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Source: Joe Scheufler
I was the ticket taker at the Booth from late 1942 until early 1944. I was going to Easter High School. Upon graduation I enlisted in the Air Force. In 1946 and started going to Wayne State University. I went back to the Booth as ticket taker in 1947 and that is when I took the pictures below. I have many fond memories of the Booth. I had the pleasure of seeing Mr London at least once a week when the manager, M. A. Tork had his day off. They were two really fine men and as a teenager I learned a great deal that helped me through life.
As part of the same building there was the soda fountain shop. As TV drew more and more people away from the theater the soda shop went out of business. Mr London created a TV room out of the space with a connection to the back of the show. Then he made a space for selling candy that was accessible from both the lobby and back of the theater. All to no avail - TV won and the Booth had to close. I moved to California in 1951 where I exchanged Christmas cards with Mr and Mrs Tork for many years until Mrs Tork died. I lost touch with Mr Tork for several years until one Christmas about eight years ago I looked him up on the internet and gave him a call.
He was living at the Whitter which had become a senior home. He was only two blocks from the Booth. He was all alone - he and Jo had no children and his brother, who was his only relative, had died. He was overjoyed with my call as was I. I sent him a basket of fruit, nuts, and baked goods and got a nice thankyou note from him. The next time I called he was gone. By the way one of Mr London's sons invented a box that automatically cut the tickets in half and stacked them in plastic tubes. This was a way to prevent criminal intent by ticket takers and cashiers in a joint venture. Sincerely, Joe Scheufler - Millbrae, California.