Astorians turned out in droves to catch glimpses of old-time Astoria at Thursday's "Astoria, A Night In the Movies" sponsored by the Lower Columbia Preservation Society.

With 226 seats filled, the Columbian Theater declared the show sold out, with many still standing in a line that extended beyond the Sears store.

"We were overwhelmed and gratified by the large numbers who came to see the people and places of Astoria's past," said John Goodenberger, chairman of the organization. "We believe their interest and enthusiasm is a pretty good indicator of how much and how many Astorians love their town and treasure its history."

Now the group has scheduled another showing for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Columbian Theater at 11th Street and Marine Drive. The event is open to the public.

Tickets are $1 at the door.

The movies are all made in Astoria. They include three home movies depicting the devastating 1950 Irving Avenue slide, "Dansera," a student-made melodrama depicting contemporary Astoria scenes and "A Day in the Life of Astoria: 1954," featuring dinner in the Hotel Astoria, science lessons at Astoria High School and a dance performance at the Riviera Theater. Also featured is a black-and-white episode of the early 1960s TV series "Route 66."

For more information, call (503) 325-3981. The Lower Columbia Preservation Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to "preserve, protect, and promote the historic architecture in the Lower Columbia region."

Membership is open to everyone. For membership information, call Melissa Yowell at 325-1892 after 5 p.m.

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