Once a string of Vaudeville theaters, and now a thriving chain of 55 handsomely-outfitted movie theaters, Bow Tie Cinemas is 116 years old and still being run and owned by the fourth generation of the same family. Known for their elegant theaters, the rumor is that they even have rocking chairs at their Chelsea location in Manhattan. (ShopFamily.org has not seen this with its own eyes, but we believe it!) This family venture features in American cinematic history, not just because it’s the oldest movie theater chain, but also because their theaters hosted the premieres of Disney’s Fantasia and Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon. Buy tickets at theaters in Colorado, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and Virginia.
Ok, they aren't a multi-generational family, but they are multi-branch! Three brothers and a cousin, and their bond comes through in their music. The Followills are a tight group. And skilled tunesters.
Having inherited the big cat circus business from her father Derrick, who made his name on the Ed Sullivan show and was known for training animals with great names like Gentle Ben the Bear and Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion, Kay Rosaire now presides over a traveling clan of animal trainers, and she is the eighth generation in her line. Her son, Clayton, 31, is the ninth generation to practice the family trade, and he’s the only remaining performer in the United States to put his head in lions’ mouths. The Rosaires run an awesome Big Cat Habitat near Sarasota that's worth a visit.