Back in the early 70's, my parents took me to see Snow White and The Seven Dwarves at the Liberty Theatre in Great Falls.  If I were to guess, I'd say I was right around 4 or 5 years old.

Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures//Canva
Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures//Canva

This moment of my childhood is seared into my memory for a few reasons:

  • It's my first memory of seeing a movie in a theatre
  • Even as a child, I knew the Liberty Theatre was spectacular
  • That movie scared me to DEATH

Still, like I was there right now, I can see that scary old witch poisoning that apple, handing it to Snow White, and seeing Snow White collapse.  I thought for sure she was dead.  I was so scared, but I didn't want my parents to know because I was afraid we'd have to leave, and I had to see what was happening. It was one of the most terrifying and amazing moments of my life.

Up until that point, I'd seen the Wonderful World of Disney Sunday nights after Lawrence Welk.  That was on a very small home television.  If the screen was 26 inches I'd be shocked.

Now, Disney is remastering this classic for a whole new generation to terrify and thrill at the same time. Read about it here.

The Liberty Theatre, Great Falls

We're very lucky that even though the Liberty Theatre isn't here any more, the building still is.  I often look at that when I'm downtown and think of my parents and the great life they gave me, while being glad to live in a town that cherishes and protects our past.

Historic MT
Historic MT


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