27 years ago this week
Something new to do
The Star’s editorial page took the opportunity to welcome a pair of landmark new businesses that had opened within the previous month: Eagle River Bowl and Valley River Cinemas.
“Both these additions are welcome. They meet needs which have always been high on the list of people who have been surveyed over the years,” read the editorial.
While the new recreational opportunities were new to town, the editorial also pointed out neither business was the first of its kind in the area.
The editorial noted that the Eagle River bowling alley operated from about 1960 to about 1970 in the building known as the Frontier Mall. One year after the bowling alley closed, Bob and Eloise Thomas built a theater at the intersection of Eagle River Loop and Eagle River Road.
The Thomas’ theater was apparently plagued by disagreements with film distributors and closed after one year.
On the marquee at the newly-opened Valley River Cinemas, according to an advertisement on Page 3 of the Star:
“The Jewel of the Nile,” starring Michael Douglas; “Out of Africa,” starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep; “White Nights,” starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines; “Clue (It’s not a Game Anymore);” “Spies Like Us,” starring Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd; and Disney’s classic animated “101 Dalmations.”