Anchorage Entertainment Memories

Anchorage Entertainment Memories that remind us of those fun Anchorage bands, Alaska movies, events and times that are so dear to our hearts.




Dean Forbes talks about
"Mothers Apple Pie
and Baseball Band".
3 of us from Proof and
3 members of the Arsons
wanted to do more of a "Buffalo Springfield" type of style,
so we joined forces.



Suddenly I stepped on
a blob of buttery popcorn
and my left foot slid violently
next to my right foot,
sending my legs under the
seat right in front of the woman.



Do you remember some
of the bands that made up
the Anchorage, Alaska
music scene
back in the 1960's to 1970's?




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Today, the Double Musky Inn
hosts a fine restaurant with
customers that come from
around the world.
But it didn't start that way.
You'll love this Alaska story.



Alaskans are a hearty breed
and aren't about to let
something like a little cold
and snow keep them from
an otherwise fun evening
at a drive-in movie.



You suddenly smell the
delicious aroma of
fresh popped popcorn and
your eye's begin to take in the incredible sight of the theater's beautiful Art Deco style.






Alaska is a long way
from Hollywood,
but Alaskan movie makers
don't let that keep them
from producing movies
in the 49th state.



On the Coke Show you
heard Ron Moore talk about
the "Pulsating Heartbeats" and
you heard him play their hit song "Anne" many times.




Every Sunday our family
would head on down the
Seward highway for
a day at the race track.





"The Beatles will come out
of the Westward hotel
through those doors.
Then they will pass by
all of you and ride this
limousine to, Anchorage International Airport.
So, please stay behind
the velvet ropes."



Did you know that
Anchorage radio personality
"Marcus in the Morning"
made a movie in Anchorage?

Herb Shaindlin is in
the movie too.




In 1961 I started performing
in local bands. The first was
with John "Jackie" Goodman,
Cradoc "Dick" Bagshaw,
Fred Johnston, Larry Monroe
and Darryl Smaw.
That band was called
the Von Essex's and was
the first band to play at
the "Royal Pad".



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Maybe it's those long Anchorage nights, or because Alaska is so far away from the rest of the United States, or maybe it's both

When you live in Anchorage, you get out into the great outdoors, but you also love movies, dining out and enjoying live music or plays.


Anchorage Entertainment Memories


Did you ever go to an outdoor concert on the longest summer day?

How bout a fun evening at the 4th Avenue Theater?

Or did you have a favorite Anchorage band?


From going to see a drive-in movie to dancing the night away to the sounds of a popular band, Anchorage residents have great memories of their favorite forma of entertainment in Anchor town.

And whether you were in a band, loved hearing one play, or you were an actor in local plays or really enjoyed attending plays in local theaters, you have wonderful memories of those great times.


My family and I were involved in producing some local plays, but we also went to lots of dances at Shindig City and the Cheetah teen night clubs during the 1960s.

Even though winters started to get long and cold, we always found something fun to do.


The Anchorage Entertainment Memories on this page are all posted here by people who either still live in and around Anchorage, or did once upon a time.

You'll love reading these cherished memories almost as much as those who posted them to preserve and to share them.


While those who live in Alaska, and especially in and around Anchor town, know all too well how far they are from the "lower 48" or "lower 49" including Hawaii. But that not only doesn't stop Anchorage folk from finding lots of things to do.

Alaskan movie makers wrote and produced movies to entertain not only Alaska, but the world. Musicians in Alaska's largest city are second to none and provide great music day and night. And stages all across town host incredible entertainment from wonderful plays to fun shows of all kinds.


Now while you enjoy these stories, be sure to post your memories as well.


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