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.



Suddenly I stepped on a blob of buttery popcorn.

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?




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".





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




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.




As a boy, he was "Joniko" in this Alaskan produced movie, shot in Southeastern Alaska.

Check out his story about making this movie, and what he did at the movie's premiere.




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

Hear "Anne" once again right now.





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."


Find out what really happened, right now.




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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