At age ten I was a Hollywood insider, or at leat that's what I thought. I felt special being in the big-time know because of a simple brochure on Raiders of the Lost Ark. Sometime in May of ‘81 this cool brochure showed up in the mail to let me know about a new adventure movie. I was the only kid on the block who got this brochure. (I was also the only kid on the block who was a member of the Star Wars Fan Club and that's why I got the brochure)
I had read small snippets of a new movie being made by my idols Lucas and Spielberg about finding Noah’s lost Ark. (I had no clue at the time what the Ark of the Covenant was) So, I was already excited that a team-up of these film titans was going to take place. It wasn’t until I saw this brochure that the WOW factor hit me like a ton of bricks and it was a big bummer that I had to wait until June.
It was a slow couple of weeks, but my chance finally showed up in the big metropolis of Columbia, Missouri at the Biscayne III Theatre. The Biscayne III was located in the Biscayne Shopping Mall and was originally part of the Jerry Lewis chain of theaters. (I must have a thing for seeing my my favorite movies in one of Jerry’s theaters)
Luck would have it that I was spending a couple of weeks with my grandfather and Lucile (step grandmother) who lived in Columbia. My grandfather wasn’t to keen about seeing movies, but Lucille was more than happy to entertain me and take me to a matinee showing of Raiders. Her speed of movie was more on the romantic side of things, so she bought a Raiders ticket for me and some romance movie ticket for herself. This didn’t bother me one bit as I was an old pro at seeing movies by myself. I saw Flash Gordon by myself just the year before.
After buying my popcorn and an orange soda I made my way down to the fifth or sixth row and planted myself, ready for an amazing adventure promised in the brochure. The brochure didn’t lie as this remains the second-best movie experience I’ve ever had. The movie was better than any amusement ride I had ever been on and after seeing Star Wars and Empire I was once again hooked on another Lucasfilm franchise. You know the famous movie tag-line “on the edge of your seat,” well this was completely true for myself and everyone else in that theater. I remember the lady next to me screamed during the part when the snake slithered out of the mummy’s mouth. I loved every minute of it!
Afterwards, I met up with Lucille in the lobby and I have no clue how her movie was, as I wouldn’t shut-up about seeing my movie. For sale at the concession stand was a nifty collector’s album all about the movie, which Lucille bought for me. Along with the brochure I still have my collector’s album always reminding me of the first time I was introduced to Indiana Jones and the fun that I had while visiting my grandfather and Lucille.