Road Trip: Modesto Reel Food Film Festival

75th Anniversary Poster

75th Anniversary Poster

Before my parents made the big move to the Bay Area at the end of 1959, we lived a good number of years in Modesto, Ca. Many homes back then didn’t have air-conditioning. Our rental house, on Paradise Road, didn’t even have a swamp cooler to help us deal with the blistering hot days of valley summer. One way my friends and I survived was by learning to swim in the canal. But, by far the best was convincing a parent to give us a ride into town to an air-cooled movie theater where music played as we settled in our seats opening boxes of Good and Plenty.

Sadly two of the movie houses, The Strand and The Covell, were lost to urban redevelopment, but I was overjoyed to learn that the third was saved and refurbished in all its art deco glory. The State Theatre now plays host to both film and live performances.

The Third Annual Modesto Reel Food Film Festival
Sunday – September 27
2 PM
The State Theatre – 307 J Street, Modesto
For Tickets call (209) 527-4697
($10 ticket price includes snacks from local restaurants.)

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