Why am I posing in front of the Paris Theater in Columbus Circle at 59th Street in New York City?
Why would I pose in front of a non-descript theater marquee when so many other historical sites are in that area of New York City?
Why am I bothering you with this meaningless information and random photo op?
Because it is not random nor not historical. At least for me anyway.
In that theater 44 years ago, a new horror fan was forged, tempered at a young age, in the fires of hell by means of the first-run theatrical showing of “The Exorcist.”
“The power of Christ compels you!!!!!!”
A 9-year-old me begged and pleaded for months to his mom to go see this movie.
“The Exorcist” debuted Dec. 26, 1973. I saw it in March or April of 1974 after much pleading.
I was a student at St Brendan’s Elementary School.
I mentioned offhand that I was going to see the movie. My teacher, Sister Mary Helen, tried to talk me out of going.
Mom and I waited on line as two showings sold out in front of us and still we waited and saw it.
I vividly remember two young girls sitting right in front of me who turned around and told me I was very brave.
And then she told me she would scootch down low so I could see.
I had promised my mom that I knew it was all a movie and would not have nightmares so I kept to myself the fact that after that movie I could not sleep normally for weeks.
I still today love the movie and I credit it for making me a fan of horror.
On my bucket list is to visit “The Exorcist” steps in Georgetown in Washington, D.C.