Robert E. Jordan
Member Rara Avis
Felix and Wawa loved the movies
playing every Saturday noon
down the Jumbo Theater,
the corner Front and Girard
underneath the shaky El.
Mothers liked to send their kids there,
they knew they would be
well looked after
and it only cost a quarter.
They'd be entertained
and out of the way
a few hours every Saturday.
The movies at the Jumbo
were suited best for kids.
Western movies and gangster flicks
a popular treat for boys.
The westerns were the best by God,
with cowboys brave and bold.
Felix and Wawa would shout
for more Indian blood,
the lead was flying thick.
Gangster flicks featured Cagney,
Edward G., Georgie Raft,
Humphrey Bogart, and slim Lauren Bacall
who looked good to Felix and Wawa.
For the girls, big band movies
that they really couldn't enjoy;
the boys made too much noise,
hooted and hollered,
because they didn’t like them.
It always was a male dominated hood.
Yet, besides movie entertainment
there were other things
you could do at the Jumbo.
If you really needed cash,
you could go sit the back rows,
plop yourself down beside a friendly stranger.
The creepy guys liked the Jumbo
on a Saturday afternoon
because the kids were poor and hungry.
They’d give the kids a buck
to sit beside them,
and invite them home to see
their big non-existent
collection of electric trains.
Felix and Wawa, they’d go back there,
sit beside a likely mark,
accept the dollar, scream “You creep”,
grab the money and run like hell.
Just another entertaining Saturday afternoon,
down the old Jumbo Theater.
[This message has been edited by Robert E. Jordan (03-11-2008 10:51 AM).]