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PICTURE IT: LOWELL GOES TO THE MOVIES
 
Behind the Scenes
Many people worked in Lowell's theaters as managers, projectionists, ushers, and ticket-takers.  Managers were well respected men who loved their jobs and had a flair for showmanship.  Two names stand out:  Arthur Keenan and the late Nat Silver.

     "We were it.  It was a front house operation. I greeted the people in the lobby.  We had ushers in every aisle who wore white gloves.  I inspected them.  We were busy, but well-paid.  I loved the business," said Keenan, who was Strand's manager from 1930 to 1935 and 1946 to 1972 and the Merrimack Square manager from 1935 to 1946.  One former Strand usher, Bob O'Connor, now an officer at Shawmut Bank, recalls Keenan: "Arthur Keenan was a strict disciplinarian.  Our uniforms had to be impeccable.  We had to stand with our backs to the screen at all times.  As life went on, I realized some of the values that he passed on.  He did a fine job."

     Nat Silver is also remembered as a task master.  He brought movie stars to the Strand during World War II for war bond promotions.  Pictures included in this Exhibit show him with personalities like Broderick Crawford, Jackie Cooper, Caesar Romero, Nelson Eddy, Troy Hayden, Denise Darcell, and Jayne Mansfield.

 
Arthur Keenan

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