Oct. 20, 2000
We Mingle with Monsters at Glendale's Alex Theatre
As always, the Mass Comm 101/Social Science 127 field trip to Glendale's historic Alex Theatre was extremely well-attended. I lost track of all the friends, dates, parents, spouses, children and others that were brought along on this field trip. I think our delegation came to about 60.

We were ostensibly there to see Abbott & Costello's campy classic "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein." But the Alex Film Society always makes these events much more than a movie screening. The writer of this film's screenplay was onstage to recall how the film was made (He said the secret to this particular film's success was that the monsters were left to be monsters and the comedians were left to be comedians.)

And the theater itself is part of the treat. The Alex Theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places. The short tour of the theater that we get before the film starts is also a highlight of this field trip.


Here is a photo gallery of some Mass Comm 101 and Social Science 127 students and guests.
Clearly, the idea of bringing a date to an extra-credit field trip held a lot of appeal. In some cases, current MC101 students brought former MC101 students, as is the case with Amanda Gibson (current) and David Nuño (former).

Bringing along a parent was also a fairly popular idea.
Others, such as Elizabeth Guzman (left), brought along a pal with whom to enjoy the event.
The SS127 Hat Squad (Carson Tullio and Eric Adams) turned out for the event.
SS127 student Lupe Bréard brought her entire family. Afterward, Lupe said the film entertained them just as it was designed to entertain families in the 1940s: the adults found it to be an amusing comedy while the children found the monsters to be suitably frightening. 

And, of course, you could look cool just by being completely on your own.