PAALLEGH-L ArchivesArchiver > PAALLEGH > 1997-05 > 0864523260
Subject: Re: [PAALLEGH-L] Remember the Brass Rail???
Date: Sat, 24 May 1997 21:21:00 -0400 (EDT)
Yes, I remember the "Flame"...I think I was there once, and yes, it pre-dated
the idea of the Ponderosa-style restaurants. The Little Red Door was
fascinating to me...when I was working for Mellon Bank, it used to be a big
deal to go there or the Cork & Bottle on Smithfield St. after 5pm. I drank
Sloe Gin & Squirt (ugh!), and one drink lasted for four hours!
The Arts Cinema was on Liberty Avenue. It showed foreign films which were
considered rather "risque" for the time (extremely tame by today's standards,
eh?). I remember my grandmother taking me there to see a movie, asking the
ticket-seller first if the feature was suitable for children. The film was
about a priest in europe (France, maybe?) who was involved with the
Resistance during WWII. He ran an orphanage for boys, and when he was
captured and about to be shot, his orphans pressed against the barbed wire
fence around the execution ground....whistling their special signal cadence.
I was about 4 years old, and never forgot that scene (all I remember of the
movie)! About 15 years ago, I was channel-surfing and came across the same
movie...completely unremembered by me until that crucial scene. What a