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Vintage Durango: Midnight monster show

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Ad for the midnight show at the Kiva Theatre in the Durango News on July 13, 1951.
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Ad for the midnight show at the Kiva Theatre in the Durango News on July 13, 1951.

All you bats and ghouls, the creature feature is calling you ... or at least it was. Old-time Durango used to have midnight monster shows at the Kiva for 65 cents a seat! As if that wasn’t enough to bring all the mummies and murderers out, anyone “brave enough” to stay through the whole movie “Murders in the Rue Morgue” was given a free ticket to another show.

Um, yes, I can sit through your black and white, 1932 loose adaptation of the Poe story, especially since it stars Bela Lugosi a year after he played Dracula.

If you haven’t seen it, “Murders in the Rue Morgue” is a cult classic that takes place in 1845 Paris. A mad scientist abducts virgins and injects them with ape blood to, um, try and morph them into a girlfriend for his sideshow ape, Erik.

WT and F. Gotta love them Pre-Code Hollywood days before motion picture censorship guidelines went into effect in the mid-1930s.

Patty TempletonDGO Staff Writer

Ad for the midnight show at the Kiva Theatre in the Durango News on July 13, 1951.