Memories of Growing Up in Marysville


Editor’s note: This is the 76th of a series about growing up in Marysville during the late 1930s and the 1940s written by Bill Boyd. Each article is a snapshot of the people, businesses and activities during that era as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
Boyd was born in Marysville in 1932, graduated from Marysville High School in 1950, and lived the greater part of his life here.
 Saturday matinees
Saturdays have always been a special time for kids. There’s no school, and they can pretty much spend the day having a good time. When I was six years old, in 1938, Saturdays took on a new importance. You see, that was when my parents first allowed me to go to the Avalon Theater all by myself to see the Saturday matinee. It was always a double feature, and both films were usually westerns. Can you imagine that – two cowboy movies, one after the other. Life just didn’t get any better than that.
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