, Salem, MA

June 20, 2013

Letter: Cabot Street Theatre: Thanks for the memories

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

The letter on the front of the May 20 issue of “Cabot St. Cinema Theatre” brought a sense of sadness as well as a deep appreciation. For the first, I selfishly mourned the loss of a place that had unconsciously woven itself into the fabric of our lives. The gracious service provided by the staff upon arriving is unique, thereby enhancing the experiences of the movies and magic shows inside.

Appreciation comes from the willingness of the group to put their time, talents and finances to restore the theater and then to create such wonderful magic for all to enjoy. The discovery that the members made all the costumes they used evidences the extent of their commitment.

That the theater was brought back to life has particular significance for our family: Clarence E. Morgan, my grandfather, used to provide the musical accompaniment for the silent movies shown there. My parents first reluctantly went to see a “movie worth seeing more than once” — reluctantly because their last visit there revealed a rundown building; but they wanted to view “It Happened One Night” again. They were stunned to find the remembered figures back on the ceiling. The reply to their query as to where they had been found was a calm, “We cleaned down to them.”

Many thanks to the company for all the extraordinary memories they have given us. Best wishes to all of you for whatever you choose to do.

Nancy Morgan