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Alhambra Theater Saigon – Now Playing: ROCK, ROCK, ROCK

Welcome to Saturday At The Movies with Saigon Kids.

This week we’re at the Alhambra Theater in old Saigon since this movie was made before the Kinh Do Theater was opened.

ROCK, ROCK, ROCK was made in 1956 but it probably would have been 1958 or 1959 before it would have made it to Saigon – if it ever did – LOL.

[Ken is manning the Concession Stand with icy cold drinks, candy and hot buttered popcorn – just like in the ol’ days – 🙂 ]

This week’s feature is the 1956 movie classic – ROCK, ROCK, ROCK

A young teenage girl desperately tries to earn enough money to buy a dress for a school rock and roll dance.

This early rock and roll feature stars disc jockey Alan Freed and his Rock ‘n Roll Band, Tuesday Weld, Connie Francis, Teddy Randazzo (of the Three Chuckles), Fran Manfred, Jacqueline Kerr, Baby (Ivy Schulman), The Moonglows, Chuck Berry, The Flamingos, Jimmy Cavallo and His House Rockers, Johnny Burnette Trio, La Vern Baker, Cirino and The Bowties, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, and The Coney Island Kids.

This movie came out when Rock ‘n Roll was just starting to *blossom* and was still extremely controversial. This was back in the days when rock music had started catching on all across the Nation. They said it would never last. They tried everything under the sun to stop it. While us kids said, “Rock ‘n Roll is here to STAY!” – and IT DID!!! 🙂

Where were you Rock ‘n Roll’n in 56??

Remember the drug store soda fountains?

Remember those Juke Boxes?

What are your memories of these early days of Rock ‘n Roll?

Did we really dress and talk like that?

Enjoy! 🙂

Rock Onnnnnn …


3 comments to Alhambra Theater Saigon – Now Playing: ROCK, ROCK, ROCK

  • Burt Parker

    Wow! I’m glad I missed that sorta scene. Cute,though. In 1956? I didn’t have a clue about anything. I was 11 years old…

  • Suellen Oliver Campbell

    How many times I went to the Alhambra Theater to meet the gang in the balcony upstairs, and yet there are only two movies I remember seeing there:
    The Buccaneer with Yul Brenner and
    Sleeping Beauty..Disney cartoon.
    There was alot of smooching going on in the balcony in those 1958-60 days… some memorable evenings for ACS teens.
    I think admission was 25 cents at that time. I haven’t seen so many movies before or since.

    • Who remembers this song …


      Just a-sittin’ in the balcony
      Just a-watchin’ a movie
      Or maybe it’s a symphony
      I wouldn’t know

      Don’t care about the symphonies
      Those cymbales and tympanies
      Just a-sittin’ in the balcony
      On the very last row

      I hold your hand and I kiss you, too
      The feature’s over, but we’re not through!
      Mmmm, just a-sittin’ in the balcony
      Holdin’ hands in the balcony
      Just a-sittin’ in the balcony
      On the very last row

      We may stop lovin’ to watch Bugs Bunny
      But he can’t take the place of my honey!
      Just a-sittin’ in the balcony
      Just a-snootchin’ in the balcony
      Just a-sittin’ in the balcony
      On the very last row
      Just a-huggin’ and a-kissin’
      With my baby in the very last row

      And … who sang it?

      I’ve never been able to figure out why they always wrote songs about what we were doing as teenagers – LOL – 🙂

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