It was at the Art Theater

Friends is a 1971 British-French teen-romance film directed and produced by Lewis Gilbert and written by Gilbert, Vernon Harris, and Jack Russell. The soundtrack, with music composed by Elton John and Paul Buckmaster and lyrics written by Bernie Taupin, was released as John’s Friends album, and John’s recording of the title selection charted when released as a single in the United States.”

It was at the Art Theater where I saw the original film, Friends, 1971. The theater housed in between a Thrifty’s Drug Store and a Hamburger Hamlet. A nice little theater at the corner of Ventura Blvd and Topanga Canyon.

My older brother Greg took me to see it. He was always a good brother back then. We walked to the theater. I remember the film and the soundtrack having a big impression on me. It was a coming-of-age film. The film was about love and wisdom. The soundtrack was excellent.

I think we finished it up with a three-scope ice cream cone.

Greg often took my brother Gus and I out to see films. I will never forget Bambi Meets Godzilla in Westwood. It was a revolution for us.

My girlfriends and I grew up with Elton John songs and often sang them when riding our horses over the Santa Monica Mountains.