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Do you remember the Empress Theatre on 4th Avenue?
Do you remember some of the bands that were part of the Anchorage, Alaska music scene back in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s?
Maybe it's those long winter nights, or because Alaska is so far away from the rest of the United States, or perhaps 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.
With that in mind, you'll truly enjoy all the stories that follow.
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Ron Moore Remembers
Anchorage Teen Night Clubs
Anchorage Memories caught up with popular Anchorage DJ Ron Moore. We spoke with Ron about his involvement with some of Anchorage's teen clubs and teen …
Anchorage Racing Legend
“It’s these kinds of fine and evocative stories that make this Anchorage Memories website so wonderful.” Robert Are you a fan of Anchorage car or snowmobile …
The Pines Club
and The Pacesetters
I was raised in Alaska and left for 8 or 9 years at age 17. In 1977, I was offered a job as the lead guitar player for The Pacesetters, one month guaranteed. …
He was Joniko in the movie
"Joniko and the Kush Ta Ka"
Amazing scenery, close encounters with wildlife and the story of a young boy and a Tlinget legend came together in 1969 with the release of a movie produced …
Dean Forbes and
Mother's Apple Pie and
The following interview with one-time Anchorage, Alaska musician Dean Forbes was conducted in December 2017 by Anchorage Memories.com Anchorage Memories …
4th Avenue Theater
Hold the Butter
What was the most embarrassing moment of your life? Mine may have been the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd most embarrassing moments of my life all wrapped up into …
the Anchorage Music Scene?
Do you remember some of the bands that comprised the Anchorage, Alaska music scene back in the 1960s to 1970s? Rock Bands The band in the picture …
Winter Time at an
Anchorage Drive-In Theater
What are your memories of going to one of the drive-in theaters in Anchorage during the winter months? One of the good things about that time of year …
4th Avenue Theater Anchorage
It was the perfect place to see a movie in Anchorage, Alaska . Remember the first time you went to see a movie at Anchorage's famed 4th Avenue Theater. …
Early Bands of Anchorage
My father, Gene Smith, moved up to Alaska in the 1930s. He was a musician, played sax and trumpet, and formed one of the earliest bands in Anchorage. The …
The Pulsating Heartbeats
Take a look at the Heartbeat's song “Anne” near the bottom of this story . On the Coke Show you heard Ron Moore talk about the “Pulsating Heartbeats” …
Race Track Memories
The fast and furious racing in Anchorage . There I was on a warm summer's day in Anchorage, Alaska, hammer in hand, pounding away on the vitals of …
Arrived in Anchorage
Mod was the name for the clothing style from the late fifties named so by Modern Jazz Musicians. The first time we heard about Mod was from something …
Anchorage Music of the 70s Not rated yet
I was 9 years old when we were in Anchorage. My mother was the vocalist and organ player for Warren Johnson and the Riding Tide, then went on to play …
Remember going to the Center Bowl in Spenard for a good time, trying to beat your best bowling score?
And at the Center Bowl, you could spend some time with your friends at the café'.
Did you enjoy going to the many plays at the community theater and at the Sidney Laurence Auditorium in downtown Anchorage? There were also good plays to see at other auditoriums around town like West High School.
Did you know that Anchorage has had a very active Ballet group for many years?
Or maybe in the summer or winter, you liked to swim at the Spa indoor pool. A fun place to go. Did you learn to swim there through a school program?
Concerts were always fun to attend as Anchorage entertainment. Many great performers, bands and other types of entertainers have made their way to our town.
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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 form 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 nightclubs 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 doesn't stop Anchorage folk from finding plenty of things to do.
Alaskan moviemakers 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 across town host incredible entertainment from wonderful plays to fun shows of all kinds.
Now while you enjoy the stories above, be sure to scroll up and post your memories as well.