The above image is a screen capture from a documentary feature about the controversial film I Am Curious . . . .Yellow (the film is extremely mild by today's standards, and boring). The camera pans down to the bottom on the list to show where the film is listed. However, in the panning process you can see a cropped view of some of the top movies of the period. If you examine closely and fill in the blanks, you can see Hello, Dolly! at number 6 after 12 weeks on the chart and Funny Girl at number 13 after 77 weeks on the chart.
One more clipping about A Star is Born screenings in San Antonio. These theaters were from later in the release of the film. The Aztec was a movie palace downtown. It's been remodeled for performances after sitting empty for years. The San Pedro drive in is now a grocery store and shopping center. The Woodlawn is a local performing arts theater now. The U.A. Movies 4 was on the South side and has been closed for a while.
People who read "Modern People" are not the luckiest people in the world. This is one of those short-lived tabloids I picked up at the grocery store way back when. I made the mistake of cutting the article and cover out and throwing the rest away. Would love to read the other headline stories now.
There is still a firefighter stationed here that was there when they filmed the movie. Of course I asked him for any stories he had to share. He mentioned that some of the firefighters were taking pictures with their cameras and security came by and demanded they turn over their film. So they weren't too happy about that. (But they should have known better if you ask me). He also mentioned that Barbra was "too chicken" to slide down the pole. I'd have to agree with him on that. This was the one scene where you knew it wasn't her. I felt cheated with this scene (along with the rest of the audience). This was the signature scene that was used in the advertising and poster to promote the movie and it's not her. Is it that difficult to slide down the pole? (and in case you're wondering, no, I didn't slide down the pole myself).