I remember the days when going to the movies was an all day event. I won’t discuss the price but often wonder how today’s young people can afford tickets, refreshments, and the before going home snack.
Back then movie houses showed two movies during one seating thus the term “double feature.” At the same time many theaters also showed cartoons together with news clips from Pathe News. As if that wasn’t enough a few even played a weekly serial thriller with each episode coming to a chilling and unresolved ending. You had to come back the following week to see what happened. Great marketing!
What more could a young boy ask for than to see the movies, Song of the South starring Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit and Pinocchio both in one afternoon? One New Year’s Eve my parents actually took me to see a triple feature. I don’t remember the movies but I woke up the next morning with the chicken pox.
But soon television was introduced into the American home and theaters with names like Bijou, State, Palace, Majestic, Rivoli and The Strand closed forever. It was now time for the living room and homemade popcorn crowd to take over. My Dad even built a room over the garage for the family to sit and watch our new TV. I can still hear my folk’s laughter as they watched the Red Skelton and Groucho Marx shows.
There has been a triple feature playing for our benefit since the very beginning. There are no intermissions, admission is free and we are the chosen audience. The heavenly marquee reads, “Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” I guess you could say that God is the director, Jesus the producer and the “screenplay” the Holy Bible.
Read these powerful words spoken by Jesus as He instructs His followers to spread the Good News to all men,
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of
the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
Are you prepared for your eternal audition?