September 2016 – San Jose

I have now had a week in Cupertino (near san Jose), staying with Connie and her husband Jim. Connie was an usherette during the 1950s in Milbrae. She has been telling me about her days as a cinema usherette and how much the movies influenced her life. We have also visited some amazing old cinemas, which have been lovingly restored to their former glory. The Stanford in Palo Alto is a triumph of sumptuous Art Deco, which has an organ recital prior to the start of each performance, as well as at the end. And the recently restored Los Gatos cinema in Los Gatos, is a beautiful masterpiece. The only thing missing were the usherettes…