My husband Nick and I are walking movie encyclopedias. Between the two of us, we have seen thousands of movies and can quote several of our favorites. I remember going to the theater to see ET, Star Wars, Back to the Future, Ghost Busters, Goonies, Gremlins and so many more classic movies with my family as a kid. We didn’t get cable or a VCR until the mid-80’s so going to the theater was really the only way to see movies at the time.
These inventions made it possible to see old classics like Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Bambi. I fell in love with all of these movies. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is still one of my all time favorite movies. I think I ruined the VHS tape from watching it so many times with my older brother and our friends. I was ecstatic to see it as a musical at Broadway in Cincinnati earlier this year. I can’t wait to see the Mary Poppins Returns when it is released in theaters on December 19th. Until then, I might have to check out the book or music. Just typin the titles of all of these movies takes me back to my childhood.
I have shared all of these movies with my kids and hope they will one day share with their children. As a lover of most movie genres, I was shocked last week when I discovered my co-worker, who is within five years of my age, hasn’t seen a lot of these movies. She hasn’t seen Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka, Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Bambi, Gremlins or Star Wars as well as many more classics. I seriously was in shock! Luckily she has access to borrow most of these movies for free from the Library. I suggested she check several of them out to watch over the holidays.
Luckily we have multiple copies of several of these movies so you can also check them out. Just click on the title to be taken to our catalog and put the item on hold. The holiday break is a great time to share the classics with your children. It doesn’t have to be a Christmas movie to enjoy during this time of year. What classic movie would you like to re watch or share with your children?
Written by Gina Stegner. Gina is the public relations coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library and a movie enthusiast.