Think of the great movies of the '70s and '80s -- Star Wars, Jaws, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark -- and the odds are good you will remember standing in line for tickets outside a General Cinema.
The theater chain helped usher in the era of the megaplex.
While the movies were what we went for and remember most, the chain had its own flourishes that leave us with fond memories.There was its traditional animated Popcorn Bob and his Candy Band, who marched and danced while telling us not to talk during the show and reminding us of the snacks we could buy in the lobby. There was also the famous animated logo that preceded each film, the G and C merging into an abstract movie projector while a syncopated jazz jingle played: Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo (tacha-ta-tacha-ta tacha-ta-tacha-ta)." After filing for bankruptcy in 2000, the movie chain was sold to rival AMC Theaters in 2002.