I had to bring my car over to Steve Presti at Brewster Service Station on Saturday. I didn't have a ride, so I figured I would wait and just wander around the town I grew up in.

When I passed what used to be the Cameo Theater, I felt the same way I always do when I see it — nostalgic and kind of sad.

The Cameo theater was the center of my social life as a middle school kid and the early part of highs school. The biggest night out was "2 for 1 Wednesday nights". That's right, folks, two people could go to the movies for the price of one ticket, and if I remember correctly, tickets were six bucks. Now, if you want to go to the movies, you have to take out an equity line of credit on your home.

I remember how cool it was being like a 6th grader and getting dropped off by our parents at the front door and being left there for a few hours. It was our first taste of freedom. I mean, how would they know if we went in the front door and out the back? Ha! No one used to care about their kids — I miss those times. Many times, I would go to "2 for 1 night" with a girl and I assumed I was on a date. I assumed wrong, but it was always fun.

The place was dingy in the most beautiful way possible. It smelled of stale popcorn, fountain sodas, and raging hormones. Now, it's just a facade, and has been that way for many years. It sits there year after year as a reminder, at least to me, of a better time.

Lou's phone

I'd like to see that paper come down and see a zit faced teenager behind the glass making a few bucks.

Lou's phone

The theater opened in 1939 and closed in 1997. It should be an historic treasure, something worth protecting, but it just sits there to rot. It's, as I mentioned earlier, very sad.

This is one of those times I really wish I was a filthy rich billionaire type. I would buy the the Cameo, renovate it, reopen it and operate it at a loss so middle school kids could enjoy "2 for 1 Wednesday Nights" for six bucks.

P.S. What happened to the neon Cameo sign on top of the marquee?