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My face is red, but I'm in good company. A 1990 University of San Diego graduate history survey on file with the San Diego Historical Society, word from a generally reliable source, and the dependable (as a rule) Cinema Treasures should have been enough to go on. Obviously they weren't.

The UT's Roger Showley has corrected the error of my enthusiastic ways. He received a call from Welton Jones, retired UT arts critic and theater historian, questioning the birth-date of the Ken Cinema. The theatre's birthday cake is 34 candles shy of a centenary.

Landmark's celebration, that I so brutally ragged on, will continue.


A thousand apologies to all. From now on I'll stick to snarky cinematic asides or burning incense for Scorsese and leave the breaking news to the big boys.

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Javajoe25 Sept. 17, 2012 @ 11:15 a.m.

Don't feel bad, Scott. This is San Diego; nobody knows what's what, what's where, or when it all began. Living here is to be aboard the Magical Mystery Tour.

Who cares how old The Ken is? It has what counts in an old movie house: it's shabby, smelly, dark and dank, and your shoes stick to the floor. What more can one ask of an old movie theater? Get yourself some popcorn, kick back and enjoy the show!


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