The Milford Years feels like a memoir and ends up a ghost story. It takes place in and around the Milford Theater where Milwaukee Avenue meets Pulaski Avenue in Chicago in the first few years of the 1980s. At this time the Milford is the cheapest second-run movie house in town in a time when there were no videos or cable. The theater goes back to the last days of vaudeville and one of the ghosts died in mid-performance on the stage behind the screen. Our hero, Chester Jones, is a guitar artist and sharp-shooting basket player, now a drop out in need of a job, and being an usher is his fate. Chester is enchanted and frightened by the 16-year-old candy girls, and he takes to drinking hard and hiding in plain sight. Eventually he becomes friends with the other employees and that’s when the ghosts start appearing before him and engaging in conversation. How can Chester help the ghosts? How can the ghosts help Chester?
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