Fox Theatre, Riverside, CA where “Gone With the Wind” was previewed on September 9, 1939

Fox Theatre, Riverside, CA where "Gone With the Wind" was previewed on September 9, 1939If (or, rather, when) I finally get my hands on a time machine, one of the dates in my list would be September 9, 1939. That’s the date that David O. Selznick held a surprise sneak preview of Gone with the Wind for a bunch of lucky-but-shocked moviegoers who happened to be at this movie house, the Fox Theatre in Riverside, about 60 miles east of LA. I can only imagine how electric the atmosphere in the auditorium must have been when the manager made the announcement. (And, in fact, I have imagined it – it’s a scene in my 3rd book, “Citizen Hollywood.”)

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