It’s November 15, 1989 and I’m standing in a movie theater in Atlanta with my husband. We are young, just barely in our 30’s and though we’ve been to the movies together many times over the years, this is the first time we’ve ever munched on popcorn and sipped sodas while dressed in formal attire.
I’m wearing a just-below-the-knee, black velvet dress with puffy, pink and burgundy sequined sleeves. Around my waist is a black, satin sash tied in a big satiny bow to my side. Hubby is dressed in a black tuxedo, a starched, white, pleated tux shirt, red cummerbund and black, onyx studs and cufflinks.
We are standing in the now, very crowded lobby with other elegantly dressed movie-goers. We have no idea what to expect, having never been to a movie premier before.
All at once, the crowd begins to part. I can’t tell why but everyone seems to be moving back. We scoot back as far as we can, but there’s really no place to go. Then I see them, snaking their way through the crowd at a very fast pace. Linked hand-in-hand, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts sweep by, literally inches from my face.
They pass so closely, if I reached out my hand just five inches, they would brush it passing by. At one point Sally Field’s beaming, smiling face is literally inches from mine. I’m stunned for a moment, totally starstruck, then as fast as they appeared, they are gone. Sadly, Dolly Parton isn’t with them, the only female cast member not in attendance.
Wow, did that just happen?! The crowd is really energized now, everyone is laughing and excited. We start looking around, wondering what will happen next. As I glance around, I notice Kenny Rogers is standing just a few feet away, looking very handsome and debonair in his tuxedo. Caught up in the excitement of the evening, I turn and ask my husband, “Do you think he would mind if I asked him to autograph my program.” My husband smiles and encourages me to go ask.
I summon the nerve to walk over and speak to him. Feeling like a total dork, I shyly ask if he would mind autographing my program. With a smile he sweetly tells me he’s not signing autographs this night. He asks if he can give me a kiss, instead?
Totally unprepared for that question, I have no memory now of how I answered, but Kenny leaned down, gave me a hug and a kiss and smiling, thanked me for coming over. I thanked him and make a hasty retreat back to hubby, my face now red as a beet.
Suddenly the doors to the theater are thrown open and we all hurry inside, filling all the seats. It’s a packed house and the movie is beginning. As we munch on our popcorn and drink our Coca-Colas, I can’t help but wonder if tomorrow I’ll be trying to get butter stains out of velvet and satin.
Can you guess what movie premier we attended? 🙂 It’s the only one I’ve ever been to and the memory of that night came flooding back when I noticed today that Kenny Rogers’s Atlanta home is currently for sale.
Such an elegant entrance!
The home is 11,964 square feet and is on the market for $4.8 million.
It features 6 bedrooms, 8 full baths, an elevator, 10 fireplaces and a home theater.
There are over 51 photos showing both the inside and outside at the listing. I pulled just a few but I’ll link to the listing at the end so you can see the spa, tennis courts and other wonderful features of this grand home.
Pretty dining room. I love the smooth ceilings. One of these days I just may try to scrape the stippled flowers off mine. My contractor tells me to just sheetrock them all, that’s the easier way. But that would require removing all the crown molding in every room, then paying to have new installed. Ugh. Very expensive to do.
Now this is a kitchen for entertaining! How do you feel about black cabinetry? It certainly adds a touch of elegance to a kitchen, doesn’t it?
How do you like the double islands?
Beautiful office and notice the records on the wall. I wonder if those are the songs he wrote/sung that went Platinum.
I’m guessing this is the master bedroom.
Wow! What a closet!
I wonder if folks ever use spa tubs? I’ve heard they take a long time to fill up, cost a lot to fill and the water doesn’t stay warm very long. I think they make heated ones now to compensate for that.
Had to share the theater! Here’s where you buy your ticket!
Ever watched a movie in a home theater like this? I always wondered if the screen would feel to far away.
Would you call this a sunroom or a conservatory…or both?
The back yard…
Ever been to a movie premier? Ever embarrassed yourself asking for an autograph? (Where’s a red-faced smiley when you need one!) 🙂
Photos in this post were found here: Kenny Rogers’ Atlanta Home For Sale