, Salem, MA


February 28, 2014

Letter: Memories of Shirley Temple


Shirley Temple movies came first to the Hyannis movie theater and later to the much smaller Harwichport theater. Our parents kindly took us to Hyannis, 9 miles away, to see the Shirley Temple movies as soon as possible. It had to be on a Sunday afternoon, as they worked in their radio store 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., six days a week. Sometimes, our grandparents, who often went to the closer Harwichport theater, only 4 miles away, would take us to see the movie again. Kids tickets were no more than 10 cents.

We three girls loved every Shirley Temple movie we saw. She filled our childhood dreams. And our parents appreciated the cheerfulness of the dear little girl and the optimistic message of the story lines back in those dark Depression days of the 1930s.

Betty Dean Holmes


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