Remember The Lux

2018-05-29 06:01

So my teenage son asks my older daughter recently: “Do you remember when going to the movies was R20?”

What? I remember going to the movies costing eight cents.

Every Saturday, two movies, “shorts” of the next releases, an episode of “Johnny Robot” or other series, and adverts – eight cents! Imagine that.

That ticket would allow you a seat downstairs, not against the back wall or upstairs, as that was 12 and 25 cents.

But after the lights went out: action. No, nothing of that sort. We were kids. I’m talking about getting a seat upstairs where the older and more fortunate were seated. Whether they saw any bit of the movies, I don’t know. But the back wall with its double letter designation was the place to be if you were older and daring!

Then sneaking in the dark hoping that the usher, Hannes, would not be onto you and “politely” ask you to vacate the upstairs seat which you did not pay for.

But where are we? The Luxurama – The Lux as it was affectionately known. Only 50m from my house, my home away from home. And home to so many others.

The lights would dim, the curtains would reveal the biggest screen in the south. I was amazed at the ads. American voices, motor racing clips, people playing golf. Yes, this was “After action, satisfaction. Lexington, alive with flavour.”

But my best memory was on the way home, acting out what we just saw.

Everyone wanted to be the “outjie” or “roeker” – the main dude.

We were drawing imaginary guns out of imaginary holsters faster than Clint Eastwood or Terence Hill. Our Kung Fu moves were on a par with Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris.

Cowboys and Indians? Nothing political here. No motions of no confidence. Just pure, childhood fun.

Maghmood Allie Plumstead

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