses, a local girl who reigns over the Rose Bowl, to choose the winning number. When the winning number was called out screams erupted from the corner of the theater as a woman ran down to secure her prize—it was my good friend Ann!! She was so excited she treated both our families to ice cream cones on our way home. I think she felt like a queen with all that cash in hand.