Do You Remember the Popular Biz That Sat Next to Brewer Hannaford
My second-favorite job was in a building that sat in the Brewer Hannaford parking lot and was one of the city's favorite entertainment spots.
Where Was It Located in the Parking Lot?
Actually, I think it sat a little behind where the Clink building, although I'm not sure. Looking at the lot now, it's like the building was erased by special effects and it's hard to remember exactly how it could have fit in that space. It was a large building with a carpeted set of stairs, leading up to a lobby. Now that I think about it, I seem to remember it was a red carpet, which was fitting.
The whole lobby was glass, so you could watch all the goings-on in the parking lot, but there were no other windows in the building. It turned the view from the lobby into a reality show, of sorts. I'd stand for hours, watching people come and go. Once I watched a man chase after his pretty convertible that began rolling away as he strutted toward the building. He caught it before it hit anything.
Can You Give Me a Hint?
I worked there for several years, and remember it fondly as my second favorite job. My favorite, of course, is working in radio. When it was first built, the business had two large rooms off the lobby but, by the time I worked there, they had split those two rooms into four. It was kind of like turning a duplex into a multiplex. But the atmosphere never changed, as the air was filled with the smell of hot popcorn and sugary treats.
Figured it out yet?
I Think I Got It, But Tell Me What It Was...
Yup, it was the old Brewer Cinemas. Four theaters in one building. I saw so many movies there, including Jaws, all the original Star Wars movies, Halloween, and more and got to see them all for free because I worked there. It was a fun job, working with a great group of people. The smell of popcorn is definitely a trigger for me and takes me back to that big lobby with the circular white counter. I sold a lot of it in those four years, to a wide variety of people, including a certain successful author who signed autographs the night 'Christine' premiered.
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