RLC-GTT wrote:The best print I ever got of it hangs in the Imax Theater lobby or gift shop somewhere (or perhaps in the restroom by now)...
Soap box time.
THE CASE STUDY OF A LOST PROMOTION
Between Happy Shahan and Kevin (Quincy Morris) and whoever else, a great situation was established with the Imax Theater powers-that-be to give Alamo Village a wonderful plug. I'm not sure how much of this was in the plan (or agreement), but here's how it used to be.
Before the movie began, Kevin (usually) would come out and introduce it, telling folks where it was made in the process. Then he would say, "Would everybody remain in their seats at the end until the lights come up."
After the last scene, the room would stay dark as the end credits roled over the background image of the Alamo while Sergio Salinas (Happy's country star) sang the title song in the soundtrack. Then the background scene faded to black (with the room still dark) as the final single credit appeared: FILMED AT HAPPY SHAHAN'S ALAMO VILLAGE, BRACKETTVILLE, TEXAS. Then the lights came up. (Talk about a captive audience.)
Then, as the audience left the theater, and walked out into the lobby, the first thing that met their eyes was a series of six 3ft. x 4ft. (I think) frames with a consecutive photo story of Alamo movies, the Imax film and the location with Happy and Virginia featured. These frames were lovingly created by Lashawn Wardlaw and yours truly. And finally, a wooden brochure rack (hand carved by Alamo Village's own Jerry Clardy) provided folks with Alamo Village brochures.
Then Kevin left.
A souvenir counter replaced the series of photos. The brochures were gone. Our rack was in another section of the lobby with something else in it. The photo frames were moved to the opposite side of the exit hall -- the side people coming out of the theater never looked at -- and hung in reverse order, with no concern for the consecutive story link between them.
The next time I saw the film. Sergio's song was mixed out (or turned down), the house lights came up as soon as the movie ended and the credits started. By the time our credit came on, there was nobody left in the theater. AND the photo frames were split up -- some were in different parts of the lobby; some down in the new gift shop. And I doubt if the dippy introducing the film now tells the audience anything more than to turn their cell phones off. I could be wrong.
So: THANK GOD FOR KEVIN YOUNG while he lasted.
I also want to point out that Kevin was responsible for the fine balance of Alamo history books then
sold in the gift shop.
O.K. I'm through. Sorry.