Transcript: Main Street Ontario: Picton | Jun 26, 2017

Old pictures of different parts of a city overlap on a map.

A male voice says ALL THE ACTION WAS DOWNTOWN.

A female voice says THE DOWNTOWN WAS SO ALIVE,
THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE.

Another male voice says EVERYBODY ON THE MAIN STREET
KNEW ONE ANOTHER.

Another female voice says I REMEMBER THE MERCHANTS
HOSING DOWN THEIR SIDEWALKS,
CRANKING UP THEIR AWNINGS.

A third male voice says IT WAS BUSTLING.
THE STREET HAD LIFE TO IT.

The name of the show appears on a road sign. It reads "Main Street Ontario. Picton."

(OLD FILM TICKING)

An old picture of the Regent Theatre appears.

Photo cut outs pop up as each person speaks.

Margaret, a woman with curly gray hair says I LIVED IN PICTON
FOR A GOOD SHARE OF MY LIFE.
IT WAS A VERY
DIFFERENT MAIN STREET.

A caption reads "Regent Theatre. Opened in 1918."

David, a balding man with a gray beard says WHEN IT FIRST OPENED,
IT WAS THE BIGGEST THEATRE
BETWEEN TORONTO
AND MONTREAL.

Melvin, a man in glasses says OH GOD, YEAH.
WE NEVER MISSED THE SHOW.
SATURDAY, THAT WAS
YOUR BIG DEAL.

Arlene, a woman with wavy blond hair says I WAS JUST A WEE LITTLE THING,
AND MY MOTHER
WHILE SHE WAS SHOPPING,
SHE DEPOSITED ME
AT THE REGENT
TO MAKE SURE THAT NOTHING
WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME,
I WAS QUITE TERRIFIED
OF THE WHOLE SITUATION.
THE THEATRE WAS,
WAS MASSIVE THEN,
AND LOUISE TOOK ME IN.

Diana, a woman with long brown hair with white streaks says LOUISE WOULD BE BEHIND, AH,
THE TICKET BOOTH THERE, AND...

Robert, a blond man with glasses says SHE WAS VERY STERN.

FRANK WRIGHT:
SHE WAS A CHARACTER ALL RIGHT.

Diana says SHE WAS A CHARACTER,
SHE WAS A LITTLE BIT SCARY
WHEN YOU WERE A KID,
SO YOU ALWAYS MINDED
YOUR P'S AND Q'S.

Robert says WE WERE STANDING IN LINE
AND THERE WAS A BUNCH
OF US, AH, KIDS
WAITING TO GET A, A TREAT,
OR A POP, STUFF LIKE THAT.
AND THE KIDS WERE
MAKING THEIR ORDER
AND SHE WAS KINDA DOIN' HER...
THE WAY THAT SHE WAS, YOU KNOW,
AND, I GOT UP TO THE FRONT
AND, AND I ASKED FOR
Y'KNOW, A BOTTLE OF POP
AND A BAG OF POCORN.
AND I SAID, PLEASE
AND THANK YOU, AND,
AND SHE SCARED ME BECAUSE
SHE TURNED AROUND,
AND SHE SAID, EXCUSE ME,
WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?
AND SO I REPEATED WHAT I SAID
ALONG WITH THE
PLEASE AND THANK YOU
AND SHE SAID, YOU
DON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR YOURS.
WE FINALLY JUST SAW
A KID THAT HAS SOME MANNERS.
I WAS JUST,
I WAS FLABBERGASTED,
I TURNED AROUND AND LOOKED,
AND, AND I KEPT
LOOKING BACK AT HER
AND I WAS THINKING,
WELL, SHE'S NOT AS MEAN
AS, AS SHE LET'S ON!
(KIDS CHATTERING)
(PIANO PLAYS)
(FILM REEL TICKING)

In animation, a movie is projected on the theatre screen.

A picture of George Cook and the rest of Louise’s family appears on screen.

Margaret says LIKE HER FATHER,
SHE WAS KEENLY
INTERESTED IN THE THEATRE,
SHE LOVED IT.
IT WAS VERY MUCH
A FAMILY BUSINESS.

Melvin says SHE HAD AN APARTMENT
UP HERE ABOVE THE FRONT
IN THE FRONT.

Alec says HER SISTERS HAD
MOVED AWAY AND MARRIED,
AND SHE'D STAYED SINGLE
SO SHE STAYED WITH HER FOLKS
UNTIL THEY PASSED AWAY, AND...

George says IF ANYBODY'S
TOLD YOU ABOUT LOUISE,
SHE SMOKED INCESSANTLY,
AND, UH, SHE ALSO
LIKED HER SCOTCH.

Alec says THAT WAS HER, UH,
OH YEAH, THAT WAS
REALLY HER CASTLE, YOU KNOW?
HER PLACE.
(BELL CLANGING)

A caption reads "The Regent Theatre closed on October 11, 1983.

A woman reads one of Louise’s quotes that says OUR PRICES AREN'T
AS HIGH AS CITY THEATRES,
AND I STILL SHOW GOOD FILMS.
IT'S FUNNY, PEOPLE TALK ABOUT
THERE BEING LITTLE
TO DO IN TOWN,
BUT WITH AN AVERAGE
NIGHTLY ATTENDANCE
OF ONLY TEN TO TWENTY PEOPLE,
IT'S JUST NOT PRACTICAL
FOR ME TO HEAT IT.
LOUISE COOK, 1979.

Newspaper front page headlines read "Local interest growing" and "Mysterious benefactor revealed."

A female voice says LADIES AND GENTS!
(DRUMROLL)
THE REOPENING
OF THE REGENT THEATRE!
(APPLAUSE AND CHEERS)

David says I STILL REMEMBER THE EVENING
WHEN THE MARQUEE WAS LIT AGAIN
FOR THE FIRST TIME.
AND THERE WERE...
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE
ON THE STREET TO SEE THAT.
AND IT WAS JUST,
SUCH THIS GREAT FEELING
OF, OKAY,
THIS TOWN'S GONNA BE OKAY,
THAT THEATRE'S REOPENED,
EVERYTHING'S GONNA
WORK OUT, AND...

The caption changes to "The Regent Theatre re-opened in 1998."

David says IT HAS, MORE OR LESS.

An animated postcard reads "Dear Regent Theatre: You’ve been an inspiration! Sending all our love and admiration! Sincerely, Downtown Picton."

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Produced in association with TVO. Never stop learning.

With the participation of The Canada Film or Video Production Tax Credit.

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