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Here are some memories,
I wasn't born in San Antonio, but I got here as
soon as I could. That would be 1983, long after the golden years of the
I actually saw a movie in San Antonio before I
relocated to the Alamo City. On a fluke, I exited I-35 when I was passing
through in 1979 and paid my first visit to the Galaxy Theater. I've always been
a big Steve Martin fan, so my first movie viewed in San Antonio turned out to be
Martin's wacky comedy "The Jerk."
My fondest early memory, however, took place a
little further west on Loop 410. I'll never forget seeing Robert Duvall as
down-and-out country singer Mac Sledge in "Tender Mercies" in 1983 at the North
Star Mall Cinema I-III.
The theater itself was on its last legs, and, in
fact, gone the next year. For me, though, it's
usually what's up on the screen that matters most. That was Duvall's Academy
Award-winning performance. I've interviewed Duvall several times over the
years. Every time I talk to him that memory of sitting in the darkened North
Park theater watching dramatic magic unfold on the screen fills my head with